ASPIRATION

    • ASPIRATION or inhalation of any material into the lungs can be life-threatening

Animals may vomit stomach contents and inhale them  directly afterwards

See also DROWING

    • Breathing may become noisy and labored; coughing is common

The animal may become greatly distressed

Shock may occur: pale or blue gums, rapid heart rate, rapid & shallow breathing

  • CHOKING occurs when foreign objects partially or completely obstruct the airway
  • Common choking hazards for pets include bones, wood, plants, strings & toys
  • Many injuries & illnesses may cause choking-like symptoms
  • Even if pet is not in distress, a veterinary exam is necessary
  • Breathing may become noisy and labored; the dog may become greatly distressed
  • Gagging, drooling and pawing at mouth may occur
    • Stop any activity as soon as first symptoms are noted

Examine mouth and throat for foreign object(s); remove them if possible & sage

Rush patient to veterinary hospital for immediate evaluation & treatment

 

PARALYZED LARYNX

  • LARYNGEAL PARALYSIS is most common in active, older, large breed dogs
  • In healthy dogs, muscles open and close the larynx to allow air into the lungs
  • The larynx can become injured & swell shut, blocking air flow
  • Tumors on the larynx may grow & block air flow
  • The nerves and muscles of the larynx may gradually or suddenly stop working
  • Breathing may become noisy and labored; the dog will become greatly distressed
  • Shock may occur: pale or blue gums, rapid heart rate, rapid or labored breathing
  • Stop activity as soon as first symptoms are noted
  • Wait a few moments; walk animal slowly as soon as breathing is improved
  • Transport patient to veterinary hospital for immediate evaluation & treatment

 

PEPPER SPRAY

  • Most  PEPPER SPRAYS contain capsaicin , the chemical that makes peppers hot
  • Dogs are commonly sprayed by uniformed delivery personnel
    • Irritation & redness may be found in the animal’s eyes, mouth nose & throat

Increased tear production and face rubbing are common

Coughing, sneezing may occur; breathing may be difficult or labored

  • Move patient to fresh air immediately
  • If eyes are affected, flush with eyewash, saline or water for several minutes
  • Wipe affected areas of face & body with damp cloth to remove any overspray
  • Transport patient to veterinary hospital for immediate evaluation & treatment

 

SMOKE INHALATION

  • Animals suffer from SMOKE INHALATION when trapped in burning buildings, vehicles, or outdoor areas overrun by fire
  • Smoke displaces oxygen from the air, making breathing difficult
  • Heat and toxic substances in the smoke can bur the respiratory tract
  • Carbon monoxide generated by fire will displace oxygen from red blood cells
  • Burns may be found in the animal’s mouth, nose & throat
  • Shock may occur: pale gums, rapid heart rate, rapid or labored breathing
  • In severe cases: stupor, unconsciousness, coma or death may occur
  • Move patient to fresh air immediately; administer oxygen with mask if available
  • Transport patient to veterinary hospital for immediate evaluation & treatment