Control measure knowledge

It is possible to carry out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on animals. There are various sources of information about CPR for animals, including the Blue Cross website:

Oxygen can be provided via oxygen masks designed for people. However, oxygen masks designed for animals are available in various sizes to cater for small pets through to equines.

To protect emergency responders, the animal should be appropriately restrained prior to providing CPR or oxygen. The animal should be placed into the care of the owner, a suitable person, a veterinary surgeon, or an animal care specialist, at the earliest opportunity.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Consider providing equipment appropriate for resuscitating animals

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Assess the available resuscitation equipment for suitability prior to use

  • Consider appropriately restraining the animal prior to providing CPR or oxygen

  • Ensure any personnel resuscitating the animal are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • Ensure equipment is used effectively and safely

  • Place the animal into the care of an appropriate person or organisation at the earliest opportunity