How to Perform CPR on Your Dog

CPR is normally used when your dog stops breathing or has no pulse due to choking, unconsciousness from drowning or shock, poisoning, or allergic reaction. Please note that CPR is a last resort as it can be extremely hazardous, causing further physical complications or fatality even if performed correctly.

  1. Lay the dog on his or her side and remove any obstructions in the airway. Open mouth, pull tongue forward, extend neck and sweep mouth with finger if safe to do so.
  2. If the airway is clear, extend the neck, hold the tongue out of mouth and close the dog’s jaws over their tongue.
  3. Holding jaws closed, breathe into both nostrils for five to six breaths. If there is no response, continue artificial respiration. If there is no pulse, begin cardiac compressions.
  4. Depress the widest part of the chest wall 1.5 to 3 inches with one or both hands.
  5. Continue artificial respiration.

TIPS TO TAKE AWAY

  • CPR is normally used when your dog stops breathing or has no pulse due to choking, unconsciousness from drowning or shock, poisoning, or allergic reaction. 
  • Please note that CPR is a last resort as it can be extremely hazardous, causing further physical complications or fatality even if performed correctly.