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. And although we don't offer classes in dog and cat CPR, we want you to be able to give them the help they need, when they need it most.
According to the American Society for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), if your pet needs CPR you should:
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.
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.
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.