Note: These training videos are the same videos you will experience when you take the full Security Dog First Aid program. Your progress in watching these videos WILL NOT be tracked. You may begin the Security Dog First Aid training at any time to start officially tracking your progress toward certification.
If you find an animal that has drowned you need to remove them from the water as quickly as possible but safely for both them and you.
Your personal safety is vital, do not get yourself into a situation where you are trying to rescue an animal in the water and then get yourself in trouble.
When you get the dog out of the water, if it is not breathing, try and raise the hind legs a little bit. If you are on a riverbank, have their head at the lowest point.
We need to carry on the CPR process that we've learnt in the previous video. CPR is important to get oxygen into the lungs, get the blood circulating and hopefully they will come around fairly quickly.
CPR with an older dog is not so successful, however in the case of drowning it does work quite well, because you have something that is a respiratory problem rather than a cardiac problem. By delivering CPR, very quickly you have the chance of brining the animal around.
CPR in drowning cases does work but try not to panic, keep yourself calm.
Secondary drowning we cover in a separate video, but as a brief overview, this is when fluid gets onto the lungs. This can be a life threatening condition. Even if you brought the animal back, you still need to get them to the vet as quick as possible.
You need to monitor them for days afterwards to make sure there are no additional problems.