Artificial Respiration for dogs

Lay the dog on a flat surface with his right side down. Open his mouth and pull his tongue forward as far as you can. Clear any secretions with a cloth or handkerchief. Check for a foreign body. If present, remove it if possible. If it is impossible to dislodge, perform the Heimlich Maneuver.

For puppies and small dogs under 30 pounds (13.6 kg)

  1. Pull the tongue forward so it is even with the canine teeth. Close the dog’s mouth.
  2. Place your mouth over the dog’s nose. Blow gently into the dog’s nostrils. The chest will expand.
  3. Release your mouth to let the air return. Excess air will escape through the dog’s lips, preventing overinflation of the lungs and overdistension of the stomach.
  4. If the chest does not rise and fall, blow more forcefully or seal the lips.
  5. Continue at a rate of 20 to 30 breaths per minute (one breath every two to three seconds).
  6. Continue until the dog breathes on his own, or as long as the heart beats.


For medium and large dogs

  1. Proceed as for small dogs, but seal the lips by placing a hand around the dog’s muzzle to prevent the escape of air.
  2. If the chest does not rise and fall, blow more forcefully.
  3. The breathing rate is 20 breaths per minute (one breath every three seconds).