10 Top Tips that could Save your Dog’s Life
Danger – Human safety always takes priority – always check it is safe for you and others
Phone the Vet as soon as possible and always take their advice.
Response – check to see if they are conscious
Approach from behind, initially touch with your foot.If no response to a foot touch, use the back of your hand (less invasive than using your palm).Touch or stroke to see if there is a response
Airway – is their airway clear?
Cautiously check in their mouth and tilt their head back to open their airway. Breathing – are they breathing? – look down their body to see if they are breathing
Circulation / CPR – have they got a pulse?
Please note that the pulse is not always easy to feel, particularly if there is more body fatIf they have a pulse but are not breathing, give 5 rescue breaths
If they are unconscious and not breathing – give 30 chest compressions followed by 2 rescue breaths.
For a barrel chested dog you may get better pressure with them positioned on their back – ideally you would have more than one person for this to be possible.
If there has been no response in 15 minutes it is extremely unlikely that they will recover.
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