How to Perform CPR on a Dog

By: Cascade Training | Posted on: Dec 17, 2019

If you’re a dog owner, you know that your dog is part of the family — and you’d do anything to keep her safe and healthy. What would you do if you noticed your dog or puppy was not breathing or didn’t have a pulse? Would you know how to perform CPR on a puppy or dog and hopefully save her life?

Here’s what you need to know about pet saver CPR . Just make sure you don’t practice on a healthy dog because you could cause unintentional harm.


Evaluate the dog’s condition and call for emergency help.

Begin by checking vitals and assessing pet illness and condition. Is the dog breathing? Check by holding your hand or cheek to his nose to see if you feel air and watch for the rise and fall of his chest. If he’s not breathing, open his mouth and pull his tongue forward to see if something is blocking the airway. Then check for a pulse. If there is a pulse but the dog is not breathing, you’ll need to quickly start CPR.

How to Perform CPR on A Dog

Lay the dog on its right side on a flat surface.

Straighten his head and neck to keep a clear passage for air. Pull his tongue forward so that it rests behind his teeth and close the mouth. Locate your dog’s heart by lifting his front leg and bending his elbow back to where it meets the chest wall. That’s where the heart is.

Begin chest compressions.

Kneel behind the dog’s back and place one palm over the other. Keeping your elbows straight, on the widest part of the dog’s rib cage near the heart, push down firmly going one-third to one-half the depth. Do 15 short, quick compressions at a rate of 15 per 10 seconds. If your dog weighs less than 30 pounds, do quicker compressions: 17 per 10 seconds.

Consider learning pet first aid.
We all love our pets and know that curiosity can get the best of them. Would you know what to do if your dog or cat suddenly became sick or injured? Consider enrolling in a Cascade Training Pet Saver CPR and First Aid Training course if you are a pet owner or someone who works with animals on a regular basis. You’ll learn how to perform CPR and know what to do in case of various emergencies, such as:

  • Serious bleeding and shock
  • Injuries and wounds
  • Animal bites, snake bites, tick bites and more
  • Medical emergencies

Additionally, you’ll learn about common pet illness and conditions, and how to check vitals. At the end of the course, you’ll receive a certificate of completion. Contact Cascade Training to find out more about pet saver first aid and CPR, or lifesaving courses for people.