i thought i might share this here, it might just help someone.
this past weekend my dad was looking for something in the barn, he moved a box to discover a rattlesnake coiled up. his empty nest dog, as i call her, molly, stuck her nose around him. the snake bit her in the back of the head. dad scooped her up and got mom to call the vet. molly's eyes rolled back in her head. dad yelled to mom "she's dead". mom immediately started cpr. it is a 30 min drive to the animal hospital for them. mom would get molly breathing and then she would stop, so she kept getting her to breath. she had to hold her tongue down with her pinky finger. this continued for the duration of the drive. molly was put on an iv for a couple of days and given anti-venom. she is about 90% recovered and now at home. i know if my mom wouldnt have responded so quickly, daddy would have lost his "baby".
so if you never have thought about learning cpr for your dog, i highly recommend it. maybe if you havent looked over the procedure in awhile, now is a good time. i hope none of you ever have to use it, but it is always good to know.