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When I was renewing the boys "Home Again" Micro chips, I found this on the web site. At the bottom of the article, are web sites with phone numbers, for a pet CPR class. Hope none of us ever has to use it.

Learning Pet CPR
As in humans, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency technique used when an animal has stopped breathing and has no heartbeat. It involves rescue breathing (mouth-
As in humans, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency technique used when an animal has stopped breathing and has no heartbeat. It involves rescue breathing (mouth-to-snout resuscitation) and chest compressions. Although you may have taken a human CPR course, dogs and cats donít share the same anatomy. The concept is the same, but the technique is different making pet-specific training essential. Here are the steps to take to save your pet.
Step 1 Look, listen and feel for breathing. If thereís none:

Step 2 Place the pet on his right side (legs away from you) and give two breaths into his snout (just enough to make his chest rise), keeping his mouth closed with your hands.

Step 3 Check the pulse at the femoral artery (where the hind leg meets the torso). Use your index and middle finger (never your thumb, or youíll feel your own pulse) and feel for a throb or vibration as the blood pumps through this major artery. Under normal situations, you would be able to count 60 to 170 beats per minute for a medium to large dog and 110 to 220 for small dogs and cats, which may actually feel more like a flutter. If you detect no pulse:

Step 4 Gently take the animalís left front leg and bend it at the elbow, rotating it at the shoulder. Place your left hand where his elbow meets his body. Take your right hand across his chest and place it on the ground underneath him, stabilizing his body and preventing him from rolling as you compress. With your left hand, push on his chest twelve to fifteen times for a medium to large dog (approximately three compressions every two seconds) and then deliver two more breaths. Repeat. Every four cycles, check for a pulse. If there are two people, one breathes and the others compresses at the rate of one breath for every two to three compressions.

NOTE: Never breathe or compress on an animal that is breathing or has a pulse.

Step 5 Quickly transport the pet to the nearest Animal Emergency Center. Realize that you may not be able to get the animal breathing or get the heart beat to resume and may need to continue CPR while someone else drives.

For cats and small dogs, use your fingertips to compress the heart rather than your left hand, or place four fingers of your left hand under the animalís chest and compress the top with your left thumb. Make five compressions for one breath and check for a pulse every eight to ten cycles.

For barrel-chested breeds, you may position the dog on his back and compress the chest human-style (one hand on top of the other hand and over the chest). Do fifteen compressions for every two breaths, checking for a pulse every four cycles.

Pet CPR classes are available through:
Sunny-dog Ink
www.sunnydogink.com
(818) 951-7962

The Red Crossģ
www.redcross.org
(202) 303-4498

Pet Tech, Inc.
www.pettech.net
(760) 930-0309
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Thank you so much Colleen!
I'm printing that out to keep in case of an emergency.
We do have a pet first-aid class offered here through our Red Cross that I'm planning to take this summer.

I once had a very young, inexperienced vet have to do CPR on my horse at the stable after a problem with a shot. That was scary.

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Today, I thought I would feel for the boys femeral pulses and it took a few trys to find it. Once you find it you will not doubt if that is what you are feeling. I really recommend that everyone does it. (knocking on wood as I type this) If anything would happen .... I want to know exactly where to feel for the pulse and not lose prescious time. Just a thought ....
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Thanks for the info. Great stuff .

Dave and Molly
Ian Dunbar was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from I.P.D.T.A. Here's a picture of me accepting the award on his behalf.
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