ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THIS MEDICAL EMERGENCY? LEARN CPR AND YOUR PET’S VITAL SIGNS

CPR is one of the most valuable tools a pet parent or pet caregiver can possess
Do you know how to give your pet CPR?
Photo courtesy of Academy for Canine Educators (ACE)

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is one of the most valuable tools a pet parent or pet caregiver can possess. It will save your pet’s life before you can get to an emergency veterinary facility. Quick thinking and quick action —effective action— is what counts.

ARE YOU PREPARED?
Do you know how to give your pet CPR?
Do you know when to start giving CPR?
Would you panic and freeze, wasting valuable time?
Did you know you can take an online course and learn the when and how?

If your pet has fallen in the swimming pool, or bitten an electrical cord, or been hit by a car, equipping yourself with knowledge will give you the confidence to act appropriately.

ACE Pet CPR Mini Course
Created by 30-year practicing veterinarian Dr. Jeff Grognet, and Founder of Academy for Canine Educators (ACE), the Pet CPR Mini Course is a free, two-lesson webinar that demonstrates the basic resuscitation techniques applicable for dogs and cats.

Lesson #1 Airway and Breathing, is an evaluation that covers
checking the mouth for blockage, confirming the airway is open
and breath tests.

Lesson #2 Compressions, deals with chest compressions and
mouth to nose breaths if the pet is still not breathing. It includes
ideal body and arm positions, correct pressure, timing and
sequence, and when to apply pressure to the heart in the case of
puppies, kittens, cats and small dogs.

You can check it out here:
www.dogtraining.academy/ace-pet-cpr-mini-course 

Also, for those interested in CPR certification, ACE offers a work
at-your-own-pace course comprising five in-depth webinars, text
documents and exam for approx $56 (CAD69)

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine/American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Pet CPR Course
This one-hour online course contains short how-to videos in situations that apply to felines and canines of different sizes and breeds. Upon completion, there is a 14-question assessment and a competency certificate is issued to individuals with a 70 percent, or higher, pass rate. At the time of writing, the cost of this course was $25.

For further information you can visit:                              http://www.ecornell.com/courses/veterinary-courses/pet-cpr/

YOUR PET’S VITAL SIGNS – MADE SIMPLE
The norms for heart beats, pulse and breathing rates, and body temperature.

Please note that the norms for canines and felines differ.
Also note that rates outside these ranges could signal a medical emergency.

American Red Cross – Dog First Aid Norms
Normal Heart and Pulse Rates
Puppy (less than 1 year old):
120-160 beats per minute
Small, miniature or toy breed (30 pounds or less):
100-140 beats per minute
Medium to large breed (greater than 30 pounds):
60-100 beats per minute

Normal Breathing Rates
10-30 breaths per minute
Up to 200 pants per minute (breathing with its mouth open and tongue out)

Normal Temperatures
A temperature of 100º-102.5ºF is normal
A temperature lower than 100ºF or greater than 104ºF is an emergency

American Red Cross – Cat First Aid Norms
Normal Heart and Pulse Rates
160-220 beats per minute

Normal Breathing Rates
20-30 breaths per minute

Normal Temperatures
100º-102.5ºF is normal
A temperature lower than100ºF or greater than 104ºF is an emergency

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!