To give chest compressions to your pet during
CPR you first want to make sure that you’re both positioned appropriately. Your pet should
be on his side, either side is fine. You should be positioned above him so that when you’re
giving compressions you can lock your elbows. You don’t want him too close to you because
if you have to do compressions this way you’ll lose a lot of strength. Your hand position
will be a little bit different depending on whether or not you have a big or a small animal.
For dogs that are about 25 pounds or bigger you want to put your hands over the widest
part of the chest. Generally back a little bit closer to the spine in the middle of the
chest. Right about here for Quinn. You’re going to put one hand on top of the other.
Lock your elbows and that’s how you’re going to get the compressions. For cats and smaller
dogs you want to put your hands over the heart. To find where the heart would be bend the
top leg until you find the point of the elbow. Where the point of the elbow meets the chest
is about where the heart is going to be. That’s where you want to position your hands. One
over the other or in very small animals you can put your thumb and fingers on either side
of the chest and squeeze that way. All right, Quinn. For demonstration purposes I’m going
to lay this towel down so that you can see my stuffed animal a little bit more easily.
The basic rules are going to be the same. Put your hands in position over the heart
or the widest part of the chest depending on the size. Over the animal with elbows locked
and compress the chest. Each compression should be even and should compress the chest by about
a half to a third of the width of the chest making sure that you release completely in
between compressions. You’re going to want to give about 100 to 120 compressions per
minute which is a lot. It’s also very difficult to get that pace down. Some tricks that you
can use is give the compressions to the beat of one of a couple of songs. One would be
“Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees or, if you prefer Queen you can go with “Another One
Bites the Dust.” Position your hands, lock your elbows and give compressions as so. If
you’re by yourself you’re going to need to interrupt compressions after about 30 to give
a rescue breath. You’re also going to want to check the pulse at that time to see if
it’s returned. If not immediately return to chest compressions. Ideally you’re going to
have a partner. If you have more than one rescuer you should be alternating roles. While
one person is giving chest compressions without interruption the other person is giving rescue
breaths. One about every six to eight seconds. Giving chest compressions cab be exhausting.
So you will need to switch roles about every two minutes. These transitions need to be
smooth so that we minimize interruptions in chest compressions. Don’t forget to check
for a pulse and if you do find that the pulse has returned you’ll need to transport your
pet immediately to a veterinary facility. Chester. Chester. He’s not breathing and I
can’t feel a pulse. Anna, I’m going to need your help. Can you give him a breath every
eight seconds? OK. It’s been almost two minutes. Can you come around and tell me if you feel
a pulse? Speaker 2: No pulse. Speaker 1: OK, I’m starting to get tired. So I’m going to
need you to switch out with me. Can you put your hands over mine? On the count of three.
One, two, three, go. We’re going to continue like that until we either get a pulse back
or 10 to 20 minutes have gone by.