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Performing CPR For Your Pets

CPR or the CardioPulmonary Resuscitation in pets is an emergency technique used when they stopped breathing and has no heartbeat. It includes rescue breathing or the mouth-to-snout resuscitation and chest compressions.

Seeing your dog in a life-threatening situation can be a terrifying and stressful experience, especially if the dog is unresponsive. Having yourself with the knowledge to effectively recognize and take action treating your dog’s condition can keep you calm and greatly increase your dog’s chance of survival.

These two life-saving procedures you need to know are artificial respiration and CPR for dogs. This article will outline how to identify whether your dog needs CPR and how to perform those procedures.

CPR on Pets- Check Your Pets , PetScripts

1. Check For  Pulse and Breathing

 Use middle finger to find pulse:

  •   Below Wrist
  •   Inner Thigh 
  •   Below Ankle or 
  •   Where the elbow touches the chest
Check for Pulse | PetScripts CPR Guide.

2. Check for Other Warning Signs

  •    Do Gums and lips appear white / gray in color?
  •    Are Pupils dilated and unresponsive to light ? 

NOTE:  If there is no breathing and no pulse, begin CPR immediately.

NEVER practice CPR on a healthy dog. This can cause serious physical harm to your dog if performed unnecessarily. If your dog shows any signs of resistance to you performing CPR, then they may not need it!

3. Give Pet Rescue Breath

Cats and Small Dogs:

  • Place your mouth over your pet's nose and mouth to blow air in.

   Medium to large Dogs:

  •  Place your mouth over their nose to blow air in, making sure your pet's mouth is kept shut. If your breath won't go in, their airway might be blocked; perform Heimlich Maneuver.
Rescue Breath | Pet Scripts CPR Guide

4. Heimlich Maneuver

  • Turn your pet upside down and hold them with their back to your chest.
  • Clasp your hand together just blow your pet's rib cage on their abdomen
  • Give 5 short thrusts to abdomen with both of your arms
  • Check airway for an obstruction and remove it
  • Give your pet two or more rescue pets rescue breaths
PetScripts CPR Guide

5. Start Compression

  •  Lay your pet on their right side.
  •  Place your hands over their ribs where the elbow touches the chest
  • Begin compressions.
Start Compression , PetScripts CPR Guide

6. Repeat Compression Procedure

  • Check pulse after 1 minute then every few minutes
  • Continue CPR until the animal has a pulse and is breathing
  •  Stop CPR after 20 minutes
  •  Contact your vet after going treatment.
CPR Guide | PetScripts.com.au