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If You Can’t Dislodge The Item, Perform a Heimlich Maneuver
Puppies and small dogs are held against their stomachs with their head up and paws down. Push up with your first and find the soft hollow under the rib cage.
You would lay them on their side and kneel behind them. Place your closed fist under the rib cage and push upward in the direction of the dog’s head. This will force air out of the lungs. Once the object is out of the way, remove it.
What If Your Dog Chokes on “Nothing”?
Sometimes, choking isn’t a result of a foreign object at all and could be due to an allergy or toxic substance. If a dog goes into anaphylactic shock, it can cause the same symptoms as if the airway is compromised.
We can help you determine if your dog has chewed on a toxic plant. fecal samples, blood tests, and physical vet exams can be used to determine the cause of the pain.
Prior To Labor:
Several days before delivery, her vulvar will enlarge, the tail head may become prominent, and watery milk may be present. The hair on the abdomen should be shaved to make it easier for the pups to nurse. She may stop eating and vomit 24 hours prior to delivery. The rectal temperature can be as low as 2 to 3 degrees before delivery and as high as 102 degrees as the whelping approaches. She should be housed in a quiet warm room with suitable flooring and plastic sheets. Her whelping box should be prepared if not already done. An inexpensive, easy to clean whelping box can be made from a child’s round swimming pool lined with towels, footing, blankets, or a fitted carpet to improve for the pups to aid in their development.
There are two main causes of difficulties with deliveries: the bitch and the pups. Maternal causes included obesity, voluntary inhibition if interrupted or overly sensitive, and exhaustion. Fetal causes include large head, malposition or malpresentation, large size, other structural defects, and 2 pups being delivered simultaneously. If you want to help alleviate exhaustion in the bitch, you may want to offer vanilla ice cream.
The bitch needs assistance and should be taken to the vet. Drug therapy, episiotomy, and Caesarian section are some of the corrections of dystocia performed by your vet. Each case needs to be treated individually.
Cesarian Section (C-section):
A c-section may be scheduled before labor begins. There are reasons for small litters of 1-2 pups, larger litters of over 10 pups, or a breed at risk. Sometimes surgical intervention is needed to save the bitch and puppies. Do not leave here.
Any bitch that is too weak to stand, has an unexplained discharge from her eyes, constant vomiting, has a history of dystocia unrelated to fetal malposition, is having severe tremors, and has green vaginal discharge without it.
C-sections done prior to the puppies developing extreme distress and done well by an experienced team of veterinarians and veterinary staff can often produce 100% puppy survival rates. This is done with general anesthesia using PropofolR. During anesthesia, the bitch is given IV fluids and monitored with an oximeter. The c-section is the only place where a spay should be performed. The puppies are revived after being removed from the uterus. The puppies and bitch are sent home when they are stable.
This valuable content was shared by Dr. Marty Greer from her Breeder’s Library.
Her book can be found on Amazon.