What should I do if my dog is drowning?
There are any number of situations that can cause your dog to drown and it is important that before trying to help your dog that you assess your own personal safety first. I have seen a situation following heavy rainfall and flooding where an owner has tied an extendable lead around himself, which he then tied to a tree and waded out into a swollen and fast flowing river to rescue his elderly dog, that in his excitement had leapt into the water without thinking of the consequences. On this occasion there was a happy outcome and both the dog and owner made it out of the river alive… but not everyone is that lucky.
The probable causes for drowning
- A strong water current
- Falling into or no visible exit from the water
- Falling through ice
- Flood situations
How to treat a dog that is drowning
- ALWAYS ASSESS YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY FIRST
- If you manage to remove the dog from the water, lift small dogs up by the waist with its head facing downwards for 20 seconds to attempt to remove any water
- If the dog is too large to lift, lay it on it’s right side and make sure the head is lower than the body
- Place a fist under the last rib and gently thrust in and up towards the head
- Check your dog’s ABC and be prepared for CPR
- Take them to the vets immediately