Pet owners are encouraged to learn animal CPR

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Over the weekend, a dog at the Bark Park in Bowling Green needed CPR, but its owner didn’t know how.

Now, the dog’s owner wants to tell the public how important it is for pet parents to know CPR.

Imagine taking your dog to the park, and you turn around and it’s laying on the ground, lifeless.

That is exactly what happened to a family in Bowling Green.

Boomer was a 2-year-old dog with a heart murmur.

Saturday, at the dog park, his heart stopped and, after a call to the vet and instruction, his mom and dad began CPR on him.

Even though Boomer was not able to be saved, Haley Smith got a little teary-eyed as she explained how she was thankful to have tried everything she could to save her best friend.

“I think Jason and I would have beat ourselves up a lot more if we hadn’t tried everything possible and just said, “that’s it.” I mean we tried as much as we could and we came to the conclusion the other night that, he knew. It was his day to go, and that’s okay,” said Smith.

To do CPR on a dog, there are a few important steps to know.

First, flip your pet onto their right side if you can.

Then, press hard every second, or to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, under their arms, where their elbow would reach their rib cage.

Lastly, give breaths every 6 seconds using your mouth to their nose, holding the animal’s mouth closed tightly.

When giving the animal air, hold its mouth closed tightly.

If you are giving CPR to an animal under 15 pounds, pinch their chest from both sides with your fingers instead. You will need to press about one-third of the way in.

Jon Todd, the veterinarian at the Logan County Animal Clinic saying the animal’s best shot at survival is getting it to a professional as quickly as possible.

“The main thing is, just try to keep doing your compressions. But you really need to be thinking about getting this dog to a veterinary clinic where they have oxygen, where they have trained staff and those kinds of things,” said Todd.

CPR outside of a clinic, even done correctly, is not extremely successful, but knowing what to do could save an animal’s life.

“This can happen to anybody’s dog. No matter how healthy. No matter how many vet visits. No matter anything. Your dog could be the one that’s on the ground at the dog park,” said Smith.

Experts also say you should press their chest one-third of the way in. This may break a rib, but veterinarians say that is okay.