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

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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.

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.

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“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.

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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