“Pet First Aid”

Rescue Breathing and

C.P.R.

 

Signals of Cardiac Arrest:

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No spontaneous breathing

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No heartbeat or pulse

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Grey-colored mucous membranes

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Dilated pupils not responsive to light

 

If there is no pulse, administer CPR

 

 

Rescue Breathing:

ABC’s of CPR

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Open the airway by tilting the neck and head slightly back and pull the tongue between the front teeth

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Sweep mouth with your finger (only if it is unconscious)

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Check for breathing (look, listen and feel for air)

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If NO breathing, close the mouth and place your mouth over the animal’s nose and forcefully blow

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Give 4 or 5 quick breaths, then check for pulse

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If the animal has a pulse, and breathing is shallow, irregular or non-existent, continue to give rescue breathing until you reach the veterinary hospital.  (maximum of 20 minutes)

Cardiac Arrest: C.P.R.
Small Dog or Cat (Under 30 lbs.):

 

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Lay animal on right side

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Kneel next to pet with animals’ chest facing you

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Plant palm of one hand over ribs at the point where the animal's elbow touches the chest

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Place the other hand beneath the right side of the body, compress the chest ½ -1 inch

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If alone, 5 compressions to 1 breath of air

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If two people, one person does breathing while the other does compressions at a rate of 3 compressions to 1 breath of air

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Stop and check for pulse.



Medium to Large Dog (30 to 90 lbs.)

 

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Kneel with the animal’s back to you

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Using both hands, compress the chest 1-3 inches at the point where left elbow of the front leg lies when pulled back to the chest

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If alone, give 5 compressions to 1 breath of air

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If two people, do 2 to 3 compressions, for each breath of air

 

 

 

Giant Dogs (over 90 lbs.)

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If alone, 10 compressions (at a rate of 80-100 per minute) to 1 breath of air

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If two persons, 6 compressions to 1 breath