Why Those Who Work With Dogs Should Learn Dog CPR

Pet CPRDogs are beloved pets in millions of homes. Billions of dollars are spent annually on pet care products. Dogs have been loyal companions to human beings for thousands of years. In fact, no other species on the planet has adapted to living with people as well as dogs have. Many dog owners think of their pets as children. Just as parents would want to be prepared to help their children in an emergency, those who work with dogs can learn CPR to be ready to help their furry friends.

For those who know human CPR, the methods and anatomical landmarks for performing the procedure on dogs are different. Chest compressions are performed at a specific spot with the dog lying on his right side. Rescue breathing is performed with mouth to nose on larger dogs, and mouth over mouth and nose on smaller dogs. Those who love dogs usually have no compunctions against face to muzzle contact to perform rescue breathing. The only thing preventing proper CPR on a dog is training.

Someone interested in learning the basics of dog CPR could study online materials. However, getting proper certification exposes a student to a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the proper way to perform dog CPR that goes beyond what can be learned online alone. Classroom training offers the opportunity to practice on a dog CPR mannequin just like one would practice on a human mannequin to get certification.

All dog owners as well as anyone who works with dogs on a regular basis should learn how to perform canine cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Dog walkers, pet sitters, volunteers at animal shelters, firefighters, police dog handlers, K-9 rescue handlers, waterfowl hunters who hunt with dogs and farm workers who work with dogs are just a sampling of the many who could benefit by knowing dog CPR. Dogs who do high risk work are even more susceptible to injury that may require CPR intervention someday.

Anyone entrusted with the care of another person’s beloved pet dog should know basic first aid and CPR to be able to do whatever is possible to save an injured or sick dog’s life. The passing of any beloved pet is a horrible grief for someone who loves animals to endure. The knowledge that some simple training may have prevented the loss would be unbearable. Get dog CPR training certification to have the skills that can be used to help save a life.

Photo: Flickr