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Cars, Pets, and Heatstroke


What is the biggest difference between human and pet Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)? Human CPR is backed up by over 50 years of clinical research by physicians, researchers and the American Heart Association. This research is ongoing.


There are no standardized procedures for pets. As a result, pet first aid training is inconsistent with no continuity between organizations teaching protocols to pet owners and professionals.


As a result, people have a much higher recovery rate than pets. The ratios of people versus pet recovery rate is 20% versus 6%.


Through a joint effort with the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, and researchers at both Penn’s School Of Veterinary Medicine and Cornell’s University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has established RECOVER. RECOVER is the Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation. Their goal is to standardize treatment of cardiac arrest in pets, which in turn, will improve their recovery rates.


The Board has already updated, for the first time in many years, CPR protocols for pets. They went into effect in January 2013. Pet Tech Instructors adopted the new guidelines immediately. The next planned update will be in 2017, after they review their research. Their goals include standardization and accreditation for all pet CPR instructors similar to the American Heart Association.









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