Health & Hygiene How To's

CPR For dogs

Written by Nancy Boland

CPR for dogs is a combination of chest compression and artificial. It is normally used when a dog’s heart beat can no longer be heard and once this happens the heart will go into cardiac arrest and cease beating.

Before performing it is important to bear in mind that CPR is hazardous and can cause physical complications or fatal damage if performed incorrectly and should only be performed when necessary.

CPR for Puppies and small dogs less than 14 kg

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  1. Lay the dog on a flat surface with his/her right side against the surface.
  2. Cup your palms and hold the dog with one palm on either side above the heart region.
  3. Compress the chest for one inch to one-quarter or one-third the width of the chest for a count of one and then let go for a count of one. Carry on at a rate of 100 compressions in a minute.
  4. If only one person is available, breathe into the dog’s nose once for every five compressions that are done.
  5. Continue with the CPR and artificial respiration until the dog begins breathing on its own and the pulse becomes steady.

CPR for medium/large dogs weighing more than 14 kg

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  1. Lay the dog on a flat surface with his/her right side against the surface.
  2. Put one of your palms on the dog’s rib cage, near the heart region, and put your other palm on top of it.
  3. Without bending both the elbows, press the rib cage in a downward motion.
  4. Compress the chest for one-quarter to one-third the width of the chest for a count of one and then let go for a count of one. Carry on at a rate of 80 compressions per minute.
  5.  Breathe into the dog’s nose once for every five compressions that are done.
  6. Continue performing CPR until the dog begins to breathe and has a steady pulse.

About the author

Nancy Boland

I'm Nancy, owner of a very spoiled, one eyed Jack Russell called Basil. I'm a trainee veterinarian with a love for all things dogs. I'm especially passionate about dog adoption and always advocate rescue and enjoy writing about canine health and nutrition, alongside overall well-being tips for happy dogs!

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