Pets drowning …what to do

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Drowning claims many domestic animals every year. Dogs and cats are instinctive swimmers, but there are situations where even their natural skills are unavailing.

Basic safety rules are therefore in order. Keep a constant eye on your pet if it jumps into a lake or pool. Also look out for cramps and exhaustion. We’ve all  heard stories of pets drowning because they couldn’t climb out of a swimming pool, so make sure that your own pool is properly gated.

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Why not give your pet a lifejacket, adapted to its weight and size, whenever you’re both near the water?

 First aid for drowning

Small dog or cat: Hold the animal by its hind legs, head down, and gently shake it in order to expel the water from its lungs and snout.

1. Medium-size or large animal: Lift its hind legs and let the animal stand on its forelegs. Keep the hind legs elevated until all water has left its lungs.

2. Lay the animal on its side so that the head is lower than the body (it helps to place a blanket under the rump) so that water in the lungs can run out.

•                Check vital signs and perform CPR, if necessary.
•                If air doesn’t enter the lungs, repeat steps 1 and 2; then perform CPR again.
•                Wrap the animal in a blanket to keep it warm.
•                Consult a vet as soon as possible. Continue CPR on the way to the vet, if necessary.

Excerpt from the book .First Aid For Dogs and Cats” By Chantale Robinson /www.kilookas.comBook

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