Artificial respiration is the emergency procedure used to assist air
exchange in an unconscious dog. Heart massage (chest
compressions) is used when no heartbeat can be felt or heard. When chest
compressions are combined with artificial respiration, it is called
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Because cessation of breathing is soon
followed by heart stoppage and vice versa, CPR is required in most
While CPR can be performed by one person, it is easier and more often
successful when done by two. One person does the artificial respiration while
the other does the chest compressions.
As they age, our dogs often suffer a decline in functioning. Their memory, their ability to learn, their awareness and their senses of sight and hearing can all deteriorate. This deterioration can cause disturbances in their sleep-wake cycles, making them restless at night but sleepy during the day. It can increase their activity level (resulting, for example, in staring at objects, wandering aimlessly or vocalizing more) or decrease their activity level (leading to less self-care and poor appetite)...