Essential First Aid: CPR For Dogs
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation is the most important first aid technique that every pet owner should be comfortable with. Chances are that you will never have to use it, but it will save your pet’s life if a ball is lodged in his airway.
There are some very basic steps:
2.Establish a patent airway
3.Perform rescue breathing
4.Cardiac massage – establishing circulation
STEP 1: RESPONSIVENESS
The first step is making sure that your pet is truly unresponsive.
1.CHECK his breathing by placing your hand in front of his mouth and nose.
2.CHECK for his heartbeat by placing your ear against the left side of his chest – this is the area where his left elbow touches his chest, immediately behind his left armpit.
STEP 2: AIRWAY
The second step in CPR is obtaining a patent airway.
1.PULL the tongue out of your pet’s mouth, but be careful to not get bitten.
2.STRAIGHTEN the neck by moving the head to be in line with the neck.
DO NOT HYPEREXTEND IN CASES OF NECK TRAUMA.
3.PERFORM two rescue breaths, by closing the mouth and performing mouth to nose ventilations. IF they continue, then proceed to STEP 3, BREATHING.
If there are no breaths, then look into the mouth.
4.VISIBLY inspect the mouth and look down the throat for a foreign body. If you see something, reach into the airway and remove it.
5.IF the airway is still not open, attempt HEIMLICH (shown in following steps).
6.TURN your pet upside down, with back against your chest.
7.WITH both arms, give sharp thrusts to the abdomen.
8.AFTER 5 thrusts, stop and check to see if the object is visible in the airway. If so remove it and give 2 mouth-to-nose rescue breaths. If the breaths do not go in, repeat HEIMLICH.
STEP 3: BREATHING
After achieving a patent airway, perform RESCUE BREATHING.
1.CLOSE your pet’s mouth and breathe directly into his nose until his chest expands. If the chest does not expand then go back to STEP 2 – AIRWAY.
2.VENTILATE at 8 breaths per minute. 2 BREATHS every 15 seconds.
3.PROCEED to STEP 4 – CIRCULATION
STEP 4: CIRCULATION
1.ENSURE there are no major points of bleeding. Control as necessary.
2.GENTLY lay your pet on his right side.
3.LOCATE the heart, which is found on the lower half of the chest on the left side, behind the elbow of the front left leg. Place one hand below the heart to support the chest; place the other hand over the heart.
4.COMPRESS the chest 30 times followed by 2 rescue breaths. 4 compressions every 2 seconds. Compress the chest 1/2 inch for small pets and 1 1/2 inches for large pets.
5. EVERY 30 times follow up with 2 rescue breaths.
Continue heart massage compressions and rescue breathing until you hear a heartbeat and feel regular breathing.
Once your pet is breathing and his heart is beating, call your veterinarian immediately.
Source: Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM
P.S. A few additional points here.
In my opinion, every pet owner should be comfortable with basic dog and cat First Aid.
It’s the responsible thing to do- and you WILL need it at some point.
DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian.