A Video Of Police Dog Performing CPR Has Gone Viral
What kind of dog do you have? Is he funny? Is he sweet? Is he ferocious? Is he always thinking about his next snack? Well, no matter how special your pup may be to you, chances are that he is nowhere as impressive as the doggo you are going to witness in today’s video.
OK, we know it sounds harsh— your dog might be impressive in his own, special way, but we seriously doubt that he can perform CPR…
Now, before you roll your eyes and move along your merry way, you need to know that dogs CAN, in fact, perform CPR. Nope, we’re not kidding.
The police dog in today’s video, a daring pooch named Poncho who hails from Spain, is one of the few that can actually perform this life-saving maneuver. In a clip posted by the Municipal Police of Madrid to its Twitter account, the dog can be seen doing a parlor trick that pretty much puts your pup’s “high five” and “roll over” tricks to shame.
In the clip, a police officer drops to the ground in front of an audience of onlookers; he’s a pretty good actor, especially in the eyes of his trusty K-9 because, almost immediately, the dog drops down beside him and begins jumping on his chest. What’s even more incredible is the fact that, at one point, the pooch puts his big, floppy ear to the officer’s chest, in an apparent bid to see if his master is still breathing.
Can dogs REALLY perform CPR?!
If you’re someone who has a decent amount of common sense — or you’re trained in the practice of CPR — then you probably already know that dogs can’t actually perform CPR sufficiently. (Sorry for bursting your bubbles, everyone else.)
You see, although it may look like good, old Poncho is saving the life of his master, CPR is actually a task that needs plenty of training and concentration to perform. As a matter of fact, the technique isn’t just about pushing on someone’s chest and hoping for the best; it requires training that should be refreshed every couple of years, according to the American Red Cross.
On its website, the organization offers up these steps to use when an adult is unresponsive:
Push hard, push fast. Place your hands, one on top of the other, in the middle of the chest. Use your body weight to help you administer compressions that are at least 2 inches deep and delivered at a rate of at least 100 compressions per minute.
Deliver rescue breaths. With the person’s head tilted back slightly and the chin lifted, pinch the nose shut and place your mouth over the person’s mouth to make a complete seal. Blow into the person’s mouth to make the chest rise. Deliver two rescue breaths, then continue compressions.
Continue CPR steps. Keep performing cycles of chest compressions and breathing until the person exhibits signs of life, such as breathing, an AED becomes available, or EMS or a trained medical responder arrives on scene.
Now, the police dog might have been conscientious and very, very cute, but his technique was just a lit-tle off! To see the adorable viral video for yourself, be click the play button below. Something tells us this police dog is very popular in the force!
What do you think of this life-saving police dog? Did you think he was actually performing legitimate CPR? Are you CPR-certified?