Scamp was brought in by his owner Diane Hallisy to be groomed at the Okemos Pet Supplies Plus on February 18th. Groomer Jammie Hooks had just finished bathing Scamp and had placed him on the grooming table when he spun around and collapsed. His tongue was hanging out of his mouth and turning blue and his eyes had rolled back into his head.
Hooks quickly took Scamp out of his harness and began chest compressions on the 9-year-old Pomeranian. While she performed CPR she alerted another groomer and told them to contact Scamp’s vet and call Hallisy.
For Hooks it was just second nature. “I wasn’t scared or anything,” she said. “I knew what you had to do.” Hooks had received canine CPR training during her schooling to become a groomer but in addition administered CPR to humans countless times in her previous career as a medical assistant and EMT.
In less than two minutes Hooks had successfully revived Scamp. She then drove him to his veterinarian where she met up with Hallisy. An examination from the vet led to the discovery that Scamp suffered from congestive heart failure and an enlarged heart.
Scamp is now on medication to help with his condition and the day after his life threatening collapse he was back to hanging out with his family’s two cats.
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