EUGENE, Ore. — This is a dog story. A dog gone good story about 12-year-old Huck. Like most dogs he likes chasing balls. And performing tricks for treats. Kayla Bowcutt adopted Huck two years ago, who is a senior dog with many ball chasing years to go. But last April a game of fetch almost took his life.
“I threw the ball way far away and i was kinda looking down and Huck, something was wrong with him,” said Bowcutt.
Huck had collapsed. His eyes were rolled back at that point and he had stopped moving and I thought he was gone. Kayla, who is trained to administer CPR, kicked into emergency mode.
“So I opened up his mouth and down deep in his throat I saw his tennis ball. I saw about that much of the top of the ball down in his throat. I put my hands on his chest and I started pumping away and after 30 seconds of that he went ‘ahh’,” said Bowcutt.
Kayla used human compression techniques, but she didn’t how to administer pet CPR breathing techniques. Many pet owners don’t.
“First, think about what you are doing before you approach an animal. Often times, people mean well but in reacting to a situation they can actually do more harm than good,” said Randi Golub, a certified veterinary technician who teaches pet CPR.
She’s teaching a class at Greenhill on January 26th. The class will cover emergency basics, like how bandage, gently restrain, and medicate an injured pet. Central to the class is how to administer CPR with hands-on learning.
While CPR can’t always save a pets life, knowing what to do in case of an emergency gives a pet a better chance.