Unexpected health issues can appear in a dog of any age, breed, and state of health. If their heart suddenly stops or they can’t breathe, rushing to a vet won’t be an option. That’s why it’s important to keep in mind a simple and effective first aid technique that will help you to bring your 4-legged friend back to life.
Bright Side is ready to help all the dog owners out there, and wants you to learn 2 basic procedures — compressions and artificial respiration — to always be ready for anything.
Warning: You should not practice CPR on a healthy dog. This can cause serious health issues, especially if the procedure is not performed right.
Step 1: Position your dog properly
Step 2: Find the position of their heart
Step 3: Performing compressions
Step 4: Artificial respiration
Perform artificial respiration after every 15 compressions.
Step 5: Perform an abdominal squeeze
Bigger dog breeds can also benefit from an abdominal squeeze procedure.
Step 6: Repeat
Keep repeating the steps until the dog regains a steady pulse and starts to breathe. Do it for no longer than 20 minutes.
Of course, it’s very important to visit a vet right afterward to get your friend checked out. Have you ever seen someone save a pet’s life? Let’s share our stories in the comment section!
Illustrated by Leonid Khan for BrightSide.me