Learn the skills to save your pet’s life
PREPARE for a pet emergency by learning CPR and first aid for animals. Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals offers workshops that teach these skills in just a few hours (go to erforanimals.com for more information). Meanwhile, here are a few basics of dog and cat CPR, from veterinarian Andrew Linklater of Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists in Glendale:
1 Place your dog on its right side,
or hold your cat by the chest between your thumb and forefinger.
2 With the dog, press down
on the widest part of the chest, or with the cat, squeeze with your thumb and finger, both at a rate of 100 compressions a minute.
3 Meanwhile, blow into your pet’s
nose 10 times a minute (another vet says six to 10 times), keeping your lips sealed around the snout and holding the mouth closed.
4 Continue for 10 minutes,
or until the animal (hopefully) revives.