AMBRIDGE (KDKA) — Firefighters and first responders do their best to revive family pets overcome by smoke inhalation.
But oxygen masks intended for humans don’t adapt very well to dogs and cats.
First responders in Ambridge looked on as dog trainer Becky Urbanic demonstrated the use of an oxygen mask tailored for a large dog.
The Invisible Fence company is donating 80 oxygen kits to Beaver County Emergency Services.
Rescue coordinator Ed Clark says the pet-friendly equipment fits the purpose.
“A human oxygen mask is made for a human face, while these are specifically made for a small animal – cat or a dog,” he said.
Donated kits, valued at $120 each, are part of a campaign called Project Breathe.
Indirectly, Becky Urbanic says, they could save human lives, as well.
“People would feel more comfortable knowing their fire department was equipped with a mask that would save their animals, should they be left inside,” she said. “It puts people at less of a risk of going in and trying to rescue their own pet.”
There are smaller masks, as well, for smaller dogs and cats.