Dog CPR – How to resuscitate your pet


If you suspect a dog is unconscious, approach with extreme caution, particularly if it’s not your dog. Any injured dog is far
more likely to bite you. They may not be unconscious,
so just be careful. Approach them from behind. Ideally touch them with your foot first. If no response when you do that, then touch them with
the back of your hand. It’s far less intrusive
than the front of your hand. Keep looking for any
sort of response at all. If there’s no response, then
you need to check their airway. You are only going to be looking after, or approaching a dog that is your dog or a dog that you have permission to help. If it’s not your animal,
please do not be doing CPR or anything intrusive or
first aid related on them without the permission of the owner. Okay, so if this is your animal or you have permission to help, you would then have a look and see if there is anything obvious
that has caused a problem. So this dog is unconscious. You would never do this
on a dog that is conscious without extreme caution. So you would carefully open up the mouth and ease the tongue forward. So pull the tongue forward
because the tongue, when they’re unconscious,
will roll back on itself. And have a look and see if
there is anything obvious that is causing an obstruction and has led to them being unconscious. And if there is, you can
just carefully remove that. So, they are unconscious
and you need to see if they are breathing. If they’re unconscious and breathing, you’re going to put them
in the recovery position as we showed you on a previous video, where you will extend their airway and get them to veterinary help fast. If they are unconscious,
they are not breathing, so when you check to
see if they’re breathing you can’t see their chest move, you would then check for a pulse. And the easiest place to find the pulse is in the femoral artery
here in the back leg and you would feel it
with your fingers here. Just apply gentle pressure. If there is a pulse, then
what you would be doing is ease the tongue back, you would squeeze their
jaw together like this, and you would breathe into their nose. When you breathe into their nose, you will see the chest rise. So you would breathe into them. Four or five breaths. If there was no pulse, you
would still do those breaths. And then you would
start with compressions. The compressions for most dogs are in the side of the chest here, heel of your hand, up over the top and you’re going to give 30 compressions. You’re going to be pushing down hard. So I would be giving 30
compressions like that followed by two more breaths. 30 compressions, two breaths. It’s possible that you
might damage the ribs while you are doing this because you are having to push very hard in order to squeeze the heart. For a greyhound type
chest, a keel type chest, you’ll be slightly further forward. For a boxer, or a barrel type chest, it’s been advised that
if you can put the dog onto their back and push
in the centre of the chest like you would for a human, you may well get a better result. However, it’s very difficult
to keep a boxer on their back, so you might well find
that it’s easier for you to be doing the compressions
in the same way as this.

44 thoughts on “Dog CPR – How to resuscitate your pet

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  2. A very helpful video, which was diminished by the USELESS background music that made it difficult to hear the speaker. Please re-release without the stupid elevator music.

  3. everyone should learn this if they have a dog! check out our channel i have cute puppies 🙂

  4. Son of a bitch… I wish I knew this and might have saved my cat from not breathing anymore… I knew about blowing into the nose, but didn't do the compressions…

  5. I think its good to learn all kinds of CPR so that you can be prepared. I got curious when i saw a video of this girls boxer whos heart failed in the park, and a guy came to the rescue.

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  7. http://firstaidforpets.net/resuscitate-cat-cat-cpr/ As requested, here is a link to Cat CPR, how to resuscitate your cat. I will create a video to accompany this shortly.

  8. Here is the new version of the video, as requested, with a much higher sound quality. Thank you for your feedback, we are trying our best to be helpful.

    https://youtu.be/WOQaLAGOH6c

  9. Thanks for the video. I just got a 3 month old pup, and she sometimes gets ahold of small objects when I'm off guard. Hopefully she never gets something lodged in her air way. 🙂

  10. My dog literally died while I was watching this they should've atleast got somebody that knew how to fucking talk fast

  11. All dog owners have a responsibility to learn this although I do hope situations requiring this knowledge never arise, thank you for the video.

  12. Hi I work for the online news website Surrey Live (UK website), we'd love to use this video for a feature we are doing on how to perform CPR on dogs. Please can you drop me an email on [email protected] so we can discuss the video further. Thanks.

  13. Its not necessary to check for pulse, its quite hard to find it on living animal, let alone trying to find it from dog that has cardiopulmonary arrest.
    (!) Call for help
    0. Check if the dog is unconcious
    1. Check airways (A)
    2. Check breathing (B)
    If the dog is not responding and doesn't breathe, start performing CPR.
    Doing all this before CPR shouldn't take longer than 10 seconds.

    When performing CPR, compression rate should be 100-120/min

    Allow the dogs chest to fully recover from each compression.

    Cycle should be 30:2 (30 compressions and 2 ventilations)

    Compressions shouldn't have too long pauses between the cycles. This is because you want to create some circulation and bloodpressure by performing CPR. It takes long time to build up some bloodpressure and circulation, but if you pause, the circulation stops quickly.

  14. 00:11 Importance of making sure the dog is unconscious before beginning CPR and checking to be sure
    1:15 Check airways and remove any obstructions
    1:51 Unconscious and breathing dog – keep in recovery position with airway open and get to veterinary care
    2:10 Unconscious and NOT breathing – Check for pulse on femoral artery above knee inside of thigh
    2:30 If there is a pulse – Squeeze jaw together and breathe into nose and watch for chest to rise, 4 to 5 breaths at a time
    3:00 NO pulse, continue breaths with 30 chest compressions, dog should be laying on right side, 30 chest compressions to 2 breaths.

  15. If I see any doe unconscious, mine or someone elses, I will perform cpr, I was checking to see if it is similar to humans which it is

  16. well one thing i don’t understand why we need the permission!!!
    If that is not ur animal and u know how to cpr why don’t save it!!! Ever second is important, we shouldn’t waste any moment just ask for fking permission !!

  17. My ‘purebred AKC” white Golden Retriever was so inbred its laryngeal folds are almost completely paralyzed shut. It took 5 different vets and a large university vet school to find the problem after $6,000 of tests. My dog had been unable to walk 20 yards without falling down. It was only after I said to a vet “Get a chest x-ray!” that they found a very enlarged heart pushing on the windpipe. We were sent to the vet emergency room at the university.

    With paralyzed layrngeal folds he has a terrible time panting to get rid of excess heat. He’ll lie and pant>200 times a minute and his gums turn blue and this is when he is lying on a cold tile floor at the vets The ONLY treatment in vet journals is to suture the folds to the inside sides of the throat to leave a permanent opening. But then he might aspirate food or water into lungs….which is deadly. I keep him at home in a freezing home A/c at 56 degrees and a cool mist nebulizer. It’s in the 90s here so even just going out to pee causes him severe exhaustion.

    So even though I am an ICU RN and Nurse Practitioner I had to learn dog CPR on a 100# retriever. I have had to breathe for him once when as a puppy will–he took off after some chattering squirrels! He collapsed after 100 feet up iin the woods and I had to breathe in couplets ten times. He had a faint femoral arterial inside pulse under his rear leg.

    The REASON for this congenital defect? Inbreeding to get that white cream color! We’re ruining dogs breeding for “Designer dogs!” I can never leave him! Vets are seeing this for the first time and it’s in “white” Golden Retrievers and older yellow labs. It progressives to muscular wasting and paralysis of his back legs.

    This inbreeding MUST stop! Sires having litters w their daughters, dams having litters with their offspring. Vets are seeing fatal congenital defects especially with disgner dogs. Many times half the puppies in a litter of cross bred dogs is euthanized as they aren’t “pretty enough.”

    God did a good job making Golden Retrievers and labs and now we’re screwing with natural selection. Both types used to have a one in ten chance of dying of cancer. Now it’s one in 1.6 pups!! This has to stop and the worst offenders are wealthy folks and celebrities who use dogs as fashion accessories.

  18. We let my dog go swimming with me and if she does go unconsious I don’t know how to do the compressions because she’s so skinny and I don’t want to break her bones

  19. if my dog passes out and i call the 911 would my dad or mom go to jail ( i am 13) because they are not human

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