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How to perform doggie CPR

A poll this week announced 63 percent of dog owners would be at least somewhat likely to perform mouth-to-snout resuscitation on their dog in an emergency. It didn’t report how many dog owners actually know how. My guess is fewer than 10 percent.

So here’s an ohmidog! rerun — a four-minute lesson on doggie CPR, as taught by Elaine Acker, CEO of Pets America:

1. If your dog is not breathing, use a finger to clear any mucus or other objects from the mouth. Tilt the head back to straighten the airway passage. Hold the mouth shut with one hand, and place your mouth over the dog’s nose and mouth, making sure the seal is tight.

2. Blow into the nose while watching to see if the chest expands.

3. If the chest does not expand, check and clear the dog’s mouth again, and start the procedure over.

4. If the chest does expand, release your dog’s mouth, allowing it to exhale.

5. Repeat the breathing procedure once every five seconds until your dog is breathing normally.

6. If your dog is not breathing and has no detectable heartbeat, and no other forms of help are available, cardiac resuscitation can be attempted.

7. To do this, put your dog on its right side and place the heel of your hand on the ribcage just behind the elbow. Put your other hand on top of the first hand. Firmly press on the ribcage in quick, smooth movements three to four times, using both hands. The compression should last no longer than half a second. The smaller the dog the fewer inches of compression and less force are needed. At all times take care not to damage the ribcage.

8. Repeat this procedure a total of 10 times. Then, if your DOG is not breathing, perform mouth-to-snout resuscitation again, alternating between 10 chest compressions and one breath into the dog’s nose.

Thanks to Pets America for the information.


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Comment from Jacki
Time October 21, 2011 at 11:51 am

I appreciate this lesson so much. I am fostering a 2.5 yr old that had heartworm. I intend to adopt him and will care for him while he goes through the treatment. I feel comfortable knowing how to asses and administer CPR if it was ever needed. Thank you so much