When you live with dogs medical emergencies can and do occur. Last week, Corey had an health crisis that required me to put my “emergency plan” into action. It worked pretty well so I thought I’d share it with you.
Friday morning I gave Corey some medication and followed by a treat as a reward. Rather than swallow it, Corey choked on the treat. I knew instantly that it had gone into her airway.
1. Confine other dogs.
As soon as Corey gagged, the other dogs came running. The puppy was licking Corey’s face and the other two dogs were milling around nervously. I quickly locked them away. Their behavior is normal for dogs but not helpful. Dog fights are not unusual at times like this. A sick dog may be frightened or in pain so may lash out. The healthy dogs may be confused by the sick dog’s behavior so may attack. It’s best to separate them to keep the situation as calm as possible.
2. Prioritize problems.
Years ago, I was taught the following priorities for human medical emergencies that I also use them for my dogs:
- a. start the breathing
- b. stop the bleeding
- c. treat for shock, and in the case of dogs, bloat
If they cannot breathe, I cannot stop the bleeding, or they are showing signs of shock (pale gums, shallow breathing, withdrawing) or bloat, we head immediately to the vet.