There may come a time in your dog's life when you'll need to use dog CPR to save her.
Of course, prevention is the key to avoiding these dangers. Invest some time now to reduce the chances that you will ever need to use dog CPR.
Did you know you can perform the Heimlich Maneuver on a dog?
Yes, if your dog swallows a small object and it lodges in her windpipe, you can use the canine version of the Heimlich Maneuver to dislodge it.
Keep reading to learn how to do both.
Consult with your veterinarian if you are at all unsure of the CPR or Heimlich procedure.
And please remember to always consult with your vet about any health issue affecting your dog.
Just as with human CPR, effective dog CPR uses the A-B-C process: Airway - Breathing - Circulation. If your dog is non-responsive (she does not respond to her name or to a light shake), begin the A-B-C process immediately.
Be sure to do it in the correct order, as there is no point in performing CPR if your dog's airway is obstructed and she cannot breathe.
The first step in dog CPR is to obtain an open airway. Do not continue to B-Breathing and C-Circulation until you have an open airway.
Please be careful when doing this as, even if she is unresponsive, your dog may bite by instinct.
A-Heimlich Maneuver Only perform the Heimlich Maneuver if you could not remove the object from your dog's airway.
Once you have cleared her airway and given the two rescue breaths, check whether your dog is breathing. If she is breathing effectively, you can now perform dog CPR. If she is not breathing, or her breathing is labored, focus on helping her breathe first.
If the breaths go in properly, proceed to C-Circulation and begin dog CPR. Continue the breathing support if it is still, or becomes, necessary. C-Circulation
Before beginning dog CPR, be sure that you have a clear airway and that your dog is breathing properly. Only begin CPR after completing all steps in A-Airway and B-Breathing.
The size of your dog will determine how much you should compress her chest.
If she's a small dog, compressions should be a half inch (1/2", or 1.25 cm).
If she's a medium size dog, use one inch (1", or 2.5 cm) compressions.
If she's a large dog, one and a half inch (1.5", or 3.75 cm) compressions are sufficient.
6. Repeat Step 5 as necessary.
Once these dog CPR steps have your dog breathing again, or if you are unable to stabilize her problem, lift and move her to the car and get her to your vet or emergency animal clinic.
Let them know that you're bringing in your dog, and that she has had either respiratory arrest or cardiac arrest. Also provide any other details, such as the cause (electrocution, poisoning or unknown cause). The more information you can provide, the better prepared the clinic staff will be when you get your dog there.
There is no doubt that dog CPR can save your dog's life if she goes into cardiac arrest or respiratory arrest. Invest some time in reviewing this information and "practicing" on her.
Please remember, however, not to attempt CPR on her if her heart is beating. You might create more problems than you'll fix if you do.