Accidents often occur, so, for this reason, it is useful for pet owners to learn the first aid techniques that would keep the pet alive before they reach to the vet.
The procedure is similar to that when it comes to humans, but the procedure of first aid differs. These are the key five steps that every pet owner should know.
Before you start reviving note the following first aid tips:
1. Check the pulse and breathing
You can check the pulse on three key points. Place the index and middle finger below the knuckle on the paws of the dog or cat, as well as the inner part of the thigh to touch the artery, below the wrist or at the crossroads of the left elbow and chest.
2. Look for other warning signs
Check if his gums and lips have the normal color or if they get gray. Make sure if his pupil is dilated and if they respond to light.
When it comes to small pets, put your mouth over the nose and mouth opening and blow air.
And when it comes to adult pets, place your mouth over the nose and blow air.
4. Do the Heimlich Maneuver
If the air you blow can not pass through the respiratory system, it means that the airways may be blocked. Turn your pet on its head, so that his back will be clung to your chest. Brace your pet and tighten it with your fist just below the chest. With both hands, five times strongly push the abdomen, and then check if in the mouth is what has blocked the airways. If you find an item, do CPR twice more.
5. If there is no pulse, begin with extreme CPR
Place your pet on the right side, and then place hands over one another on ribs which are connected to the elbow and chest, and begin to push the breasts. If your has a pulse don’t do this procedure. For small dogs (as well as cats) under 30 pound, after each five pressures do one breath blow and also the depth of the pressure should be between 0.5 and 1 inch. When it comes to medium and large pets weighing between 30-80 pounds, also, after the pressure of five times do one breath, with the depth of the pressure should be between 1 and 3 inches. For large pets weighing over 80 pounds, do ten pressures with a depth between 1 and 3 inches make one breath.
The procedure must be repeated and you should also check the pulse once in a few minutes. Continue the process until the revival process of the pet does not get a pulse. Stop the revival process after 20 minutes.
If you own a pet, or if you know anyone that does, be sure to share these first aid tips with them. Every pet owner must always be aware!