It was an intense and unexpected moment for Sardinian hunter Cristian Pinnas and his parter Claudia Cucchi, when their dog Marley suddenly fell to the ground.
Trembling and unable to stand, the couple rushed in to save their four-legged friend.
Cutting his ear
Desperate to save his beloved companion, the hunter immediately began compressions on the dog. He also resorted to cutting his ear, in an attempt to lower his blood pressure. Once this had been done, he applied water and cortisone to the wound.
On Monday the 20th November, Cristian Pinnas shared the series of events that helped save his dog, as filmed by his partner Claudia.
The video has had over 600 comments and 4,000 reactions, with people expressing their admiration for the quick actions of this caring owner.
Luckily, Marley recovered and began wagging his tail, almost as if to thank his owner. The dog was immediately taken to the vet for a check-up.
Heart attack in dogs: What can you do?
To clarify what should be done in this situation, we spoke to vet Giuseppe Terlizzi, who gave his opinion on the events that unfolded with Marley. He believes that Cristian's actions worked, because the dog was most likely suffering an epileptic seizure, which ended naturally.
Dr. Valentina Chiapatti confirmed this in a video published on Instagram, explaining:
Having said this, the strategy used by these owners could have worked in an extreme scenario, provided the dog really was suffering from a heart attack. The vet added, "for a cardiac massage to work, it's fundamental that there is no heartbeat".
In this case, Marley made a full recovery, much to the relief of his devoted owners.