We all love our dogs, and we always try to take care of them properly. Sometimes, unexpected health issues can appear in a dog of any age, breed, and state of health. If their heart suddenly stops or they can’t breathe, it’s important to keep in mind a simple and effective first aid technique that will help you to bring your lovable pet back to life.
We share 2 basic procedures with you— compression and artificial respiration — to always be ready for anything.
Checking your dog’s breathing: Put your hand on their nose’s front side and try to feel the air. Also, check to see if their chest rises and falls. If a dog is not breathing, then check their mouth for obstruction and pull their tongue forward.
Checking your dog’s pulse: Hold their paw to feel their pulse, or check it inside of the hind leg where the leg joins the body.
If your dog has a pulse, but he is unable to breathe then you will need to perform artificial respiration. If it has no pulse, you will need to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Warning: Don’t practice CPR on a healthy dog. This can cause serious health issues, especially if the procedure is not performed right.
Step 1: Position your dog properly
First, put your dog on the hard surface from their right side. And dog’s head should be positioned straight, and their neck extended. This positioning is supposed to open a direct passage for their airway.
Step 2: Find the position of their heart
For bigger dogs: The procedure should perform on the widest part of the dog’s rib cage, near their heart, but not directly on it.
For smaller dogs (30lbs (16.6kg) or less): you should position your fingers on one side of their chest and your thumb on the other, around it, or just use your fingers on top.
Step 3: Performing compression
Place your palms one on top of the other, keep your elbows straight and start pushing down on your dog’s rib cage. Push firmly and quickly, one after another.
You only need to compress 1/4 to 1/3 of their chest width.
Repeat these movements 15 times for approximately 10 seconds.
Step 4: Artificial respiration
Perform artificial respiration after every 15 compressions.
First, seal the dog’s lips by placing your hand over their muzzle. The dog’s mouth should be closed.
Move to the dog’s nostrils and blow in gently with your mouth. As you do this, the dog’s chest will get bigger and rise. If this doesn’t happen, then try to blow harder and check to see if the dog’s mouth is fully closed.
Between these “breaths” remove your mouth from the nose and your hand from the muzzle to let air flow and return.
Step 5: Perform an abdominal squeeze
Bigger dog breeds can also benefit from an abdominal squeeze procedure.
Move your dog’s abdominal area. Place your palms, one on top of the other.
Now push down and squeeze the dog’s belly. This will help blood flow to the heart.
Repeat this way: 15 compression, one artificial respiration, and then one abdominal squeeze.
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