A helpful message from KoKo’s kennel

Do you know what to do if your dog stops breathing? Here are some helpful instructions from VetWest Animal Hospitals.

Follow the same DRSABC principles for humans.

  • D – Danger – ensure it is safe to approach your pet.
  • Use a blanket or towel or a makeshift
  • muzzle if required.
  • R – Response – look for signs of breathing
  • and movement.
  • S – Send for help – ask another person to call a
  • vet while you act.
  • A – Airway if your pet is unconscious
  • check the airway, pull the tongue out
  • and look for obstructions.
  • B – Breathing – watch the chest to see if it
  • is rising and falling. Give two breaths
  • if your pet is not breathing.
  • C – Compressions – if no signs of life
  • after two breaths, commence CPR.

How to perform CPR on your dog

1. Our hearts are on the left so lay your pet on
their right side with their head and neck gently arched.

2. Place your left hand fully under his heart
and chest

3. Place your right hand on top of your pet’s
chest where the heart is situated.

4. Press  firmly to squeeze the chest wall
and heart with the heel of your right hand,
to stimulate cardiac activity.
For small dogs and cats use your fingers and thumb.

5. Compress at a rate of 2 compressions per second.
For small dogs compress the chest wall only
enough to compress the chest wall 1/3 to 1/2 .
If breathing for your pet as well, administer 1 breath
every 6 seconds.
Recheck signs of life (consciousness,
response, movement, breathing) regularly.

6. Transport to vet immediately. If you have
a driver, continue CPR while in transit.
  • Puppies may have a pulse of 250 beats per minute.
  • A small dog’s heart beats 100-160 times per minute.
  • A medium/ large dog’s heart beats 60-100 should be taken to a vet.

  • Woofs from KoKo