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Posted on 03-29-2013
CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is the treatment required to save an animal's life when suffering from cardiopulmonary arrest (inability to breathe and have effective blood circulation). Prevention of cardiac arrest is always more successful than treatment of it. Signs of impending arrest are gasping for air, pale/gray gums, non responsive pupils, and weak pulses.
There are two parts to CPR: rescue breathing and chest compressions.
Together, these will keep the lungs supplied with oxygen and blood circulating to vital organs. CPR should continue for at least 20 minutes but no longer than 30 minutes.
Basic CPR can be performed by any pet owner and involves the ABC's: Airway, Breathing and Circulation.
Small dogs/cats: squeeze the chest using one hand around the bottom of the chest or both hands around the sides of the chest. Depress the rib cage. Perform this about 125 times per minute.
Large dogs: compress the chest with both hands or if the dog is on its side use one hand on the side of the chest wall. Depress the rib cage 2-3 inches about 100 times per minute.
Continue CPR for 10-15 minutes and immediately transport the pet to the nearest veterinary facility or until a heartbeat or pulses are felt strongly and regularly.
If you would like more information, please contact us at Eagle Animal Hospital, 610-458-8789. We serve Chester Spring, Downingtown, Exton, Glenmoore, and surrounding areas.
Written by Jennifer Granite, VMD
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