How To Stop A Dog From Choking: The Most Effective Way to Save the Life of Your Choking Dog


If your dog is choking, learn how to save his or her life.

How to stop a Choking Dog

If your dog is choking and you need to save his life, you won’t have time to look up the name of the nearest emergency veterinarian in the phone book.

How to Help a Choking Dog

  1. Roll the fleshy part of your dog’s muzzle over his canine teeth as you open his mouth. If the dog bites down, he will put pressure on his own skin, making it unlikely that he will close his mouth.
  2. If you have a person, instruct them to shine a flashlight into the dog’s mouth.
  3. If you notice an object choking your dog, reach inside and pull it out.(If you find this offensive, move on.) (Dog feces washes away.) If you can’t see it, you’re unlikely to get it out, and attempting to do so may cause it to sink even deeper.
  4. If you can’t see the object, move behind your dog, place your hands under his belly, and lift him up while leaving his front feet on the ground. (See the image below.) (If you’re with another person, they should hold the dog’s head because it’s uncomfortable and the dog might bite.)
  5. You can also use the flat of your hand to strike your dog in the back (between the shoulder blades).
  6. Keep the object in the dog’s mouth and check it often to see if it has moved and can be retrieved.
  7. If your dog is still choking and pawing at his mouth, move your hands from his belly to his solar plexus (the midline point where his abdomen ends and his rib cage begins).Make a fist with your hands and pull up three times as hard as you can. (Unless you have a small dog, in which case you should only use a couple of fingers to avoid breaking his ribs.) If nothing happens, repeat the process three times more.

Do not try to force a pair of pliers or tweezers into your dog’s mouth, as some websites suggest. When you shove something down his throat and he jerks his head, you risk cutting his mouth or puncturing his larynx. Lacerations in the mouth bleed profusely and do not always stop bleeding. He may not be able to breathe if his larynx is damaged.

It’s possible that rescuing your dog could put you in danger.

Be aware that you may be bitten while attempting to save your dog’s life. You must do what you believe is right. I am unable to make this decision for you.


Before reaching into the mouth, roll the lips over the top canine teeth. This will prevent you from being bitten by the dog.


If you can see the object, reach in and pull it out.

If you can’t get the object out,

  • If the object still won’t come out and your dog passes out, you’ll have to reach down and locate the obstruction. Don’t worry about pushing the object further down his throat at this point. If you can’t clear your dog’s airway, he’ll most likely die.
  • If your dog stops breathing, you only have a slim chance of reviving him. He has a slim chance of surviving even if his heart stops beating. Contrary to popular belief, it only works in about 5–10% of humans and even less in dogs.CPR, on the other hand, will restore partial blood flow until the heart can be restarted, so if you live near an emergency clinic, you still have a chance to get him there before he suffers serious and irreversible brain damage.

Lift your dog up by his stomach to help him spit out the object.

Allowing for a Mouth Inspection with Your Dog

You’ll have a hard time getting your dog to stop choking if you haven’t trained him to be comfortable with having his mouth examined. You must immediately train your dog to allow this if you have not already done so.

If your dog is still young, look up how to train your puppy to be handled.

Although training a Presa Canario or other large breed with strong jaws may be impossible, you should try classical counterconditioning to get your dog used to being handled.

After You’ve Removed the Object, What Should You Do?

Unless you live next door to a 24-hour emergency clinic, you should keep a first-aid kit on hand and learn how to handle choking and other medical emergencies.

A stethoscope is one tool that I recommend every dog owner have on hand. I keep one in my kitchen and one in my barn because they are inexpensive, lightweight, easy to use, and familiar with each other. Take a look at the stethoscope at the top of the page.

Even if you’re comfortable listening to your dog’s normal chest sounds, make an appointment with an emergency dog after the incident. His mouth could be scratched, his larynx could be damaged, his ribs could be broken, and he could have vomited and aspirated (which will lead to pneumonia).


Take your dog to the vet after the incident to check for fluid in the lungs.

How to Keep Your Dog From Choking

The only way to prevent this is to take away all of your dog’s toys, feed her only small kibble or wet food, never make her a bone, and remove everything from your home except the walls and floor. To put it another way, it’s not possible.

However, if your dog does choke, do everything you can to keep him from losing consciousness and collapsing. Even if I am bitten while reaching down my dog’s throat, I believe her life is valuable. I hope your dog makes you feel the same way.