Skip to comments.Iditarod Dog Saved With Mouth-To-Snout CPR
Posted on 03/10/2012 10:07:22 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
An Iditarod sled dog, who collapsed navigating a steep section of Alaska's Dalzell Gorge, was saved by his racer-owner thanks to some mouth-to-snout CPR.
Scott "Mushing Mortician" Janssen, 51, told the Anchorage Daily News that the 9-year-old husky, named Marshall, was pulling hard at the sled and then fell to the ground.
"I know what death looks like, and he was gone. Nobody home," the Anchorage funeral home owner told the newspaper.
According to the publication, Janssen saw that the husky stopped breathing, so he started CPR by putting his mouth over the dog's snout, breathing air into his lungs and compressing his chest.
"I'm like 'C'mon dude, please come back.' And he did," Janssen said.
Janssen told the newspaper that Marshall was carried in the sled for the next 32 miles until the team reached the Rohn checkpoint. He was treated by a veterinarian, given an IV and was prepped to be flown back to Anchorage.
"He's doing just fine. He's still at the checkpoint, and they're flying him back home today," Janssen said.
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Nice response time on the ping.
Very fortunate. Animal CPR works less often than on people.
Maybe he is really a cat and has nine lives!
I read the article. Marshall is 9-years old, a bit old to be pulling sleds in marathons. According to Scott Janssen, the dog has been in about 6 Iditarod races.
Time to find Marshall a nice soft bed in front of a fireplace, the better to mush in his dreams.
I started a puppy that way once...
And people CPR doesn’t work that often.
Damn good disguise.
Beats jumper cables.
Sounds like that's the plan.
I had a nursing instructor back in about 1982 who had been an ICU nurse. She saved her Dalmatian with mouth-to-snout resuscitation. I saved our family’s choking Cocker Spaniel with the Heimlich maneuver a few years earlier. I think my instructor and I probably both thought that if it works with humans, might as well give it a try.
I performed the Heimlich maneuver on an unconscious cat once and saved it, and I HATE cats. A fur ball popped out of it’s airway!
Can’t make things worse.
Just a few days ago I read a stunning statistic.
Only 7% of people who receive CPR after cardiac arrest are alive one year later.
I had no idea.
IIRC, that may be the number for “alive and unimpaired”; i.e., who haven’t suffered brain damage while their hearts were stopped, but yes, the number of people who are brought back by CPR and/or a full code is a lot less than you’d believe from TV and the movies.
Don’t get me wrong - 7% beats 0%, which is what you’d have with no CPR. Still, it’s no magic wand.
I luv deez goggies!
Absolutely! I don't have that chart in front of me but being nine years old and a large dog, I imagine that he is in his 80s. Too old to be pulling a sled.
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