CPR for pets explained

A Palmetto, Florida woman is crediting the quick action of a dog groomer with saving the life of her pug. Her four-legged friend went into sudden cardiac arrest, and the groomer was able to perform CPR, mouth to snout, on the dog. Dr. Sonja Olson with Florida Veterinary Specialists joined Good Day to explain CPR for pets.

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Read below for more details on what Dr. Olson discussed during her interview with Good Day.

Vital Information for Pet Emergencies

Emergency phone numbers: Before an emergency occurs, pet owners should have their veterinarian’s phone number handy, whether saved in their phones or posted on their refrigerators. If you are having a pet emergency at home, call or head to a veterinarian immediately.

Responsiveness: If your pet appears unconscious, tap the inner corner of the eyelids with your finger near the nose of your pet. Your pet should blink. If not, it is a sign of a serious problem and you should inform your veterinarian immediately.

Gums: Normal gum color is pink. Lift your pet’s lip to look at the color. If the gum color is pale, white, yellow or bluish, it is a sign of an emergency.

Breathing: To know if your pet is breathing, watch for a rise and fall of your pet’s chest and check airflow by the nostrils. If a pet is breathing excessively with more than 50 breaths a minute, it is a sign of a serious problem. You can count your pet’s breaths by counting as many breaths as you can for 15 seconds and multiplying by four.

Heartbeat: It is difficult accurately assess a pet’s heart rate without a stethoscope and veterinary training. Pet owners at home can feel for a heart rate if a pet is laying down by moving the front leg back and putting their hand on the chest under the arm. A major artery is also located on the inside of a pet’s thigh.

Healthy Vitals: Pet owners should become familiar with normal signs of a healthy pet by checking their pet’s vitals when their pet is healthy, so they know what doesn’t look right when an emergency occurs.

If you want to learn more about what to do in case of an emergency, call your family veterinarian to learn more about how you can care for your pet’s specific health needs.