How To Rescue A Dog In 6 Steps That Could Potentially Save Its Life
A dog of any breed, age, and state of health is still prone to unexpected health issues which can appear at any time. For instance, if their heart suddenly stops and they can’t breathe, then you won’t exactly have the time to even rush them to the vet. It would be useful to know about some simple yet effective first aid techniques that can help in reviving your furry four-legged friend in such an emergency. For this reason, here are two basic procedures of compressions and artificial respiration that will help all dog owners always be prepared for any such situation:
1Check your dog’s breathing
Place your hand in front of your dog’s nose and try to feel the air while checking to see if their chest rises or falls. In case, you find that your dog isn’t breathing, then check within their mouth for obstructions and pull their tongue forward gently.
2Check your dog’s pulse
You can fell their pulse by holding the large pad of their paw or the hind leg where it joins the body. Check your dog’s pulse at these in these areas to determine if it is normal or unusual. A dog’s normal pulse rate ranges from 60-100 in big dogs and 100-140 in little ones. So, anything less or more than this is considered abnormal.
3Perform artificial respiration on your dog if it has a pulse but isn’t breathing
When your dog has a pulse but is not breathing, in such a situation you will have to perform artificial respiration. But, if there is no pulse as well, then you will have to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR on the spot. However, you should never practice CPR on a healthy dog as this can result in serious health issues especially if you do not perform the procedure correctly.
Here are the steps on how to revive your dog when he/she collapses and stops breathing and doesn’t have a pulse either:
Step 1: Place your dog in a proper position
Put your dog on their right side on a flat and hard surface with their head positioned straight and their neck extended. This position helps in opening up a direct passage to their airway. Open up your dog’s mouth and pull their tongue a bit forward until it lies on the back of the dog’s teeth and then close their jaw. Once that’s done, position yourself behind your dog.