Even with different snouts, noses and mouths, CPR for dogs and cats is not that different than CPR for human. 


Check for breathing: check for movement of air from the nose, with the mouth closed, hold a mirror up to a nose to see condensation.

Look to see if their chest is rising and falling, even if you can't see them breathing, there may be an obstruction in their airway, check nose, mouth and throat. 

  • Dogs: normal is 15-30 breaths per minute 
  • Cats: normal is 20-30 breaths per minute

To feel for a heartbeat: Place your fingers behind the elbow of your pet, along their chest. 

Check for breathing then check for a heartbeat. Be sure the ariways are open, then start CPR.

Veterinarian Dr. Debbie Mandell and American Red Cross spokesperson, Laura Howe joined Candace Rose of CandieAnderson.com to dish on the American Red Cross Pet First Aid app, the must haves we all need in our first aid kits for beloved pets, and Dr. Mandell demonstrated how to perform CPR on our dogs and cats.