Rockstar Puppy owner Jessica Clark keeps up to date with pet CPR and wants other pet owners to learn how to put forth an effort to help their pets while in distress.
“You don’t ever want to have to go through finding your pet unconscious on the floor or hit by a car,” says Clark, who is just as concerned about pet health as she is about motorcycle dog carriers and other accessories. “It’s good to know how to perform pet CPR.”
Just as human CPR- Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation- is constantly changing, new guidelines have been released for CPR on pets. Until recently, there were no real guidelines on reviving pets in cardiac arrest without the aid of veterinarians once the pet is already taken to the emergency hospital or their regular clinic.
Although dogs and cats do not suffer heart attacks the same way people do, researchers have developed a set of recommendations on how to revive your beloved pets if their heart stops beating, as reported on a CBS station in Chicago.
First, check for responsiveness by placing your hand in front of their nose and mouth, listen for a heartbeat; second, secure an airway by pulling their tongue forward out of the mouth, checking for foreign objects and removing it, and moving the head to straighten the neck; third, rescue breathing into the nose- not mouth- until the chest expands, repeating breaths 12-to-15 times per minute.
Now, according to a University of Illinois veterinary teaching hospital, while the animal lays on its side, compressions should be done at a rate of 100 to 120 chest compressions per minute; breathing in a dog or cat is done through a tube and, under the new guidelines, the breathing should be done at a slower rate than previously done in veterinary practice with its cute dog id tags removed.
The recent guidelines published in the June 7 edition of Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care also call for how to do CPR on dogs of different breeds and sizes, how clinicians should be trained, and which drugs to administer. Agencies like the Red Cross and K9 CPR Los Angeles offer training to pet owners who want to give their pets a fighting chance.
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