Houston firefighters rescued three dogs from a burning apartment complex, including one pup that was resuscitated by its owner with mouth-to-snout resuscitation.
Authorities say two puppies and their mother were saved.
The cause of the fire, which left several units damaged, is under investigation. All of the residents were able to get out safely.
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.
Posted by John Woestendiek October 23rd, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
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