Lifeless and lethargic after first bet visit

Puppy saved after owner performs CPR

12 week old Niko was was a happy energetic and healthy labrabull that we adopted for our sons (4 and 1) to be our forever family dog!! Within the last month he has brightened our days and made our children so happy. We took him on several walks at the park and flooded Facebook with pictures and updates about our amazing furry friend. On Sunday evening while eating dinner we noticed Niko started to choke on his puppy food, he could not dislodge the food and began to gasp for air. Immediately my husband took our boys into their room because we knew the situation was serious. We tried everything to help him remove the object but without oxygen he collapsed an stopped breathing. His little body became stiff and lifeless. His tongue was blue and he voided his bowels. We were sure we lost our puppy. Without hesitation my instincts kicked in and I started to perform infant CPR. Just when I thought it wasn't working he gasped for air and started breathing again! His breaths were shallow but he was alive! We rushed him to an emergency vet but received the news that he was suffering from a pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs) and had little to no chance of survival. Without long term vet care our only options were to get him euthanized or take him home where he would most likely die. It was very disappointing to hear this, and our family cried together as we left the vet and took the longest ride home. Being the hopeful and driven family that we are, we did not give up! I stayed up the entire night reminding him to breath and comforting him. The next day he was able to lift his head and his breathing seemed to have improved. We took him to another vet and he was prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection. Again, there was no telling whether he would be okay as his oxygen supply was low. After 3 long days of praying and waiting, our little Niko is running around, chasing and nibbling at our feet, drinking, eating and playing with his favorite toys. He is happier and more energetic than we have seen so far. Needless to say he beat the odds and has recovered successfully! As a requirement for being a daycare provider, CPR and First Aid are the best courses I could have taken.
If I didn't know what to do our boys would have lost their best friend. I would recommend that everyone take the courses and also teach your children when they become of age as you never know when you could save a life, even your pets!

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