Well! I had an interesting night. As many of probably know by now we have four dogs at my house: Max (Basenji), Fibi (Jack Russell Terrier), Lily aka Piggy (we think she is a Pit Bull mix), and Zorro (Blue Tick mix). With four dogs you are always breaking up little fights between them at one time or another. Not sure if it is just our dogs or this is a normal thing.
Last night my dogs were in the backyard and I heard a little skirmish start. I did my usual yell to tell them to cut it out but this time Zorro kept making a funny noise like he was hurt. It didn’t sound good at all. I went out side and found Max and Zorro attacking Lilly. Normally Lilly can handle herself no problem but she didn’t seem to be fighting and it looked like Zorro had her around the neck.
As I approached and got Zorro to hold still I discovered that he had managed to get his lower jaw stuck in Lilly’s collar. As I looked closer I found I was having a hard time getting Zorro lose so I brought them closer into the light near our porch. That is when I realized there was a bad problem. Zorro was really stuck and there was blood all over Lilly.
I called for my wife to come down and give me some help and she began looking for a flashlight to get a better idea of what we were dealing with. Right after she left, I noticed that Lilly had a funny look and realized she was choking–things were much worse than I thought. OMG. I almost freaked but held it together and called for my wife to bring me a knife (screw the collar, ill buy a new one). It was close but I managed to cut the collar off w/o cutting Zorro or Lilly. As soon as I cut them lose, I grabbed Lilly who had turned purple and had stopped breathing.
I didn’t know you could give a dog mouth-to-mouth but my wife (freaking out) managed to say "give her mouth-to-mouth". Now, I have to admit, giving my dog mouth-to-mouth was not appealing to me but when you are faced with a purple dog you tend to not give a crap. I directed her to start the car so we could take Lilly to the emergency room and gave the the dog mouth-to-mouth.
It worked! I never, EVER would have thought you could resuscitate a dog that way but she started breathing slowly and we rushed her to the emergency room. By the time we got to the emergency room, she had completely restored breathing and was just a regular dog. So there we were in our pajamas with a perfectly healthy dog just wagging it’s tail and having a good time. About 30 minutes and 95 dollars later we were on our way home and now we are looking for a new (hopefully safer) collar for Lilly. 😛