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
- 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.
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