Pet CPR: Essential Steps Every Pet Sitter Should Know


As a pet sitter, your primary responsibility is to care for and ensure the safety of the animals entrusted to you. Accidents can happen at any time, and being prepared to administer pet CPR can be a life-saving skill. In this guide presented by MyCPR NOW, we will cover the essential steps of pet CPR that every pet sitter should know to provide immediate care to a pet in distress.

I. Recognizing Emergency Situations

1. Identifying Signs of Distress: Understanding the common signs of a pet in distress, such as difficulty breathing, unresponsiveness, or choking.

2. Assessing Vital Signs: Knowing how to check a pet's pulse and breathing rate.

II. Pet CPR Basics

1. The ABCs of Pet CPR: Understanding the basic principles of pet CPR – Airway, Breathing, and Circulation.

2. Rescue Breathing: Administering rescue breaths to a pet in respiratory distress.

III. Pet CPR Techniques

1. Performing Compressions: Learning how to perform chest compressions on a pet in cardiac arrest.

2. Adjusting for Size: Modifying the depth and pressure of compressions based on the pet's size.

IV. Pet Choking Situations

1. Recognizing Choking: Identifying when a pet is choking and understanding the Heimlich maneuver for pets.

2. Clearing Airway Obstructions: Safely removing foreign objects from a pet's airway.

V. Pet CPR for Different Species

1. Dog CPR: Specific considerations and techniques for performing CPR on dogs.

2. Cat CPR: Understanding the unique aspects of cat CPR.

VI. Handling Injured Pets

1. Approaching with Caution: Knowing how to approach an injured pet to avoid causing further harm.

2. Transporting Injured Pets: Safely transferring the pet to a carrier or improvised stretcher.

VII. Seeking Veterinary Care

1. Knowing the Limits of First Aid: Understanding that first aid is meant to provide immediate assistance and that professional veterinary care is essential for the best outcome.

2. Contacting Emergency Veterinary Services: Knowing when and how to reach out for professional help.


As a pet sitter, having knowledge of pet CPR can make a significant difference in the well-being of the animals under your care. Being prepared to act swiftly and confidently in emergency situations can be the key to saving a pet's life. MyCPR NOW encourages all pet sitters to undergo proper pet CPR training to gain the necessary skills and confidence to respond effectively in times of crisis. Remember, your quick action and knowledge can make all the difference in a pet's survival and recovery. Always prioritize safety and seek professional veterinary care for any serious medical situations.

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