Dog CPR: Unconscious & Not Breathing

Dog CPR: Unconscious & Not Breathing

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– If you suspect that
a dog is unconscious, you need to approach from behind. You start by touching them
with the back of your foot and speak to them as well. So you’re not kicking them, you’re just touching them gently with the back of your foot. You would then touch them
with the back of your hand, it’s less invasive than
the front of your hand as far as they’re concerned. If there is no response at all, you need to open their airway. So you tilt the head and
lift their chin back, you pull their tongue forward a bit, and you check to see if they’re breathing. So you would feel the breath, you could use a bit of your hair and see if it’s moving
underneath their nose. And you can feel if they’re breathing. If they’re not breathing,
you need to start CPR. If they are breathing, you would put them into
the recovery position on their right-hand side. So if they’re not breathing, you need to then hold
their mouth together, and you’re going to breathe
in through their nose. And use a face shield. So if you’ve got a face shield, or something to protect
yourself, that’s a good idea. And always gain consent from the owner before giving CPR to somebody else’s dog. So you hold their jaw together, and you’re going to breathe into them, not breathing a full breath, because our lungs are
bigger than theirs are. So you’re going to breathe into
them and see the chest rise. You’re going to breathe in at a rate of one every three seconds, and you’re going to give
five initial breaths. So holding in. And see if that’s helped them
to start breathing themselves. If it hasn’t, I’m now going to check to
see if there is a pulse. So, I’m going to use
my three middle fingers and I’m going to feel
just inside their back leg and see if there is any form of a pulse or I could put my hand and see if their heart
appears to be beating. If there is a pulse, but they’re not breathing, I’m now going to give another 20 breaths. So that’s about one
minute’s worth of breaths to see if that will prompt them to start breathing themselves. So again, I would hold their jaw together. I would breathe into them
to inflate their lungs. So I’ll be doing that up to 20 times. If after that, they still haven’t started
breathing themselves, then I will need to start
doing chest compressions. When I’m breathing into them, I’m being the lungs for them. When I’m pushing on their chest I’m being the heart. So I’m being a heart and lung machine to keep their heart and their brain full of oxygenated blood so that once they get to the vet there’s a much better chance
of them making a full recovery. So, I’ve checked danger,
I’ve approached them. I’ve checked for response. There’s no response. I’ve opened the airway,
I’ve checked for breathing. They’re not breathing. I’ve given them breaths and now I’m going to give
them the compressions. So behind them like this. For most dogs you will be
pushing just on the side here. So just behind their front legs and that’s where the
heart would be positioned. For something like a whippet, it’s slightly more in
the triangle between them and if you have one of
the flat-chested dogs like a bulldog or a pug, then you might want to
roll them on their back and you can be doing CPR on them while they’re on their back. So put your hand over like this, the over hand over the top and I’m pushing down hard and fast. 30 compressions and then
after the 30 compressions I would go back to
giving two breaths again. So 30 to two, 30 to two. Now the Blue Cross say that
if you haven’t had any luck and they haven’t come back to life within about three or five minutes, it’s highly unlikely that they
are going to make a recovery. Give it your best shot. You are doing the very best
possible that you can for them and get them to a vet
as quickly as possible.

1 thought on “Dog CPR: Unconscious & Not Breathing”

  1. I understand pet CPR but how does doing in on a mannequin going to prepare some one for the real thing if the need it? won't a real dog feel a lot different then the mannequin when it comes to chest compressions?

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