In order to save the animal when it has stopped breathing, the supply of oxygen must be restored within 3-5 minutes!
Dogs may experience rapidly increasing shortness of breath due to an injury to the chest or lungs. Obstruction of the respiratory tract is also possible, for example, due to foreign bodies or swelling of the mucous membrane after a wasp sting. Dogs that have been involved in accidents, in particular, should be observed carefully, as they sometimes only show deterioration after hours.
How do you recognize it?
At first, the dogs breathe heavily with their lips pulled back and their necks stretched out, and their tongues can already turn bluish. Breathing can be slow and labored or rapid and superficial. As soon as the respiratory rate drops below 6 breaths per minute, you have to hurry.
What should I do?
If the dog is unconscious, lay him on his side, flick out his tongue and try to remove any obstructions, such as a spoon handle, that may be obstructing the airway. Close your mouth with your hand and blow into your nostril until your chest rises. Then let the air out again. Repeat this every 3 seconds, in cardiac arrest combined with heart massage every second. Take the dog to the vet as soon as possible.
How to prevent it?
Avoid accidents: train your dog to be safe in traffic and only walk on a leash near roads. Observe the dog carefully after a supposedly minor collision and consult the veterinarian at the first sign. Keep wasps and dangerous foreign objects away from your dog.