Maltese - Maltese Puppy CPR
It's not a scenario you want to imagine: finding your Maltese Puppy
unconscious on your living room floor or your cat hit by a car. Finding your
Maltese Puppy not breathing or with his heart not beating can be a
terrifying experience, but there are things you can do. The most important step
you can take is staying calm. If there's another person with you, have her call
your veterinarian while you perform CPR.
Step 1: Check for responsiveness
Before you begin doing anything to your Maltese Puppy , make sure he is truly
- Check his breathing by placing your hand in front of his nose and mouth.
(Be sure not to cover them and block his airway!)
- Check for his heartbeat by placing your ear against area where your
Maltese Puppy 's left elbow touches the chest.
Step 2: Secure an airway
If you don't see or feel your Maltese Puppy breathing, you immediately
need to make sure his airway is clear.
Step 3: Rescue breathing
- Carefully pull his tongue forward out of his mouth. (Even an
unresponsive animal can bite by instinct.)
- Look into the throat for a foreign object. If you find one, remove it
- Move the head until the neck is straight. (Don't move the neck if you
suspect it is injured.)
- Close your Maltese Puppy 's mouth and breathe directly into his nose
not his mouth
until his chest expands.
- If the chest doesn't expand, check again for a foreign object in the
throat and reposition the airway so it is straight.
- Once you've gotten the chest to expand, continue the rescue breathing,
repeating the breaths 12 to 15 times per minute (once every four to five
Step 4: Chest compressions
Do not begin chest compressions until you've secured an airway and started
- Gently lay your Maltese Puppy on his right side.
- The heart is located in the lower half of the chest on the left side,
behind the elbow of the front left leg. Place one hand below the heart to
support the chest; place the other hand over the heart.
- Press down gently on your Maltese Puppy 's heart. Press down about one
inch for medium-sized Maltese Puppy s; press harder for larger animals and
with less force for smaller animals. To massage the hearts of cats and other
tiny Maltese Puppy s, compress the chest with the thumb and forefingers of
- Press down 80-120 times per minute for larger animals and 100-150 times
per minute for smaller ones.
- Alternate the chest compressions with the rescue breaths.
Continue the heart massage compressions and the rescue breathing until you
can hear a heartbeat and feel regular breathing. Once your Maltese Puppy
is breathing and his heart is beating, call your veterinarian immediately.