Chihuahua is Given CPR, Brought Back to Life

Filed in Gather News Channel by on October 26, 2010 0 Comments

An 8-year-old, 3-pound Chihuahua was miraculously saved via CPR after he was bit by another dog. The incident took place in Barrington, Chicago while the dogs were being taken care of by Dr. Larry Kosinski who was watching the Sunday football games. The dog, wearing a tiny Brian Urlacher jersey, stopped breathing and had no pulse when Kosinski reacted.

Yo Quiero CPR

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Chihuahua was named Valentino and was rescued months earlier from a puppy mill. Kosinski is certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and quickly went to work on Valentino after he was bit and stopped breathing.

“It’s not that different from what you would do on an infant,” said Kosinski. He gave Valentino a set of two quick rescue breaths, used his index finger and thumb to create a seal around the dog’s muzzle, and then putt his hands around Valentino’s chest with two thumbs around the sternum to begin compressions. Valentino’s chest rose after the rescue breathing, and his owner quickly saw life returning to him.

“He’s on the couch eating tonight — it’s a milestone,” Kosinski said.

Dogs Are People Too (But are they better than cats?)

For many families, dogs are seen as a part of the unit when they create real bonds with the humans who take care of them; morevoer, there are many times when people start to look like the dogs they own. As to what Valentino will look like in a few years is anyones guess, but Valentino is lucky he had a quick thinking owner who was able to take that extra step to save his life.

If Valentino were a cat, would he have let the good doctor perform the CPR? Could a case be made that dogs are more loving than cats? Would you perform CPR on your pet if he/she was a cat?

Manuel Rodriguez

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