* Would you know what to do if your dog started choking?

Milo is an inspiration to all who know himAbout a month ago, Milo gave me a nasty few minutes when he started choking on his dinner. He’d gobbled it up so fast that some of his food got stuck in his throat.

At first I didn’t know what was happening. He started staggering around the kitchen, then his legs gave way under him and he sank to the floor. He started convulsing and I thought he was having an epileptic seizure. Milo hasn’t had a seizure for over a year (ever since he started taking Epiphen) and so my first thought was that perhaps the medication may not be working as well as it had been.

But there was something different about this fit compared to Milo’s previous epilpetic seizures because whilst he was convulsing, he was also thrashing around with his legs trying to stand up.

It eventually dawned on me that he was choking. I don’t know why I hadn’t noticed before, but I suddenly realised he wasn’t breathing. I stood him up and landed a few firm slaps on his back, his sides and his chest. Eventually he took a huge breath and coughed. Then he coughed some more and then he started breathing properly, albeit a bit raggedly.

I think I aged a good few years in those few minutes. Milo did survive this incident, but he could so easily not have done. It made me realise how little I knew about first aid and emergency treatment of dogs. I decided to do a bit of research on the internet and came across this very helpful video. It’s worth knowing this procedure because you never know when you might need it….

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