A Nurse with a Gun

Thursday, February 07, 2008

CPR for Dogs

Kissimee, Florida. -- Kissimmee firefighters on Tuesday revived several dogs by performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the animals, which were rescued from a structure fire.

CPR can often be performed effectively on dogs. To give respirations you must keep the dogs mouth and lips closed to form a seal, and give respirations through the nose. Cover the dogs nose completely with your mouth to prevent air from leaking out. Have the animal on its side and watch for the chest rising to confirm effectiveness. To give chest compressions you need to press from the side, placing both hands palm down, between the third and sixth rib on the chest. The ratio of respirations to chest compressions are the same as for humans, 30:2. CPR for dogs is usually needed as the result of smoke inhalation or drowning. Rescue breathing usually results in a doggie life saved, especially if the canine still has a heart beat. Once the dog's heart stops beating it is less likely that CPR will be successful.

How to Give Canine CPR by Lori S. Mohr

Heimlich Maneuver for Dogs by Warren Eckstein

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Anonymous Perpster said...

Thanks for posting this Xavier. Can you elaborate on the "side to side" aspect? I'm a bit confused as to what that means. If the dog is on its side, does that mean alternate compressions a bit foward and a bit back over the ribcage each time?


7:13 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

I updated the text and gave a link to a site with pics, I hope that helps perpster! Check your dog's pulse today, so you will know where to look when in need. You will find it on the inside of the thigh, over the knee.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I did the breathing bit for a pet mouse. Mind, I'd knocked it out first. Bounce, bounce, klunk. Oops.


5:11 PM  

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