In this blog post we will go over CPR techniques.
We got a PAWsome pocket handbook on Pet First Aid by The National Humane Society and we just had to share it with you! We know how important your pet's health and safety is and we want to make sure you have the information at your finger tips!
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In this blog post we will go over CPR techniques.

CPR:

Only perform CPR if your dog is not breathing! Do not attempt if your dog is conscious. Follow the ABC order (Airway, Breathing, Circulation) when performing CPR.

A = Airway

  • Lay your dog on their side. Open airway by gently extending head and neck out by pulling back on the chin until neck is straight.
  • Open mouth and pull out tongue. Clear debris if needed.

B = Breathing

  • Use the following breathing rates:
    • 10-20 breaths per minute
    • Hold your dog's mouth shut.
    • Place your mouth over your dog's nose and forcefully blow just enough to make the chest rise.
    • Repeat 4-5 times, then check to see if your dog begins to breathe on their own.
    • If your dog is not breathing or breathing is shallow, continue assisted breathing for a maximum of 20 minutes.
    • If there is no pulse or heart beat, perform chest compressions and alternate with breathing. Check for pulse after each set of compressions.

C = Circulation

Performing Chest Compressions

Small Dog (under 30lbs)

  1. Lay your dog down on their right side.
  2. Kneel next to your dog with their chest facing you.
  3. Place the palm of one of your hands over the ribs at the point where the elbow meets the chest.
  4. Compress the chest one-third to one-half of the chest diameter, with your elbows softly locked. Do this 100-120 times per minute.
  5. If 2 people are present, continue rescue breathing during compressions.
  6. If this is not possible, alternate 30 chest compressions and two breaths. Check for pulse after 2 minutes.

Medium to Large Dog (30 - 90lbs)

  1. Lay your dog down on their right side.
  2. Stand or kneel behind your dog with your arms extended and your hands cupped.
  3. Place your palms over the point on the chest behind the elbow.
  4. Compress the chest one-third to one-half of the chest diameter, with your elbows softly locked. Do this 100-120 times per minute.
  5. If two people are present, continue rescue breathing during compressions.
  6. If this is not possible, alternate 30 chest compressions and two breaths. Check for pulse after 2 minutes.

Extra- Large Dog (over 90lbs)

  1. Follow the same procedure as you would for a Medium to Large dog.
  2. Do 10-15 compressions to one breath.

 

 

October 29, 2021 — Amanda Gyetvay