Steps on How to Give CPR to a Puppy
Any number of things can cause a puppy’s heart to stop beating such as choking, illness or some traumatic injury. Administering CPR could save your dog’s life. However, it is easy to do more harm than good in administering CPR to a puppy, such as to applying too much pressure which could cause you to break a rib, or worse, puncture a lung. And never do CPR if the puppy’s throat is blocked.
Here are the steps to take if you ever have to administer CPR to a dog:
- Check to see if your puppy is breathing, and their heart is beating.
- If there is no heartbeat, then begin CPR.
- If there is a heartbeat, but no breathing, then begin giving support for artificial respiration.
- Check to see that there is nothing lodged in the throat by pulling the tongue forward.
- It their throat is free from any foreign object, bring the mouth together, cup your hands together and form as snug of a cup around the nose as possible.
- Breath in through your hands, and the air will go through the puppy’s nose.
- To begin CPR put the puppy on their right side. Thumbs and forefingers go across the heart area, just behind the front legs.
- About every six seconds breathe in the puppy’s nose and every minute do a chest compression.
More information is provided below from the Carrington College Veterinary Assistant Program.
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