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Thursday, December 1, 2016

CPR For Dogs and Cats: This Is What To Do If Your Pet Can’t Breathe

Take care of your pet.

Do you know what to do if your pet stops breathing? Knowing a few emergency procedures if your dog or cat is choking, or having difficulty breathing, could save your pet’s life because you may not have time to get to a vet. Here are the steps for doing CPR on a dog and cat.
CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) preserves brain function until proper blood circulation and breathing can be restored.

The signs that indicate the need for CPR include unconsciousness, lack of arousal, lack of physical movement, or eye blinking. These symptoms can occur from drowning, choking, electrical shock, or a number of other situations.

Performing mouth-to-snout resuscitation
The following information has been updated with latest recommended guidelines outlined by the first evidence-based research on how best to resuscitate dogs and cats in cardiac arrest. It was published in June 2012 by the Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation (RECOVER). The study recommends a few updates to past manual CPR practices on dogs.
The primary new recommendations are:
  • Perform 100-120 chest compressions per minute
  • Perform a compression to mouth-to-snout ventilation ratio of 30 compressions followed by 2 breaths
  • Perform cardiac massage / chest compressions according to the different chest types and sizes of dogs (see diagrams below).

The key to CPR is remembering the ABCs: Airway, Breathing, and Cardiac compression.
To perform the three techniques, follow these steps.
  1. Lay the dog on a flat surface and extend the head back to create an airway. (Current practices recommend laying the dog on his/her right side (heart facing up), however the latest recommended guidelines state that either the left or right lateral recumbency are acceptable.)
  2. Open the jaws to check for obstructions, and if any exist and are not easily removed, try to dislodge the object. (See article Heimlich Maneuever for dogs for details on how to dislodge a dog’s blocked airway safely.)
  3. Cup your hands around the muzzle of the dog’s mouth so that only the nostrils are clear. Blow air into the nostrils with five or six quick breaths, again, depending on the size of the dog. Small dogs and puppies and require short and shallow breaths. Larger dogs need longer and deeper breaths. Continue the quick breaths at a rate of one breath every three seconds or 20 breaths per minute.
  4. Check for a heartbeat by using your finger on the inside of the thigh, just above the knee. If you don’t feel a pulse, put your hand over the dog’s chest cavity where the elbow touches the middle of the chest. If you still don’t find a pulse, have one person continue breathing into the nostrils (mouth to snout), while another gives chest compressions / cardiac massage. If you are alone, do the compression and mouth-to-snout ventilation yourself.
  5. Give the dog chest compressions (cardiac massage) by placing both hands palms down on the chest cavity of the dog. For most dogs, chest compressions can be performed on the widest part of the chest while the dog is lying on his side.
    • For dogs with keel-shaped chests (i.e. deep, narrow chests) in breeds such as greyhounds push down closer to the dog’s armpit, directly over the heart.
    • For dogs with barrel-chested dogs like English bulldogs lay the dog on its back and compress on the sternum (directly over the heart), like people.
    • For smaller dogs and cats chest-compressions scan be done with one hand wrapped around the sternum, encircling the heart or two-handed on the ribs.
    • For large dogs, place your hands on top of each other.
    • For tiny dogs or puppies, place one hand or thumb on the chest.
  6. Use the heel of your hand(s) to push down for 30 quick compressions followed by 2 breaths of air (ventilation) and then check to see if consciousness has been restored. If consciousness has not been restored, continue the compressions in cycles of 100 to 120 chest compressions per minute (the same rhythm administered for people).
  7. Perform CPR in 2-minute cycles checking to see if breathing and consciousness has been restored.
Ideally, CPR is performed while on route to emergency veterinarian care. If this is not possible, contact a veterinarian once the dog has started breathing.
The following diagrams illustrates how to perform chest compressions on dogs with different chest types.
  • Figure (A) illustrates the technique for most dogs. You can apply chest compressions to the widest part of the chest while the dog lies on its side.
  • Figure (B) illustrates the technique for dogs with keel-shaped chests.
  • Figure (C) illustrates the technique for barrel-chested dogs.

For small dogs and cats chest compressions can be administered two ways.
  • Figure (A) illustrates wrapping one hand around the sternum while supporting the back.
  • Figure (B) illustrates two-handed compression.

  Below is a video on administering CPR on dogs. [Note: The instructional video below recommends a compression to ventilation ratio of 15 compressions followed by 1 breath. The June 2012 study recommends a compression to ventilation ratio of 30 compressions followed by 2 breaths.]

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Rescuers believe missing 4-year-old is dead. 11 days later, they discover a dog protecting her.

This dog kept a 4-year-old alive and got her the help she needed

Home to plenty of wild species, the Siberian forest is so big that one could easily get lost with just a few steps. Sad to say, this is exactly what happened to 4-year-old Karina Chikitova. Thankfully, she was with a faithful pal, who made sure she was safe – her dog Kyrachaan.

One day, Karina wandered into the dense Siberian forest but got lost. Hundreds of people searched for her, however no signs of the child were found.
Although Karina was very scared, she wasn’t alone. Her dog Kyrachaan deterred the wolves and bears. He also kept her warm when the temperatures were dropping. In order to survive, they both fed on water and fresh berries.

A week had passed, and the rescuers were on the verge of giving up. But out of the blue, Kyrachaan showed up, trying to point rescuers towards Karina’s direction. They were all inspired to double their efforts and find the young girl.
In a bed of tall grass, around 4 miles away from their village, rescuers found Karina. She was very weak and scared. Miraculously, she had no wounds or injuries, only mild scratches and several bug bites.

When Karina saw Kyrachaan, all she said was, “Why did you leave me?”
In an instant, Karina’s story of survival became famous all around the world. In fact, a few months later, a statue was unveiled at the Yakutsk Airport in honor of Karina and her dog Kyrachaan. Their friendship is truly inspiring.

How Kyrachaan protected Karina is indeed an amazing testament to the loyalty that our four-legged friends can show! Watch the video below to learn more about this incredible story.
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Puppy Is Sad At Shelter, Until She Reunites With The Firefighter Who Saved Her From Abuse

It only takes seconds for Chunkie the pit bull puppy to realize he's the man who saved her life.
Look at that tail!

The adorable pup you’re about to meet couldn’t be more excited to be reunited with the man who saved her life.

Chunkie was so thrilled to reunite with firefighter Mike Thawley from Fire Station 14 in Sacramento, CA. Mike recently discovered the poor, sick puppy tied up in the rain. There was no one around to claim her — no one making sure she was safe after being left all alone outside in the elements.

Mike cleaned her up and brought her to Front Street Animal Shelter for some much-needed medical attention. The wonderful staff began treating her mange, and she enjoyed being dressed in a warm clothing to protect her skin.

Chunkie was so happy to be saved from neglect, but she had formed such a strong bond with Mike that she already missed him by the time he dropped her off at the shelter and then left.

But the following day, Mike returned to the shelter to visit his grateful new friend. The reunion is absolutely incredible.

Now, he’s speaking to his family about fostering Chunkie!

Followers have their fingers crossed that Mike gets the approval he needs and will soon be taking Chunkie home.

This video is further proof that pit bulls don’t have to grow up to be violent or aggressive.

Video Credit – Front Street Animal Shelter

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Out Of Nowhere Her Dog Grabs Her And Tosses Her Across The Room. Then The Family Sees Why

The 17-month-old was playing outside in her family’s garden when her usually friendly dog, Khan, started acting aggressively. The dog started pushing the girl around but she wouldn’t budge. So the Doberman grabbed the girl by her diaper and threw her off to the side…

Recently, a large black Doberman is being hailed a hero after saving a toddler’s life in the most unprecedented way. The large dog grabbed the Australian child with his teeth and threw the baby off to the side. Why? Because the dog noticed a large poisonous king brown snake in the child’s path.

The little 17-month-old Charlotte Svilicic was enjoying a nice day. She was playing outside in her family’s garden when her usually friendly dog, Khan, started acting aggressively. The dog started pushing the girl around but she wouldn’t budge. So the Doberman grabbed the girl by her diaper and threw her off to the side…

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