animal cpr

Random Thoughts

Finishing up Stranger Things (finally) and I have a few thoughts about things that have been on my mind the past few days:
1. Elle/Eleven is the perfect example of why D&D psions are overpowered and sometimes clash with the general fantasy setting.
2. I was thinking about FFIX the other day while washing the dishes.  I never liked how powerless all the characters felt.  You can’t control when you use Trance, you don’t save your petrified friends (that happens off screen), the rat people’s dance is worthless when their city is attacked, Alexander is worthless defending the city from Bahamut, there’s nothing you can do to help the Black Mages, etc. etc.  The whole game is like that.
3. I took fluoride mouthwash this morning and my mouth has felt weird all day.
4. It’s not a life-changing pain, but there’s nothing quite like that “I left my sock/shoes on for too long and all the hairs on my toes feel like nails” pain.
5. I spend entirely too much time thinking about the other books I want to write while striving to get a good draft of my first one.
6. CPR techniques are always so different from one media to the next.
7. Speaking of foot pain.  Getting back into daily walks/exercise is killer when you’ve been laid out sick for a few weeks.


Last week at uni we did our CPR course in preparation for hospital visits. Of course, it was human-animal focussed. It made me realise though just how clueless I would be if Bob - or any non-human animal for that matter - ever became unconscious and went into cardiac arrest. So above is a video from youtube on how to administer CPR to our furry friends, and below the DRSABC steps which I’ve altered to be companion-animal friendly.

CPR for your companion animal.

DRSABC steps:

1. D for Danger: Ensure the area is safe for yourself, others, and the animal.

2. R for Response: Check for response - talk to animal, rub, squeeze ears/paws. If no response, progress to next step (S).

3. S for Send for help: Call for somebody to drive you to your nearest veterinary clinic or 24/7 Animal Emergency Hospital. If you don’t know where your nearest one is, find out now. If the animal’s heart has arrested, survival rates increase dramatically once you have access to a vet and defibrillator.

4. A for Airway: Open mouth and pull tongue forward. Remove any blood, vomit, or foreign material. Once clear, ensure animal is in recovery position and airway is open.

5. B for Breathing: Check for breathing - look, listen, feel. If breathing has stopped start CPR.

6. C for CPR: Start CPR - 4-5 rescue breaths : 15 quick chest compressions.

Please watch video, practice it, and share.