Video: How to save your dog’s life with these 6 steps
Every dog owner is afraid to lose their four-legged best friend. That's why many of us regularly go to the vet's to make sure our pooches are doing well.
But if your dog suddenly stops breathing or suffers a cardiac arrest, there's little chance that it'll survive the journey to the vet. If the worst does happen, dog owners should know how to perform CPR on their beloved pet until a vet arrives to take over.
If you don't know how to go about resuscitating your dog, you should watch the following video and memorize these six steps...
1. Check its pulse with your index and middle fingers at the following points:
- Below the ankle or where the elbow touches the chest
- Below the pastern
- Inner hip
2. Find a flat, stable surface and lay your dog on its right side.
3. Place the palms of your hands on your dog's rib cage, above the heart.
4. Push down on its chest about a ¼ to a ⅓ the way down. You should perform 60 to 90 compressions per minute.
5. After 30 compressions, hold the dog's mouth shut — it must be completely closed! Now breathe into its nose two times.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for 10-15 minutes or until your dog is responsive. While performing the CPR, you should call someone who can take you and your dog to the vet.
As the video and pictures show, it only takes a few simple steps to resuscitate your dog. Therefore, owners should not be afraid of performing these measures in an emergency. Instead, a dog lover in this situation should stay calm and focussed so that they can save their four-legged friend's life.