|A dog's breathing and heartbeat can fail following a traffic accident, electric shock, poisoning, drowning, or shock. Prompt cardiac massage and artificial respiration may occasionally be necessary to save a dog's life. It is crucial to get oxygen-rich blood to the brain as soon as possible to prevent brain damage. If the dog is to survive, its heart must be restarted within minutes.|
You must get the heart started before attempting mouth-to-nose resuscitation. Do not worry about bruising a rib or applying too much pressure when giving cardiac massage. This is a life-or-death situation. Large dogs in particular need forceful external pressure to squeeze blood out of the heart. Cardiac massage should be kept up for at least ten minutes. Do not give up trying to resuscitate a dog while there is still a faint heartbeat. Artificial respiration can keep an injured dog alive long enough for veterinary help to be obtained.
1.) If you cannot see the dog breathing, press your ear firmly on the chest to listen for the heartbeat. If the dog's heart is still beating, start to give mouth-to-nose resuscitation. If you cannot hear the heart, start cardiac massage at once.
2.) With the dog lying on its side, make sure the neck is stretched forward. Remove any obstructions from the mouth and pull the tongue forward. If there is damage to the nose, an unconscious dog will breathe through the mouth, and the tongue may obstruct its breathing.
3.) Keeping the dog's neck as straight as possible, cup the nose with your hands and breathe into the nostrils for about three seconds to inflate the lungs. The chest should expand. Pause for two seconds, then repeat.
4.) Make sure that the heart is still beating by feeling behind the dog's elbow with your hand of by placing your ear on the dog's chest. As long as the heart is beating, continue mouth-to-nose resuscitation until the dog breathes on its own. If the dog's heart should stop, you must start cardiac massage immediately.
5.) CARDIAC MASSAGE:
Place the heel of your hand just behind the elbow on the left side of the chest. Place your other hand on top, then firmly press both hands down and forward toward the brain. This squeezes blood out of the heart to the brain. Repeat six times at one second intervals.
6.) After six cardiac massages, give one breath of mouth-to-nose resuscitation. Continue alternating until the heart beats, then start resuscitation.
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