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Since I posted the 'debbie downer' fire story I thought I would add a happy one for balance ...

Poodle survives heart-stopping accident with large pot of stuffing
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Thanksgiving was a hard holiday at the Stapleton home in Lake Os wego, hardest of all on Mango, the family's 2-pound teacup poodle.

She got the stuffing knocked out of her.

Heart stopped. Breathing quit. Eyes glazed over.

Joe Stapleton thought his wife's itty-bitty dog was a goner.

But Mango would rally.

Joe and Roxanne Stapleton bought Mango last year, intending to give the puppy to Roxanne's parents for Christmas. But the red fluffball squirmed her way into Roxanne's heart. The couple purchased a new pup for her parents and added Mango to their menagerie of dogs, ducks, fish and a bearded dragon lizard.

Joe, an anesthesiologist and pain-management specialist, said he didn't realize any dogs were in the kitchen as he busily prepared a Thanksgiving feast for that afternoon's family gathering. Breads. Pies. Hazelnut gateau. Prime rib. Ham. And, of course, turkey.

As Joe stuffed the bird, it swiveled on the kitchen counter, knock ing a heavy pot of stuffing -- bam! -- to the kitchen floor.

He reached to retrieve the pot, and there lay Mango.

"Oh, no!" Roxanne remembered hearing him cry. "She's dead."

Joe scooped up the pocket- sized pooch and pressed his ear to her chest. He didn't hear a heartbeat.

He'd performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on plenty of humans, he said, but never had tried it on a dog.

He held Mango in his left hand and started chest compressions with his right. When he breathed into her nostrils, Joe said, he could feel the dog's lungs inflate.

(When asked if giving mouth-to- snout resuscitation was icky, Joe replied: "Most dog owners are used to kissing their dogs. It's not much different.")

Again, he listened to Mango's chest. Her heart pumped ever so slowly, about 30 beats a minute, when it should have been at least 100.

As Joe kept the CPR going, Roxanne got directions to the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin.

She drove.

In the back seat, Joe pushed on the dog's furry chest and breathed into her wet, black nose. When he listened again, her heart sounded stronger, thumping at 80 to 100 beats a minute.

Still, Mango didn't breathe. Her eyes, Joe said, looked lifeless.

He knew that hyperventilating, or boosting the respiration rate, can help decrease intracranial pressure in humans. If Mango had a head injury, that would be impor tant. He breathed faster into her nose.

A minute before they arrived at the veterinary hospital, after 20 minutes of CPR, Mango took a breath and licked Joe's cheek.

A veterinarian whisked Mango away. Usually, he told the Stapletons, dogs don't survive serious head injuries. Even if she did, she'd probably be neurologically im paired.

Do whatever you can, they told him.

X-rays revealed no skull frac tures. The veterinarian gave Mango drugs to reduce the swelling in her brain and placed her in an oxygen tent.

The Stapletons stayed awhile, then rushed home. They had more than 20 people coming for dinner. When they returned to the dog's bedside four hours later, Mango lay still but gazed up at Roxanne.

They went home again, return ing to the hospital twice more that night to check on the dog. By the next morning, when they took her to their regular veterinarian, Mango seemed happy to see them. She couldn't walk, but she lapped up food and water.

Mango returned home that night. Steadily, she grew stronger. By last week, Joe said, "You'd be hard-pressed to know there was anything wrong with her." ... thispage=1

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OMG!! That brought major tears to my eyes!! Can you even imagine??? Thank God the dog had someone around.........a doc no less!!
Crikey!! Most of us wouldn't be that knowledgeable and fortunate!! :cry:

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I LOVE Happy Endings!!! especially dog ones :D

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and while we're on the subject.....I put up a post called Choking

AND there are some good links
one has a video, other also tells which plants are poisonous
and more like --If anyone ever has to do CPR , induce vomiting, measure out benedryl dosages, give first aid with bleeding etc, on a dog

type in
then type your question in do i? etc

you'll get straight to good canine and/or vet sites immediately!

i found this out when peanut was in distress but fine later on
and WOW helped us out tremendously.

besides sometimes our brain can blank out momentarily in emergencies
Dave didn't realize i was doing research at 1st and then amazed at what i came up with on
(used to be ask jeeves .com)
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