Friday, July 13, 2018

Veterinary Highlights: Have You Even Heard About "Dry Drowning?"

Have you ever heard the term "dry drowning?" I haven't either.

The worst part, I think, is that it can happen anywhere between hours to DAYS after the trip to the beach. If it happened days after, how would anybody be able to make the connection?

Veterinary Highlights: Have You Even Heard About "Dry Drowning?"

Dry drowning involves complications after swallowing too much saltwater and/or sand. If you wonder why a dog would do that--not on purpose, usually. Just fetching a ball and playing in the waves can lead to ingestion of enough water or sand. Though some dogs do seem to like bite at waves as well.

Fortunately, it is not very common but it can happen and requires immediate aggressive treatment.

Symptoms you would see can include difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, change in gum color, coughing ...

Would you suspect the beach fun as the culprit if it happened days after? That, to me, is the most important point.

Source article:
Vets warn of 'dry drowning' for dogs

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