(What Should We Do If Our Dog Collapses?)
What should we do if our dog collapses: You should transport your dog to the nearest Vets Now pet emergency clinic or 24/7 hospital if their collapse lasts for several minutes or longer or if they become unconscious.
Now the question arises that:
What does a dog collapsing mean?
Older dogs with a history of heart illness, a cardiac murmur, or an airway condition are particularly susceptible to collapsing (lungs or trachea). These brief-lived outbursts usually follow exercise or enthusiasm.
What Should We Do If Our Dog Collapses:
Every pet professional ought to have a Qualified Pet First Aider, at the absolute least. Even the most fundamental abilities often aren’t enough to prevent problems from occurring. It is necessary to possess a recognised credential, such as the iPET Network OFQUAL Level 3.
The certification, which has been in existence for four and a half years, is continuously updated as best practises develop and new data becomes available.
When these circumstances arise, they can cause panic, and unless someone is present who is knowledgeable about what to do, there is a very significant possibility that the issue will not be handled calmly and appropriately, possibly worsening the problem.
Keep your dog calm and quiet if they are bleeding or have an injury. There may be a stampede of people who would worsen the situation and make the injured dog lash out.
We place our faith in the personnel of a professional groomer when we bring our dogs there, and we anticipate that they will know what to do.
If a dog has fallen over in the salon, carefully move it onto a large towel or blanket, making sure it can support the dog’s entire weight.
Check your vital signs first. Does the dog have breath? Has the dog’s heart been beating? Is the dog breathing? Are you aware of where and how to check these?
You may need to start performing CPR right away if the dog is not showing any signs of life. Do you know the proper CPR technique?
Make a call to the veterinarian. You should always keep the veterinarian’s contact information handy.
Request a different employee to phone the owner and let them know what occurred and that you are headed to the veterinarian.
Carefully transport the dog to your car and, if appropriate, place it in the boot or back seat. If a staff member is present, they might assist and accompany you as you do CPR on the dog or keep an eye on its status.
Consider the following scenario: Are you and your employees ready? Have you practised in your place of employment?
Nothing can replace taking a first aid course, which is why I’m honoured to represent the Safe Pets and People Campaign, which is pushing for first aid certification requirements for all UK pet professionals.
Collapsing Precautions and Tips:
The first thing to do if you see your dog collapse or discover them collapsed is to determine if they are aware and breathing.
Since real cardiac and respiratory arrest in dogs is fortunately exceedingly infrequent, CPR is rarely necessary.
If you do come upon your dog in this terrible circumstance, start doing CPR while someone else calls the nearest animal hospital. In general, it is preferable to spend your time travelling to the closest emergency animal hospital rather than administering CPR if collapse persists.
Most of the time when a collapse occurs, your dog will still be breathing and awake (or very briefly unconscious before they come to). Your responsibility is to carefully load your dog into a car and drive it to the nearest veterinary facility while maintaining composure.
Even if your dog appears to return to normal in a matter of seconds or minutes, it is advisable to get your pet examined to determine what caused it. Try to keep a record of what transpired before the fall (for instance, did they exercise? How did they behave after they were awake again? Your veterinarian will find these useful as they try to identify the problem’s source.
Before attempting to move your dog if they are having an active seizure, give them a few minutes to stop. Seizing dogs puts your safety and theirs at danger, particularly if you try to transfer them. They may be transported more easily with large towels or blankets.
In these circumstances, setting a timer on your watch or phone might be useful because 30 seconds frequently feel like 30 minutes! Call your vet and make plans to transfer your pet there right away if your dog continues to seize for more than five minutes.
- A vet should be consulted right away in any incidence of collapse.
- If the dog has collapsed due to a seizure, move them with caution as they could get disoriented and bite.
- If a dog is having a seizure, wait a few minutes before attempting to relocate them.
- Keep a record of what happened before and after the fall.