(CBS/STMW) — A veterinarian saved a man who collapsed Monday in a north suburban animal hospital’s lobby while visiting his hospitalized family dog.

The 59-year-old man and his family were visiting their 12-year-old golden retriever at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Northfield when he collapsed in the lobby, according to a spokesman for the animal hospital. He was unresponsive and did not have a pulse.

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The staff called 911, and associate veterinarian Grace Brannon, who had just met with the family, began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and the man regained consciousness.

“The staff administered oxygen, placed ice packs around his body and cooled him with a washcloth,” a statement from the hospital said. They even used a machine designed to monitor animals’ vital signs to measure his blood oxygen levels.

An ambulance arrived and took the man to Glenbrook Hospital, where he was released after a few hours.

“I guess I couldn’t have picked a better place to have an emergency,” the man, who asked that his name not be released, said in the statement.

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Brannon said she was proud of the way her colleagues sprang into action.

“It’s not unlike what they do when we have an emergency with a pet,” she said in the statement.

All did not work out well, however, as the family later made the tough decision to put the golden retriever to sleep.

“It was a very heartbreaking experience for us, but on the other hand, I’m really confident that we gave him every chance we could have,” the man said of the pet.

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