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 Doggie DNR has vital information including:

  • Photo of your dog.
  • Dog age and sex.
  • Where the preferred Veterinarian is located.
  • Who to call with specific contact numbers.
  • Dog’s specific medical conditions and medication instructions.
  • Dog’s specific Micro Chip information.
  • Insurance and Contact Information.
  • What medical procedures to preform in the event of an emergency.
  • Clickable email links. 

Doggie DNR can be sent to anyone who cares for your dog.  Provide a copy of your dogs Doggie DNR to Friends, Doggie Day Care Providers or Pet Sitters, Family as Doggie DNR gives anyone who watches your dog immediate instructions on what to do in the event of an emergency.

Frequently asked questions

DNR means “Do Not Resuscitate.” Generally a Doggie DNR will be most beneficial with older dogs or ones who have more complex medical conditions. Doggie DNR also can be used as a reference for care providers for dogs of all ages and be able to provide guidance in an owners absence.

Doggy DNR is only a reference and is not considered a legal document. Dog owners should always consult with a Veterinarian prior to any medical conditions or directions in regards to Doggie DNR

Our DNR is absolutely FREE.

CPR is a vigorous emergency procedure and it is not always successful. Experience has shown that CPR does not restore breathing and heart function in any patient who may have widespread cancer, widespread infection or other terminal illness. Be sure to ask your care provider if they know how to preform K9 CPR. Classes may be available locally or can be learned by reading K9 MEDIC. For more information please visit www.K9firstaidandcpr.com

A Dog Owner may NOT want CPR attempted when:

There is no medical benefit expected. CPR is not meant for dogs who are terminally ill or have severe health problems. CPR is not likely to be successful for these dogs.
Quality of life would suffer. Sometimes CPR is only partly successful. Though the dog survives, they may suffer damage to the brain or other organs or permanently may be dependent on a machine to breathe. This can be particularly true for older dogs who may be very frail.
Death is expected soon. Dogs with terminal illness- the owners may not want aggressive interventions but prefer a natural peaceful death.

Many care providers from Doggie Day Care owners, Pet sitters or even friends who watch your dog will want to know what to do in the event of an emergency. Doggy DNR provides them with written orders and who to contact to guide them during the emergency.

Basic CPR includes vigorous chest compressions to restore heart function and mouth-to-snout breathing. Check with your care provider to see if they are trained in K9 CPR.

Advanced CPR offers additional interventions which can include:

Intubation – The insertion of a tube into the mouth to help with breathing.
Mechanical Ventilation – The use of a machine to move air into the lungs.
Medications – Given through a vein, drugs can help with blood pressure regulation, heart rhythm, and blood flow.
Cardioversion – The use of a controlled electrical shock to change heart rhythm.
These are usually preformed in the care of an Veterinarian.


Like all health care decisions, a decision about resuscitation and care for your dog should be based on a combination of your own values and preferences together with the medical facts and options for treatment. This should occur in a conversation with your Veterinarian. Talk to your Veterinarian about what he/she would recommend, knowing you and your dogs condition. Think about what is important to you and talk to family members and friends. It may be helpful to seek counseling from clergy, therapists or social workers, especially when you are making a decision for your beloved dog.

To change DNR orders. You can change your form at any time and reprint the form as many times as you like.

Cardiac Chest Compression: The force applied by pressing with both arms over the mid-chest to restore circulation of blood by the heart. Because a great deal of force is needed, there can be injury to the surrounding area as a result.
CPR: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: The vigorous emergency procedure to restore heart and lung function in a patient whose heart or lungs have stopped working.
Basic CPR involves chest compression and mouth-to-mouth breathing.
Advanced CPR includes the use of medications to regulate blood pressure and heart rhythm, controlled electrical shock to change heart rhythm, and intubation and mechanical support of breathing.
Cardioversion or Defibrillation: The use of controlled electrical shock to treat certain kinds of heart rhythm problems.
Intubation: A tube inserted through the mouth to open the airway to assist with breathing.
Mechanical Ventilation: The use of a machine that pumps air into the lungs of a dogs who is unable to breathe on his/her own.
Medications for Advance Life Support: The use of very potent medications given through the veins that help to correct problems with blood pressure (“pressors”), heart rate and rhythm.
Resuscitation: The use of basic or advanced life support treatments in an emergency situation begun when a dog has stopped breathing or whose heart has stopped beating.

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