Friday, February 26, 2010

HEALTH BEAT CPR for dogs

  1. Step 1 AIRWAY

    Check the dog's airway. To see if your dog is breathing, tap him on his body and call his name. If he does not respond, look to see if his chest is moving. If his chest isn't moving, listen to see if you can hear him breathing. If no breath can be seen or heard, put the back of your hand near the dog's nose to see if you can feel him breathing. Or use a mirror next to his mouth to detect breathing. Is something obstructing his throat? Follow the Heimlich card to remove the object.

  2. Step 2 BREATH

    Pull the tongue out just a little to clear his airway and close his mouth if your dog is not breathing. Tilt his head back to make sure the airway is open and begin mouth to snout breathing. Place your mouth over his nose and administer four to five breaths.

  3. Step 3 CIRCULATION

    Check for circulation. If your dog has circulation, she will have a pulse. Check for circulation by pressing on the femoral pulse. This is located on the inside of the rear leg towards the top.

  4. Step 1

    Be aware that if your dog is not breathing and does not have a pulse, it is time to begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation. [CPR]

  5. Step 2 STAY FOCUSED AND CALM

    Place the dog on a flat, hard surface right side down. If the dog is on the ground, place his spine against your knees.

  6. Step 3

    Bend the dog's left front leg at the elbow. Where the elbow touches the body is equivalent to where you should place your hands to begin compressions. This is approximately between the fourth and sixth rib, one-third of the way up the chest from the sternum.

  7. Step 4

    Lock your hands in a classic CPR position which is one hand on top the other with fingers together. Lock your elbows.

  8. Step 5

    Begin performing compressions by pushing two to three inches deep.

  9. Step 6

    Give compressions then breaths.

  10. Step 7

    Check for a pulse after one minute and repeat if needed.

  11. CALL THE VET - THE NO IS______________________________

  12. BEFORE YOU FORGET: print this and tape it inside your hall closet door

    ALWAYS BE PREPARED
'VIE

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