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What is Drowning (Near Drowning)?

Immediate death by drowning can occur when a dog inhales a large amount of water. Many dogs rescued from water inhale only a small amount, insufficient to cause immediate death, but enough to create serious breathing problems. In some cases, the dog may appear to be fine at first but will develop respiratory difficulty later as the inhaled water begins to interfere with gas exchange in the lungs. These symptoms, called near drowning or submersion syndrome, can take as long as 24 hours after the original incident to manifest. 1-3 ml of water per kilogram of your dog’s weight will cause near drowning, while 4 ml per kilogram or more will result in immediate death by drowning. As submersion syndrome progresses, inhaled water dilutes the surface lining of the lungs and enters the alveoli where it inhibits the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. This leads to respiratory acidosis, a drop in the normal blood oxygen level. As this condition continues, it creates further complications including high blood pressure, ruptured capillaries, hypothermia and lack of oxygen to the brain. The inhalation of salt water can cause problems in smaller quantities since the saline content of the water will cause the alveoli to take on more fluid. Symptoms of near drowning need immediate treatment and very severe cases can still end up being fatal.

Dogs that inhale too much water will die immediately from drowning. When smaller amounts or water are inhaled this doesn’t immediately result in death; however respiratory difficulties often develop as much as 24 hours later. Veterinarians define this condition as near drowning or submersion syndrome. It is a very serious problem and severe cases may still be fatal.

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Symptoms of Drowning (Near Drowning) in Dogs

If your dog has fallen into water or you think he may have inhaled water, you should seek veterinary treatment even if there are no symptoms. These are some of the signs you will see as submersion syndrome progresses. They should be treated as an emergency.

  • Labored or open-mouthed breathing
  • Apnea (irregular breathing)
  • Posture changes
  • Weak pulse
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Hypothermia (body temperature below 28⁰ Celsius or 82⁰ Fahrenheit)
  • Cyanosis (changes in the color of mucous membranes)
  • Pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs)
  • Acidosis (blood PH well below 7)

Types

There are several types of conditions related to near drowning.

  • Drowning – death from asphyxia or lack of oxygen due to water immersion, either immediately or within 24 hours
  • Submersion syndrome or near drowning – complications related to water inhalation that require medical care
  • Secondary drowning – death from submersion or near drowning more than 24 hours after the incident

Causes of Drowning (Near Drowning) in Dogs

  • Falling into a swimming pool – swimming pools present a significant hazard to dogs. Most dogs will be unable to climb out of a swimming pool due to the high edge, unless they swim toward the steps; teaching your dog to find the steps in a swimming pool can help to save his life
  • Drinking from a hose – this is difficult for a dog and may cause him to accidently inhale water
  • Mouth cleaned out with a hose – this may seem like a good idea if your dog has ingested some type of poison or toxic substance, but it can lead to other issues
  • Inhaling water during swimming – if you think your dog may have inhaled water, it’s as well to seek treatment
  • Swimming in salt water – be especially cautious with salt water since a smaller amount can cause problems

Diagnosis of Drowning (Near Drowning) in Dogs

If your dog is showing severe symptoms of respiratory difficulty, the veterinarian will start treatment immediately without further diagnosis. Blood will likely be taken to measure PH and fluid levels which will help to determine the severity of the condition. A pupil dilation test could be used to check for fluid build-up in the brain. For mild symptoms without a known cause, the veterinarian may take radiographs or ultrasound to look for fluid in the lungs. These tests could also be performed after the immediate symptoms are stabilized if you are not sure what happened. Lung disease and some other conditions could cause similar symptoms. Describing the symptoms exactly as well as any incidents where your may have inhaled water will be helpful.

Treatment of Drowning (Near Drowning) in Dogs

Immediately after removing your dog from the water, you should attempt to clear the airways. Perform CPR and mouth to nose resuscitation if he is not breathing. Wrap your dog in a blanket to keep him warm, but don’t constrict his movement or cover the mouth or nose. Get to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

The veterinarian will administer oxygen immediately, either through a mask or via a ventilator if your dog is not breathing on his own. Oxygen treatment will need to be continued until your dog’s blood has reached a normal level.

Sedation or tranquilizers will often be given to prevent stress and anxiety which can further weaken your dog. Fluid treatment and electrolytes are administered intravenously as necessary. Antibiotics are usually not given in cases of near drowning, unless there is reason to believe the pneumonia is bacteria related. Mannitol may be prescribed for cases where fluid in the brain has led to increased intracranial pressure. The veterinarian will monitor your pet’s body temperature and treat hypothermia as needed.

Your dog will need to remain in a veterinary hospital until it is ascertained that all body systems have fully recovered. Severe submersion syndrome can lead to failure in a number or organs, including the brain, liver, and kidneys, as well as the lungs. Regular heart rate and blood pressure tests will be necessary. The veterinarian may order other treatments as additional problems present themselves.

Recovery of Drowning (Near Drowning) in Dogs

Recovery will depend on the severity of the symptoms and the diagnosis of the veterinarian upon examination. Dogs with mild symptoms who are treated quickly can make a full recovery. Prevention is the most effective form of management. Cover or gate all swimming pools and teach your dog ways to get out on his own. Install a dog ramp on your pool if necessary. Don’t leave running hoses unattended and monitor your dog whenever he is swimming or paddling, especially in salt water.

Drowning (Near Drowning) Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Sasha
Dachshund mix
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Skittish. More attention

Our 4 yr old daushound mix jumped off our sailboat in the Kemah marina & fell into the water. She was under water for about 30 seconds but seemed like an eternity. My husband was able to finally rescue her & she was breathing OK but shivering from the cold ocean. She seems fine, but I'm so worried about her. Do you think she'll be OK?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dry drowning is always a concern in these cases where some sea water enters the lungs leading to a reaction from the body where fluid accumulates in the lungs leading to respiratory distress a day after the incident. Without examining Sasha I cannot give an all clear, but would recommend you visit your Veterinarian for a check to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Wally
Shih Tzu
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic
Breathing Difficulty

My 9 month old shih tzu fell into the pool this evening. I don't know how long he was there but I am estimating around 2-4 mins. He was on the border trying to get out and distressed. I tried to see if he had inhaled a lot of water but he didn't show symptoms, no throwing up just hypothermia. At This point his temperature has been regulated, gums are pink but his breathing is a bit irregular. Nothing too drastic but sounds like a relieved breathing like when you're recovering from a brisk walk . I'm worried about dry drowning but there's a weather storm outside and wondering if I can wait till the morning to take him in or if i should run to the vet ER now.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dry drowning is a concern as you are unaware if Wally consumed any water or not; if there is no signs of coughing due to irritation from pool water it may be that the breathing difficulty is more from stress than inhalation and just keep a close eye on him and look for laboured breathing and other symptoms. It would be best to visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side, but do not put yourself in danger if you are being affected by hurricane Harvey or other dangerous storm system. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

What was the outcome for Wally? Sounds like the same thing happened to my pup tonight and wondering if I should bring her or not

Thank you, Dr. Callum. I just measured his heart rate and it's a little under for him being a smaller dog, 52-54 per minute. He has not eaten or drank any water :-/ I am going to take him in.

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Kemper
Bichpoo
10 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

An intermittent cough

My 10 week old puppy has a cough that started after I gave him a bath. He doesn’t cough all the time just every once in a while throughout the day...should I take him to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you believe that Kemper aspirated some of the bath water, you should take him to your Veterinarian immediately; otherwise he may be having a small reaction to the shampoo or something else from the bath. If in doubt, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 8 week puppy fell into the pool when I got to see what was going my sister was placing CPR what are some things I should watch out for him ?

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Eba
Boston Terrier Blue Healer mix
11 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy breathing. Snorting
Heavy Breathing

Hi so my puppy Eba was taking a bath and then she just got scared of something and started to roll her head in the water and i think she might have got some in her lungs because she is hiccuping and she is like breathing heavily and she has like a snorting noise sometimes

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you suspect that Eba has aspirated some water (especially containing shampoo or bubble bath products - dog friendly or not) you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination since irritation to the lower respiratory tract may lead to fluid accumulation in the lungs which is an emergency. Visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rocko
Boerboel mix Saint Bernard
4 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Rough voice
Sleepy

Hi my dog fell in the pool but we don't know where when we saw him he was already outside shivering he has a rough voice an breathing is different his shivering an very sleepy what should I do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If possible, get Rocko to your Veterinarian to check for aspirated water, body core temperature, possibly supplemental oxygen and for warm fluid infusion. If you are unable to get to your Veterinarian, keep Rocko warm but don’t warm him up too quickly and get him to a Veterinarian whenever you can. In cold temperatures the blood can be diverted away from the skin to preserve the body temperature and reperfusion can cause additional complications. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Shih Tzu
12 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

a little sluggish
Tired

Hello. Night before last at around 10pm, another couple with their two dogs, the two of us and our shih tzu, Bella, headed down to the boat house to take a little night toodle around the lake. While walking down the dock to the boat house, Bella cut the corner from the dock to the boat house and fell in. She did not come up immediately and we could not hear any splashing, so I along with one of the home owners jumped in. We were calling her name, going under to try to feel for her. The home owner knows the layout of the dock, so she went under to go to the underside. Bella popped up near her and she grabbed Bella. They had to go back under water to get out from under the dock. I'm not sure how long she was under, it seemed like an eternity. I know the other home owner ran back up to the house (approx 50 yards) to get a flash light and came back down via golf cart. As soon as I could see them coming up from under the dock, I grabbed Bella and wrapped her in a towel and held her tight. She was shivering like she does when there is a thunder storm, not like when she gets cold. This was constant. After about two hours, she finally calmed down, we got her dry and held her close the rest of the night. Yesterday she was a little slow, but she is 12 and wears out more easily now. After we got home yesterday, she took a nap and seemed to be rested. She loves to sit at our gate and bark at other dogs that come by on their walk. She was acting like her usual self this morning, doing her little 'tricks' she plays in order to get treats. I felt better about her, but after reading some of the stories on here, I am beginning to wonder if I need to be more concerned.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It all depends on whether any water was aspirated or not, normally we would see signs of coughing etc… if water was aspirated but it isn’t a consistent sign. You should keep an eye on Bella for the time being but a few days have already passed so she is most likely in the clear; visit your Veterinarian if there are any concerning symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bleu
Rottweiler
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling

So my dog jumped into my pool it's a above ground, hes about 85lbs, he was maybe in the pool for 15 seconds, he's almost 1 never been in the water with the exception of a tub, my husband says I'm over thinking it, but if my dog has never drooled before should I be worried, hes drooling excessively it's been 6 hours since he jumped 4 feet into the pool

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Chemicals in the pool water may cause irritation to the mucous membranes leading to excessive drooling; the biggest danger is dry drowning which may occur a day or more after submersion. If a dog aspirates a small amount of water, it may irritate the lungs which may become oedematous and restrict airflow. If you have doubts, I would visit your Veterinarian to make sure; otherwise keep an eye out for symptoms listed on this page. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bentley
Golden Retriever
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging sound

My 8 month old golden retriever was playing in about 4 inches of water in our bath tub (no soap), as he has many times before. He played for about 5 minutes. When we got out, about 5 minutes later he made a sound I’ve never heard before. It was kind of like a gagging sound. He did it 3 times. It has been 3 hours now. He ate dinner as usual and has peed. So far he seems totally normal otherwise than those three small gagging sounds he initially made. Should we be worried about dry drowning or water in the lungs?

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Harper
Labrador mix
10 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Labored Breathing

Medication Used

Antibiotics

We took our 10 week ild lab/rott mix fishing with us at 4pm. She jumped in a few times got out and was shivering. I wrapped her in a towel and she dried off quickly. We came home she ate normal and played normal. Now she is sleeping and seems to be breathing quickly and labored. I'm worried she may have inhaled water.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A small quantity of water inhaled may cause severe symptoms later on; whilst inhalation of water is rare in dogs (they are generally good in water) it does occur. Inhaled water causes irritation to the respiratory tract which may lead to inflammation and a dog may end up drowning on dry land a day after being in water. Keep an eye on her, but if you’re concerned it would be best to visit a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nelli
English Cocker Spaniel
13 1/2 years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Fast Heartbeat

Our English cocker, 13.5 years old, whom walks along with us. Once in a while runs. We got to a resort by a river and he ran like he was 2 years old 5-6 minutes, then saw the water and took a huge leap into the slow moving river. It was so dark out we couldn't see him and he is deaf so he could not hear us. For 5-6 minutes we could hear him breathing but he was disoriented and keep going around in circles . It was pitch black and we cannot see anything. I finally jumped in and swim like a blind lady to the breathing sound when it stopped. I swam real quiet in the water when I heard his faint breathing ...I pulled him to safety , he shook and his heart was going very fast. I laid on the shore and held him. When he saw my husband he seem to just return to normal ...is there anything we need to watch for

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Most cases of a dog being in water as your are describing resolve well without incident but dry drowning is a concern which is when water is inhaled and causes irritation to the lower respiratory tract which leads to edema (fluid accumulation) in the lungs, basically a dog can drown 24 hours after a drowning event whilst on dry land. It is important to keep a close eye on Nelli for the next few days or leave her with your Veterinarian for observation given the circumstances of the event. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.gopetplan.com/blogpost/summer-safety-alert-dry-drowning-in-dogs

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Rumple
Black Labrador mix
11 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy Breathing
Panting/Abnoraml Breathing

The gate to our pool was left open and my 11 month old black lab fell into the pool head first. He did not hit his head and he quickly started paddling to get his head out of the water while we ran to go pull him out. Once he was out he just went back to running around and playing as if nothing happened. A couple of hours later though he is now starting breath a little heavy while laying down that comes and goes. At first I thought that he might be hot but he has had a chance to cool down. I am wandering if it is something I should just keep an eye on or should I be concerned.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The smallest amount of pool water inhaled may cause problems 24 to 48 hours after falling in the water; the pool water causes irritation of the trachea and bronchi and may cause fluid to form in the lungs which can in severe cases cause a dog to drown on dry land, whilst this is extremely rare it is worth keeping in the back of your mind. If Rumple is still having breathing difficulties (it has been five hours since you asked your question), it would be best to visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nala
Maltipuff
10 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Coughed

Can a dog drown from accidentally inhaling a small amount of water from a water bottle? Even if they coughed/threw up the water. My dog
Got her paws on a water bottle and accidentally inhaled a small amount of water, which she then appeared to cough/throw up.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Inhalation of water (even a small amount) can be dangerous, but we are more concerned with lake water or salt water which may irritate the respiratory tract leading to dry drowning where a dog may drown on dry land even days after the inhalation of water. For clean bottled water I wouldn’t be too concerned; just keep a close eye on Nala and if she seems to be struggling to breathe, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Not sure if she inhaled or choked on it now that i think about it

However she is not showing any signs since the incident over 24 hours ago

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Puds
Chihuahua Terrier mix
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Labored and difficult breathing
Water in lungs
Collapse
Coughing

Medication Used

Lasix 12.5mg
Antibiotics

My dog is 7 year old chihuahua terrier with grade 3/4 heart murmur. She may have breathed in some water 2 days ago while playing at the lake, and in the evening started coughing and collapsed and fell into the water. She was under for only seconds. Slow and disoriented afterwards, shaking, then 10 mins later she was acting normal. We are isolated in the woods and 10 hrs from our vet. Yesterday morning, about 16 hours later, she was walking around the cabin and collapsed again, stiff legs and disoriented with voided bladder. After 10 mins she was fine and acting normal. We drove 1.5 hrs to get her to the closest animal hospital. She has labored breathing and They took X-ray and said the collapses are from congestive heart failure and the labored breathing is caused by inhaling a little water in the lungs. They gave us Lasix, antibiotics & told us to restrict her movement. Her breathing is still very quick and labored while laying, we can't get her home until late tomorrow night, we have appointment with our vet the next morning. I'm very worried about the quick labored breathing. Is there anything else we can do before she goes back in? I don't want her to die from water in lungs before she can see our regular vet. The emergency vet we saw seemed great, and she has had no episodes in over 24 hrs except labored breathing. Eating, drinking, bathroom activities all normal. She wants to play and run around but we won't let her. Her breathing while laying for over an hour seems like after she has been running around and playing.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dogs (like humans) who inhale a small amount of water are at risk of something called dry drowning where the inhaled water irritates the lungs and causes swelling and fluid accumulation in the lungs leading to, in severe cases, a dog drowning the day after whilst stood on dry land (although this is extremely rare). The Veterinarian you visited gave initial therapy and now it is just a case of keeping an eye on Puds and waiting it out; I know that it may be frustrating to see Puds having difficulty breathing, but if the Veterinarian had a cause for concern they would have admitted her on oxygen support and may have performed bronchoalveolar lavage. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mack
Olde English Bulldogge
3
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

Hi there,
I have an olde english bulldog age 3. He inhaled water a few times over a period of 5 days while playing in the ocean and lakes in BC. He is coughing a little bit but other than that seems normal. Should I take him to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Repeated inhalation of water may have irritated the respiratory tract causing the cough. But, we need to be cautious since certain infections (particularly parasitic and fungal infection) are quite prone around lakes and rivers. You may monitor Mack for a day or so, but if his cough gets worse or additional clinical signs occur you must visit your Veterinarian immediately. Signs to look out for are eye and nose discharge, loss of appetite or fever. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

We were walking are dog and we always take the same way when taking the trash out but this time when opening the gate went start for the pool and fell in I ran to him and drop down and pulled him out he was in the water sinking for like 10 to 15 sec but now he can't see he's bumping in the everything and crying as well what wrong with

My dog, a 5 year old Jack Russell, fell in the river and was trapped under a rowing pontoon for around 20-30 seconds, when we managed to pull her out she was limo and floppy and we tried to give her chest compressions but she was still conscious, she coughed up some water but remained limp. We then took her to the vets but because she had a bad experience as a puppy with the vets, they couldn't get close to her. She peeked up st the vets but I think that's because she was afraid of the vets and was aware of him. The vet has given some medication just in case however she is very rigid, shaking, and her breathing seems quite irregular.
Vet has given us signs to look out for but not sure what to do.

he keeps snoring and hes never done that before

hello this is thomas im 12 and i am concerned that my dog baller is dry drowding

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Churro
Cairn Terrier
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Disorientation

My dog knows how to swim but my husband and son noticed him he fell into pool and was on his back. He is now bumping into things and leaning on one side. He even sounds different. I have him in the crate so he can stay in place for a while but he is not liking it. Could this incident have cause Vestibular Disease? He is very afraid to get into the pool on his own but he does swim when I put him in it.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It isn't likely that this episode caused vestibular disease, but he may have suffered some trauma during the fall into the pool. Without seeing him, I can't assess his neurologic status, but given what he has been through, it would be a good idea to have him examined by a veterinarian to see what might be going on with him and if he needs any treatment.

Why would you put your dog in the pool if he's afraid of the pool? Your dog wasn't swimming for fun. He was swimming for his life! No wonder he's afraid of the pool, you keep putting him in when he doesnt like it! You should probably call an emergency vet. You should also stop putting him in your pool!! If you want to get a dog to like swimming, you have to start slow with water shallow enough for them to stand in. Most of the reason dogs dont like water is because they dont like the feeling of nothing under their paws. My dog isn't fond of swimming. I never force him in the water. I get in and if he gets in great, if not, fine. Anyway, call a vet. If he has a spinal or brain injury, it could be fatal if not treated.

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Rosie
Yellow Lab
8 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms at this time

My 8 year old yellow lab (95lbs) fell through the ice on the pond we live on and was stuck in the water trying to get out for approx. 15-20 minutes . We immediately warmed her with blankets, put her in hot shower to clean off the black muck she was submerged in, and then dries and wrapped her in many blankets. She does not seem to have respiratory distress, shaking has stopped mucus membranes are pink and nose is warm. I called the emergency animal hospital in Boston were we have taken her and they suggest she be brought in for overnight observation. If she seems stable at this time could I just monitor her closely at home ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The decision to take Rosie in for observation is yours; but the physiological effects of prolonged cold temperatures on the body as it tries to conserve heat may cause complications after a period of time. Due to the effects, I would recommend being on the side of caution as the restriction of blood flow to conserve heat may lead to blood clots or the accumulation of toxins, especially if her core body temperature dropped below 100°F during this time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Montana
Miniature Pinscher mix
14 Weeks
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Calm

We just brought home a 14 week old Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua puppy from the rescue. She has been very nervous in general. I was outside with her in our backyard and she accidentally ran into the pool. I was right there with her and scooped her out immediately. She seemed fine afterwards... just cold and scared. She is very calm in general, so I am not sure if she was affected by the water or not. She has been drinking water but she hasn’t eaten since she has been home with us (she got here at 4:30PM so she probably ate at the rescue). I plan to call my vet in the morning, but want to make sure this isn’t emergent. Please let me know what you think. Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Montana aspirated pool water there is a small risk of dry drowning where the body reacts to the pool water (or sea water) in the lungs and the lungs fill with more fluid; if Montana is OK and not choking or coughing she should be alright but keep a close eye on her for the time being. If you have any doubts visit an Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rocko
Daschund
10 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None at the moment

My dog had surgery 5 days ago to be neutered, he has stiches and a cone on. I went to let him and my other dog out to potty late at night before going to bed. I sat on the patio and I guess they started playing at some point and he fell in the water. At first I heard the cone scraping against something but I assumed it was him trying to rub on it as he has done before. A minute later I noticed ripples in the water in my pool and I ran over and he swam to the edge and I pulled him out. The cone was filled partially with water but I took it off and wrapped him in a blanket to keep hom warm and dry him off. Im worried he may have inhaled a lot of water from that cone filling. Im wondering if I need to take him to the vet in the morning.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there were some inhalation of pool water (whether chlorinated or salted), you would see gagging and retching as the chemicals are irritating to the trachea and would provoke a response. Whilst there are immediate symptoms of aspiration of water (just like in humans), keep an eye on him and if you have any concerns visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Swirl
Border Collie
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Swirl loves to play in the little river on our property. However, he often coughs afterwards, sometimes for a day or two but otherwise seems normal. I had taken him to the vet before I realized he might be inhaling water. She thought it was allergies and prescribed Benadryl, which had no effect.
While I am concerned for his health, I would hate to keep him locked up while the other dogs and I go to his favorite spot.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Swirl is having an issue with her larynx, some laryngeal disorders can cause the lower respiratory tract to be exposed to the aspiration of food, water or foreign objects. With this, it is possible that when Swirl is swimming her airway isn’t fully closed when it should be leading to the aspiration of water; this is something you should speak with your Veterinarian about this and to confirm or rule it out. When water is aspirated, not only is infection possible, but it may also cause edema when in severe cases has lead dog to drown on dry land the day after swimming. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog Ripley fell into the water when we where paddle boarding and was under the water for a few seconds then came up I am not sure if she has any problems

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Jack
Dachshund
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

I washed my dogs mouth out with hose after he licked some plant food( directions said to wash mouth out). He couched will I was doing it and water came out. I didn’t even think about dry drowning I was just thinking about getting toxin out of his mouth. He has not coughed since and is acting normal

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Jack is acting normally, you may be fine monitoring him for any signs of GI upset or continued coughing or difficulty breathing. It would be fairly expected for him to cough while you were washing out his mouth, and that may be the end of it. If he displays any signs of vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, trouble breathing, or any neurologic signs, he should be seen by a veterinarian right away.

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Mika
Labradoodle
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty

I was kayaking at a river/ beach when my dog started to run after me, I was far out but it was still shallow. I came to a deep bit and she followed and went under water. she came up a few seconds later but she seems quiet and her breathing is unusually to how she usually breathes. She seems alright, but has some snorty breathing. what is your advise?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It would probably be a good idea to get an x-ray of her lungs to make sure that she doesn't have any signs of aspiration, as if there is fluid in her lungs, it can quickly become a pneumonia. I hope that she is okay.

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Maxie
miniature dachshund
16 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

No attempt to swim

My 16 year old dachshund slipped off of the lake bank while we were walking. Her harness pulled off over her head and she fell into the water. She floated on her side with her head under water unable to swim, just struggle. By the time I got down the bank and into the water (I'm 75) and got her out there were no signs of life I gave her CPR but could not bring her back.

Why didn't she swim, or at least keep her mouth and nose out of the water? This was a great loss to me and I blame myself, can't stop thinking about her reaction in the water.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand that this is a traumatic time for you at the loss of your loved one and it is normal to ask questions about her passing; there are a few possibilities for what may have occurred especially given Maxie’s age. I do not want to answer your question as I would be speculating as I cannot tell you a definitive cause and I do not want to you to ponder over her death or cause you any unnecessary distress; she had a long life although it shouldn’t have ended this way. I would encourage you to think of the sixteen long years you had together and all the memories that you shared. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM N.B: If you are looking for definitive answers, I would advise you take Maxie (if possible) to a Veterinarian for a necropsy to help determine what occurred.

I just want to say i’m so sorry for the loss of Maxie. My 16 year old Beagle Kaisey fell into our swimming pool and drowned. We have always lived in this house and he is extremely familiar with the yard, has never fallen in the pool before, and can swim. I am devastated and also blame myself for not watching him more closely, he was outside for about 2 hours by himself and when I recovered him there were no signs of life. My sincerest condolences to you.

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Colby
American Staffordshire Terrier
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Tired

Hi Dr. Callum - my dog doesn’t have specific symptoms, but all this talk about dry drowning (for humans as well as dogs) has me terrified to allow any child or dog - both of which simply cannot and will not keep their mouths closed when in water, unless you tape them shut or have them swim with full face scuba masks- to swim, ever. Which would be terrible because it’s one of the only things our dog lives for currently, since he just recently had TPLO surgery and can’t hike again for quite a while. How much of a risk is this exactly? We take our dog swimming in summer at least 3 times per week - we have him wear a life vest to keep his head above water but when he fetches toys he swims back to us with his mouth partially opened and does make noises like he’s taking in water - henever seems affected by it and he’s 4 and has never had an issue, but I’m afraid to let him continue after this - have we just been getting lucky this whole time or is this a rare occurrence?? I think the same thing about the hysteria around children and dry drowning - I understand it’s obviously a very real danger, but at the same time I can’t even count on two hands the number of times I recall accidentally sucking water into my lungs as a kid in the ocean and pools, and somehow I avoided it?? Very confusing.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dry drowning is actually rare but it is important to be aware of it, I know myself the amount of times I choked in a pool or in the ocean when I was younger and one time as an adult (snorkel filled with water); thankfully when water hits the back of our throat our body kicks in to prevent water passing down the trachea. Problems with dry drowning normally occur when a dog (or human of any age) unexpectedly falls into water and the shock makes them breathe in which is the worst part; certain dogs which have had laryngeal tie back surgery are at greater risk but if you are taking Colby out responsibly (with life vest etc…) I wouldn’t be too concerned. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maddy
Labrador German Shepard
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty

Hi there. My dog, a two year old lab and Shepard mix decided it would be a good idea to jump into my pool earlier this evening while I was swimming. She had been in the pool prior with supervision. Instead of using her ramp, she decided to jump off of the pool deck. For the first time ever, her head was fully submerged. I of course grabbed her right away. She immediately pulled her head up out of the water and began swimming. It was a quick dunk. Now, it has been a few hours and she is lying in bed with me and sounds almost as though she has the hiccups and it comes and goes very quietly. Is this an indication that she could have water in her lungs?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally when water enters the respiratory tract of dogs coughing and gagging are common immediate signs to see just like in humans; hiccups may be caused by numerous causes and is usually associated with spasms of the diaphragm by nerve irritation, at this point it would be best to keep a close eye on Maddy for signs of breathing difficulties and if you notice any worrying symptoms or you’re generally concerned visit your Veterinarian for a check over to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sox's
American Staffordshire Terrier
10 Weeks
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Running into walls
Cant see
Sleepy

We were walking are dog and we always take the same way when taking the trash out but this time when opening the gate went start for the pool and fell in I ran to him and drop down and pulled him out he was in the water sinking for like 10 to 15 sec but now he can't see he's bumping in the everything and crying as well what wrong with him

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the chlorine or other chemicals used in the pool are causing irritation to Sox’s eyes, you should flush his eyes out with sterile saline to be on the safe side; however, a more concerning issues is if Sox has aspirated some water, it may lead to dry downing where the body releases more fluid into the lungs. You should rinse out his eyes and keep a close eye, if there are any signs of respiratory symptoms or anything else concerning you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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