What do I do if my dog stops breathing?
It's one of those dreaded scenarios you hope you'll never encounter. Nonetheless, every dog owner should be familiar with the basics of canine CPR. You just never know when it might save a life.
In a perfect world, it's much better to have a veterinary professional do CPR on your dog than to try to do it yourself. So, if at all possible, pick up the phone and get your dog to a veterinary clinic ASAP. However, in an emergency situation, sometimes there just isn't time and you have to act immediately.
One size does not fit all when it comes to CPR for dogs. Procedures vary based on the size of your dog. Watch Dr. Courtney Campbell, DVM demonstrate the ABCs of CPR for dogs:
Print out this infographic to put on the fridge or to keep for emergencies:
Remember, never practice CPR on a live dog. Doing so can damage your healthy dog's heart and lungs. Practice on a stuffed animal, or, for a more authentic simulation, get yourself a CPR dog model here.
Now you know the ABCs of CPR. With any luck, you'll never have to use them.