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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