Is Your Dog Breathing?
- Hold the back of your hand or your cheek up to their nose and feel for air. Also, watch for the rise and fall of their chest.
- If they are not breathing, check their airway for any blockage. Pull the tongue forward as far as possible and remove any objects or liquids from the throat or mouth.
- The femoral artery, located on the inner thigh, is the easiest place to find your dog’s pulse. Run your hand along the inside of the hind leg until you are almost to the point the leg joins with the body. There you should feel a slight dip where the femoral artery is closest to the skin. Use your fingers (not your thumb) to press down gently and feel for a pulse.
- If you cannot feel the pulse at the femoral artery, try just above the metacarpal pad (the large, center pad) of your blue pits front paw, or directly on top of the heart.
- Your dog’s heart is located on the left side of their chest. To find it, lay your dog on their right side and bend the front left leg so the elbow touches the chest. The point on the chest where the elbow touches is the location of the heart.
How To Do CPR On An American Pitbull Terrier
1. Position Your Pit bull For Treatment
- Lay your dog on a stable, flat surface with their right side down.
- Straighten their head and neck as best you can to create a direct passage for their airway.
- Pull the tongue forward so that it rests against the back of their teeth and shut their mouth.
- Position yourself behind their back.
- Place both of your palms, one over the other, on top of the widest part of the rib cage, near the heart, but not directly over it.
*For smaller dogs weighing 30lbs or less, cup your hands around the dog’s rib cage, placing your fingers on one side of the chest and your thumb on the other.
- Keeping both elbows straight, push down on the rib cage in firm, quick compressions. Only compress 1/4 to 1/3 of the chest width.
- Repeat compressions at a quick rate of 15 per 10 seconds.
*For smaller dogs, use your thumb and fingers to squeeze the chest to about a 1/4 or 1/3 of its width. Repeat this at a slightly quicker pace than for larger dogs, aiming for 17 compressions in 10 seconds.
- Begin by sealing the dog’s lips. Place your hand over the pit bulls muzzle and ensure the mouth is completely closed.
- Next, place your mouth over the dog’s nostrils and blow gently, watching for the chest to lift and expand. If the chest does not rise, blow harder into the nostrils and check that the mouth is properly sealed.
*For smaller dogs, place your mouth over their entire muzzle.
- Remove your mouth from the nose/muzzle between breaths to allow for air return.
- Administer one breath for every 15 compressions.
*If there are two people available to perform CPR, have one person do the compressions, while the other gives artificial respiration after every 5 compressions.
5. Administer An Abdominal Squeeze
- Place your left hand under your american pitbull terriers abdomen, and your right hand on top. Push down to squeeze the abdomen and assist in the circulation of blood back to the heart.
- Give one abdominal squeeze after each set of 15 compressions and one breath.
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