February 6, 2009, Newsletter Issue #4: How to Revive Your Pet with CPR

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You've probably seen the news stories about firemen or policemen who saved a pet by administering CPR. However, emergency personnel won't always be around in emergency situations, so it makes sense to learn how to revive your pet with CPR.

To give your pet CPR, you should:
Make sure your pet is not actually breathing. Sometimes, a pet is just breathing shallowly and, in this case, giving CPR could cause additional problems.Check to see if your pet's tongue is blocking the airway, just as you would for a person.
Hold the pet's muzzle so that its mouth is closed and position its head to be sure you will reach its airway when you begin CPR. Gently blow into the pet's nose five times. Remember that a pet is much smaller than a human, so you should not be blowing as hard as you would when giving CPR to a person.Rush your pet to the vet for follow up care as soon as it is breathing on its own.
While this gives a basic overview of emergency CPR, it is best to prepare for emergencies ahead of time by taking a class in pet CPR and first aid so that you are able to practice your technique with an expert's guidance.

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