Unexpected health problems can appear in a dog age, breed, and health conditions. If their hearts suddenly stop or they can’t breathe, hurrying to the veterinarian will not be an option. That’s why it’s important to remember the first and effective first aid technique that will help you bring your 4-legged friends back to life.
Global Life is ready to help all dog owners out there, and want you to learn 2 basic procedures – artificial compression and respiration – to always be ready for anything.
- Check your dog’s breathing: put your hands in front of their nose and try to feel the air. Also, check to see if their chest goes up and down. If a dog doesn’t breathe, then check their mouth to block and pull the tongue forward.
- Check your dog’s pulse: hold a large bearing of their feet to feel their pulse pulse, or check in the back foot in a place where the legs join the body.
- If your dog has a pulse, but it doesn’t breathe then you need to do artificial respiration. If you don’t have a pulse, you need to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Step 1: Position your dog properly
- First, place your dog on their right side on a hard surface.
- Your dog’s head must be positioned directly, and their neck is extended. This position should open a direct part for their airway.
- In the mouth of the dog, pull their tongue forward to make it lying behind dog teeth and then close their jaw. Get behind the dog.
Step 2: Find the position of their heart
- For bigger dogs: this procedure is carried out on the widest part of the dog’s ribs, close to their hearts, but indirectly on it.
- For smaller dogs (30lbs (16.6kg) or less): You can position your fingers on one side of your chest and thumb on the other side, around it, or just use your fingers above.
Step 3: Performing compressions
- Place the palm of your hand above the other, with a straight elbow and start pushing your dog’s ribs. The urge must be strong and fast, one after another.
- You only need to compress 1/4 to 1/3 from the width of their chest.
- Repeat this movement 15 times for about 10 seconds.
- For smaller dogs: using all palms for these dogs will be too much. In this case, just use your thumb or finger to press the chest area. Also, you need to do more compression – around 17 for 10 seconds.
Step 4: Artificial respiration
Perform artificial respiration after every 15 compressions.
- First, you need to seal the dog’s lips by placing your hand on their muzzle. The dog’s mouth must be closed.
- With your mouth, move to the dog’s nostril and blow gently. When you do this, the dog’s chest will get bigger and up. If this doesn’t happen, then try to blow harder and check to see if the dog’s mouth is completely closed.
- Between “breath” release your mouth from your nose and hand from the muzzle to let the air flow and return.
Step 5: Perform an abdominal squeeze
Greater dog breeds can also benefit from stomach extortion procedures.
- Move to your dog’s stomach area. Place the palm of your hand, one above the other.
- Now you need to press and squeeze the dog’s stomach. This will help blood flow to the heart.
- Repeat this way: 15 compression, one artificial respiration, and then one stomach squeeze.
Step 6: Repeat
Then repeat his steps until the dog gets a stable pulse back and starts breathing. Do not more than 20 minutes.
Of course, it is very important to visit the vet right after getting your friend check out. Have you ever seen someone save a pet life? Let’s share our stories in the comments section!