We’ve seen dogs drown due to exhaustion, this happens despite the fact that they are great swimmers. If you’re faced by such a situation in which your dog is about to drown, you need to reach out to them using your hand as you ask for help. In extreme cases, you’ll have to dive into the water and save the dog, just make sure that you have a floating device. At this point, you’ll have to grab the dog by the neck or tail as you swim towards the shore.
After making it to the shore, you’ll now have to hold the dog upside down. Yeah, you heard me right. Of course, you’ll have to hold them by the hocks. You’ll then have to shake them so that you can drain the water that might have made its way inside the dog’s lungs.
After you’re done doing this, lay the dog by the side. This should be done after making sure that there is no debris in its mouth. In case you notice that the dog is not breathing, just administer an artificial respiration. In some cases you’ll find that the dog has no heartbeat, it’s not the end of the world. You can always administer a CPR.
The next thing is to keep them warm. You’ll do this by wrapping a blanket around the dog to make sure that they’re warm. In some cases, you’ll have to treat the dog for hypothermia, especially if they drowned in ice water.
How To Administer CPR When Breathing and Heart Beat Stops
You can save a dog’s life by administering CPR technique. This is the same procedure that’s used to save humans. The technique provides breathing and heart contractions until the dog is able to recover.
You also need to understand that whenever there’s an external or internal bleeding, chances are high that CPR will not do the job. This is because of the lack of adequate fluid in the vessels to transport oxygen.
Word of caution, don’t conduct CPR on a dog that has a heartbeat. Same applies on a dog that can already breathe, there’s no need for artificial respiration. However, if the breaths are shallow and unsteady, that’s a different case. You can always assess this by observing the dog’s sides to see whether the chest is expanding and contracting.
Some of the visual signs that indicate the absence of heartbeat include blue-colored gums and dilated pupils. It’s also important for you to familiarize yourself with the pulse points of your canine friend. If you understand how a normal heartbeat feels, you’ll be in a better position to help in the event of an emergency.
Be warned, an unconscious dog has a tendency to become aggressive the minute it revives. You, therefore, need to apply a muzzle. But this should be removed once the dog starts vomiting.
How To Treat Cold Injuries
When the dog has been exposed to cold temperatures, this can cause hypothermia. The symptoms that result from this include:
Once you touch the dog’s body, you’ll notice the cold temperatures. It will also have a hard time breathing.
The first thing you’ll need is to dry them up and place them in a warm spot. Of course, you don’t want to put the dog too close to the fireplace. The heating should not be done very quickly, this can cause a shock. The next thing is to place the dog in a warm room. You can as well offer the dog some warm foods and liquids.