GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Dog and cat owners learned how to save the lives of their furry friends Saturday. PetSmart in Gulfport offered the pet CPR training.
Instructors say it's similar to adult CPR, but instead of mouth to mouth resuscitation, it's mouth to snout.
Pet owners were also shown how to check for their animal's pulse, give basic first aid and perform the Heimlich maneuver.
Instructors say it's important owners know how to give emergency care, otherwise many pets will not survive the ride to the vet's office.
"Twenty minutes is it for an animal," Pet CPR Instructor Dorothy Ladner said. "That's generally the guideline. Twenty minutes without some kind of care, the animal will generally be lost."
The Red Cross also trained people on how to be prepared to care for pets during a natural disaster.
Click here to watch a video demonstrating how to perform CPR on your pet.