How To Give A Dog CPR – It’s Easier Than You Think

CPR, or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for a dog is a vital skill to learn if you are a dog owner.
If you can not feel or hear your dog’s heart beat, you can begin CPR, which is a combination of chest compressions and artificial respiration. Be aware, however, that if you do perform CPR on a dog who does not need it, you may be cause more harm than good.

CPR differs based on the size of the dog you are working with. The cut off is 30 pounds.

CPR For Dogs Above 30 pounds

1. Lay your dog on it’s side. A flat surface is preferred if available.
2. Open the dog’s mouth and check the airway for any foreign matter.
Look, listen and feel for the dog’s breath or heartbeat.
3. You may also perform artificial respiration by closing the muzzle with your hand. If you are alone, breathe into the dog’s nose once every five compressions. If two people are there, give artificial respiration once for every two compressions.
4. Put one hand on top of the other on the widest part of the dog’s rib cage and not over the heart.
5. Keep your arms as straight as you can and begin to push down on the rib cage, compressing the dog’s chest ¼ of its width. Continue at a rate of 80 compressions per minute.
6. Continue CPR until your dog begins breathing and has a steady heartbeat.

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CPR For Dogs Under 30 Pounds

1. Lay your dog on it’s side. A flat surface is preferred if available.
2. Open the dog’s mouth and check the airway for any foreign matter.
Look, listen and feel for the dog’s breath or heartbeat.
3. You may also perform artificial respiration by closing the muzzle with your hand. If you are alone, breathe into the dog’s nose once every five compressions. If two people are there, give artificial respiration once for every two compressions.
4. Cup your palms and hold the dog with one palm on either side above the heart region.
5. Compress the chest for for one third the width of the chest for a count of one and then let go for a count of one. Continue with 100 compressions per minute.
6. Continue CPR until your dog begins breathing and has a steady heartbeat.

These videos will help you visualize the necessary techniques.

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