CPR and Artificial Respiration in Cats
How to Perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Artificial Respiration
Artificial respiration (AR) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are emergency procedures that hopefully you will never need to use. It is better to take your cat to your veterinarian before problems become severe enough to require CPR. But, when necessary and if performed correctly, CPR may give you time to get your cat to your veterinarian.
What to Watch For
These signs are all reasons to get your cat to your veterinarian immediately:
Here are some vital signs you can check to help you decide if AR or CPR is necessary:
If possible, perform the following steps en route to your veterinarian.
Your veterinarian will give your cat a brief physical exam to assess heart and lung activity before beginning resuscitative efforts. If your veterinarian can revive your cat, appropriate testing will be done to determine what the underlying health problem is.
While your veterinary team continues with CPR, some or all of the following may be done to aid in reviving your cat:
Living and Management
Unfortunately, most cats that reach the point of needing CPR do not survive. If your cat survives, expect him to stay in the hospital until a diagnosis is made and his condition is stabilized.
Follow all your veterinarian's aftercare instructions, and if your cat shows no improvement or relapses, be sure to contact him or her immediately.
Accidents do happen, in spite of our best efforts, and some can be severe enough to require cardiopulmonary resuscitation or artificial respiration. Regular check-ups and prompt care of health problems will diminish the chances your cat has a serious issue which requires artificial respiration or CPR.
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