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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) On Pets


1. Check For Pulse and Breathing

Use the middle and index finger to find pulse:

  • Below wrist
  • Inner thigh
  • Below ankle or
  • Where the left elbow touches the chest

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2. Check For Other Warning Signs

  •  Do Gums and lips appear white/grey in color?
  •  Are pupils dilated and unresponsive to light?

If there is no breathing and no pulse, begin CPR immediately

3. Give Pet Rescue Breath

Cats and Small Dogs:

  • Place your mouth over your pet's nose and mouth to blow air in.

 Medium to Large Dogs:

  • Place your mouth over their nose to blow air in, making sure your pet's mouth is kept shut. If your breath won't go in, their airway might be blocked; perform Heimlich Maneuver.


4. Heimlich Maneuver

Heimlich Maneuver or abdominal thrusts is an emergency treatment for obstruction of the airway preventing them from breathing.

  • Turn your pet upside down and hold them with their back to your chest.
  • Clasp your hand together just blow your pet's rib cage on their abdomen.
  • Give 5 short thrusts to the abdomen with both of your arms.
  • Check the airway for obstruction and remove it.
  • Give your pet two or more rescue pets rescue breaths.

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5. Start Compression

  • Lay your pet on their right side.
  • Place your hands over their ribs where the elbow touches the chest
  • Begin compressions.

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6. Repeat Compression Procedure

Check pulse after 1 minute then every few minutes
Continue CPR until the animal has a pulse and is breathing
Stop CPR after 20 minutes
Contact your vet after going treatment.


Precautions CPR

 Precautions on CPR

This is a physically intense procedure that when performed, can cause additional injury to your pet. These injuries include:

  • Broken Ribs
  • Pneumothorax or also known as a collapsed lung
  • Overall stress

These injuries are treatable by a veterinarian. If you think that you may have injured your dog, simply proceed with softer compressions.

Never practice CPR on healthy dogs. It is highly recommended that you review some of the basic procedures so you'll know how to perform them if your pet encounter one of the life-threatening situation.

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