Special oxygen masks help first responders save pets

Thousands of pets die every year in fires.
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Jan 14, 2013
By dvm360.com staff

An estimated 40,000 to 150,000 pets die in fires every year. That’s why Project Breathe is trying to equip fire stations across the United States and Canada with special animal oxygen masks that are specifically designed for pets. The oxygen masks fit over the snout, helping save anything from a snake to a gerbil, to a puppy, according to an Ohio news station.

There is no question that being equipped with oxygen masks is a necessity when fighting a fire. They are needed not only to help the firemen breathe, but to also to help anyone that may have been trapped in a fire. Smoke inhalation is as dangerous as the fire itself. That is why all fire departments are equipped with oxygen masks. And now, 12 fire stations in the Cleveland area are equipped with the special pet oxygen masks for dogs and cats. The kits contain different sized masks. The smallest can be used for kittens and puppies, and the largest can be used on farm animals.