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.10 Top Tips that could Save your Dog's LifeIf no response to a foot touch, use the back of your hand (less invasive than using your palm).10 Top Tips that could Save your Dog's LifeTouch 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. 10 Top Tips that could Save your Dog's LifeBreathing – are they breathing? – look down their body to see if they are breathing10 Top Tips that could Save your Dog's Life

Circulation / CPR – have they got a pulse?

Please note that the pulse is not always easy to feel, particularly if there is more body fat10 Top Tips that could Save your Dog's LifeIf they have a pulse but are not breathing, give 5 rescue breaths                       10 Top Tips that could Save your Dog's Life

If they are unconscious and not breathing – give 30 chest compressions followed by 2 rescue breaths.10 Top Tips that could Save your Dog's Life

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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