The importance of learning and knowing CPR for dogs!
In 2007, I read about how my blogging friend, Tish, saved her dog Cruella from choking, and then performed CPR on her dog to save her life. It was a very scary situation and we thank dog she knew what to do!
Tish and Cruella brought to my attention just how important it is to know information on how to perform CPR on your dog! You just never know what can happen.
Here we bring you information on how to learn CPR for your dog and when to use it. As my Mum always says, BE PREPARED!
How to perform CPR on your dog!
Resources: CPR, Heimlich and basic first aid for dogs.
- Dog CPR PDF and Flyer
A great link to a brochure/flyer from Lori H. Feldman, DVM and Henry J. Feldman, M.D. on procedures for implementing Canine CPR. This flyer is perfect for printing out and keeping in your car, home and pet first aid kit!
- How to give your dog CPR
Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, or CPR, as it is called, is a version of artificial respiration that includes assisting the heart to beat. The purpose of CPR is to keep oxygen moving to the lungs and blood circulating throughout the body. The directi
- Basic tips for handling an injured dog
If your pet is injured, it could be in pain and is also most likely scared and confused. You need to be careful when handling an injured pet.
- Basic first aid procedures
A great tip sheet for handling the most dangerous emergency health situations.
Checking the vitals!
Pulse and Heart Rate
Normal resting rates:
Cats: 150-200 bpm
Small dogs: 90-120 bpm
Medium dogs: 70-110 bpm
Large dogs: 60-90 bpm
Pulse should be strong, regular and easy to locate.
Checking the pulse
The easiest place to locate a pulse is the femoral artery in the groin area. Place your fingers on the inside of the hind leg and slide your hand upward until the back of your fingers touches the abdomen. Gently move your fingers back and forth on the inside of the hind leg until you feel the pulsing blood. Count the number of pulses in 15 seconds and multiply that number by 4. This will give you the beats per minute (bpm).
Normal temp. for dogs and cats: 100-102.5 degrees
Info provided courtesy: The American Red Cross. Be sure and get their book - Dog First Aid.
Firefighters save dog with CPR!
Accidents can happen so be prepared. The Deluxe Pet First Aid Kit contains a pet first aid instruction guide, scissors, tweezers, gloves, oral syringe, first aid tape roll, cotton tipped applicators, gauze, eye wash, hydrogen peroxide, antiseptic cleansing wipes, antibiotic ointment packs and burn and insect relief packs. We have emergency pet first aid from nose to tail. Detailed Description REFERENCES (1) Pet First Aid Instruction Guide Instruments: (1) Durable zippered bag with organized compartments, (1) Scissors, (1) Tweezers, (2) Exam quality vinyl gloves, (1) oral syringe, (1) 1" x 5 yd. first aid tape roll,(12) 3" Cotton tipped applicators DRESSINGS: (10) 9" x 2" Gauze dressing pads, (4) 3" x 3" Gauze dressing pads, (1) 5" x 9" Trauma pad, (1) 2"x 5 yd. Wrap bandage, (2) 2" x 4.5 yd Conforming gauze roll bandage, (1) Eye Pad, (1) Triangular Bandage TOPICALS: (1) Eye wash, (1) Hydrogen peroxide MEDICINES & ANTISEPTICS: (12) Antiseptic cleansing wipes, (6) Antibiotic ointment packs - Burn and Insect Relief
Big kudos to Firefighter Odom in Northwest Louisiana for saving a pups life with Canine CPR in March of 2008! We applaud you, Firefighter Odom.
"The fact that firefighters can be lifesavers isn't anything new, but the back-to-life efforts of one Louisiana smoke-eater went above and beyond the call of duty. It happened in the town of West Monroe on Friday when Stephen Odom was called to a blaze at a home on a local street.
The fearful owner told him her two dogs were trapped inside the burning wreckage and pleaded with the crews to try to save them. Odom put on his oxygen mask, took a spare with him, and ventured into the smoky darkness, heading for the room where the animals were kept.
He found them under some blankets in their carriers, trapped in the house, and brought them outside. But it looked like it might have been too late for one of the terriers. The little dog wasn't breathing when he pulled it out of the cage and so Odom decided to do for the animal what he'd do for a human - administer CPR."
The American Red Cross Pet First Aid Classes!
The best way to learn CPR is through an American Red Cross pet first aid class. They have classes all over the country!
You can also find pet first aid classes through PetTech.net, or take an online pet first aid course through e-TrainingForDogs.com.
More lifesaving tips!
Learn some quick Heimlich tips for your dog.
Keep this chart handy! - Be sure and keep this chart handy - add it to all your first aid kits, and put one in your car.
Whew! Watch as dog trainer Ron Pace saves this dog with CPR after suffering a seizure.
On March 4th, 2010, I was saddened to learn that Cruella, the inspiration for this lens, made her trip to the rainbow bridge from complications associated with Cushing's Disease.
We dedicate this lens to Cruella and her Mum, Tish, and thank them for allowing us to share their story and bring to light the importance of knowing CPR for your dog. Cruella will live on in the lives of all the dogs saved by the knowledge and awareness this lens shares.
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