How to Perform CPR on Your Dog

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How to Perform CPR on Your Dog

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.


How to Perform CPR on Your Dog


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.


February 10, 2016 |
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