Category: Pet CPR and First Aid


May 18, 2015 Cheryl Smith Nature, Pet CPR and First Aid, Uncategorized 2 Comments


There is no doubt that we love our pets and would do anything to keep them healthy & happy. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, they estimate that approximately 57% of United States households have animals and over 63% of these households consider their pets family members. Our fur babies can have medical emergencies too. Would you know how to perform CPR on your pet? We have outlined some steps below to help if your pet needs CPR.

  1. Check the airway – Is it clear? Open the animal’s mouth and check for any obstruction. Remove anything that could be blocking the airway.
  2. Tilt the head and give several breaths. For large dogs, it is recommended that you close the jaw and breathe into the nose. Watch to make sure the animal’s chest rises and give 2 breaths. For smaller dogs or cats you may be able to cup or cover the nose and mouth together as you provide the 2 breaths. Again, watch for the chest to rise.
  3. Chest compressions are next! For large dogs try to position the dog on his back and perform chest compressions just as you would for a human. For smaller dogs and cats, the animals should be on their side and focus your compressions on the rib cage area. The rate of compressions will depend on the size of the dog or cat.

    • If your dog weighs more than 60 lbs. use 60 compressions per minute
    • Any animal between 11-60 lbs. use 80-100 compressions per minute
    • Animals that are less than 10lbs use 120 compression per minute


  5. Don’t forget to alternate breaths with compressions! Use the same rate of compressions to breaths as humans, which is 30:2.
  6. Continue to perform CPR on your animal until you get a response or until they begin breathing on their own.

Every animal lover should be familiar with these steps. Actually these are skills everyone needs. CPR Choice is passionate about equipping you with the skills need to help save a life! Visit the CPR Training Calendar today and sign up for a class- and Remember the life you save, could be a family member or close friend.



CPR for Pets

November 17, 2014 Cheryl Smith CPR, Pet CPR and First Aid

We sure do love our pets.  Most people think of them as another member in their family.  However, most pet owners don’t know how to give their animal CPR.  CPR for cats and dogs is very similar to CPR for humans.  Because CPR can be harmful on a healthy dog, be sure that the animal is unconscious and the risk of being bitten by the animal is not present.

1. Lay the dog on it’s right side.  Check for breathing by looking for chest rise or listening near the animals head.  Look for any obstructions; if one is present remove it by sweeping with your finger.

2. Open the dogs airway and give several rescue breaths: For large dogs: close the animal’s jaw tightly and breathe into the nose. The animal’s chest should rise. Give 4-5 rescue breaths. For small dogs and cats you may be able to cover the nose and mouth with your mouth as you breathe.

3. Check for a pulse.  You can check this in the wrist area of the animal or at the femoral artery.

4.  If there is no pulse, perform chest compressions.  The rate of chest compressions varies with the size of the animal. (Dogs over 60 lbs: 60 compressions per minute, Animals 11 to 60 lbs: 80-100 compressions per minute, Animals 10 lbs or less: 120 compressions per minute)

4. Alternate breaths with compressions.  The ratio of compressions to breaths should be 15:1. Continue doing this until the animal responds or begins to breathe on its own.  Continue to watch for signs of life.

5.  Get your animal to a veterinary hospital as soon as possible!



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