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CPR For Your Pets

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
10 years ago

By the time you realize you need CPR training for your pets, it may be too late. There are several things you can do to make sure you are prepared when a pet emergency strikes. Always keep your veterinarian’s emergency number handy. Don’t rely on 911 operators to assist you. Their specialty is people emergencies, and they will likely refer you back to your own veterinarian.

Your local chapter of American Red Cross offers pet first aid classes which can help you understand how to evaluate an emergency situation as well as how to administer basic first aid. You’ll also learn how to administer the Heimlich maneuver and CPR to your furry family member. The cost ranges from $50 to $80.

If you discover your dog or cat is unconscious, there are a few things you should check for right away. The outcome of this assessment will be valuable to your emergency veterinary contact.

  • Does your pet have a clear airway? Open the mouth and look for a foreign object. If an object is blocking the airway, grab the tongue and pull it outward. If this does not dislodge the object, use your fingers, pliers, or tongs to grasp it. If the object cannot be reached or pulled out, use the Heimlich maneuver.
  • Are they breathing?
  • Do they have a heartbeat?

Be careful if your pet wakes up as you are assessing the situation. Your dog or cat may become frightened and try to bite you.

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