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The below directions for Dog CPR can help to sustain your dog’s life until more experienced help can arrive.
·Check the ABCs (airway, breathing, circulation): Does your dog have an obstructed airway? Is it breathing? Does it have a pulse?
·If the airway is obstructed, clear the blockage. If there’s no pulse and no breathing, immediately begin an alternating series of five chest compressions and one rescue breath.
·Chest compressions: To find the proper location for chest compressions, move your dog’s front left leg back until the elbow meets the fifth rib. Place the heel of your bottom hand here. Place your other hand over the top of the first. Compressions should be rapid- a pace of about 100 per minute. For dogs less than 30 pounds, only compressions about ½ - 1 inch. For larger dogs, compress 1-3 inches deep.
·Rescue breathing: Use the mouth-to-snout technique, preferably with a breathing barrier between your mouth and the dog’s. For smaller dogs and those with shorter snouts, you may be able to breathe simultaneously into the nose and mouth. For larger dogs and those with longer snouts, hold the mouth shut and breathe into the nose. Avoid breathing too hard or too fast, especially for smaller dogs. Doing so can force into the stomach, rather than the lungs.
·Every few minutes, pause to check if your dog has regained a pulse. If not, continue CPR.
Many times your local Red Cross will offer a pet first aid and CPR class.