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.
If the dog is conscious, open the mouth, hold the tongue and attempt to carefully remove any foreign object you can see. You can hold a large dog under the abdomen or raise their hind legs off the ground trying to get the dog as vertical as possible. If gravity does not remove the object, either pick the dog up or stand over the dog’s back end and attempt 5 abdominal thrusts. If the dog is unconscious, attempt thrusts whilst on the ground, bracing the dog’s body either against yourself or an immovable object. Check your dog's ABC and be prepared for CPR – then take to a vet immediately
Shock is a medical emergency Shock is actually the medical term for a loss of circulation. This means that your dog’s blood pressure becomes critically low so the brain, body tissues and other vital organs aren’t getting enough blood. URGENT medical care is required when your dog goes into shock, an recognising the early warning symptoms will give you precious extra seconds to get to your vet. Shock can result in serious damage to your dog or even death.
When you arrive at the scene of an accident you must assess the scene of an accident, take a deep breath to calm yourself and check for any danger to your own personal safety. You must approach an injured dog slowly, keeping low and in a curved non-direct movement. Assess if the dog is conscious. If the dog is conscious you apply a tape muzzle to avoid being bitten or snapped at.
With the beautiful weather that we have all been enjoying lately, it’s important not to forget that our dogs can suffer with heatstroke. We are all aware of the dangers of leaving your dog in the car during hot weather, but they can also suffer heatstroke from being left in an area with no shade or having continual exercise / play. This will cause their body temperatures to rise to dangerous levels. Dogs that have a thick coat or shorter snouts are particularly susceptible. The normal temperature range for an adult canine is between 100–102.5℉ or 37.8–39.2℃.