Learning CPR as Emergency Care for Your German Shepherd
The first thing to do in case you need emergency care for your German Shepherd is to call your vet immediately. One may even purchase a first aid kit available in the market to provide for instances that require emergency care. There is no telling when and what the German Shepherd will be afflicted by and so one should be well prepared at all times to handle emergencies.
Kennel Cough and Breathing Problems
A common affliction that may turn in to an emergency is when the German Shepherd may be afflicted by is kennel cough which would require emergency treatment in case the cough persists over two to three weeks and may require medication. Sometimes the kennel cough may prevent the dog from resting. If the dog is uncomfortable, one may give him cough suppressants or honey would be very helpful as it could provide quick relief for kennel cough.
One may also give honey on a piece of bread to quieten the coughing to acceptable levels. In case the condition still persists then one would need to visit the vet who should be able to give it the required medication. One may also make use of antibiotics for severe cases and particularly if the temperature rises for more than a few days. In addition, one may also need to give it vaccinations that are available from your vet.
In case of dire emergencies such as if the German Shepherd has swallowed something that is preventing it from breathing, learning animal CPR is the first step in this direction. After determining that the German Shepherd is non-responsive, obtain a patent airway, and after that, determine whether the dog is breathing and if so, is it breathing effectively. Keep its neck straight and bring the head in-line with the neck. One may need to ventilate the German Shepherd by closing the mouth and giving it mouth-to-nose ventilation and do so at 20 breaths per minute.
Then, one should follow the final step of CPR that must be performed once the airway and breathing steps have been completed. During an emergency, one should remain calm as the German Shepherd would be quick to sense any uneasiness and so maintaining calm body language is essential. Once it has been established that the German Shepherd is out of danger and the life-threatening problem has been stabilized, one should transfer it to the nearest emergency veterinary hospital.
There is also need to notify the emergency room that you are bringing in the German Shepherd that has had respiratory arrest and has a foreign body airway obstruction and possibly, also cardiac arrest. You would need to give your complete name, your estimated time of arrival and describe the steps that were taken such as CPR, oxygen and tell them the size of the German Shepherd as well. You would also need to describe what the foreign body or suspected object is and whether it has consumed any poison or medication or whether it has been injured in any way by say, for example, a car or other object. Having learned German Shepherd care, even in emergencies, one should also learn all about caring for your German Shepherd as he ages.