GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A 7-month-old Doberman pinscher puppy who nearly drowned in his family's pool was given a second chance at life by veterinarians with the University of Florida's pet emergency clinic.
The puppy, named Bo, was treated in November at the university’s Small Animal Hospital in Gainesville.
Bo's heart stopped when he arrived at clinic in Ocala, but after CPR administered by UF veterinary medical specialists, additional treatment at the animal hospital, and a dose of good luck, Bo survived to return home in early November.
A little over a week later, Bo was fully recovered and graduated as top dog in his puppy obedience class.
Ashley Allen, a clinical assistant professor of emergency and critical care medicine, was on duty in Ocala when Bo’s family brought him in on Nov. 4. She said that in addition to veterinary expertise, the availability of a transport ventilator used to take him from the smaller pet emergency clinic in Ocala to the UF Small Animal Hospital in Gainesville helped to save his life.
His owners said they will never forget the day Bo’s ordeal started.
“That morning, I let our dogs outside,” said Bo’s owner, Tania Travieso, of Ocala. “After about five minutes, I asked my son to let the dogs back in. My son noticed that Bo and another one of our dogs were in the pool and that Bo was in distress and underwater.”
Travieso’s son jumped in and pulled Bo out of the pool. Family members wrapped him in a comforter and placed him on a bed. They saw the puppy was conscious but coughing and that blood had begun seeping out of his mouth.