How To Help A Dog Injured In An Ice Water Crisis (And How To Do It)
Breathe and Don’t Panic. Remember to do this. If the dog is trapped in cold water, don’s go in after him. Your gut feeling may be to help no matter what, but you are not helping yourself or the dog if you put yourself at risk. It is not uncommon for a severely injured dog to fight back aggressively. His pain, adrenaline levels, and fear can lead him to exhibit unpredictable behavior. Rushing in is likely to scare them, especially if you are a familiar face. Always move forward in a quiet, calm manner. Do not make eye contact. Muzzling is only appropriate in certain circumstances. If a dog is vomiting, has respiratory issues, has a chest injury or has a short nose, it is not recommended. If you don t have a muzzle or it is an appropriate size, you could try to make one. If if you see any signs of bleeding, use a clean towel or other suitable material to apply pressure to the wound to stop the flow. Check with your veterinary doctor before applying antibiotic ointments like Neosporin. Dogs tend to lick their wounds. They can be toxic if they are ingested. Providing the dog with as much stability as possible is the key when transporting him. If he is not on his own then using a large, strong towel or blanket as a makeshift blanket could work if all sides are supported. Other flat surfaces that could work include the trunk cover of a car or a plastic snowmobile. Some dogs prefer to have minimal contact when injured, even if they appear to be comforted by your presence. Do do not try to hug them. Not only could you hurt them further, but, when they are in pain, they may hurt. Sit quietly beside them and speak in soft tones. . . .