CPR (and oxygen masks) can save pet's lives

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CPR (and oxygen masks) can save pet's lives

Updated Jan 23, 2009

Scared and frightened, pets often hide when a fire breaks out, making it difficult for rescuers to find them in a burning home. While more than 40,000 pets die annually in house fires, even more are saved thanks to the heroic efforts of firefighters.

Firefighters now know to look for pets these days, and in the process of rescuing them from under beds and couches, they often have to perform the same life-saving techniques as they do on people — CPR and mouth-to mouth resuscitation. Some fire stations now even carry on their firetrucks specially-designed oxygen masks just for pets since they often need immediate fresh oxygen to recover from smoke inhalation.

While it may sound gross or even difficult to do, mouth-to-mouth and pet CPR are actually easy to learn. As a former Pet CPR instructor, I found a video (above) that will take you step-by-step through the process. Learn how to find your pet’s pulse, how to perfom mouth-to-mouth, and where to find your pet’s heart for CPR.

If you want more hands-on training, contact your local American Red Cross about their Pet CPR classes. You never know when you might be first on the scene.

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Cathy Rosenthal (aka The Pet Pundit), CHES, CFE
Animal Welfare Communications Specialist

Cathy brings more than 25 years' experience in the animal welfare field. She is a sought-after speaker, Certified Humane Education Specialist, a syndicated pet advice columnist, an author, a publisher, and of course - a loving pet parent.

Read more about Cathy here or check out her Non-Profit's page to see more ways she can help you and your organization.

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