Choking

 

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Caused by food, toys or other objects stuck in throat
 

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Tongue swelling, trauma to neck or throat, or choking on own vomit are other causes
 

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Sweep the mouth using caution not to get bitten
 

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Turn the animal upside-down by lifting the rear legs
 

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If object does not come out, apply abdominal thrusts, attempt to give 5 breaths of air
 

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If not successful, administer "sharp blow" between shoulder blades, then repeat abdominal thrusts

 

IT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO GET AIR IN THAN TO GET THE OBJECT OUT!!