Foreign objects in the mouth and throat can cause life-threatening injuries if a large blood vessel is injured or breathing is impaired.
Dogs often injure themselves when playing with sharp sticks: when catching, one end impales itself in the ground and the other in the dog’s throat. Occasionally, a foreign body can also become wedged between the teeth or in the throat.
How do you recognize it?
The dog suddenly loses interest in the game, salivates profusely, and may bleed from the mouth. The dog tries to remove wedged foreign bodies by constantly wiping with its paw.
What should I do?
If the foreign body is stuck between the teeth, you can carefully remove it. Be prepared, however, for the dog to bite you. In the case of deeper injuries, especially bleeding injuries, the dog must definitely go to the vet.
How to prevent it?
Thick or rotten sticks that break easily are better suited for playing than thin, hard, pointed wood. Also, exercise to ensure that your dog allows you to put your hand in its mouth at all times.