Pets are part of the family, and just like learning CPR for adults and children allows you to care for your
family, learning pet CPR is can help you care for the dogs and cats you love. CPR for cats and dogs is similar to CPR for humans.980x

These directions assume the animal is unconscious and the risk of being bitten by the animal is not present, this article will help you to be able to give them the help they need, when they need it most.



If your pet needs CPR you should:

Open animals mouth and make sure the air passage is clear. If not remove the object obstructing the air passage.cpr1


Check to see if he’s breathing. If not, place your dog or cat on his side and begin CPR.



Administer rescue breaths.

Gently extend your pet’s neck, then holding his jaws closed, form a seal by placing your mouth over your pet’s nose. Blow into his nostrils every 3 seconds. Make sure that no air escapes between your mouth and his nose.petdogcprmouth

  1. For large dogs: close the animal’s jaw tightly and breathe into the nose. The animal’s chest should rise. Give 2 breaths.
  2. For small dogs and cats you may be able to cover the nose and mouth with your mouth as you breathe. The animal’s chest should rise. Give 2 breaths.


Perform chest compression

  1. For large dogs you may be able to position the dogs on its back and compress the chest just like for humans.
  2. For small dogs and cats as well as large dogs with funnel chests, you may need to lie the animal on puppy+cprits side and compress the side of the rib cage. Alternatively you can position the animal on its back and press on both sides of the rib cage.
  3. The rate of chest compressions varies with the size of the animal
  4. Dogs over 60 lbs: 60 compressions per minute
    ii. Animals 11 to 60 lbs: 80-100 compressions per minute
    iii. Animals 10 lbs or less: 120 compressions per minute


Pump hard, pump fast. If you don’t feel a heartbeat, deliver 3 quick chest compressions for every breath administered.

Continue administering pet CPR until your dog or cat begins breathing again on his own.

If pet does not show any signs of improvement after 10 minutes of CPR, you can stop as it has not proven successful.

As a general precaution, be sure to locate a 24-hour veterinary service in your area. This way, if something happens and your dog or cat needs urgent care, you’ll know where to go for help and can get him there quickly.


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