CPR and First Aid classes for pets

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CPR and First Aid classes are standard for childcare, but what about for animal care?
Jan Dillon is trying to help citizens become more aware of how to save an animal in a medical emergency by teaching classes for PetTech in Bowling Green.
CPR is used to start a heart back up to beating and allow circulation to continue in the body.
A dog's heart is between their third and fifth rib under their front leg.
Dillon says when it comes to CPR on puppies and cats, the technique used involved using one hand to pinch or "taco" the animal's chest.
On larger dogs, the technique is two hand compressions under the dogs front leg pressing about 1/3 of the way in on the dog heart.
On really big dogs with wide chests, you can actually give the dog chest compressions similar to how you would treat a human.
The trick is the same as that of humans, do the compressions to the beat of "Staying Alive", 30 compressions for every two breaths given.
When you give a breath to the animal, be sure to pull the animal's tongue out in front of their canine teeth so they do not choke on it, then, blow into their nostrils.
The intensity of the air blown needs to coordinate with the size of the animal.
Even with this information, Dillon stresses that "showing you how to do CPR on a pet does not give someone the knowledge to say 'Now I can do CPR'. Because, as I said, if you're not doing it correctly, and you don't know what to look for, then you can actually do more harm than good."
She also reminds people that "because we don't know the nature of the injuries to the pet, it may have been hit by a car and have a broken spine. We go to the dog, rather that bring the dog to us."



 
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