There is plenty of cynicism on the matter, but altruism is very much a fundamental part of human nature. For proof, look no further than the people who will take enormous risks to save their dogs when they are in danger. However, it is important to note that people need to be clever when being altruism, as shown by what can happen when they jump into icy waters.
In short, jumping into icy waters to save a dog is never a good idea. Primarily, this is because icy waters can be much more dangerous than what most people would expect upon initial consideration. As a result, the chances are good that such individuals are not just going to fail to help out their dogs but also put themselves in serious danger at the same time. This is particularly problematic because once help arrives, they are the ones who are going to get prioritized, meaning that their dogs will have to spend even more time in the icy waters.
You Should Do Your Best to Keep Your Dog Off of the Ice
Prevention is the best solution to this particular problem. Simply put, a dog’s sense of judgment isn’t as good as that of a human under most circumstances. As a result, it is perfectly possible for a dog to think that a patch of ice is more stable than it actually is, meaning that they won’t hesitate to run over it in spite of the horrendous risks. Luckily, dog owners are not helpless when it comes to preventing their dogs from doing such things. For example, if dog owners are bringing their dogs outside, they might want to avoid areas with frozen bodies of water. Likewise, if dog owners are bringing their dogs outside, they might want to keep a very firm hand on the leash so that their dogs won’t go running off. Finally, even if dog owners are comfortable with letting their dogs go into areas with frozen bodies of water, they should never ever let them dog so unsupervised.
What Should You Do If Your Dog Falls Into Icy Waters Anyways?
Of course, prevention isn’t perfect. Sometimes, a dog owner will relax their vigilance when they shouldn’t have. Other times, a dog might go running off after a wild animal with sufficient enthusiasm that it catches the dog owner by surprise, thus resulting in the leash leaving their hands. Whatever the case, dogs can end up in icy water even if dog owners have been careful for the most part, meaning that said individuals will want to have a plan in mind for when this happens.
First, dog owners should call 911 for help. They don’t have the expertise, experience, and equipment needed to get their dogs out of the icy waters with minimal risk, but they can call in people who do have those things. This is particularly important because saving a dog that has fallen into icy waters doesn’t stop with getting them out but extends to the immediate aftermath as well because of hypothermia and other potential consequences.
Second, dog owners should check to see how well their dogs are hanging on. Generally speaking, dogs should be able to keep themselves afloat for some time by hanging on to the edge of the ice, which should buy enough time for help to arrive. However, if dog owners can find some kind of flotation device attached to a rope, that could be very helpful for their dogs. Failing that, dog owners might be able to find some kind of branch, pole, or even a ladder, which could provide their dogs with something to hang onto in the absence of everything else.
Third, dog owners might be tempted to get their dogs to swim somewhere else. However, this tends to be a bad idea because swimming causes dogs to lose their body heat faster. As a result, dog owners should do their best to avoid exciting their dogs until help can arrive.
Fourth, once help arrives, dog owners should do their best to listen to the rescue workers as well as follow their instructions to the best of their abilities. Once everything is over, the dog should have gotten prevention care for hypothermia as well as other potential consequences. However, dog owners should check in with their veterinarians anyways because there can be potential consequences from the experience in the long run as well.