Yes, itâs unmistakably adorable âÂ a pup attempting to perform techniques used in CPR, pouncing on a fallen police officerâs chest.
In a videoÂ released on Twitter last week by theÂ Municipal Police of Madrid,Â an officer drops to the ground, landingÂ on his back.Â Then as an announcer calledÂ out for immediate medical intervention, a K-9 responder named Poncho ranÂ to his side, jumping up and down on the officer, mimickingÂ chest compressions.
At one point, the pooch even paused, appearing to listen for the officerâs breathÂ as he lay his head on the manâs neck â a pro move. But in case itâs not clear, itâs unlikely that such a maneuver could saveÂ lives.
Cue the boos.
The Municipal Police of Madrid wrote in SpanishÂ that the âheroicâ dog âdid not hesitate for a moment to âsave the lifeâ of the agent, practicing the #RCP in a masterful way.âÂ The video has been viewed more than 2 millions times.
Question: Can a dog really perform CPR? Better question: Do you reallyÂ need to ask thatÂ question?Â Well,Â weâll humor you anyway.
Ponchoâs performance was a well-done âtrickâ but not really a first-aid technique, said Ronnie Johnson, lead trainer at Global Training Academy,Â aÂ training centerÂ forÂ K-9s in Somerset, Tex.Â Police dogs can be taught to do a variety of things such as sniffing out drugs or explosives or other contraband, tracking missing persons or even apprehending criminals. But he told The Washington Post on Tuesday, âI donât think a dog could actually do CPR,â explainingÂ that theÂ lifesaving measure requires precision and strength.
Do you need more explanation? Fine.
CPR, orÂ cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is a technique used on people suffering from sudden cardiac arrest to help keep oxygenated blood flowing to the brain until medical professionals can intervene.
Jonathan Epstein, senior director of science and government relations for the Red Cross, said the video is âcuteâ but âfrom a medical perspective, itâs not truly providingÂ CPR.â
Epstein said there are two types of CPR: traditional CPR, which uses chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth, and hands-only CPR, which uses only chest compressions. (It appears the dog in the video was attemptingÂ to perform hands-only CPR.) In either case, Epstein said, a person must ensure the patient is unresponsive, calling out, âAre you okay?â and then check to see if the patient is breathing.
When performing hands-only CPR on an adult, EpsteinÂ said, the person must push down using his or her hands about two inches into theÂ patientâs chest atÂ a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute until someone else can take over or until the patient regains consciousness. Traditional CPR is a bit different â with 30 compressions, then two breaths, then 30 compressions and so on, he said.
Indeed, a tough task for a first responder with paws.
Donât worry, dogs are still incredible creatures â they have been known toÂ rescue one another from drowningÂ andÂ save soldiers at war. They comfort children. Guard airports. And steal our hearts. They just canât restart them.
So just enjoy the video for what it is: adorableness.
Azhar AlFadl Miranda contributed to this report.