Recovery position for dogs 2019

– Hello, I’m Emma Hammett
from Today I’m going to you
about the recovery position, and why it is so important. So, dogs and humans, if
we are lying on our backs, and we are unconscious,
the back of our tongues will flop back, and will block the airway. Now, it’s even worse for dogs, because they have huge tongues, and their tongues actually roll back and form a pretty substantial obstruction. And in addition to this, pets and humans, what happens is that your
oesophagus fails and opens. So actually, you end up with an open tube, from your stomach right to
the back of your throat, and potentially down into your airway. So, any saliva or vomit
that’s sitting in your stomach can drain up and end up
trickling down into your airway, and that’s why it is so
important that anyone, or any dog or cat, that is unconscious and breathing is put into
the recovery position. If they’re unconscious and not breathing, you’re going to be doing CPR. So if they’re unconscious
and they are breathing and you are sure that they’re breathing, then you need to put them on their side. Now, traditionally, we’ve put dogs onto their right hand side, because that means that the
heart is then uppermost, so if they then need CPR,
it’s potentially an easier, clearer way to do the CPR. Although, the recover
guidelines have since said, “That actually, do you know
what? It doesn’t actually make any difference, whether you put them on their right or their left.” But, let’s stick to the tradition, put them on their right hand side. And what you want to do is,
you ease their tongue forward, so you very carefully, you do not do this for
a human, but for a dog, you very carefully pull
their tongue forward, out of their mouth a little bit. To actually pull it and uncurl it from the
back of their throat. You lie them on their side, and then you pull their chin,
if you like, their muzzle, forward a little bit to open their airway. And really, really important,
whether it’s pets or humans, you keep checking that they are breathing. And you do that with
the back of your hand, (exaggerated breath sounds) to see if you can feel the breath, of you can hold a bit of your
hair or a bit of their fur in front of their nose and mouth and see if it’s moving
as they’re breathing out. Or you can just feel if
their chest is rising and they are still breathing. You must keep checking because
if they stop breathing, you will need to do CPR. Obviously, you’re calling
your vet as soon as possible, and get ready to transport them to the vet as soon as you can. Now, one of the easiest ways
to transport an unconscious pet is to use something firm. Something like, the back, the
parcel shelf from your car, can be a really useful scoop
to get them into the car and to the vet. So whatever you’ve got that
can help you to do that and get them to the vet
as quickly as you can. I hope that’s useful. There’s a far more comprehensive article that we will be posting on our site, which gives you far more information about how to put someone
in the recovery position, and what to do and why it’s so important. So it’s Emma Hammett,
from First Aid for Pets.

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