Friday, January 20, 2006

Pet Health Expert Discusses Ins and Outs Of Animal CPR

TUCSON, Ariz. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Fido rolls over and you soon realize he’s not playing dead. What do you do?

Mike Adams co-authored the book The Real Safety Guide to Pet Health (Truth Publishing), and says one day you may be in a situation where you need to administer CPR to a pooch.

Luckily, he says, doing Pet CPR is “easier than you might think, as long as you don’t mind the feeling of putting your lips around the dog’s nose.”

Dog CPR involves pumping the chest cavity – much like human CPR – and closing the dog’s mouth to breathe air in through its nose.

If you own a tiny chihuahua, Adams says you can’t cheat and use a straw to transfer air because “mouth to nose” is the only way to ensure the process is “air tight.”

Adams notes, “This is obviously an emergency-only situation,” so you’d better get it right. He says he can’t imagine any dog would let you practice in advance.

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