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I Could Have Saved My Pet-If I Knew CPR

Shirley Sanders a third year volunteer at the American Red Cross Greensboro Chapter gave a short excerpt on several classes offered at the facility including Pet CPR. After watching Shirley perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a fluffy and synthetic Dalmatian, I probably could have been able to save my pet. After she brought Spot out of unconsciousness, Shirley thoroughly reviewed the components of an emergency first aid kit including; a blanket, hand sanitizer, whistle, scissors, gauze bandages of various sizes, bandage tape, portable drinking water, cold pack, eye dropper, a two liter bottle cut off at the spout, nylon leash, pediatric rectal thermometer , water-based sterile lubricant, hydrogen peroxide, and isopropyl alcohol to name a few. The purpose of the kit is to provide temporary comfort and stability while transporting the animal to the veterinary or emergency hospital.

Before you think your pet will need CPR, make sure they are unconscious by checking their breathing. Place your hand in front of their nose and be sure not to block their air intake. Also, check your pet’s heartbeat where their left elbow touches the chest by placing your ear. If your pet is not breathing, quickly place your finger in the mouth and pull out the tongue, looking for foreign objects. If nothing is in the throat, gently move neck until it is straight. If it is apparent the neck is injured, do not move. Close your pet’s mouth and place your cut off two liter bottle over nose and mouth and gently blow until the chest expands. Continue rescue breathing once every 5 seconds and periodically check for foreign objects. The next step for unresponsive pets, are chest compressions, which should never precede the rescue breathing technique. Lay pet on right side (heart is located on the lower left side of chest). Place one hand directly on the heart and the other hand should support the chest by holding the underside of the heart. Press down on their heart about one inch if they are medium sized, press harder for larger and softer for smaller. Ferrets, cats and other small pets should only receive chest compressions with the thumb and forefingers of only one hand. The approximate count for larger animals is 80-120 per minute and 10-150 for smaller pets. Continue compressions and rescue breathing until you can hear a heartbeat or normal breathing. Carry them to the vehicle and take them to your veterinary as soon as possible. They stand a better chance of survival if pet owners are well educated and prepared for such events.

Shirley stated that Pet CPR was a great class for dog trainers in addition to pet owners. Classes can range from 9- 30 individuals and schedules are listed on the website at http://www.redcross.org, listing your local chapter’s phone number. A four-hour class could save many beloved pets in your community, and the nominal fee supports an organization that saves many two and four legged lives.

The American Red Cross is More than Giving Blood–Take a Tour and Find Out

Other classes provided at the Greensboro Red Cross are; Stress Management Busters (great for corporate), Infant or Adult CPR and Babysitter or Lifeguard Training. Tours are also available for those curious and who want a close up look of what the Greensboro Red Cross is all about. Last tip from Shirley, if you think your pet is dehydrated or has been burned, NEVER apply or let the pet ingest cold water. Cool water is highly recommended to quench their thirst and soothe the wounds. Thank you Shirley, and stay cool this summer.

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