My Dog Died and Came Back to Life

Dogs play an essential role in the lives of a majority of pet owners. It has been proved that your furry friend adds value to your life, keeps you company, and can be the reason you live longer. For this reason, you may become excited when your dead dog comes back to life.

Can Your Dead Dog Come Back to Life?

A successful cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other emergency treatment measures can bring back your dead dog to life.  Your rover could live again if breathing stopped for a few minutes due to factors such as seizures or ingestion of foreign material. However, rapid temperature changes can also affect some canines’ ability to experience normal breathing. A dog that has been exposed to very high temperatures may collapse, become rigid and stop breathing when suddenly taken to a freezing environment. 

Even so, if CPR is appropriately and promptly applied, your dead fur friend may start breathing again. However, it is vital to have basic knowledge of CPR before you apply this emergency technique to your pet. Alternatively, it is good advice to call a professional dog handler to guide you through the procedure as you work on getting your pooch to the vet. 

How Can You Resuscitate Your Dog?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation can only be used if your fur friend has no heartbeat and is unresponsive. It is important to note that other conditions such as fainting or low sugar coma should not be treated with this method. CPR can be divided into three simple steps, which involve the airway, breathing, and circulation.

Step One Is to Open the Airway

Before you embark on your rover`s life-saving mission, you need to ensure that the airway is clear. You can do this by opening your dog’s mouth. Next, you have to pull out the tongue and examine the throat. Cautiously remove any foreign material from your dog`s mouth.

However, you must be careful not to put your finger in your pet’s mouth if you notice agonal breathing. This is dangerous, especially with a larger canine, because the mouth can clamp shut with force and injure your fingers.

Step Two Is to Apply Mouth-to-Stout Resuscitation

This procedure involves placing your mouth over your pooch`s snout and exhaling into the nostrils. As a rule of thumb, perform four to five quick breaths and check your dog`s for signs of breathing. If you find no sign of respiration, proceed to a formal CPR cycle of about 2 minutes each. Sometimes, it may require that you alternate 30 chest compressions with two quick breaths.

Always remember to check your pet for signs of breathing, and once your dog starts to arouse, remove your fingers from the enormous jaws. This is because a subconscious canine can bite hard due to reflexes.

Step Three Is to Revive the Circulatory System

Finally, for your dog`s cardiovascular system to be successful, you need to position your pet correctly. This third step goes hand in hand with the CPR procedure of step two.  Have your pooch lay down with the forelegs tucked at the side. Place the palm of your hand over your pet’s ribs where the left elbow touches the chest.  With your other hand beneath the right chest, begin to apply pressure at a compression rate of about 100-120 per minute.  As you continue to alternate the mouth-to snout and the compression procedures, remember to give time for the chest to spring back.

How Long Does It Take for a Dead Dog to Come Back to Life?

When your dog stops breathing, other bodily functions also begin to shut down. You need to act fast within the first few minutes after your dog’s heartbeat stops.

Your pooch may not be resuscitated if the brain and other vital organs are deprived of oxygen for about 6 minutes. However, your furry friend’s survival depends on the cause of death and the health of other organs.

When to Worry 

It is worrisome if, while performing CPR, your dog’s chest wall does not move up and out. It’s life-saving if you got your dog to the veterinarian immediately because this may be an indication of a blockage in the windpipe.  


Some types of seizures can interfere with your dog’s normal breathing pattern.  On rare occasions, your dog may stop breathing and be non-responsive. Your dead dog can be resuscitated if you take quick and appropriate action. Performing CPR in the correct procedure is very important, but you need to call a professional dog handler or veterinarian to guide you through the steps.

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