If you have a dog then special consideration and precautions need to be taken if you live in a flood prone area. Having a plan ahead of flooding to protect your pet is one of the best things you can do. Here are some important precautions you can take to keep your pet safe during a flood, and tips on how to help your dog, should they have a near-drowning experience.
Keep Small or Dangerous Objects Out Of Reach
Like children, dogs especially puppies will be curious about objects they have never seen before. If you bring them into unfamiliar territory for flood protection, to prevent any injury, keep small objects that can be swallowed or cause damage out of the way. These include, coins, tacks, nails, knives and razors. Ensuring that these objects are safely packed away will prevent injury from occurring.
Have A Dog Carrier Ready
A dog carrier is an essential piece of equipment that you should have during flooding in case you need to evacuate quickly. Dogs may become agitated and fussy during high stress times, and having a dog carrier will help you to evacuate the dog quickly and safely.
Keep Medical Information Safe
Put away all the documentation you have about your dog's health in plastic bags that can be sealed. You will need this information in case your dog needs emergency medical treatment during a flood. Since floods can cause near drowning, you should have a CPR guide for dogs stashed in with your dog's medical information. You can print a guide from the internet or ask your vet for one; this will help you to perform lifesaving CPR should your dog have a near-drowning experience.
Here are some tips for helping your dog survive a near-drowning:
- If the dog is conscious, get the dog to safety and wrap the animal in a warm towel or cloth.
- If the dog is unconscious, hold the animal upside down for ten to twenty seconds. You should shake the dog gently to remove water from its lungs.
- Open the dog's mouth and take out any debris or objects that may have become lodged in its mouth.
- Pull the dog's tongue forward.
- Check if the dog has a pulse by placing your hand on the inside of the dog's thigh. If there is no pulse, begin CPR or contact Calgary Trail Pet Hospital immediately.
Knowing the safety precautions to take during a flood will ensure that both you and your pet are able to cope with the stress that flooding can cause.