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Default Positive pressure o2.

In my other job I am the chief of an ambulance agency. I have been considering the purchase of oxygen equipment for animals that have either been involved in a fire, CO poisoning, or other event that would effect the pet. 1. Is there any other agencies that are using O2 for animals.
2. Have they been proven to work.
3.In your area who carries it, ambulance, ACO fire or police/constable?

I was reading an EMS trade mag and they were selling these units.

Any info that you may have would be great.

P.S. right now we use regular O2 delivered via "blow-by" with a regular human mask.

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Animal CPR is now part of our mandatory training (state law), but I donít currently know anybody actually carrying O2 and a specialty mask. I took the animal CPR training a few years ago, and I carry one of the gauze mouth to mouth shields in the truck.

I have seen our FD place the whole head of a cat inside a standard face mask to apply O2, and I heard about one instance where one of them pulled the mask off of the hose, then put the open hose over the face of a squirrel.

I have so much stuff in the truck right now I donít know where I would fit the bottle.
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Most of our FDs carry three sizes of masks for animals, small, medium, and large. They were either donated to the FDs by my employer or through fund raising in conjunction with them. A few departments have them on the engines, but most seem to carry them in the chief's SUV. It's way better being carried by the FDs in our area since the chance of us arriving before them at a fire, is pretty much nil, except when one of the local PDs and I came across a house fire while I was working graveyard, but they didn't have any pets...

I once got called to the scene of a fire where they were using the small one on a chihuahua with much difficulty, eventually they went to the larger size and stuck it over his head like a space helmet much like GTO described with the cat, seemed to work well, he really started coming around, but once he was as stable as he was going to be, I rushed him off to the vet.

We don't carry the masks or O2 in our trucks nor do we train people in animal CPR or animal first aid (though I have taken it personally) for any injured domestic animal, it's pretty much "load and go".

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Have the masks been proven in the field?
Here are the links to a site that has some info if anybody else is interested.
Pet First Aid is an interesting thought. Should we be doing pet first aid in the field or would that increase our (your) nwork load that much more (we are not that busy so for us it would be practical)
Anyhow here is the links

http://www.helpanimalsinc.org/masksaves.php
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http://www.helpanimalsinc.org/index.php

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In 20 years, I have only been to two house fires where they pulled out animals that were still alive, or that could possibly be saved. Even If I had the mask(s) in the truck, by the next time I need one, I bet it would be dried out, deteriorate or rotted. I agree that it would be a very good idea though, maybe Iíll suggest it to our FD.
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I know there was someone who watned to get the animal masks for our FD.. not sure if it ever occured.. I went to a Apt fire where they pulled a cat out and administered O2 but not sure it was with a mask...cute to see a Fire guy holding a persian...
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Fire has them, they were donated. Don't know if they have used them or not.
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Animal CPR is now part of our mandatory training (state law)
That is just too cool!
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