Canine CPR

by | Dog Care |

There are not many things that can scare a pet owner like the sound of your companion choking. As many know, choking can lead to loss of breathing and death could follow. If you come across your pet, who is unresponsive and not breathing, you will need to seek immediate emergency care.

CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is the universal method for artificial respiration. It involves chest compressions to artificially circulate blood through the heart, and breathing into the victim’s airways to force air into the lungs. When administering CPR to your pet, you breath into his nostril, not mouth.

The best way to learn canine or pet CPR is through a training course, which will teach you how to identify an animal in serious cardiac arrest and how to administer CPR until you can get emergency veterinary care. Contact your local veterinarian to inquire about pet CPR or to help you locate a training class near you.

The American Animal Hospital Association says that 25% of pets that end up in emergency clinics could have been saved if their owners knew CPR.  If you have a pet that is older, or has heart problems, consider taking a pet CPR course to learn how to save your pet’s life.

To learn more about canine CPR or emergency care, visit the ASPCA’s site on Emergency Care.