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If your pet stops breathing, it may be necessary for you to administer life-saving CPR. If you are uncomfortable with administering CPR yourself, get the help of someone nearby who can perform the technique.
Check the Pet’s Airway
1. Lay the pet on its side
2. Extend the head and neck by pulling the chin back, straightening the neck.
3. Open the pet’s mouth, grasp the tongue and pull it straight out.
4. Reach your hand into the pet’s mouth carefully, and clear any debris (If a large amount of fluid is present, use cotton balls or cloth to clear the airway.
Check for Breath
1. Once the airway has been cleared, place both hands around the pet’s muzzle and hold its mouth closed.
2. Take a hard, deep breath and place your mouth over the pet’s nose.
3. Exhale the full breath into the pet’s nostrils while watching for the chest to rise.
4. Repeat this breathing every five (5) seconds, stopping after every few breaths to see if the pet has begun to breathe on its own.
5. If the pet is not breathing at this point, or if it is breathing very shallow breaths, continue with the assisted breathing.
Begin Chest Compressions
The position and force of chest compressions is dependent upon the weight and size of the animal:
Cats and small dogs
Rate of Breaths to Compressions
If you are administering CPR alone:
If you are assisting another person with CPR:
CPR should be performed only when medically necessary. Although this information is general in nature, it is your responsibility to assess your pet’s condition and determine if you should administer CPR. While it is a life-saving technique, please be aware that CPR can result in minor injury to the pet, and you assume all risk associated with its administration.