Orlando Pet CPR Trainer: How Pet CPR Differs from Human CPR

Big Paw Pet Care Pet First Aid Pet CPR

Nick Vowden, Certified Pet First Aid Trainer

Most of us care for our human family members as well as our furry ones too. Some of us take a CPR class, so that they give their loved one a better chance of surviving a medical emergency. But do you need to take CPR classes for pets too?

CPR classes for humans and classes for pet CPR are similar in only one way: Using the techniques learned in a CPR class could be the difference between life and death, permanent or temporary disability, rapid recovery and long recuperation, expensive hospital or vet bills and reasonable home care.

Statistics show that early CPR is the key to survival in many cases.  In both human CPR and pet CPR, the object is to circulate the oxygen in the blood as soon as possible with the help of chest compressions.

But in pet CPR, techniques are also based on the SHAPE of the animal’s chest.

Big Paw Pet CareA barrel-chested dog such as a bulldog for instance, has a very broad chest and requires a different technique. Ironically, that technique looks very much like human CPR with the dog placed on it’s back and the compressions are performed on the front of the chest.

The reason being, it’s a longer distance to the heart and more difficult to perform effective compressions if placing the dog on its side and compressing the chest, than it is from the front of the chest while the dog is on it’s back.

Come join us for a pet CPR class and learn the techniques you need to know in the event of an emergency. We offer them regularly throughout the year at various convenient locations around Central Florida.

Remember that in a medical emergency: doing something is always better than doing nothing.

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