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Animal CPR Training: It Could Save Your Pet’s Life

Published on May 8, 2013 by Staff Writer

vet tech program, Broadview University-OremBroadview University-Orem’s vet tech program chair, Heather Riggs, has been giving presentations to firefighters all over Utah County.

Why firefighters?

Firefighters have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. In risking their lives to save our friends and neighbors, they also risk their lives to save our family pets. Just like humans need CPR and first aid treatments, dogs and cats need their own type of emergency medical attention. If the proper techniques are used, our pets can be revived even before being taken to the veterinarian. Heather has been teaching the firefighters about emergency rescue techniques for animals.

Covering topics such as assessing the body language of animals, quick restraint tips, and CPR, she uses her adorable bulldog, Rocky, as a visual aid in her demonstrations.

Rocky’s laid back temperament makes him the star of the show. Donning a cute firefighter outfit (pants included), he allows Heather to adjust his body into various positions without a bark of objection.

Here is a basic rundown of the steps to take when administering animal CPR:

Check for breathing and a pulse.
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If the animal is not breathing, give mouth-to-snout breath.

If the airway is blocked, give Heimlich maneuver.

If the animal has no pulse, start chest compressions.

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Heather Riggs with Provo firefighters.

Repeat procedure.

Toward the end of the presentations, the firefighters are invited to participate in some hands-on training with stuffed dog models (and Rocky) to help facilitate the learning process.

By learning just a few simple steps, these firefighters are now equipped with the skills necessary to not only rescue, but bring back to life our furry loved ones.

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