Near drowning

What to do:

  • Remove your pet from the water
  • Place on his/her side with head and neck extended, if possible with the head slightly lower than the body
  • Pull tongue forward and expel any water from lungs and stomach by pushing gently on the chest wall and stomach
  • If your pet is not breathing, or you cannot feel a pulse or heartbeat, then begin CPR
  • Cover your pet with a blanket to prevent further loss of body heat
  • Contact your veterinarian or the Animal Emergency Centre.

What NOT to do:

  • Do not fail to contact a veterinarian just because resuscitation was successful and your dog seems to be recovering - secondary complications such as electrolyte imbalance or pneumonia can occur
  • Do not leave your dog unattended as he (or she) may be confused and wander back to the water