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Old 11-08-2012, 06:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Let me begin by saying Lily is fine.
This morning I gave her a "special" treat that I only give when she goes in the crate in the morning. It's a Zukes soft 1" square treat.
She went in the crate, I gave her the treat and put on my jacket. Turned to her to say goodbye and noticed she was acting oddly. It took a second or two to realize she was in distress and choking on the treat, which she probably gulped down whole. OMG I was frantic. I wasn't sure what to do. I picked her up, but didn't know what to do to help her. She tried a couple of times to hack it up and finally she did get it up and was OK. I stayed with her a few minutes to make sure she was OK and calmed her down as well as myself. I took her in the yard to pee once more before I left for work and she was fine - waggy tail and playful. But she was reluctant to get back into the crate, was very clingy. I want to take an early lunch and check on her. I want to say thank you to LEUllman for previoulsy posting a video of dog Heimlich maneuver, which I have now watched and saved to my Favorites.
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So glad Lily was ok. I know everyone says the chews are fine, but even Sunny when he chews the pretzel shape bullies, or long ones, gets a 1" piece or maybe 2" piece and I KNOW he would swallow it. So, into the garbage it goes. You really have to be careful, and the only bones I allow unmonitored are the very large ones, and he can't get pieces off.
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Yeah, I don't give Lily bully sticks or rawhides much because I'm afraid she'll gobble a giant chunk, even though I keep a close eye on her. And I will only leave certain toys in her crate when I am not home to supervise, even though she doesn't tear apart toys, I just want to be safe. I had been breaking these soft squares in half and she was swallowing them without chewing, so I began giving them to her whole and she was chewing them...until today. I'll be breaking them into four pieces from now on (and probably not going to buy them again once this bag is done).
I don't think I have ever felt so helpless as when she was choking on that stupid treat.
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That happened to my Jake once; he loved to chew sticks outside and I was chatting with a neighbor and he was chomping on his usual stick and then he got real still.....and I thought, "oh no, what now" and sure enough. One of the sticks had actually lodged down in his throat and was stuck -- anchored on each side of his throat. I had to literally reach down into his throat and I was not sure if it was a stick or part of his throat, but wow, scared the life out of me. That ended recreational stick chewing!!! It can happen so quickly. Sunny is a mini too and has a tiny neck and although is a very sturdy boy, could be very dangerous.
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I am so glad Lilly is ok. What a scary morning. Hope you get to leave early for lunch to check in on her.
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I'm terrified of rawhides...my little Westie choked on one, and have never given a dog one again.

Very scary morning for you....glad you were still there when she decided to swallow it whole.

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. I want to say thank you to LEUllman for previoulsy posting a video of dog Heimlich maneuver, which I have now watched and saved to my Favorites.
So happy for you that Lily's okay. What a scarey and helpless feeling that would be. Could you post a link to the video. Ever since Bentley was small he was the poster child for litter. And anything else he finds. Thanks for the warning!
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"....glad you were still there when she decided to swallow it whole."
For some reason I always wait until she finishes her treat before I leave. Even though she never had a problem before. And now I am SO glad I waited.

Also, here is the link that LEUllman originally posted a while back:
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Thanks so much for taking the time to post what could probable be a lifesaver.
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