Canine CPR


Canine CPR

Did you know there are K9 CPR emergency precautions?

Here are a few tips that could save your dog’s life. Should your dog’s heart or breathing stop due to injury or illness would you know what to do? CPR is used for humans, it can also be used to help dogs.

1.Check for a heartbeat by looking at the dog’s chest to see if its moving or by placing your ear next to the dog’s chest and listen for heartbeat.

2. Check that the dog’s airway is clear, then pull his tongue forward out of his mouth. Be careful not to get bitten, even unresponsive dogs may still bite instinctively. Gently try to bring his head in line with his neck to open the airway.

3. Breathe into the dog’s nose and watch for his chest to expand. Give just enough air to cause his chest to rise, Large dogs require more air were a little smaller dogs require less. Continue breathing into his nose giving one breath every 3 seconds.

4. If the dog’s chest does not rise when you breathe, look into his mouth again for any objects that could be blocking the airway. Perform the Heimlich Maneuver if necessary. Do this by turning the dog upside down with his back against your chest use both arms to give five strong sharp hugs to the abdomen until the object is expelled.

5. To start compressions, turn the dog gently to his right side. Pace the heel of your hand on the chest over the heart. Place the other hand palm down on top. Then compress the chest 15 times about 3 compressions every 2 seconds. Press down about 1 inch for a medium size dog press harder for a larger animal and then more gently for smaller dogs. Be mindful that the ribs could be broken so do not press too hard.

6. Continue CPR until the dog has a heartbeat and is breathing regularly. Take the dog to your veterinarian as soon as he is stable. If you preform CPR and determine that it’s not helping get the dog to an emergency animal hospital immediately.

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