How to Safely Perform the Heimlich Maneuver on Your Dog

The perform the Heimlich maneuver on your pup!

What is the Heimlich Maneuver?

The Heimlich Maneuver is a technique for clearing an animal's airway. It is not the same as CPR, which involves chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth breathing.

The Heimlich Maneuver should only be used if your dog is choking, but how do you know when this happens? If it's obvious that something has lodged itself in your dog's throat or windpipe (you see something sticking out), then use caution when performing the maneuver--if possible, get help from someone else who knows how to do it correctly! However, if there isn't anything visible in their mouth or throat area, use common sense: if they're having difficulty breathing or seem distressed at all then proceed with caution but still try using this method first before moving on to something else like CPR since doing so will likely make matters worse rather than better if done incorrectly because once again we're talking about airways here so don't forget about safety first always!! And lastly, remember that most dogs aren't comfortable being held down against their will either so keep calm while performing these steps together as well!"

How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver on Your Dog

  • Make sure your dog is on its side.
  • Grab your dog's chest and abdomen and push up, then in (as if you were doing the Heimlich Maneuver). Repeat this until the object comes out of the mouth or nose of the canine patient.

3a If the canine patient is small enough for you to use one hand, use just that one hand; otherwise, use both hands together in a clasped position around its abdomen area so that they meet at about waist level when pushed up towards chest height with full force applied downwards simultaneously onto both sides of rib cage area where it meets at spine base - this creates maximum leverage against gravity which will help dislodge whatever may have become stuck inside their digestive tract causing distress such as food items swallowed whole or large pieces broken off into chunks too big even though they were chewed thoroughly before swallowing which could cause airway blockage due to obstruction if not removed immediately after noticing symptoms such as coughing/gagging noises coming from within stomach area upon trying unsuccessfully several times already during the mealtime time period prior noticing these signs."

Can I Check That My Dog Is OK?

If your dog is unconscious, you can check for signs of breathing by placing your hand flat over their ribcage. If you see their ribs moving up and down, they are breathing. If you cannot see their ribs moving at all, they are not breathing and need help immediately!

If the situation is critical (the person performing CPR has no medical training) then it is recommended that they perform chest compressions while waiting for medical professionals or an AED (automated external defibrillator) if available. The rate at which chest compressions should be performed depends on how old the patient is: adults over 18 years old require 100-120 per minute; children under 8 years old require 80-100 per minute; infants under 1-year-old require 60 per minute.


  • Take a few minutes to calm down.
  • Check the dog for foreign objects and make sure he or she is in good health.
  • If you're still unable to perform the Heimlich maneuver on your dog, call for help immediately!

If your dog is choking and can't breathe, call for help immediately! If you're alone, first try using back blows. Stand behind the dog and gently cup your hands around his muzzle. Tilt his head back slightly and then give him two quick abdominal thrusts. These will force any objects out of the throat or mouth so that he can breathe again.


If your dog starts to choke, don't panic. Choking is a common problem for dogs, but it can be easily resolved with some quick action on your part. If you see that your dog is choking on something (such as food), try performing the Heimlich maneuver on him or her immediately to ensure safety. This easy technique involves firmly pushing inwards towards the abdomen area (below the rib cage) with one hand while holding onto their back legs with the other hand so that they stay upright during treatment.


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