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CPR For Dogs

CPR For Dogs

Anyone who has been to a CPR class is familiar with the basics of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. First you’ll check to be sure the patient has a clear airway, then check to see if the patient is breathing, check whether the patient has a heartbeat and, if the patient awakens during the process, be careful that you don’t get bitten by the patient.

The American Red Cross has been instructing people in CPR for pets for quite some time now and has classes that include all manner of first aid, including mouth-to-snout resuscitation. You read that correctly; mouth-to-snout.


The procedure is analogous to ancient emergency procedure between humans, the chief distinction being that the person playing the procedure can shut the dog’s mouth and instead give breaths into the dog’s nose. the method sounds hilarious in theory, however it works and knowing a way to perform mouth-to-snout revitalisation on your pet might virtually save its life.

According to a March 2002 story from The Scoop, a website that reports on dogs in the news (you know the theory – “DOG BITES MAN” is not news while “MAN BITES DOG” is), a dog in Walla Walla, Washington that was accidentally choked nearly to death was saved by a quick-acting Good Samaritan who was trained in mouth-to-snout.

After being revived, the dog was treated at the Walla Walla Associated Veterinary Clinic and released.

In addition to the mouth-to-snout procedure, dogs will have chest compressions performed in an emergency wherever the center stops. Learning and knowing these techniques will save the lifetime of a dog in distress and let him live to chase rabbits or play fetch another day.

The construct of pet emergency procedure is gaining a lot of infamy and is beginning to be tutored by organizations everywhere the country that once provided ancient CPR coaching and certification. If you’re curious about taking these categories yourself, contact your native Red Cross. The life you save is also your dog’s.

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