EVEN PETS CAN BENEFIT FROM CPR
Did you know that a pet owner can use their knowledge of human infant CPR to help their pet? Researchers have translated human resuscitation guidelines and training for pet owners, preparing them to use CPR to save their furriest family members.
Cardiac arrests in dogs and cats are similar to those in children, often resulting from breathing problems rather than heart issues, said Fletcher, professor of veterinary medicine at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, New York.
Choking, allergic reactions and heat stroke are among the top reasons dogs collapse and need CPR. As with children, pets need both rescue breaths and chest compressions.
As a proud parent of my furry baby, I found this part so touching. AHA CPR instructor Alicia Pederson of Forney, Texas, saved Miri, here Boston Terrier pupppy. in 2014 after finding the newborn “still and cold” in the middle of the night. Within five minutes after starting CPR, Pederson heard a cough, and the puppy started whimpering.
Unfortunately, many have assumed that there’s no point in doing CPR because survival rates are so low — currently 6 percent to 7 percent.
But those stats are misleading, Fletcher said. Dogs and cats who go into cardiac arrest shortly after being given general anesthesia have an almost 50 percent chance of survival.
Now here;s the wonderful part-pet CPR training introduces the concepts of human CPR, which could lead more pet owners to learn the technique for people.
Let's spread the word that human CPR can work on pets too.
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Dr. Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.