Thursday, June 7, 2018

Denver company going to the dogs (and cats), introduces suction plunger for choking pets -- any vets out there want to comment?


Dechoker LLC -- which in recent years has been selling a plunger device intended for sucking foreign body obstructions from the airways of humans -- now has a version for our four-legged friends.

The company -- which recently relocated to Denver, Colorado in the wake of a reported $2m securities fraud investigation by the North Carolina Secretary of State -- offers three sizes for dogs and a one-size-fits-all model for cats.


At this writing, two of the models -- medium and large sizes for fido -- are sold out.

But all four sizes appear to be available from a Bismarck, North Dakota company called Balkowitsch Enterprises, Inc.


According to a story aired last week by the NBC affiliate in Waterloo, Iowa, Heimlich alternative? KWWL investigates new medical device offered to Iowa school by staff reporter Amanda Gilbert, a local school district installed Dechokers, then removed them, apparently after viewing this interview with State EMS Medical Director David Stilley MD:

However, Dr. Stilley didn't share his opinion regarding the Dechoker for pets so if any veterinarians want to weigh in, feel free to e-mail me and I may publish submissions.