My friend, RR, and her husband went through a traumatic experience last night, but it was nothing to what their dog, Holly went through.
They have several dogs, pretty big ones, all rescued animals. They buy big soup bones for the dogs, who have come to expect this treat. Yesterday, the store was out of the bones, so they bought those dried pigs' hooves, and gave them to the dogs.
A little later, R heard a strange noise, which she first thought was the death rattle of her washing machine, but further investigation led her to Holly, whose eyes had rolled into her head and whose body was moving spasmodically. Seizure? Heart attack? Stroke? Holly 14, did the international sign that says "I'm choking" (please check this link after reading the rest of the post). Of course she didn't, but R figure thing out pretty quickly and tried, unsuccessfully, to get Holly's mouth open. She tried the Heimlich, unsuccessfully as well.
Her husband came to help, and by now, Holly was out, not breathing. They tried mouth-to-nose resuscitation, unsuccessfully. She couldn't get the chest to rise. Her husband had her pull the dog's tongue out, while he placed her on her right side and started CPR.
By now, they were convinced they had a dead dog. They tried one more time to open her mouth, and were able to this time. He reached in and felt something in the back of her throat, but wasn't able to extract it. She tried, and having smaller hands, was able to grasp the object, which she pulled out. A piece of pig trotter bigger than a golf ball.
A little more CPR, some mouth-to-nose, and when they stopped to assess, Holly took a couple of breaths. A few minutes more, she opened her eyes. R says when she looked into those eyes, she knew Holly hadn't sustained any brain damage.
A little later, they took her outside, and said she looked around dazed, as if at a bright new world. Today, R says she is her normal self. The picture above was taken today.
Go to the link for instructions on doggie CPR, and this one for kitty CPR. I think these are adaptable for most pets (e.g. if you have a skunk, try the cat CPR). If you have a horse, you can try here. Most horse CPR links had to do with CPR leather cleaner, but this one is about resuscitation.
If you have pets, they're worth a look.