Signs of Oral Foreign Objects or Choking

  • Coughing or gagging.
  • Gasping or inability to breathe or cough.
  • Pawing at mouth.
  • Severe drooling/salivation.
  • Cyanotic mucous membranes (blue/purple gums).

  • Staggering or loss of consciousness.
  • Visualization of foreign object in mouth/throat.
  • Foul odor from the mouth (if the object has been caught for some time).

Signs of Oral Foreign Objects or Choking

  • Coughing or gagging.
  • Gasping or inability to breathe or cough.
  • Pawing at mouth.
  • Severe drooling/salivation.
  • Cyanotic mucous membranes (blue/purple gums).
  • Staggering or loss of consciousness.
  • Visualization of foreign object in mouth/throat.
  • Foul odor from the mouth (if the object has been caught for some time).

The best way to prevent your pet from chocking on foreign objects is to:

  • Do not allow pets to play with small objects.
  • Ask your veterinarian what size limitations are appropriate for your size pet.
  • Do not allow your pets to chew on rawhides or similar chewables without supervision.
  • Once a chew piece gets too small, do not allow further chewing. Throw it away!
  • Check all toys for removable parts.
  • Use only chew resistant toys.
  • Do not give bones as chew toys. Even bones that do not splinter can still cause choking if the animal tries to swallow too large a piece. Other bones can become lodged around the jaw.

First Aid
Heimlich Maneuver

The best way to prevent your pet from chocking on foreign objects is to:

  • Do not allow pets to play with small objects.
  • Ask your veterinarian what size limitations are appropriate for your size pet.
  • Do not allow your pets to chew on rawhides or similar chewables without supervision.
  • Once a chew piece gets too small, do not allow further chewing. Throw it away!
  • Check all toys for removable parts.
  • Use only chew resistant toys.
  • Do not give bones as chew toys. Even bones that do not splinter can still cause choking if the animal tries to swallow too large a piece. Other bones can become lodged around the jaw.

First Aid
Heimlich Maneuver