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.
Good owner, to do that for his pup, carry the dog for 32 miles, then pay to have him flown back to Anchorage. We love our dog-friends.
That we do.
Try telling that to the dog.
We have a 12-year-old Akita Inu. He has bad rear knees. We try to keep him from injuring himself.
This past winter, he found some coyotes who had killed a deer. He took the deer away from the coyotes and then dragged it home, about 1/8 of a mile. He did this by positioning himself in front of the deer, latching on to it with his teeth, setting his rear legs and heaving it toward him. He was so proud of himself! He came in, tail high and insisted we come out to look at his accomplishment.
They are just hardwired to be working dogs.
Yes, I know that. But note that the story says the dog collapsed. That tells me that the dog’s will might be there but the body ain’t. The next time he collapses from exertion he won’t be brought back.
Oh, I know!
We are afraid to give our boy anything stronger than meloxicam because if he feels too good, he will jump and run and likely tear his patellar ligament, which is already stressed. But we had a complete blood panel done last year and he is in great shape, otherwise.
It is just so hard to keep a working dog at rest.
Never underestimate a cat!
Deimos, Misty, and Zia agree.
How the hell??? Joe, did you straddle DST? Or am I going the wrong way?
It’s because most people don’t press hard enough.
I always freep from my TARDIS.
No argument, but even when performed correctly the revive rate is about 1 in 3. Again, better than nothing, but not a magic wand.
I’m floored by that low number.
Training for my job included instruction to not attempt CPR on a tenant, a corporate decision meant to avoid liability issues. During business hours the building is packed with medical pros anyway, but those aren’t the hours I work.
Between you, me and everyone reading this (LOL) I’ve decided I’m not gonna stand over someone and coldly watch them die, but day-yum...
Saving life would be a decent consolation prize for summary firing, I guess. Death, not so much.
If it doesn’t work, at least you’ll know that you tried. (And if the company fires you, well, I think that the press would be very interested in that little policy.)
True dat. Hate dealing with ppl as a general rule tho, last thing I want is publicity. I’d better make the threat a good one on the first go, eh?
That has to be done very delicately. Blackmail is such an ugly word...
Now, now, no need to be nasty! Heh...
I am the soul of diplomacy and tact.
I'd say 1/2 of those make it..to another hospital room. And probably more than half of those don't make it out of the hospital.
CPR is done on thousands of people that have multiple co-morbidity's. And the odds of surviving CPR are real bad....
Sounds reasonable to me.
The only time I was involved in CPR was when I was a volunteer EMT. Trauma arrest; bagged the patient for 40 miles. You can guess the outcome.
P.S. I take it you’re a health care professional working in hospital. No doubt field and layperson CPR would have a poorer track record.
That would be correct...
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