Canine First Aid Level 2 (VTQ)

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Hypothermia Treatment

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If a dog is exposed to very cold temperatures and becomes Hypothermic, the treatment you provide could make the difference between life and death.  A hypothermic dog must be warmed up slowly so that its temperature rises gradually.

  • If your dog is hypothermic you should get them to the vet as soon as possible
  • Wrap them in a blanket or foil blanket if you have one if they are wet, dry them off with a towel. Blankets allow them to warm up naturally
  • Do not take them from the cold and expose them to heat from fires or car heaters to warm them up quickly as this may cause more problems and could lead to cardiac arrest

A foil blanket provides insulation and reflects the heat back into the body, they can be a little noisy, if you have another blanket coat or towel available lay that over the top of the foil blanket.