DOG AND CAT CPR - AMERICAN RED CROSS

by Home Vet Bag

 

  1. Check for breathing and a heartbeat…

Check to see if the pet is breathing and check for a heartbeat. If you do not see your pet’s chest moving and cannot find a heartbeat, begin CPR with chest compressions.

  1. Give chest compressions…
    1. Place your hands on your pet as follows:
      1. For cats, small dogs and deep chested dogs, place the heel of one of your hands directly over the pet’s heart and place your other hand directly over the first hand.
      2. For deep chested dogs, place the heel of one hand over the widest part of the chest and place your other hand directly over the first hand.
  • For barrel chested dogs, place the dog on its back, place one hand over the widest part of the sternum, and place your other hand directly over the first hand. 
  1. Lock your elbows and make sure your shoulders are directly above your hands.
  2. Then, push hard and push fast at a rate of 100 beats per minute.  
  1. Initiate rescue breathing
    • . Cover your pet’s nose with your mouth and exhale until you see the pet’s chest rise. 
  1. Give a second rescue breath.
  1. Continue CPR.

Continue giving CPR with a cycle of 30 chest compressions and 2 rescue breaths until your dog or cat begins breathing again on its own.

  1. Check again for breathing and a heartbeat…

Briefly check for breathing and a heartbeat every 2 minutes.

  1. Get help…

Continue CPR until you reach a veterinary hospital.