GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — A YouTube video shared on Sunday shows a group of people working to revive a yellow lab at a dog park in Florida. The dog apparently took in too much water while swimming. In the video, you can hear the dog’s owner pleading for the dog to wake up.
“Come on Xena!,” she yells. “Come on my girl!”
This after the owner rescued the dog from the water and then performed CPR and mouth to mouth. Luckily, Xena would be okay. Now, dog owners in the East say they’re concerned their water bound pups may suffer the same consequences but would you know who to call?
“I guess an animal hospital,” says Nick Bentley. “Would you call 9-1-1?”
“I know what to do with humans but I don’t know what to do with dogs at all,” says Vanessa Chandler.
“Just the other day, my dog was jumping in and she jumped a little too deep and she started freaking out a little bit,” says Brett Whittaker. “I just went in, picked her up, made sure she didn’t inhale anything.”
Veterinarian Anne Eldridge says keeping a close eye on your dog while it’s near the water like Whittaker did is essential.
“Many dogs, just like dogs that are ball chasers, will go and go and go until they literally can’t go anymore,” says Eldridge. “We cannot rely on their sense of how much they can actually do.”
Eldridge says knowing where to take your pets in case of an emergency while on vacation is also very important.
“Having an idea, where ever you travel to of who to call becomes more important because a lot of my clients may take their dogs on vacation to the Outer Banks,” Eldridge says. “It’s not going to do them a whole lot of good if they call if their dog is having a hard time because by the time they get them here, then that’s not going to be good for the dog.”
Greenville Animal Protective Services says if a dog suffers from a near drowning, their officers take the animal to the nearest veterinarian.
Dog owners can also become CPR Certified. To find out how, click here.