You've probably heard this before: If you see your dog or cat choking, call your veterinarian immediately. But what if the phone is on the other side of the room? What if you're at work and can't get home right away? What if your pet has stopped breathing? What then?
Call your vet or animal hospital immediately and stay on the line until someone comes to help.
If you find yourself in an emergency situation with your pet, don't panic. Your first step should always be to call your vet or animal hospital immediately and stay on the line until someone comes to help. If you can't reach your vet, call 911 and ask them if they have any recommendations for what else you should do next.
If your pet isn't breathing and doesn't have a heartbeat:
- Start chest compressions by placing two fingers on either side of the ribcage at its widest point (imagine where there would be space between two ribs). Press down hard enough that air can escape from under your fingers as they move downward, then release when they reach full compression depth--about 1 inch deep into muscle tissue--before pressing again. Repeat this process at least 100 times per minute until help arrives or other measures are taken (like CPR).
If you are unable to reach your veterinary clinic, or if your pet is not taking a breath, start chest compressions.
- Place your hands over the pet's rib cage, just behind its elbows.
- With your fingers interlaced, apply pressure with both hands in a fast, steady motion on the chest wall at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute (the same as if you were performing CPR on a human). Do not press too hard; this could cause injury or break ribs! A good rule of thumb is to only push down about 1/4 of an inch per compression cycle; this means that if you were doing 10 compressions at a time (which would be recommended), each one would only be 1/2" deep into the chest cavity before returning back up again for another cycle of 10 compressions with no rest periods between cycles - just keep going until help arrives or until further measures are taken such as administering oxygen through mouth-to-snout breathing techniques which we'll discuss later on after learning how long pets have been without oxygen before needing resuscitation efforts begun using these methods instead
Compressions should be at least one inch deep (about the width of an adult's thumb) and 80-100 per minute.
To perform chest compressions on a pet, use two fingers on the ribcage and make sure you are compressing the chest, not the abdomen (the area between your pet's belly button and tail). Compressions should be at least one inch deep (about the width of an adult's thumb) and 80-100 per minute.
In humans, chest compressions are aimed to stimulate the heart; however, in animals, they are meant to stimulate the lungs because they have smaller lungs which means oxygen travels faster through them than in humans. This means that when administering CPR to animals it is important not only do you perform 80-100 compressions per minute but also to ensure that each compression goes deep enough into their body so that blood flows back into their heart rather than just being pushed around inside them without going anywhere significant like through arteries or veins which could lead up into major organs such as kidneys etc., resulting in internal bleeding which would cause serious damage if untreated quickly enough after the injury occurs causing death within minutes unless treated immediately by emergency personnel such as paramedics who may arrive soon afterward depending on how far away ambulance station nearest location was located relative distance traveled to time taken responder(s) arrival
Use two fingers on the ribcage to do compressions.
- Use two fingers on the ribcage to do compressions.
- Use a metronome to keep time.
- Do compressions at a rate of 80-100 per minute. Don't give up if your pet is still not breathing after 2 minutes, but keep going until they start breathing again, or take them to the vet immediately! It can take 10-20 minutes to get a pet breathing again, so be patient and don't panic! If you're feeling scared or frustrated, remember to stay positive and calm so that both you and your pet pick up on each other's energy levels during this stressful situation."
If a pet has stopped breathing, it's important to get oxygen into his lungs as soon as possible.
If your pet has stopped breathing, it's important to get oxygen into his lungs as soon as possible. Do not try to put anything down the throat of an animal that is unconscious or unable to breathe on its own. Instead:
- Open up the airway by lifting up the ears and gently pulling back on the tongue to widen the opening of the mouth.
- Use a straw or small tube to help get oxygen into the lungs if you are able and have time (this can be done before calling 911). If not available, use your own mouth only if necessary--if another person is present they may be better suited for this task than yourself!
If you cannot get oxygen into their lungs manually, try getting a pulse first before going back again with compressions: check at least 5 times before moving forward again with CPR measures such as chest compressions/resuscitation attempts
Open up the airway by lifting up the ears and gently pulling back on the tongue to widen the opening of the mouth. Do NOT try to put anything down the throat!
- Open up the airway by lifting up the ears and gently pulling back on the tongue to widen the opening of the mouth. Do NOT try to put anything down the throat!
- Do not attempt mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or chest compressions.
- Call your local vet (or ask someone else who knows what to do) immediately if your pet has been hit by a car or shows signs of poisoning, such as drooling or vomiting blood; this can be an emergency situation that requires immediate attention at an animal hospital.
You can save a life by acting quickly
- Call the vet. If you're not sure what to do, contact your local emergency veterinary clinic and ask them to help you.
- Don't give up. If your pet is unconscious, never assume that he or she is dead; keep going until help arrives!
- Do not panic - stay calm and focused on saving the life of your loved one by following these steps:
- Start chest compressions immediately by placing two fingers on either side of their rib cage at heart level (or just above where their front legs meet) and push down hard two times per second until there are no more breaths in their lungs left for them to exhale out upon exhaling themselves during each compression cycle before stopping briefly again for about 10 seconds so that we can listen closely for any signs indicating whether or not there may still be some air trapped inside which could potentially cause us problems later down the line when trying again later today after checking back into our inboxes around lunchtime tomorrow afternoon following our meeting earlier today morning at 8am sharp whereupon everyone agreed unanimously upon all matters discussed during those sessions including but not limited only those related specifically only specifically exclusively only exclusively exclusively exclusively exclusively only exclusively exclusively only exclusively only exclusively exclusive
If you have a pet who has stopped breathing, the only thing to do is call for help immediately. You can save a life by acting quickly and following these steps: