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CPR is used when your pet has stopped breathing and their heart has stopped beating, which is known as cardiopulmonary arrest. Two of the most important components of CPR are compression and giving two rescue breaths. Without intervention, a pet who has suffered cardiopulmonary arrest will almost certainly pass away. Success rates for CPR are well studied in people but not as well studied in veterinary medicine. Generally dogs and cats that need CPR will only survive 10% of the time, however, the sooner you can initiate CPR efforts you might be able to increase the chances of a good outcome. It is important to recognize the signs of cardiopulmonary arrest which are: loss of consciousness, no breathing or agonal breaths; and no pulse. There is no risk of performing CPR to a pet who may not need it. There is a far greater risk delaying CPR if a pet needs it. Dogs and cats who survived when CPR was performed were revived in about ten minutes or less.