How to Do Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on Dogs

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For dogs 30 to 100 pounds

  • Kneel down next to the animal with the back near you.
  • Extend your elbows and cup your hands on top of each other.
  • Place your cupped hands over the ribs at the point where the raised elbow meets the chest.
  • Compress the chest 2 to 3 inches at a rate of 1.5 to 2 times per second.
  • Begin 5 compressions for each breath. Check for a heartbeat after 1 minute and continue if none is detected.

    For dogs over 100 pounds

  • Perform CPR as you would for large pets.
  • Compress the chest about once per second.
  • Apply 10 compressions for each breath. Check for a heartbeat after 1 minute and continue if none is detected.

    Perform CPR until you have reached a veterinary hospital. After 20 minutes, however, the chances of reviving a dogl are extremely unlikely.

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