Handling Hypothermia

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Holly at Easy Living the Hard Way gives readers a number of ways to warm a chilled animal.

When a dog ran a neighbor’s ewe into a frozen pond, Holly covered the sheep with a blanket and exposed small areas on the body and dried the wool with a hair dryer.

“Even when the ewe was dry she continued to shiver,” Holly writes. “What ended up being the most effective was aiming the warm air on the main arteries that run on the inside of the legs, particularly the back leg. Warm this spot and warm blood will flow throughout their body.”

Holly also has filled her bathtub part way with warm water and layered kids and lambs in it while she cradled their heads above water. That said, the most effective method, she said, is to lay a small animal on a heating pad, wrap it in warm towels and blow a hairdryer underneath the towels, sometimes aiming at the arteries inside the legs.

Holly says she also open to new suggestions from readers.

“If any of you have had experience with another method, please share,” she said. “When you’re confronted with a situation like this, you need all the options you can get.”

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