HOW TO IDENTITY IF YOUR SAINT BERNARD IS IN SHOCK AND WHAT TO DO

Symptoms: weak pulse, shallow breathing, nervousness, dazed eyes. Usually follows severe injury or extreme fright.

  • Keep the dog restrained, warm and quiet.
  • If he or she is unconscious, keep head level with rest of body.
  • Transport the dog immediately to a veterinarian.

What to do if your Saint is not breathing:

  • Stay calm.
  • If possible, have another person call the veterinarian while you help dog.
  • Check to see if he or she is unconscious.
  • Open your dog’s airway by gently grasping its tongue and pulling it forward (out of the mouth) until it is flat. Check the Saint’s throat to see if there are any foreign objects blocking the airway.
  • Perform rescue breathing by closing your Saint Bernard’s mouth (hold it closed with your hand) and breathing with your mouth directly into its nose until you see the dog’s chest expand. Once the chest expands, continue the rescue breathing once every 4 or 5 seconds. Transport the Saint Bernard immediately to a veterinarian.

Brenda McWhorter
Health Committee
December, 2013