Do you know how to do a CPR on your German Shepherd? CPR for dogs is something you should know as an owner. Accidents can happen anytime and knowing how to do it may just save your dog’s life.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR is a procedure that is done when an individual stops breathing and has anabsent or undetectable heartbeat. CPR is composed of a series artificial respiration and chest compressions.
Accidents do happen when you least expect it. Your German Shepherd may run into some including choking, drowning, and more. When a dog chokes, drowns, or stops breathing for any reason, this will cause the heart to go into cardiac arrest and stop beating.
Knowing how to do CPR on dogs comes in handy but do know that doing CPR on a healthy dog is not recommended. In fact, it can be dangerous and can likely cause physical problems that caneven result in death.
When to Perform CPR for Dogs
You may perform CPR on your German Shepherd if he or she:
- Has lost consciousness,
- Not breathing,
- Has no detectable heartbeat.
Before starting CPR, check the vital signs first. Rub your German Shepherd and talk to him, if he or she does not respond, you may proceed to do a CPR.If you have a companion, ask him or her to call emergency help or your veterinarian. Then, you may proceed to perform CPR on your German Shepherd.
Lay your German Shepherd on his or her right side and check the pulse. It’s better to lay the unconscious dog on his or her right side so that the heart is facing up.
Feel your unconscious German Shepherd’s pulse by bringing the elbow of the left front leg back to the chest. The spot where the chest and elbow meet will be the 3rd to 5th chest space. This is also where our German Shepherd’s heart it located. Feel or place our ear on the area to hear or feel if there is aheartbeat.
If there is no heartbeat on that spot, check the wrist on either the front or back foot.Then, run your finger along your German Shepherd’s dewclaw pad and see if you can feel a pulse. If there is faint or no pulse detectable. If there is pulse detected, proceed to do artificial respiration. If there is no pulse, proceed to do a CPR, which is the combination of artificial respiration and chest compressions.
How to Do Artificial Respiration on Dogs
- Check the airways of the unconscious dog to see if anything is blocking it. Remove mucus, vomit, debris, or any foreign object that is stuck in it.
- Align the unconscious dog’s head with the back and pull the tongue outwards to help clear up his or her airways.
- Put your one of your hands under the dog’s lower jaw andplace the thumb of the same hand on the top of the dog’s nose. This way, the air you will pass to the dog will not leave the mouth.
- Do the mouth-to-snout resuscitation by placing your mouth over the dog’s mouth and nose. Make 4 to 5 quick blows into the snout. Observe the dog’s chest and make sure it is rising as you blow.
- Get up and let the air out on its own for 2 to 3 seconds.
- Then, breathe into the snout again until the dog finally breathes on his or her own. This can take as long as an hour.
- Continue the artificial respiration until your German Shepherd breathes on his own or until the veterinarian arrives andis able toput an oxygen tube into the dog’s airways and provide mechanical ventilation.
How to Do CPR for Dogs
If your German Shepherd or the unconscious dog you are trying to save has no heartbeat, has lost his heartbeat, or still remains unresponsive despite receiving artificial respiration, then CPR must begin immediately.
- Put the dog on his side – or back if the dog you are trying to save has around chest).
- Place your hand the chest, particularly on the spot opposite of the front leg elbow.
- Lock your fingers and elbows, then proceed to pump on the dog’s chest firmly but gently for 15 times in 10 seconds.
- Breathe into the mouth once again. Do not forget to cover the rest of the muzzle to make sure that the air you’re breathing into the mouth does not go out. You should be doing 15 compressions everyone
- You may also gently squeeze the dog’s abdomen to help the blood circulate into the heart.
- Continue the combination of respiration and chest compression until the dog breathes on his own and the heartbeat goes back, or until help arrives.