The frequency of opening and closing doors as you get packages delivered, and even let guests in and out can be a hazard to pets. In San Diego too many pets are lost during the holiday season when they escape outdoors as a door is opened. Extra people, noises, bright lights, and other changes to daily routine can make pets anxious. Be sure that they are safely tucked away or in your control to avoid a devastating event.
Heimlich Maneuver in 9 Steps
Open your dog's mouth again and look for any foreign object dislodged during the abdominal thrusts you just performed. Move your finger around in his mouth to dislodge and remove the object. If the object still hasn't been dislodged, with your dog on the ground, put your hands in front of his hips, then lift and suspend him with his head toward the floor. Recheck your pet's mouth and use your finger to feel for the object and remove it. If this doesn't work, put your dog in a sitting or standing position and use the palm of your hand to deliver 5 sharp blows to his back between the shoulder blades. Open your dog's mouth to check again for a foreign object. You might want to use a small flashlight to get a better look inside. Use your fingers to try to find and clear the object. Until the object is dislodged, continue to repeat the above steps. If your dog loses consciousness, give him 5 breaths followed by 5 abdominal thrusts and continue these 2 steps (breaths and thrusts) until the object is dislodged.