CPR for Pets
- Learn How, and Perhaps the
Dog You Save Will Be Your Own!
by Brigitte Smith
If you’ve ever been to a CPR class, you’re undoubtedly familiar
with the basics of human mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. First, check
to make sure the patient has a clear airway, then check to see if the patient
is breathing, check whether the patient has a heartbeat and, if the patient
awakens during the process, be careful that you don’t get bitten by the
The American Red Cross and numerous other first aid organizations around
the world have been instructing people in CPR
for pets for quite some time now and has classes that include
all manner of first aid, including mouth-to-snout resuscitation.
The procedure is similar to traditional mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
for humans, with the main difference being that the person performing the
procedure will close the pet’s mouth and instead provide breaths into
the pet’s nose. Knowing how to perform mouth-to-snout resuscitation
on your pet could literally save its life.
In addition to the mouth-to-snout procedure, dogs can have chest compressions
performed in an emergency where the heart stops. Learning and knowing
these techniques can save the life of a dog in distress and let him live
to chase rabbits or play fetch another day.
According to a story run on The Scoop (a website that reports on dogs
in the news) in March 2002 a dog in Walla Walla, Washington that was accidentally
choked nearly to death was saved by a quick-acting person who was trained
After being revived, the dog was treated at the Walla Walla Associated
Veterinary Clinic and released.
So far as I’m aware, this was the start of a new trend which extends
CPR training to cover pets as well as humans. Pet CPR is now being
taught by organizations all over the world, organizations that formerly
provided only traditional CPR training and certification. If you’re
interested in taking these classes yourself, or finding out whether they’re
available in your area, contact your local Red Cross. The life you
save may be your own pet’s.
For more information on how to conduct CPR
on your pet, see http://www.HealthyHappyDogs.com/CPR
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