House fire can strike at any moment. Don’t wait for this catastrophic event to happen; you must come up with an emergency plan in place before you need it. Prioritise the protection of your family but don’t forget to save your furry friends! Your pets likewise find it difficult to escape quickly and survive a burning home.
Miracle moments happen where firefighters bring pets back to life with CPR and a special animal oxygen mask after the rescue from a fire.
The University of Melbourne’s U-Vet clinic taught veterinarians and pet owners the K9 CPR. They trained them how to “mouth-to-snout” resuscitate pets in a situation where they suffer from a cardiac arrest. They learned how to safely supply air and chest compressions on a big dog body double.
Dr Manu Boller from the U-Vet Clinic conducted the training for all the concerned pet lovers. They found out that the general public doesn’t know that they can carry out an animal CPR.
Pet owners are willing to learn more and know how to do it. The better CPR they can apply the better chance they have of saving their pets in the face of emergencies. 20 percent of people who experience cardiac arrests in hospital survive, while the rate for dogs and cats is less than 6 percent. Dr Boller’s top tip in giving CPR for pets is to “Never give up, just give it a go and do your best.”
Here is the list of tips for a proper dog CPR
- Check the ABC – Airway, Breathing, Circulation
- Two breaths for each 30 compressions
- While holding the dog’s mouth closed, breathe into its nostrils
- 100-120 chest compression per minute
For large or round-chested dogs like Labradors:
- Lay dog on its side, carry-out the compressions on the highest point of the chest
For small or keel-chested dogs like Boxers and Dobermans:
- Lay dog on its side, carry-out the compressions directly over the heart
For flat-chested dogs like Bulldogs:
- Roll dog onto its back, carry-out compressions on sternum
It was said that if you have an idea on how to do CPR for humans, then it’s not too different from giving CPR for pets. You just have to follow the right procedure and do what you can.
Having pets is rewarding, but it can mean more responsibilities especially during a disaster. Be well-prepared, include your pet in your evacuation plan and survival kit. Love them unconditionally as you love your family. Caring for your pets doesn’t have to be back-breaking.
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