CPR For Dogs



Anyone who has been to​ a​ CPR class is​ familiar with the​ basics of​ mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. First you’ll check to​ be 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​ patient.

The American Red Cross has 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. you​ read that correctly; mouth-to-snout.

The procedure is​ similar to​ traditional mouth-to-mouth resuscitation between humans,​ the​ chief difference being that the​ person performing the​ procedure will close the​ dog’s mouth and instead provide breaths into the​ dog’s nose. the​ process sounds humorous in​ theory,​ but it​ works and knowing how to​ perform mouth-to-snout resuscitation on​ your pet could literally save its life.

According to​ a​ March 2002 story from the​ Scoop,​ a​ website that reports on​ dogs in​ the​ news (you know the​ theory – “DOG BITES MAN” is​ not news while “MAN BITES DOG” is),​ a​ dog in​ Walla Walla,​ Washington that was accidentally choked nearly to​ death was saved by a​ quick-acting Good Samaritan who was trained in​ mouth-to-snout.

After being revived,​ the​ dog was treated at​ the​ Walla Walla Associated Veterinary Clinic and released.

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.

The concept of​ pet CPR is​ gaining much notoriety and is​ starting to​ be taught by organizations all over the​ country that formerly provided traditional CPR training and certification. if​ you’re interested in​ taking these classes yourself,​ contact your local Red Cross. the​ life you​ save may be your dog’s.





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