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How to perform CPR on my dog?

[fa icon="calendar"] Jun 1, 2017 7:39:22 AM / by Pool SafetySystems

In addition to taking proper pool safety measures for your pet’s safety in your swimming pool such as installing a removable pool fence and using a pool cover, it is advisable to learn how to perform CPR on your pet, especially if you have a dog.

 

Dogs tend to wander into swimming pools. Some dogs can swim, others cannot. For some dogs, being in the water can cause panic, leading to frantic attempts at swimming, injuring themselves and even drowning. Just like infants and young children, dogs do not have to be underwater for long to sustain debilitating injuries and to drown.

 

It is important as a pet owner that you are responsible for the health and well being of your pet by having the proper safety measures in place. The includes knowing how to perform CPR if you have a dog.

 

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Dogs

CPR consists of a series of chest compressions and artificial respiration methods that you perform on your pet if you are unable to hear or feel a heart beat. If your dog stops breathing, the heart goes into cardiac arrest and stops beating.

 

It is important to know that CPR can be hazardous to the life of your dog if you perform it on a healthy dog. It can cause physical complications and even death. Only perform CPR when necessary.

 

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Dogs Under 30 Lbs or 14 KG

Follow these steps if your dog weighs 30 lbs or less.

 

Place the dog on a flat surface with the right side against the surface. Cup your palms and hold the dog with one palm on either side above the heart region. Alternatively, you can also place your thumb on one side of the chest and keep the fingers on the other side.

 

Next, compress the chest for 1 inch to 1/4 or 1/3 the width of the chest for a count of 1 and then let go for a count of 1. Keep this going at a rate of 100 compressions in a minute.

 

If there is only 1 person available to assist, breathe into the dog’s nose once for every 5 compressions that are done. If two people are available to assist, give artificial respiration once every 3 or 3 compressions are done.

 

Keep repeating the CPR compressions and artificial respiration until you feel the dog breathing again on its own, with a steady pulse.

 

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Dogs Over 30 Lbs or 14 KG

Follow these steps if your dog weighs 30 lbs or less.

 

Place the dog on a flat surface with the right side against the surface. Stand towards the back of the dog. Place one of your palms on the dog’s rib cage, near the heart region, and put your other palm on top of it. Press the rib cage in a downward motion without bending both of your elbows.

 

Next, compress the dog’s chest for 1/4 to 1/3 the chest width for a count of 1 and then let go for a count of 1. Keep this going at a rate of 80 compressions in a minute.

 

Put your hand over the dog's muzzle and ensure the mouth is completely closed.

 

If there is only 1 person available to assist, breathe into the dog’s nose once for every 5 compressions that are done. If two people are available to assist, give artificial respiration once every 3 or 3 compressions are done.

 

Keep repeating the CPR compressions and artificial respiration until you feel the dog breathing again on its own, with a steady pulse.

 

If your dog however does not show any signs of improvement even after 10 minutes of doing CPR, you can stop as the CPR is not successful.

 

We hope that your pet remains safe and can enjoy being outdoors in the pool area with ease. By knowing these safety measures and how to conduct CPR on your dog, you are better prepared and able to care for your pet poolside.

 

Contact us at Pool Safety Systems to learn more about our removable pool fences and pool safety covers.

 

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