Strangulation – Dogs on a leash – Dead in 3-5 minutes!
Posted On June 1, 2022
One of the most horrible experiences of a dog owner who persists in tying up their dog is finding it dead! It takes 3-5 minutes for a dog to strangle itself!
Be especially careful with the puppies! They can get into serious trouble in the blink of an eye. NEVER leave them unattended. Please commission or correct them if you cannot monitor their activities.
It’s a given, when a tethered dog wraps itself around something so tightly that it panics. In the process of trying to release the pressure, they can make things worse and strangle. First they cut off their oxygen. Your gums and tongue turn blue. Brain damage begins. They then become unconscious. The heart stops pumping. Death follows.
The process is excruciating… the animal panics. It is awful!
If you’re lucky enough to be there in time to help, take the pressure off right away! Don’t waste time trying to untangle it, CUT the line or collar! Gently extend your neck as far as possible to help open the airway. If he is not breathing and unconscious, pull his tongue forward, holding it if necessary. You don’t want it to slide back and block the airflow.
You may need to perform artificial respiration and canine CPR, while transporting your pet to the nearest vet! Don’t waste a second… take the dog to the nearest vet!
Even if you get to your pet in time to save her, it’s possible she could develop pulmonary edema minutes or hours after the incident. Pulmonary edema is the accumulation of fluid in the lungs. Even if you are successful in your immediate efforts, your dog may be able to vacuum hours after the incident. It is imperative to keep them under constant supervision for the next 12 hours.
Immediate veterinary attention is needed if you notice:
The gums and tongue are blue.
Situations that lead to strangulation:
Tied to a tree or post: They can strangle themselves by simply wrapping themselves around an object such as a tree or post, or by trying to jump or dig under a fence and become trapped.
Tied up in a car: They can strangle themselves trying to jump out of a window, wrap themselves up, or hang from a seat. Take your dog off the leash as soon as you get him in the car!
Tied up in the back of a truck: They can strangle, jump, or fall out of the back of a truck. Carry your dog if he must ride in the back of a truck.
Curtain or blind cords – Can be strangled by becoming entangled in the cords. Raise and secure the ropes so they are out of reach of the animal.
· Collars: Make sure your dog’s collar is not too tight. Make sure they can get out in an emergency. Many dog owners never think to check their dog’s collar…be especially careful with puppies…they grow fast. A necklace that fit you last week may be strangling you today!
Leash: They can be strangled by a leash that has been wrapped around an object. Remove the strap. Don’t let your dog run free unattended while he’s on a leash.
· Fence – They can strangle themselves if their head gets caught in a hole in a fence, or if they climb or try to dig under a fence. Check your fences for “escape” routes. NEVER tie your dog near a fence.
If you must leash your dog, be there to supervise it. If you have to leave the area, take your dog with you!
Bottom line: in minutes, you can lose your best friend. Don’t tie up his dog! Remove the strap as soon as possible. Adjust their collars as they grow. Pack them in vehicles.
Monitor, monitor and supervise your pet at all times!