Your CPR certification for adults does not automatically mean you also know the correct way to perform CPR on a puppy. Chest compression for humans and dogs involve forceful motions, with one hand on top of the other on the surface of the chest. However, this sort of force may do more harm than good when dealing with a puppy. Learn the steps to modified respiration and CPR for puppies to increase their chance of survival with this step-by-step puppy CPR guide from Carrington’s veterinary technician program.

How to give your puppy CPR

Puppies who are injured or sick can have difficulty breathing or experience a dangerously slowed heart rate. In order to perform dog CPR safely in these situations, first check for a pulse and signs of breathing. While you do that, ask someone else to call your veterinarian right away.

If there is a heartbeat with no breathing, perform artificial respiration by doing the following:

  1. Clear away mucus or blood from the airway, and try to remove any objects that are blocking the airway if possible.
  2. Gently pull your puppy’s tongue forward to keep the airway clear.
  3. Shut your puppy’s mouth and place a hand under her chin and over her lips when the airway is clear.
  4. Cup your puppy’s nose with the other hand in a tube-like shape.
  5. Breathe out through your hands and into your puppy’s nose every five to six seconds.
  6. Keep exhaling through your hands and into your puppy’s nose until she starts breathing again.

How to Perform Puppy CPR When There’s No Pulse

If your puppy has no pulse, use the following steps to safely perform puppy CPR:

  1. Place your puppy flat on her right side if she’s large. If she’s small, put your thumbs and forefingers over her chest right behind her front legs.
  2. Compress your puppy’s chest once per second, then exhale into your puppy’s nose every six seconds.
  3. Repeat steps one and two until your puppy starts to breathe or until you get help from veterinary professionals.

How to Perform CPR on Newborn Puppies

You might need to perform CPR on newborn puppies who aren’t breathing when they’re born. Again, have someone else give your veterinarian a call while you perform CPR or artificial respiration. You can start attempting to revive a newborn puppy by doing the following:

  1. Lower the puppy’s head to help drain fluid from his lungs, mouth and throat.
  2. Place a suction bulb inside the puppy’s mouth and nose to get rid of extra fluid.
  3. When the airway is clear, cover the puppy’s mouth and nose with your mouth, then breathe slightly two to three times. Don’t deliver a full breath into the puppy’s mouth, or you could hurt his tiny lungs.
  4. Put two fingers on the puppy’s chest to check for a heartbeat.
  5. If you can’t find a heartbeat, put your thumbs and forefingers over the puppy’s chest right behind his front legs, then gently press down rapidly.
  6. Keep giving your puppy small breaths every 15 to 20 seconds until he begins to breathe again.
  7. Check for a heartbeat or breathing every minute.
  8. If your puppy’s heart beats again, turn him over and rub him with a towel. Continue giving him small breaths if he stops breathing again.
  9. Keep taking care of your puppy for about 20 minutes after he is revived, or do pet CPR for about five minutes if you still can’t find a heartbeat.

Success Rate of Pet CPR

Although the success rate for pet CPR is relatively low (fewer than one in ten pets end up surviving with CPR), it still gives your puppy an improved chance at survival compared to not administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

12 thoughts on “How To Give Your Puppy CPR – Infographic

  1. Pets safety

    Awesome infographic.
    Good job, it would be very useful for the people who don’t have pet sitters in their home. Thanks!

  2. This is a very useful post. Remember though, call your emergency vet clinic right away. If you call 911 for your pup, they wont come, some people really do think they respond to animals as well.

    • Cheron

      If 911 doesn’t respond to animals, they should. They are part of our families.

  3. raef

    very useful ! thanks for sharing

  4. Rose Hargrove

    Thank you for posting this.

  5. melissa

    Great info. But how do I find a pet first aid kit?

  6. Katrina

    Thanks for uploading this info!

  7. Diane

    Thank you for this lesson. I have 2 puppies and it is good to be prepared for emergencies.

  8. Mary W

    Does this also work on adult cats?

  9. Julia Potvin

    Awesome information and I love that you have shared it, and are willing to have it shared. Will be adding it to a post on my site, Thanks!

  10. American Bully Daily

    Hi thanks for providing this Infographic I will use this on my Website. This Infographic is really Helpful to the dog owners 🙂

  11. Caitlin

    We One of our 6 week old puppies under our back steps unresponsive and no pulse. I wish I would have known this before I found her. She wasn’t sick or anything. Somebody came to look at her and said her neck was broke. I don’t know if cpr could’ve saved her but I wish I knew so that I could at least try.

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