Firefighter Performs CPR To Save German Shepherd

Since disasters don’t discriminate in their destruction, it’s only right that rescuers and responders also don’t when it comes to saving lives.


Our pets can experience distress from smoke inhalation the same way that we do. And sometimes, they need rescuing just as much as humans.

Luckily, there are people in the world like Cristian Espinoza who take the time to make sure that every member of the family is safe, even the furry ones.


House fire rescue

Cristian is one of the firefighters who responded to a call about a house that had become engulfed in flames.

Fortunately, the responding firefighters and rescue teams were able to safely evacuate all human inhabitants from the burning residence. However, their two pet German Shepherd dogs, Princesa and Apolo, weren’t as fortunate. They had spent too much time in the burning building.

Firefighters at the scene soon discovered that the poor dogs were not breathing. That’s when the brave firefighter stepped in to handle the situation. and immediately started to give the dogs CPR.


Cristian gave one of the dogs mouth-to-snout resuscitation until the dog started breathing again. Both Princesa and Apolo survived the harrowing incident, all thanks to the firefighters who saved them.

The two pups are now temporarily staying with their family’s neighbors as their owners try and get back on their feet after the disaster.


CPR for dogs

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR for dogs, is more or less the same process as CPR is for humans. According to PetMD, the revival method is typically administered to dogs with no discernible heartbeat. This is a crucial time in a dog’s survival since, once they stop breathing, they quickly go into cardiac arrest and their heart ceases beating altogether.

At that point, there is a need to act extremely quickly.

While CPR is a lifesaving revival method, it is also hazardous and can leave a dog with physical complications. There is also a chance that it will leave fatal injuries when administered to an otherwise healthy dog. Thus, it should only be done when completely necessary, such as the case with the two German Shepherds.


There is a particular method of doing CPR on dogs. It starts by making sure that the animal is on a flat surface and laying on its right side. The compressions should be carried out at the rate of 100 to 120 per minute.

To resuscitate the dog, one must close the muzzle with a hand before starting respiration. It’s recommended that you give two breaths into the dog’s nose for every ten or fifteen compressions. Doing CPR with the help of another person is recommended.

If the dog doesn’t start breathing again after ten minutes of CPR, the process should be stopped.

According to vets, reviving animals via CPR only has a small success rate. So, Apolo and Princesa were truly lucky that they had Cristian and the other emergency workers there to come to their rescue that day.

See the miraculous moment for yourself and watch this short video of the rescue.

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