They say that anybody can and anybody should learn CPR for people. What about our best friends, though? We all love our dogs just as much as a parent loves their own child! Here is an easy to follow guide on performing CPR on your dog correctly.
Here are the steps to perform CPR on your dog:
- Find a sturdy flat spot and lay your dog on his right side.
- Take the palms of your hands and place them on your dog’s ribcage over his heart.
- With smaller dogs and puppies you can use the 1-handed technique. Wrap your hand around the sternum directly over the heart and squeeze.
- For dogs with barrel-chests, like English Bulldogs, you may perform CPR with the dog on its back (like you would a human).
- Push down on his chest so that you are compressing it about 1/4th to 1/3rd of the way. You should do this at a speed of about 100 to 120 compressions per minute.
- After every 30 compressions, hold his mouth shut, make sure it is completely closed, and breath into his nose 2 times.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 until your dog is responsive or until about 10 to 15 minutes has passed.