It is very frightening when your pet stops breathing, but like with humans, dogs and cats can also be administered CPR. There are a few suggestions that can help keep your pet alive before bringing it to a veterinarian. First, don’t panic. Stay calm and with good information on what to do, you can save your pet’s life. If there is no breathing and no pulse, begin CPR immediately. Pets America.org has a great YouTube video that will show you step-by-step on how to perform CPR on your pet. It is always good to know this process in advance, so if ever a time comes when you will need to perform CPR on you pet, you will have the knowledge to do so. https://youtu.be/0AFrUiRIeVo
Check for breathing and pulse. Check pulse using middle and index finger below the wrist, inner thigh (femoral artery), or below the ankle or where the left elbow touches the chest. Always place pet on its right side and place hand over ribs where the elbow touches the chest. If not breathing, give breath to your pet.
Cats and small dogs – Place your mouth over its nose and mouth and blow air in.
Medium to large dogs – Place your mouth over its nose to blow air in.
Begin compressions, but do not give compressions if your pet has a pulse. Check pulse after 1 minute and then every few minutes. Continue giving CPR until your pet has a pulse and is breathing. Stop CPR after 20 minutes.
Knowing in advance what to do can save your pet’s life. If breath won’t go in, airway may be blocked. Administer the Heimlich Maneuver. Turn pet upside down, with its back against your chest. Wrap your arms around the dog and clap your hands together just below its rib cage (since you will be holding the dog upside down. It’s above the rib cage, in the abdomen). Using both arms, give five sharp thrusts to the abdomen. Then check its mouth or have a partner if one is available to check its mouth or airway for the object. If you see it, remove it and give two more rescue breaths.
Source: American Red Cross, Pet America.org https://youtu.be/0AFrUiRIeVo
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