For many of us, our pets are a part of our family, and yet, taking the proper precautions to keep them safe is sometimes forgotten. If you have an action plan in case something were to ever happen to your kids and loved ones, shouldn’t you have the same sort of plan for you pet?
These 4 tips, collected from experts, will help you keep your pets as safe as possible when the unexpected happens. No one ever wants to plan for something bad, but taking these precautions may just mean the difference between life and death for those you love so dearly!
1. What to do if your pet goes into cardiac arrest
Verify first that your animal is unconscious by clapping your hands together right next to his face. If he doesn’t react and isn’t breathing, immediately call emergency services and remove anything that could inhibit his breathing. Next, start performing CPR.
Lay your him on his side and press down on the heart in rhythm, counting to five. Close his mouth and blow air through his nose. Continue, alternating the breathing and the cardiac massage. Use more or less pressure depending on the size of the animal. Start over until emergency services arrives.
2. What to do if your animal is choking
An animal who is choking will likely be panicking. It is recommended that you protect yourself against the possibility of bites or scratches. Open his mouth and use a light to verify that there is nothing stuck in his throat.
If it’s the case, use your hand or a utensil to remove the object without hurting him. If you don’t see anything, hit him a few times on the back, like you would for a human who has a cough.
If the animal is small, you can pick him up by the back legs and move him back and forth. You can also press on his abdomen, just behind the rib cage.
The Heimlich maneuver
If that doesn’t work, you can use the Heimlich maneuver, which is particularly effective for large animals.
If the dog is upright, position your hands on his stomach and form your hands into fists. Face his snout downwards. If your dog is laying down, put one hand on his back and push upwards on his stomach with the other.
Find and remove any object or pieces in the animal’s mouth. It’s possible that you might have to search relatively far back. Immediately take your furry companion to the vet to make sure there aren’t any injuries or internal bleeding.