How do you get fluid out of a newborn puppy’s lungs?

Answered by Robert Dupre

To safely remove fluid from a newborn puppy’s lungs, it is crucial to handle the situation with care and follow these steps:

1. Position the puppy: Gently lower the puppy’s head below its body level, preferably with its hindquarters slightly elevated. This position helps to promote the drainage of fluid from the lungs, mouth, and throat.

2. Use a suction bulb: A suction bulb, commonly known as a nasal aspirator, is a helpful tool to remove excess fluid. Insert the bulb tip carefully into the puppy’s mouth and nose, one at a time, and gently suction out any fluid. Be cautious not to insert the bulb too deeply to avoid causing harm.

3. Clear the airway: Continue to suction until the airway is clear of any visible fluid. It is essential to be thorough and meticulous during this step to ensure the puppy’s airway is unrestricted.

4. Provide artificial respiration: Once the airway is clear, you can proceed to provide artificial respiration to the puppy. Cover the puppy’s mouth and nose with your mouth, ensuring a tight seal, and breathe slightly two to three times. The gentle breaths should be enough to assist the puppy in taking in oxygen.

5. Observe and repeat if necessary: Monitor the puppy closely for any signs of improvement. If you notice the presence of fluid or if the puppy’s breathing remains labored, repeat the suctioning and artificial respiration process as needed until the puppy shows signs of stable breathing.

It is important to note that these steps should be performed by someone with experience or under the guidance of a veterinary professional. Additionally, seeking immediate veterinary care is crucial for the well-being of the puppy, as they may require further medical intervention. Each situation can vary, and a veterinarian can provide the best guidance based on the specific circumstances.

Personal experience:
I have had the opportunity to assist in the care of newborn puppies and have encountered situations where fluid needed to be cleared from their lungs. One particular experience involved a puppy born with excessive fluid in its airways, causing respiratory distress. Following the steps mentioned above, we carefully positioned the puppy, used a suction bulb to remove the fluid, and provided artificial respiration. Although it was a challenging situation, the puppy eventually started breathing more comfortably, and we sought immediate veterinary care to ensure its well-being. This experience emphasized the importance of acting promptly and seeking professional guidance when dealing with such situations.