Kiss of life saves dog in distress

A groomer saved one of her smallest clients.
Heather Colpitts Langley Advance

“Not on my watch,” dog groomer Vicki Daniz said when eight-year-old dog Munchkln went into convulsions and stopped breathing.

The owner of Vicki’s Paw Spa was able to give Linda Jensen’s dog CPR and do chest compressions that saved his life.

Daniz was just about finished dipping the hair of the toy Pomeranian/Shih Tzu mix in her downtown Langley shop about two weeks ago when the crisis began.

Munchkin flopped on his side, convulsed, stopped breathing and peed. Daniz knew that meant the dog was dying.

Muncnkin has mostly recovered from seizures and a stroke a couple of weeks ago, saved by groomer Vicki Daniz. “I knew right away he was having a seizure but usually they are breathing,” Daniz said.

She gave the dog mouth to mouth and did compressions on the sides of the dog’s chest (unlike human compressions done from the front).

With three sets of CPR and compressions, the dog came out of it but less than a minute later, died again so Daniz did a couple more breaths and raced outside into colder air while her assistant tried to reach the owner.

While Daniz was outside with the dog cradled in her arms, Jensen drove up, expecting to pick up her best friend from his monthly bath and clip.

Jensen teamed what the dog had gone through and raced to the veterinarian. She said the diagnosis was that the dog had seizures but also a stroke.

For Daniz, It was difficult seeing a dog she’s worked on for at least six years in distress. So she couldn’t imagine what Jensen would have had to go through if the dog didn’t make it.

“They’re your baby, Jensen noted.

Daniz, whose shop works on about 1,100 dogs, is accustomed to working on elderly dogs and sees how hard their deaths hit owners. But Munch kin was only eight. A small breed like that can be expected to live about 15 years.

The Incident allowed Daniz to use skills acquired from a couple of previous professions.

“I’m pet first aid certified,” Daniz explained.

As a former EMT in an industrial plant and daycare owner, she also has human first aid.

Munch kin is shy but Jensen said he’s doing well. One foot was turned under temporarily from the stroke and he couldn’t walk for a couple days immediately after the incident.

“It took him a few days but I’d say almost fully recovered she said.

hcolpitts@langleyadvance.com

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