Possible Causes: Foreign object (needle, bone, food, plant material) lodged in throat, esophagus, or teeth; allergic reaction.

Action Steps

(Do not attempt if animal is trying to bite.)

  • Gently pull tongue forward and carefully inspect mouth and throat, if possible.
  • If a foreign object is spotted, hold the mouth open and attempt to remove it by hand or with tweezers or a pair of small pliers. Take care not to push the object farther down the animal’s throat
  • Do not pull on “objects” that you cannot directly see.
  • If animal is not breathing, initiate CPR