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7 Ambulatory Steps To Rescue Your Dog In Case Heart Stopped

Sudden health problems can happen to our animals in any state of health and at any age of life. So if your dog could barely breathe or his heart unexpectedly stops, running to the nearest veterinarian isn’t the right decision. That’s why it’s very essential to recognize the 1st ambulatory steps to assist your dog return to life.

Pets-Post is ready to assist all the dog proprietors and desires you to learn the two fundamental procedures: artificial respiration and compression — to perpetually be prepared for any emergency situation.

Before starting any action

* Checking dog’s respiration: put the palm of your hand exactly in the front of their mouth and nose to sense the air. if there is no respiration, then carefully pull the dog’s tongue out to ascertain it is not closing the airway.

* Checking heart pulse: put a pad between their paw to sense the heart pulses, or touch it gently in one of the hind legs exactly in the junction place between body and leg.

* If the sick dog has no breath but has heart pulses, then it should be resuscitated by making artificial respiration. In the opposite case, where there is no breath and no pulse too, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CRP) by the paramedic will be mandatory.

Warning: you should never apply cardiopulmonary resuscitation on healthy dogs. This will cause dangerous health problems, more so when it performed in the wrong way.

Step N°1: Position the sick dog correctly

* Firstly, don’t put the dog on their left side, you should position it on the opposite side horizontally on a flat solid surface.
* Put your dog’s head on straight position, and extend their neck to open the airway passage.
* Adjust your dog’s tongue position between their teeth, after that close their jaw, then stand behind it.

Step N°2: Determine the placement of their heart

If the dog weighs 16.6kg (30lbs) or less: Place your thumb on the bottom and other fingers on the top of their ribcage, around it, or simply touch it with the tips of your fingers.
If the dog weighs more than 16.6kg: Near the dog’s heart, try to perform the procedure on the largest part of their chest, indirectly on the heart.

Step N°3: Perform compressions

* First, starting from the elbows, place your hands one above the second, and begin pushing down directly on your dog’s thorax. Try to perform successive pushes quickly and firmly.
* Apply the compressions on one third to one-quarter of the rib cage width for about 10 secs approximately 15 times.

* Pushing with whole palms for small dogs can be a dangerous movement. So, simply move your fingers and the top of your thumbs to push your dog’s ribcage. Also, contrary to the bigger dogs, small dogs require more pushes – approximately 17 over a duration of 10 secs.

Step N°4: Perform the artificial respiration

The artificial respiration process must be repeated between every 15 push.
First, close your dog’s lips with your fingers, then blow in the nostrils, while you doing that, you will notice that your dog’s rib cage will swell, if not, verify if the mouth is completely sealed and repeat blowing harder.
Between these puffs, move away from the nostril and remove your fingers from the mouth to permit airflow and return.

Step N°5: Perform the abdominal pressure

The big dogs benefit most from the abdominal compression process than other breeds.

Turn to the abdomen area. Put your hands, one above the second.
Apply down pressure on your dog’s belly to let blood flow directly to the heart.
Repeat this process: 15 compressions, apply 1 artificial respiration, finally 1 abdominal pressure.

Step N°6: Repeat the process

These steps should be repeated for a period of not more than 20 min and stop directly once your dog regaining constant pulses and restore his breaths again.

You are obliged to visit the veterinarian right later to get a thorough medical examination. have you ever observed a dog rescue operation? Share with us the story in the comments below.

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