Even if you have never heard of this dreaded and heartbreaking condition, it is a fact and does happen both to children and to dogs.
“It is summer and time for your dog to dive into your swimming pool or a sparkling lake, or playfully bite at the water jetting from your lawn sprinklers or garden hose but are you aware of water intoxication? Water intoxication is when the body takes in more water than it can handle and, though rare, is frequently lethal. This excess amount of water causes a condition call hypernatremia which happens when sodium levels outside the cells are depleted. The body responds to this low blood sodium by rebalancing itself; increasing fluid intake inside the cells. Some of the body’s organs can accommodate the swelling cells but the brain, being encased in bone, cannot. Symptoms of water intoxication are lethargy, bloating, vomiting, stumbling, falling, staggering, restlessness, increased salivation, pale gums, dilated pupils, and glazed eyes and as the pressure in the brain increases, cells begin to die, leading to difficulty breathing, seizures and loss of consciousness. Water intoxication is more common than we realize and many veterinarians misdiagnose it because they do not know that it exists. First guesses at veterinary emergency clinics may include head trauma, hypothermia, and overexertion. There isn’t much in published literature on the condition, noting one of the only scholarly works was published in 1925. Even internal-medicine specialists seem confused at how a water-logged canine body can turn on itself. Water intoxication can happen to any dog who takes in too much water, too fast but the condition advances more quickly in small dogs as well as high-drive dogs such as Jack Russell Terriers and Papillion’s. Dogs who are members of the agility community are more prone to water intoxication due to low body fat levels; not much extra tissue to absorb the extra fluid. It can happen to any breed of dog but it is the driven dog usually, the one who jumps into the lake for a toy or the obsessive-compulsive dog who continuously bites water, who suffers most. Dogs bred for water retrieving like Labrador Retrievers, Newfoundland’s, and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers usually do not suffer from water intoxication as they have been bred for generations to move through the water with their mouths tightly closed, to cause as little surface disturbance as possible. Mild cases of water intoxication may resolve themselves without any notice from the sufferers owner by producing urine to remove fluid but really severe cases probably won’t survive because the brain stem, which controls respiration, dies. But all of this does not mean you and your best friend cannot enjoy a romp in the lake or a dive into the pool, just be a little cautious at it. Try not to throw a toy more than five times then take a 5-10 minute break. Don’t throw tennis balls as the dog’s mouth is wide open when retrieving it, instead, throw something flat. There are many flat toys on the market that float and double as a tug toy as well. These toys are in the dog’s line of vision when retrieving so they feel they have to hold their head high in order to see it. Water intoxication is real and it is out there and the best way to deal with it is to not let it happen in the first place. Just pay attention. http://www.chocolatedogadvertising.com“
Martina, owner of the Alaska K9 Aquatics, began using Hedz UP Pets Watercollars in her hydrotherapy practice a couple of years ago. Here’s what she says about the collars:
“We have very much appreciated having the Hedz Up Pet Watercollars available for our dog swimming clients to use on their visits to our facility. We have many handicapped dogs that come in, and it greatly increases the enjoyment of their swim when they are confident they are not going to get a dunking while swimming! It is particularly helpful for the dogs that have lost the use of one of their front legs! With their Hedz UP collar on they can continue their fun water fetch games, while maintaining and building muscles!”
Martina, Alaska K9 Aquatics
Please copy this link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iuJtz5tF8U) to your browser and watch Oliver, a front leg tripod, swim. Martina uses the life jacket in tandem with the Watercollar in an abundance of caution. As you can see, Oliver is doing SPECTACULARLY WELL!!!
This is a LIFE ISSUE for this darling little PARALYZED PUP from New Jersey! Read these two notes from his “mom.”
10//4/17: I have a paralyzed pup who goes to water therapy weekly and we are excited to try your product, as his head is constantly going in the water and he hates it!! Thank you,
11/7/17: Hi Lynne! I’m sorry it has taken me so long to send this to you. Dobby is doing so much better in his water therapy now that we have his collar!!! Thank you so much for all of your help and for coming up with this product!
(September 25, 2017) — My 8 month old Lab/Vizsla puppy was hit by a car and had his leg reconstructed and so we swim him in the pool for therapy – but when he fetches a ball he swallows so much water that I really think he would be better off with a neck life preserver to keep his head up in addition to his life vest. I don’t want to have him in the pool until he is safer – but he needs to do his therapy – therefore I would really love to get this product as soon as we can.
(October 2, 2017) — Pablo is very handsome in his “giraffe” float collar. The collar, in addition to the life vest, makes him capable of fetching his beloved rubber chicken in the pool over and over again. Before, he swallowed too much water because he couldn’t keep his head up enough since one of his back legs is injured. Now he can do this everyday! He’s a happy guy. And his leg is getting stronger with the swimming.
Thank you so much for your product and for all your help- even through the hurricane!
Thank you for your help in getting the correct size…fits Shadow perfectly using her play collar. I’m not sure if we can get her to go into the deeper water to see if she will swim. Whether swimming or jumping off the slide, Shadow will certainly make a fashion statement at our Community Pool Doggie Paddle event! I love ❤️ it!! Thanks again and it was great talking to you, JoAnne
A beautiful Pit Bull named Ginger playing with her “mom’s” niece with a very WET Frisbee toy! Since Ginger loves to play “toss and retrieve” with a tennis ball in the pool, she was always taking on water as she brought the ball back. Her “mom,” Laura, of California, was very concerned with Dry Drowning or Secondary Drowning, which occur, both in children and dogs, generally AFTER they have left the pool. With so-called dry drowning, water never reaches the lungs. Instead, breathing in water causes your dog or child’s vocal cords to spasm and close up. That shuts off his airways, making it hard to breathe. You would start to notice those signs right away — it would not happen “out of the blue” days later.
Come to the 40th Annual Houston World Series of Dog Shows, the city’s premier canine extravaganza, held July 19-23, 2017, at NRG Center in Houston, Texas 77054. Hedz UP Pets will be in Booth 511. Come see us and our beautiful dogs, modeling their Watercollars!
This awesome picture of Zsiga, the cool Wirehaired Viszla, is owned by Miriam, who also owns the Desert Pet Companion Magazine, www.DesertPetCompanion.com, which ran a news story of the Hedz UP Pets Watercollar in 2016. Another dog was used for the story, because, as Miriam said, Zsiga did not look “AMUSED”! She said that her other option would have been to wait until he smiled!! I’m guessing she never caught him smiling! Just had to share this with you.
These beautiful little Havanese Darlings were on vacation in Florida and needed a little help in learning to swim. Their “mom” said that their life jackets were not working for them, so she found Hedz UP Pets online, and here’s her story.
The watercollars worked great.We put the little Swimways dog float up to the edge of the pool and they would jump into it.We then put it in the middle of the pool and encouraged them to jump out of the float and swim to the stairs.They loved it.They did not mind either putting the watercollar on or taking it off.Your device works so much better than the life jackets which were unstable. The life jackets would almost turn them over.
Susan A., Libertyville, IL, vacationing in Key West, FL
Attached are a few snaps of our 15 year old golden retriever Angie enjoying her new water collar.
As she has suffered from epilepsy for over 8 years and can now hardly walk – the water exercise is great for her. She loves swimming but was having trouble holding her head above water as she got older. This water collar has reinvigorated her.