How to Give Your
Resuscitation, is a version of artificial respiration that
includes assisting the HEART to BEAT. The purpose of CPR is to
keep oxygen moving to the lungs and blood circulating
throughout the body. The directions contained here APPLY TO
DOGS. While these instructions may be good in an emergency, it
is wise to check with your VET to establish the procedure that
is best for your DOG.
How To Administer
If your DOG is NOT breathing
use a finger to clear any mucus or other objects from the
mouth. TILT the head back to straighten the airway
passage. Hold the mouth
shut with one hand, and place your mouth over the dogs nose and
mouth making sure the seal is tight. Blow into the nose while watching to see if
the chest expands. If the
chest DOES NOT EXPAND start over again by clearing the
mouth. If the chest DOES
EXPAND release your
DOG'S mouth so it can exhale. Repeat breathing procedure once every five
(5) seconds until your DOG is breathing normally, or until your
Vet/Vet Technician is available to begin treatment.
IF YOU CANNOT
DETECT A HEARTBEAT YOU MUST PERFORM ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION IN
CONJUNCTION WITH CARDIAC
Place your DOG on its right side.
PUT the heel of your hand on the ribcage
just behind the elbow. PUT your other hand on top of the first
Firmly press on the ribcage in
quick, smooth movements. Depending on the size of your DOG
press down 3-4 inches using both hands. The compression should
last no longer than 1/2 second. The smaller the DOG the fewer
inches of compression and less force are needed. At all times
try not to damage the ribcage.
Repeat this procedure a total
of 10 times. Then, if your
DOG is not breathing, perform CPR as described above.
Alternate between the chest
compressions (10 in a row), and one breath into the DOG'S
GET YOUR DOG TO A
information contained in The Illustrated Veterinary Guide for Dogs,
Cats, Birds, and Other Exotic
Pets. By Dr.
Chris C. Pinney, DVM.Published by Tab