BEAN gave us a big scare today.
He could barely leap over the snow which was deeper than he is tall.
So I (stupidly) let him off leash. He took off and ran through 18 inch deep snow deep into the woods . We could barely get back to get him and almost an hour went by. In preparation for the storm I had read about dogs and hyperthermia and I was so scared he would just stop being able to leap and freeze to death.
Hypothermia can occur in any of the following situations:
- Exposure to cold for a long time
- Wet fur and skin
- Submersion in cold water for long time
- Anesthesia given for a long duration
- Warm some blankets on a radiator or in the clothes dryer with haste.
- Wrap the dog in the blankets.
- Wrap a hot water bottle in a towel and place it against the dog’s abdomen. Do not use it unwrapped, as this will burn the skin.
- If the dog is conscious, give him warmed fluids to drink.
- Check the dog’s temperature every 10 minutes: if it is below 98°F (36.7°C), get immediate veterinary attention.
- Once the temperature is above 100°F ( 37.8°C), you can remove the hot water bottle to avoid overheating. Keep the dog in a warm room.
THANK GOODNESS –
We were walking back to the house to get some food to try to entice him back and our neighbor walked out of the woods with a very cold and very lethargic Bean. I WAS SO HAPPY!!! I hugged my neighbor !!!
It felt like a miracle! We warmed him back up and he has been resting inside . IT was such a terrifying thing ….and I am so grateful that he is safe. I now know that NOTHING will keep him from running off… Not even snow over his head! Time for a wooden fence. Stay warm . Be safe.