How to Perform Chest Compressions During Cardiac Arrest

March 8, 2018

John D. Anastasio, DVM, DACVECC, medical director of emergency and critical care at VRC Specialty Hospital in Malvern, Pennsylvania, says having a functional knowledge of how to perform CPR is an important part of being a pet owner.

John D. Anastasio, DVM, DACVECC, medical director of emergency and critical care at VRC Specialty Hospital in Malvern, Pennsylvania, says having a functional knowledge of how to perform CPR is an important part of being a pet owner.

Dr. Anastasio says the best chance for pets to survive cardiopulmonary arrest is early initiation of chest compressions. In the event of a cardiopulmonary arrest, pet owners should be pressing over the chest, compressing at about one-third of the chest's diameter, allowing for full recoil at a rate of about 120 compressions per minute.