December 2013 Issue

New Rules for CPR Save More Lives

They call for immediate action to begin compressions — not to check for a pulse

For years, pet owners were instructed to first check for a pulse before using cardiopulmonary resuscitation to revive a cat. Now, however, new guidelines from emergency care veterinarians advise that if you find your cat unresponsive and motionless, immediately start chest compressions. The reason: This protocol simply saves more lives.

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