Electrical shock injuries can easily happen to all dogs. However, puppies are more prone to experiencing shock than older dogs. Young dogs like to chew on everything, and this includes electrical wires.
Lightning, faulty wiring, and fallen cables are also sources of electrical shock. These dangers do not discriminate. It is important you know how to deal with an electrical shock if it happens to your dog.
The symptoms of electrical shock can depend on the voltage, pathway, and length of contact. Minor shocks may only produce mild discomfort. However, even the weakest shocks can cause burns. The scope of the injury may not be fully evident until days later when the injured tissue dies. The damaged skin can easily get infected and lead to more issues.
Severe electrical shock can seriously injure organs and the nervous system. A serious electrical shock can produce symptoms that look a lot like a seizure. The convulsions and spasms can be so strong that your dog can injure itself and possibly break bones.
Electricity can damage the heart and lead to an abnormal heart rhythm. This can cause your dog to faint or experience cardiac arrest. This is very dangerous and can cause brain damage or even death.
An electric shock can cause the lungs to fill with fluid. This symptom is referred to as pulmonary edema. This is a life-threatening condition that can make it hard for your dog to breathe. The fluid can develop almost immediately or it can take several days. If your dog is experiencing pulmonary edema, it is vital you get them to your vet immediately.
Symptoms your dog may experience from electrical shock:
If you see that your dog is experiencing an electrical shock, it is important you do not put yourself in danger. Staying calm will help you and your dog. Once your dog has been removed from the electrical danger, get them to the vet immediately.
If your dog experiences an electrical shock, see your vet as soon as possible. Drugs can be administered to steady an irregular heartbeat. Diuretic drugs may also be administered to help eliminate and prevent fluid buildup in the lungs. Antibiotics are often given to fight infections.
In severe cases, burns in the mouth may cause so much pain that your dog will be unable to eat. Try feeding them soft food that has been mixed in a blender. If this does not work, your vet may need to insert a feeding tube.
If your dog has experienced an electrical shock, contact us immediately. Electrical shocks can be fatal. Do not wait.
We are located at 1376 Erringer Road, Simi Valley. We proudly treat clients from all surrounding areas including Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth and areas nearby Ventura County. You can reach Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency at 805-306-0633.