Dog Safety Tips

Helpful Health Hints | What To Do if Your Dog is Choking?

Welcome back to the Pet Emergency Buffalo blog! Here, we aim to help you be a well-informed pet owner by distributing some basic pet emergency tips in the event you are faced with a dire situation. In the event that you are faced with a pet emergency like a choking dog or cat, please don’t hesitate to reach out and call our 24-hour animal hospital to talk to someone as soon as possible.

If you’ve owned your dog for a while you’ve probably seen them cough something up before. Coughing may not always be associated with choking but it may be another medical issue. Dogs are typically pretty resilient, but sometimes they may need help. We recommend that any animal who is choking, coughing, or has had a choking episode be seen by our doctors so that we can evaluate for any further issues. 

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The most obvious signs of serious choking are:

  • difficulty breathing
  • extreme distress
  • a persistent gurgling and choking sound
  • pawing at the mouth or head.

Every choking episode should be treated as an emergency, so once you’ve confirmed your dog is choking you need to contact us right away. In this event always call our 24-hour phone number to talk to a professional about what your next step should be. Our entire team is trained in handling these scenarios, so ensure you call us as soon as possible. 

Here are a few things to think about if your dog is choking or struggling to swallow food

Have they eaten any human food?

Have they been gnawing on a new or different bone?

Could they have gotten into something they shouldn’t have?

Don’t Panic

The one key theme we want to stress is to remember you CAN call our 24-hour phone number in the event of an emergency. It can be easy to become overwhelmed and afraid when your animal is going through an emergency, especially after your vet’s business hours, but remember that we are HERE for you when your regular vet isn’t available. 

Remaining calm and acting fast can be the best thing you can do if your dog is choking. Call us as soon as possible and be prepared to act quickly and communicate clearly.

Get in touch!

At Pet Emergency Buffalo, we’re here when you need us most. Stay tuned to our blog for more helpful pet health hints and more information! Remember to follow us on Facebook to see more!

As always, we’re available for you to call if you’re unsure if you have an emergency or not. We are here if you need us! Calling our 24-hour emergency line could save your pets’ lives! If you have any non-emergency questions regarding your pet, please head to our contact form! We’d be happy to help!



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