CPR is a lifesaver of dogs! The American Red Cross and other health organizations encourage pet parents to learn how to administer CPR. For families with pets, at least one member has to know how CPR is done. CPR means cardiopulmonary resuscitation. This chest compression and rescue breathing is aimed to resuscitate the pet that have had cardiac arrest. CPR will stabilize the condition of the pet until professional medical management is given.
Electrocution and ingestion of poisonous substances, ingestion of foreign object that can create an airway blockage can snuff the life of the pet. Naturally, preventing the occurrences of these accidents will be the best way to keep the pet safe. Dogs have an inquisitive and energetic nature and no matter how dog owners try to keep the pet safe, accidents will still happen. Learning first aid methods will be a dog owner's insurance against serious injuries that can cause the death of the pet. CPR can be only chance an owner can have to save the life of the pet. CPR can save the life of the pet and allow the pet owner to have an enjoyable and loyal companion for many more days. To be able to save the life of the pet with CPR, an owner has to learn how to give artificial respiration and chest compression competently. Just as with human CPR, a dog owner can do this emergency care by following the ABC process.
A is for the dog's airway. The airway of the pet must be checked if it is clear. There will be no point in administering artificial respiration if the dog's airway is blocked. If the dog's head is not injured, it would be necessary to extent the head and to open the mouth to see if the airway is blocked by an object. The blockage can be manually removed if possible or the Heimlich maneuver can be performed.
Rescue breathing is the next step but it can only be done if the airway is clear. Lay the pet on his side, hold the snout close with one hand and blow over the dog's nose. The process of giving breath every three seconds must be continued until the pet can breathe on its own. Breathing at full lung capacity is necessary if the dog that is being resuscitated is large. Artificial respiration for small dogs must be gentler. Breathing is aimed to move the chest and not to inflate the lungs.
Chest compression must be started if there is not heartbeat or pulse. Position the palm of the hand on the dog's ribcage over the heart. With the hand over another position, start the compression. Compress the chest 3 times every two seconds. While administering CPR check signs of breathing periodically
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