A man who was trying to rescue one of his dogs from an icy lake drowned during the attempt. Both of the victim’s dogs were taken away by rescue workers. Officials say trying to rescue one’s own dog from a frozen lake after they have fallen through the ice is very dangerous. Though one could understand the strong emotional bonds between a dog owner and dog, and how difficult it would be to exercise restraint when a dog is in danger, but the average pet owner is not trained in emergency rescue. Only professional firefighters or other rescue personnel are knowledgeable in how to retrieve animals in such situations, and it is even dangerous for them.
A better strategy is to always keep dogs on a leash if one must walk them near a frozen lake, pond, stream or river. Otherwise, there is some chance they will wind up on the ice or falling in. The best option is to simply avoid walking dogs anywhere near deep, frozen water.
Recently a man walking with his dog was able to rescue it in a similar situation. The dog had fallen into icy water after walking on thin ice that broke. So he removed all of his clothes, except his underwear, and carefully crawled on the ice to his dog. He also fell through the ice into the water, but was somehow able to push the dog out of the water onto the ice and then get himself out also.
These kinds of stories are misleading, however, as they suggest anyone might be able to save his or her own dog, which is not the case. The man who rescued his own dog very likely was nothing more than extremely lucky to have survived. Another man who tried a similar rescue had to be saved by others.
Falling or jumping into cold water can cause the following reactions:
Cold water urticaria
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