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The importance of learning and knowing CPR for dogs!

In 2007, I read about how my blogging friend, Tish, saved her dog Cruella from choking, and then performed CPR on her dog to save her life. It was a very scary situation and we thank dog she knew what to do!

Tish and Cruella brought to my attention just how important it is to know information on how to perform CPR on your dog! You just never know what can happen.

Here we bring you information on how to learn CPR for your dog and when to use it. As my Mum always says, BE PREPARED!

How to perform CPR on your dog!

Resources: CPR, Heimlich and basic first aid for dogs.

  • Dog CPR PDF and Flyer
    A great link to a brochure/flyer from Lori H. Feldman, DVM and Henry J. Feldman, M.D. on procedures for implementing Canine CPR. This flyer is perfect for printing out and keeping in your car, home and pet first aid kit!
  • How to give your dog CPR
    Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, or CPR, as it is called, is a version of artificial respiration that includes assisting the heart to beat. The purpose of CPR is to keep oxygen moving to the lungs and blood circulating throughout the body. The directi
  • Basic tips for handling an injured dog
    If your pet is injured, it could be in pain and is also most likely scared and confused. You need to be careful when handling an injured pet.
  • Basic first aid procedures
    A great tip sheet for handling the most dangerous emergency health situations.

Checking the vitals!

Vital Statistics

Pulse and Heart Rate

Normal resting rates:
Cats: 150-200 bpm

Small dogs: 90-120 bpm

Medium dogs: 70-110 bpm

Large dogs: 60-90 bpm

Pulse should be strong, regular and easy to locate.

Checking the pulse

The easiest place to locate a pulse is the femoral artery in the groin area. Place your fingers on the inside of the hind leg and slide your hand upward until the back of your fingers touches the abdomen. Gently move your fingers back and forth on the inside of the hind leg until you feel the pulsing blood. Count the number of pulses in 15 seconds and multiply that number by 4. This will give you the beats per minute (bpm).


Normal temp. for dogs and cats: 100-102.5 degrees

Info provided courtesy: The American Red Cross. Be sure and get their book - Dog First Aid.

Firefighters save dog with CPR!

QuakeKare Deluxe Pet First Aid Kit

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Accidents can happen so be prepared. The Deluxe Pet First Aid Kit contains a pet first aid instruction guide, scissors, tweezers, gloves, oral syringe, first aid tape roll, cotton tipped applicators, gauze, eye wash, hydrogen peroxide, antiseptic cleansing wipes, antibiotic ointment packs and burn and insect relief packs. We have emergency pet first aid from nose to tail. Detailed Description REFERENCES (1) Pet First Aid Instruction Guide Instruments: (1) Durable zippered bag with organized compartments, (1) Scissors, (1) Tweezers, (2) Exam quality vinyl gloves, (1) oral syringe, (1) 1" x 5 yd. first aid tape roll,(12) 3" Cotton tipped applicators DRESSINGS: (10) 9" x 2" Gauze dressing pads, (4) 3" x 3" Gauze dressing pads, (1) 5" x 9" Trauma pad, (1) 2"x 5 yd. Wrap bandage, (2) 2" x 4.5 yd Conforming gauze roll bandage, (1) Eye Pad, (1) Triangular Bandage TOPICALS: (1) Eye wash, (1) Hydrogen peroxide MEDICINES & ANTISEPTICS: (12) Antiseptic cleansing wipes, (6) Antibiotic ointment packs - Burn and Insect Relief

Big kudos to Firefighter Odom in Northwest Louisiana for saving a pups life with Canine CPR in March of 2008! We applaud you, Firefighter Odom.

"The fact that firefighters can be lifesavers isn't anything new, but the back-to-life efforts of one Louisiana smoke-eater went above and beyond the call of duty. It happened in the town of West Monroe on Friday when Stephen Odom was called to a blaze at a home on a local street.

The fearful owner told him her two dogs were trapped inside the burning wreckage and pleaded with the crews to try to save them. Odom put on his oxygen mask, took a spare with him, and ventured into the smoky darkness, heading for the room where the animals were kept.

He found them under some blankets in their carriers, trapped in the house, and brought them outside. But it looked like it might have been too late for one of the terriers. The little dog wasn't breathing when he pulled it out of the cage and so Odom decided to do for the animal what he'd do for a human - administer CPR."



The American Red Cross Pet First Aid Classes!

The best way to learn CPR is through an American Red Cross pet first aid class. They have classes all over the country!

Click here and search for your local chapter to find one near you!

You can also find pet first aid classes through, or take an online pet first aid course through

More lifesaving tips!

Learn some quick Heimlich tips for your dog.

Keep this chart handy! - Be sure and keep this chart handy - add it to all your first aid kits, and put one in your car.


Chart courtesy of Southwind Animal Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Source: American Red Cross.

Whew! Watch as dog trainer Ron Pace saves this dog with CPR after suffering a seizure.

On March 4th, 2010, I was saddened to learn that Cruella, the inspiration for this lens, made her trip to the rainbow bridge from complications associated with Cushing's Disease.

We dedicate this lens to Cruella and her Mum, Tish, and thank them for allowing us to share their story and bring to light the importance of knowing CPR for your dog. Cruella will live on in the lives of all the dogs saved by the knowledge and awareness this lens shares.

© 2007 Johann The Dog

Leave me some woofs!

Johann The Dog (author) from Northeast Georgia on February 04, 2014:

@flycatcherrr: I hope you never have to use CPR either!!! But glad you will be prepared just in case!

flycatcherrr on February 04, 2014:

I hope I never need to use CPR on any dog, of course, but sure appreciate the information - especially with a major epileptic in my pack now. Poster has been printed out and put up on my fridge! Thanks, Johann.

HelloKittyCat on August 10, 2013:

Your page here is fantastic, so much helpful information.

joseph-sottile-16 on April 16, 2013:

My daughter has three dogs. I shared this with her. Thank you for sharing1

TheGardenGuys on April 15, 2013:

What a fantastic idea for a lends. Very good.

Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on April 07, 2013:

This is very useful for me since I live several miles from the nearest vet. I have been involved in trying to revive a calf before using many of the meathods here. Thank You and Best Wishes.

jimporsche86 on February 06, 2013:

Nice lens, better to know something and never need it then need it and not know what to do.

beaworkathomemom on January 20, 2013:

This is very informative. Knowing dog CPR may just be able to save your pet's life.

eccles1 on September 06, 2012:

What a great lens for our beautiful dogs! Glad I found this lens

Thank you

chealthcare on August 20, 2012:

Wow! This is something very useful, Thanks for sharing this great information!

EmergencyPrepar on June 09, 2012:

I'm glad I found this lens. I always worry what to do if something happens to our chihuahua. I love him like a baby :)

Fay Favored from USA on April 12, 2012:

This was something we learned when we first got our pets, but I didn't know how to do CPR on cats. Helpful videos also. Adding this to my pup lens so others can come see this. Blessed.

Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on April 07, 2012:

Very useful lens for all dog's lovers. We should prepare as we will need it today and hope we will never need it!

tombonner on April 04, 2012:

Information I hope I will never need! I will return to the lens to refresh my memory. Thanks for gathering this information.

Teri Villars from Phoenix, Arizona on February 29, 2012:

I missed the section on rescue breathing! ha! This would've worked for me with my dog the other day, but the chicken bone flew out on it's own. Squid Angel blessed, Happy Leap Day!

rogerrph on February 27, 2012:

great information, I like the poster from the red cross.

AlphaChic on February 17, 2012:

This is an awesome lens. I've always wondered how to do CPR/Heimlich/First aid for my dogs, and now I could potentially save my dog's life. Thanks for the great lens.

jimmyworldstar on January 27, 2012:

I wasn't aware you could even give CPR to dogs, thanks for the tips. Never know when it'll come in handy.

Edutopia on January 25, 2012:

Great lens on a skill that you wouldn't normally think you'd need but can come in handy and be literally life saving!

TheHealthCabin on January 25, 2012:

Woof! Great Lens, informative and important. Thank you.

DogWatchColumbus on January 24, 2012:

Fabulous lens! What a great way to teach people about a very important topic!

Find-Online on January 24, 2012:

I learned a lot from this lens.

Pastor Cher from United States on January 22, 2012:

Good to see this. Things have changed in the way they do some of the things, so I'm glad I saw this. Do they have one for cats? The man didn't show it very well on the cat video.

ChrissLJ on January 22, 2012:

Thankfully this was something they covered in Puppy Kindergarten, though I learned it a little differently. I haven't had to use it yet **knocks on wood**, but I have had to dig something out of my dog's throat when she started choking and was unable to dislodge it herself. Luckily we had both trained for emergency situations and she wasn't frightened more of my fingers going into her throat.

JoshK47 on November 30, 2011:

I'm glad to know about this - definitely bookmarking it for further studying in case anything like this happens to a canine friend of mine. Thank you for sharing.

Hope from Skokie, Illinois on November 08, 2011:

Hi, Johann! I just wanted to Thank You - for being an inspirational, informed, incredibly talented Squidooer and good friend. You've been a tremendous help when we were getting started on Squidoo and you're always there when I need a resource, an idea, an inspiration, or a boost to get me going. Thank you!

kyhillbullies on September 27, 2011:

Great lens! Loved it!

renstar lm on August 11, 2011:

wow I will learn that now! But I hope I never need to use it Nice Lens

I have a Rottweiler crossed with Staffordshire bull terrier called Kingston

KANEsUgAr on June 27, 2011:

wow awesome lens, i had no idea you could perform cpr on an animal. great stuff, great information.

profilesincolor on June 26, 2011:

Wonderful resource! Thanks so much! :-)

bames24 lm on May 25, 2011:

very informative lens... thank you for sharing such vital information.. :)

pufek77 lm on April 15, 2011:

Wow. Tnx For That Lens.

JanezKranjski on April 11, 2011:

I didn't even know you can give cpr to a dog.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on April 04, 2011:

A really important lens. Thank you!

elyria on March 25, 2011:

Great Lens and a very important topic! I am going to lensroll it to my lens.

xtra100 on March 03, 2011:

Very informative lens. Thanks for sharing this info.

Philippians468 on February 02, 2011:

i learnt loads from your lens! thank you! cheers

thescubadude on December 10, 2010:

This a really brilliantly written lens! Would you consider doing a guest post for our dog products website blog? I could pay you modest amount for an article.

MargoPArrowsmith on November 06, 2010:

Who knew you could do such a thing. I will lensroll to The Princess and the Pauper> when the system is working again!

jwilks70 on November 05, 2010:

Awesome lens. This made me think of my brother. He went to college in Sacremento. He read the book Choke, and decided to take some CPR classes. Keeps telling me to read it, but I haven't yet. Anyway, he hasn't needed to use it yet but It is still something great to know. Hopefully he wont have to use it, but who knows.

rachsue lm on October 25, 2010:

Now, I must admit, I would have never even thought about it. Now, I can rest assured, my cats or dog will never have an owner that is not prepared for the worst. Thank you for sharing, I know this lens will help save many a pets lives!

TheGoodSource101 on October 06, 2010:

Awesome Lens! I love my dogs(3) and would do my best to save their lives with all I have. All we have is knowledge so go get some!!!

anonymous on September 25, 2010:

great lens thumbs up more people need to know about canine cpr

River88 on September 09, 2010:

Wonderful lens! Keep opening the eyes of the humans who never think about emergency practices for their pets!

VarietyWriter2 on April 25, 2010:

Another great pet lens by you. SquidAngel Blessings :)

Airinka on April 11, 2010:

5 stars!

Jennifer Sullivan from Chicago, IL on January 27, 2010:

I think it's a great thing for all pet owners to learn this.

harringtonway lm on November 02, 2009:

WOW you continue to give us all a great education for the care and well being of our pets. You are truly an inspiration and we thank you for that. I have enjoyed all of your topics and have learned from every one of them. Keep up the good work!

Pawsible on September 30, 2009:

Excellent lens-I am going to put a link to it on my lens and , on my blog. I am a mobile groomer and I was not positive how to do this the correct way.


BigTugger on July 25, 2009:

Great lens EVERYBODY should know how to help their dog if need be. I appreciate the info &

the links. I don't know what I'd do without my Rottweiler Buffy. Thanks & keep up the good work. P.S. If you get time I'd like some feedback on my first lens The Dog Spot.

And THANKS again.

KimGiancaterino on June 18, 2009:

This lens is featured on A Day of 100 Squid Angel Blessings.

anonymous on June 05, 2009:

Excellent Lens. 5*

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wyrm11268 on April 28, 2009:

A big thank you to you for this information. I would not have know how to do CPR on my dog before I read your lens - every dog owner should know this.

animabase on April 23, 2009:

Wow, your lens is very great~

***** 5strars

AshleyBretting-MS on April 22, 2009:

Wonderful work and information :) big 5* for you!

Stop by again sometime soon and visit my dog lens ( Houndsville for people and dogs) cute dog stories, pics and say "hello". Ahem, pardon the faux paw, meant "woof woof" LOL

guapo on April 22, 2009:

Thank you so much for sharing this information with us dog lovers. That was stuff I never knew how to do.

CollegeKid1 on April 19, 2009:

Awesome, you put so much passion into your work. I can feel it as I read it. 5/5 from me

Tim_Link on April 10, 2009:

This is a wonderful lens! There is a lot of helpful information and resources here. When you have a chance, I'd love for you to visit my animal communication lens. Be sure to say hello when you stop by!

anonymous on April 07, 2009:

As adog lover and owner I have never thought about canine CPR before. Thank you for sharing and blessings to you!

silkflorals on April 06, 2009:

I have featured your lens on my site. I think it is important for every dog owner to read it

silkflorals on April 06, 2009:

Fantastic lens! Lots of great information that can actually help our beloved pets. I am favoriting it. If you get a chance, check out mine. It's still a work in progress, but I respect the opinions of those that have such fantastic lenses

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I am going to add a link to your lens on my dogs page

anonymous on April 02, 2009:

Really nice resource lens and great videos you've included. Thanks for compiling the canine CPR information all in one place!

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on March 15, 2009:

Excellent work on this tutorial! Well done.

TheFishCatcher on March 15, 2009:

This is one awesome lens. I never knew this stuff. Thankfully never had to use this with my pups but glad I know now.

mae777 on March 12, 2009:

This is a great lens. I would have never known how to perform CPR on Mae before reading this lens. Thank you for this life saving information for my little girl. You never know just when you may need to perform this on humans or on your beloved fury friend. At least now I know how to do it correctly. 5* from Mae to you for this life saving lens.

Cassiopeia LM on March 10, 2009:

Thanks so much for this lens. Our faithful pooch, Shadow, is 11 years old and beginning to have a few health issues. When my husband had two heart attacks I knew what to do. In fact the nurses say my quick thinking may have saved his life. But if something happens to my dog? That information isn't as readily available. I can't tell you how much better I feel knowing what I can do. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

SalonOfArt on March 08, 2009:

You are a hero to all the dog parents around! I thank you so much for sharing this life saving information.

anonymous on February 18, 2009:

My daughter has had to give CPR to kittens and puppies as they've been born not breathing. Its a good thing to know how to do. - I know how to do CPR for people.

Nice and important lens! :) Woof!!!

Johann The Dog (author) from Northeast Georgia on January 21, 2009:

[in reply to stoodhelpless] We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that we will be thinking about you sending our love and prayers.

anonymous on January 20, 2009:

My beautiful boy had a heart attack right in front of me yesterday. It happened so fast. I repeated "I don't know what to do," over and over. Had I not been so ignorant about canine CPR, I might have saved him. For all he had done to fill m y heart, I couldn't restart his.

anonymous on December 28, 2008:

Important information I've never heard before. Thanks!

KimGiancaterino on December 14, 2008:

Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards nomination!

AndrewGreen LM on December 11, 2008:

Thanks Kathy, i wll definitely be saving this lens. I own a King Charles Spaniel, they are known for having bad Hearts.

beachbum_gabby on November 25, 2008:

It is very important to know the proper CPR for our dogs. woofs!

clouda9 lm on November 23, 2008:

Your share here is so important. Few people know how to do human I suspect that it is even less that know about canine CPR. Thanks for this great information congrats on your 2008 Giant Squid nomination...woot! (

AstridNicole on November 21, 2008:

Knowing all these things really build confidence that if any thing ever happened, we could do your our best for our dog. Another informative, helpful lens of yours. The video was close to having our own hands on experience. Is there a way to give more than 5 stars?

anonymous on November 21, 2008:

Woof Woof Congratulations on your 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination and good luck! - Kathy aka "Pretty Bullet"

heehaw lm on November 21, 2008:

i didn't know that till now!

CoolFoto on November 18, 2008:

What important info. Will lensroll to my dog lenses shih tzu and shiba inu. Thanks.

txbountyhunter on November 15, 2008:

Great Lens !!!! I have two dogs and I really never thought about CPR on them. I do now.

Thank You !!!


Spook LM on November 10, 2008:

My wife once inadvertently stepped on our small pup. Being a nurse she gave it CPR and then took it to the vet. It turned into a grand dog and I thought she was wasting her time, just goes to show, so a great informative lens.

swoodhunter on November 06, 2008:

Wow, I didn't know this was possible.

Jesi on November 03, 2008:

Superb lense about to dogs were given CPR. 5 starz

Achim Thiemermann from Austin, Texas on November 02, 2008:

A hearty SquidAngel Blessing for you, Johann!

anonymous on October 28, 2008:

Nice lens! My daughter has had preform CPR on newborn pups & kittens. It is something that pet owners can benefit from knowing.

Asher Socrates from Los Angeles, CA on October 21, 2008:

Fantastic Lens! Enjoy your work.

nancydodds1 on October 19, 2008:

Its very interesting lens. Really you had good experience on pets. Iam sure that you will get good information from this Mortgage in UK check it out.

kathypi lm on October 19, 2008:

i'm keeping this lens handy, i have 2 new pups, its great to have this onhand, i did a lens roll too, to my petloss lens, thanks kathy

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on October 10, 2008:

Thank you for this great information. The videos were very helpful in getting a better understanding of the technique.

Bronx LM on September 22, 2008:

Great lens and very important. Good video too!

Couch-Covers-Melanie on September 21, 2008:

Great lens! We own a dog so we really appreciate the information how do give dog a CPR in case the worst happens which we hope it never does!

5 stars for you!

Did you know couch covers can be real moneysavers?

Nancy-Swigart on September 05, 2008:

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anonymous on September 04, 2008:

A thousand woofblessings on you lol no really this is a great lens many many thanks for the info. My biggest passion is about animals.

anonymous on September 02, 2008:

Great Lens, lensrolled to my human CPR lens LOL

Johann The Dog (author) from Northeast Georgia on August 28, 2008:

Yes, it is true that some dogs have allergies to wheat!

DAD1104 on August 28, 2008:

I believe animals (dogs) can have need for a Gluten free diet? Is this true?

dok on August 14, 2008:

Great information...thank you! Always like to find new ways to care for our furry (canine) family members!


youhavegottobekidding on August 07, 2008:

Wow this topic was very new to me. I am a rottweiler breeder for a while now but i have never heard of a story that a dog was given a CPR.

Great Lens. 5 stars for you.

anonymous on August 07, 2008:

I'm really interested to know this but I hope there is no sort of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or anything like that, huh? lol....Thanks for sharing this! by the way, there is something I also would like to share to you and it's a site where you can find all sorts of personal checks from dog checks, cat checks and even Accounting checks and photo checks where you can put a photo of your choice!

teamlane on August 07, 2008:

Very unique lens Johann! :o)

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