Unexpected health problems can occur in a dog of any age, breed and health condition. If their heart suddenly stops or they can no longer breathe, rushing to a vet is not an option. That’s why it’s important to keep an eye on a simple and effective first aid technique that can bring your four-legged friend back to life.
We are ready to help all dog owners out there, and wants you to learn two basic procedures – compressions and artificial respiration – to be ready for anything.
Check your dog’s breathing: Put your hand in front of your nose and try to feel the air. Also check that your chest rises and falls. If a dog does not breathe, check his mouth for obstruction and pull his tongue forward.
Check your dog’s pulse rate: Hold the large pad of the paw to feel the pulse, or check it in the hind leg at the point where the leg joins the body.
If your dog has a pulse but is not breathing, you will need to provide artificial respiration. If it has no pulse, you will need to perform CPR.
Warning: You should not perform CPR on a healthy dog. This can cause serious health problems, especially if the procedure is not performed properly.
Step 1: Position your dog correctly
First place your dog on a flat, hard surface with its right side facing up.
Your dog’s head should be positioned straight and his neck stretched. This positioning should open a direct passage for your dog’s airways.
In the dog’s mouth, pull the tongue forward so that it lies on the back of the dog’s teeth, then close the jaw. Get behind the dog.
Step 2: Find the position of her heart
Für größere Hunde: Der Eingriff wird am breitesten Teil des Brustkorbs des Hundes in der Nähe seines Herzens durchgeführt , jedoch nicht direkt darauf.
Für kleinere Hunde (16,6 kg oder weniger): Sie können Ihre Finger auf einer Seite ihrer Brust und Ihren Daumen auf der anderen Seite darum herum positionieren oder einfach Ihre Finger oben verwenden.
Step 3: Performing compressions
Place the palms of your hands with straight elbows on top of each other and press down on your dog’s chest. The strokes should be firm and fast one after the other.
You only need to compress 1/4 to 1/3 of your dog’s chest width.
Repeat these movements 15 times for about 10 seconds.
For smaller dogs: Using the whole palm for these dogs is too much. In this case simply press on the chest area with your thumbs or fingers. You also need to apply more compressions – about 17 over a period of 10 seconds.
Step 4: Artificial respiration
Perform artificial respiration after every 15 compressions.
First you must seal the dog’s lips by placing your hand over the muzzle. The dog’s mouth should be closed.
Move your mouth to the dog’s nostrils and blow gently into them. If you do this, the dog’s chest will become larger and rise. If this is not the case, try blowing harder and check that the dog’s mouth is completely closed.
Between these “breaths”, remove your mouth from your nose and your hand from your muzzle to allow the air to flow and return.
Step 5: Perform an abdominal compression
Larger dog breeds can also benefit from an abdominal squeeze procedure.
Go into the abdominal area of your dog. Place your palms on top of each other.
Now you have to push down and squeeze the dog’s abdomen. This helps the blood flow to the heart.
Repeat this procedure: 15 compressions, one artificial respiration and then one abdominal squeeze.
Step 6: Repeat
Repeat the steps until the dog has an even pulse and starts breathing again. Do not do it for more than 20 minutes.
Of course, it is very important to see a vet immediately afterwards to have your friend checked out. Have you ever seen anyone save a pet’s life? Let’s share our stories in the comments section!