It’s every Bulldog’s owners worst nightmare. If you found your Bulldog lying flat on the ground, not breathing and unresponsive, would you know what to do? Sadly most people would not know how to handle the situation and probably try to rush to the vet which would take far too much time.
If you find yourself in a life or death situation in a race against the clock, these are the things you need to do in order to have the best chance to save your Bulldog’s life.
3 Steps to Follow when preforming CPR on Your Bulldog
- Position your dog on their right side so that their heart is pointing up to you and check their pulse and breathing by placing your hand over their heart and their paws.
- If you don’t feel a pulse, check their airway to see if there is anything blocking it. Then pull their tongue forward to help clear the airway.
- If they are still unresponsive, hold their mouth shut with one hand so that air does not come out and and blow into their nose 5 quick breathes. You should see movement in their chest if you are performing it correctly. Wait a few seconds, then start the quick breathes again. In between breathes, with you hands together pump their chest with 10 quick compressions. It can take up to a couple minutes to get a response.
While these steps can of course not guarantee to save your Bulldog’s life, it will give them a fighting chance of survival. Below is a great video showing a real life situation of performing these steps correctly to save a Bulldog’s life.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry
Being prepared with lifesaving skills is one thing that most people just don’t make a priority. It’s something we see on TV and think that it won’t happen us, so we don’t take the time to get properly trained in CPR. Don’t you think spending a couple hours with a trained CPR Instructor is worth it? You will leave the class with so much confidence knowing that you now know how to properly respond in a emergency situation. Finding a good CPR instructor is not hard at all either. If you do a quick google search for CPR classes in your area I’m sure you will find one close. I’m personally from South Orange County, Ca and I found a great instructor named Scott through his company, A Hero For Life. Like most CPR instructors, he mainly teaches CPR for saving your fellow humans but he also gave me instructor for small and large dogs as well.
In conclusion, it’s a wise decision to take a couple hours out of your life to learn how to save one. As dog owners we feel responsible for our four legged friends like we do our own children, and if we lose them to a situation we could have resolved by knowing proper CPR, it’s heartbreaking. Be safe and prepared, get trained by a professional so you can go into a emergency situation with confidence and not fear.