Saving Your Pet with CPR

With pets increasingly being treated like a member of the family, many owners are learning.
emergency techniques like CPR to keep their pet alive before bringing it to a veterinarian.

Look for other warning signs
• Gums and lips will appear gray-colored.
• Pupils will be dilated and not responsive to light.

If not breathing, give breath to animal

  • Cats and small dogs
    Place your mouth over its nose and mouth to blow air in.

  • Medium-large dogs
    Place your mouth over its nose to blow air in.

If there is no breathing and no pulse, begin CPR immediately.

Check for breathing and pulse Check pulse using middle and index finger below the wrist, inner thigh (femoral artery). below the ankle or where left elbow touches the chest.

Heimlich maneuver

If breath won’t go in, airway may be blocked. Turn dog upside down, with its back against your chest. Wrap your arms around the dog and clasp your hands together just below its rib cage
since you’re holding the dog upside down, it’s above the rib cage, in the abdomen). Using both arms, give five sharp thrusts to the abdomen. Then check its mouth or airway for the object. If you see it, remove it and give two more rescue breaths.

Check pulse after 1 minute and then every few minutes.
of air

Animal size

Cat/small dog (Under 30 lbs.)
chest 1/2-1 inch
5 Compress Compressions per breath

Medium-large dog (30-90 lbs.)
1-3 inches
5 Compress Compressions per breath

Giant dog (over 90 lbs.)
1-3 inches
10 Compress Compressions per breath

• Continue giving CPR until the animal has a pulse and is breathing.

• Stop CPR after 20 minutes.