CPR and Choking
Finding a pet in distress would be terrible, but it would be much worse if you didn’t know how to help them. If your dog is choking, here is a handy flyer from Gaia Vets that you could save on your phone in case of emergency.
If your dog has something lodged in their mouth but is still breathing, you should take them to a vet ASAP, preferably with somebody who can hold your dog and monitor their condition on the way.
You should never attempt the manuevers for a choking dog on a dog that is not choking and you should never attempt CPR on a dog that is breathing.
For if your dog is NOT breathing and does NOT have a pulse
- Lay dog on their right side
- Open Airway
- Check for normal breathing for 10 seconds (put head to their chest and listen for a heartbeat)
- Call for help and get someone to call a vet, if possible
- Open the airway. Pull the tongue out the side of the mouth and seal the mouth. Blow 5 breaths into nose - chest should rise with breath
- Check pulse. If no pulse, deliver 30 compressions to chest at rate of 2 per second with one flat hand at at least 1/3 of chest depth.
- Stop compressions and give 2 breaths into nose, watching chest rise
- Repeat 30 compressions followed by 2 breaths until pulse returns or someone takes over from you
- Check for pulse every minute (inside of the knee)
Compressions are given to the dogs left side, on the centre of the chest around where the left elbow area. You should always stop CPR if the pulse returns or the dog starts breating for themselves.
Here is short video to show you how to find the vital signs at home - knowing where to look in a time of emergency is essential!