Life-saving ABC’s

 
By Connie Orcutt • Published: July 2nd, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves
Play

No one likes to imagine the worst. But what would you do if your dog or cat needed resuscitation and you were the only one around? Knowing the A-B-C’s could save your furry friend’s life.

“A” stands for airway. A gagging or unconscious pet may be choking. Performing abdominal thrusts, aka, the Heimlich maneuver, on your pet can dislodge objects blocking the airway.

Next, “B” is for breathing. Mouth-to-snout resuscitation is certainly not a very efficient form of breathing, but it has occasionally saved lives.

Finally, “C” means circulation, which starts with the heart. If your pet doesn’t have a detectable heartbeat, perform chest compressions to get the heart pumping.

For training, consider a pet first-aid class offered by the Red Cross. Above all, know how to contact and transport your pet to the nearest emergency veterinary clinic.