Signs of choking are saliva dripping, using the front paws to claw at the mouth, trying to vomit, or an open mouth that the dog seems unable to close.
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has a staff of licensed veterinarians and board-certified toxicologists available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The number to call is (888) 426-4435. You will be charged a consultation fee of $50 per case, charged to most major credit cards. There is no charge for follow-up calls in critical cases. At your request, they will also contact your veterinarian. Specific treatment and information can be provided via fax. Put the number in large, legible print with your other emergency telephone numbers. Be prepared to give your name, address, and phone number; what your dog has gotten into (the amount and how long ago); your dog's breed, age, sex, and weight; and what signs and symptoms the dog is showing. You can log onto www.aspca.org and click on "Animal Poison Control Center" for more information, including a list of toxic and nontoxic plants.
If your APBT shows one or more of the above signs but is still somewhat able to breathe, take her to the veterinarian right away. If your APBT's tongue is turning blue and she seems close to passing out, wedge an item, such as one end of a tightly rolled-up newspaper section or magazine, between her upper and lower back teeth on only one side of her mouth. This will keep her mouth open so you can see in. Check the roof of her mouth, the back of her throat, and between her teeth for the item causing the obstruction. Taking care not to be bitten, check the back of your
APBT's tongue by pulling the tongue forward and a few inches out of her mouth. When you discover the object causing the problem, pull it out with your fingers or with long-nosed pliers.
As a last resort, if the object is lodged so that you cannot remove it, lift your APBT by the hind legs so her head is dangling toward the floor and shake her hard. This may loosen the object and clear the airway. If your APBT is not breathing after the obstruction is removed, give mouth-to-nose resuscitation (see below).
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