One of the more terrifying moments of my life

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Postby mnp13 » January 5th, 2009, 1:06 am

I almost lost Riggs. We've had some close calls, including me actually wanting to kill him, but this was totally different.

We were working on the TV in the living room and Riggs was in the other room chewing on something. He's normally loud, but he started banging around more than usual... and he didn't stop. It was much more frantic than his usual noise. I looked at Demo and said "is he choking?" He ran into the other room with me right behind him. Riggs had collapsed just as Demo got to him, I grabbed his collar, pulled him to me and started the heimlick.

For those of you who don't know, the doggie heimlick is done by hanging the dog upside down and doing compressions towards the dog's head. Thank god he only weighs 48 pounds. I did compressions with Demo trying to see what was stuck, it seemed to be moving, so he said to keep going. I was trying to keep it up but was slowing down. I handed him over to Demo to continue while I stuffed my hand into his mouth to pull it out.

He was pretty out of it for a while, but started to come around to his usual charming self. All three of us were covered in urine. And it wasn't just "normal" there was a musky, nasty stench to it. He didn't just release his bladder, it was more than that.

Up we went for a bath, and he didn't even fuss - just more proof he was hurting. After bath time, I toweled him off for a while and then he started truckin around looking for food. We gave him plain rice, and that quieted down a little, he's been sleeping since.

In any case, it was pretty damn scary. Thank God I had an idea on how to do the heimlick, or this post would be very very very different.

So, supervise your dogs when they are chewing on stuff, and always go with your gut when something sounds/seems "odd." Had we just shrugged and kept doing what we were doing he'd be dead. Heck, 10 seconds later he probably would have been dead, the heimlick was a guess, I'm not so sure that CPR would have worked (though I sure would have tried!)

A few glasses of wine later, and I'm finally calmed down.
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Postby BigDogBuford » January 5th, 2009, 1:09 am

What did he choke on?
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Postby TheRedQueen » January 5th, 2009, 1:10 am

Poor Riggs, glad he's okay now... :sad2:
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Postby mnp13 » January 5th, 2009, 1:11 am

He was chewing on a bone and ended up breaking off a chunk.
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Postby BigDogBuford » January 5th, 2009, 1:13 am

mnp13 wrote:He was chewing on a bone and ended up breaking off a chunk.


How scary! Gald everyone is ok. Have another glass of wine!
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Postby cheekymunkee » January 5th, 2009, 1:19 am

Poor Riggs. Did he get wine too?
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Postby CinderDee » January 5th, 2009, 1:32 am

That's frightening! Thank goodness he's ok.
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Postby BullyLady » January 5th, 2009, 3:22 am

Oh my gosh that is so scary.... I'm glad everything turned out okay.
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Postby pocketpit » January 5th, 2009, 3:58 am

I have had several choking incidents happen in my lifetime and I feel for you. It makes you feel utterly helpless and is so scary!! I am so gladd Riggs is safe and recovering. Wine sounds like an excellent RX for you in this case.
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Postby Malli » January 5th, 2009, 5:32 am

holy crap! :shock: I'm glad he's ok!
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Postby iluvk9 » January 5th, 2009, 7:04 am

:shock: thank heavens you were both home and knew what to do.
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Postby madremissy » January 5th, 2009, 7:26 am

That must have been so frightening. Thank goodness you knew what to do. I hope you and him are both better this morning.
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Postby LMM » January 5th, 2009, 9:04 am

Omg I am in tears! That part about the urine really got to me, I know exactly what you are talking about :sad2:

I'd love for you to show me what you did, if possible, next time I am out there. I had no clue the dogs had to be upside down. Thank goodness Riggs is ok, what a freaking scare. I think I might have dipped into something stronger than wine!
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Postby SisMorphine » January 5th, 2009, 9:09 am

How terrifying!! Good thing you knew the heimlich. I really need to update my CPR/First Aid card.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » January 5th, 2009, 9:14 am

Holy hell. :o Poor Riggs. Glad you guys were there and didn't panic.

The American Red Cross offers Pet First Aid/CPR classes - they're excellent and gave me a lot of peace of mind. I highly recommend everybody attend one.
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Postby nicole » January 5th, 2009, 9:16 am

I'm glad that Riggs is okay. Thank God you knew what to do and kept a cool head. Choking terrifies me, I've never done the heimlich on a dog (a few times on kids)...so I'd like to see how its done too. What if you can't pick the dog up?
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Postby Pit♥bull » January 5th, 2009, 9:31 am

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Postby TinaMartin » January 5th, 2009, 10:47 am

I got goose bumps reading that! I'm glad hes ok. Now I need a glass of wine or several. :? My cat almost choked to death when he got caught on the Christmas tree stand. Scared the crap out of me when it happened. Sending you internet hugs cause its a horrible thing to go through. :groupHug:
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Postby Jenn » January 5th, 2009, 10:59 am

OMG, I'm so glad he is ok!
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Postby mnp13 » January 5th, 2009, 11:47 am

LMM wrote:I'd love for you to show me what you did, if possible, next time I am out there. I had no clue the dogs had to be upside down. Thank goodness Riggs is ok, what a freaking scare. I think I might have dipped into something stronger than wine!


lol

I'm not sure I'll be able to do that. I have a feeling that he'd take great exception to that kind of treatment any other time than when he is dieing. :wink:

Ruby would probably let me do it actually. Not happily, but she's pretty tolerant of weird stuff from me. If we do it we'll take pictures.

nicole wrote:What if you can't pick the dog up?

You can do it with them laying down, it would probably be easier than what I did actually. with them upside down you're actually pushing down at an angle at the same time that you are trying to keep them up in the right position to keep going. According to what I remembered at the time, upside down is the best way to go, but I really have no idea. Obviously it worked, but I think the leverage would actually be better upright and then on the floor because you wouldn't be fighting gravity. I think I would have been able to save him alone, but it was definately easier to be able to dig the bone out of his mouth with someone else still heaving on his chest.
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