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Pet oxygen masks donated
to Kincardine Fire Department

By Liz Dadson

The Pet Page

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Ray Sugars (front) and "Maddie" of Invisible Fence Brand® in Meaford, demonstrate one of the new pet oxygen masks donated to the Kincardine Fire Department Thursday afternoon; joining in the presentation are Dr. Andrew White (L) of Pine River Mobile Veterinary Services, Dr. Heather White of Queen Street Veterinary Services, Tiverton deputy fire chief Steve Otterman, firefighters Ryan Deer and Bob Arnold, fire chief Kent Padfield, and Linda Sugars, also of Invisible Fence Brand®

The Kincardine Fire Department is now better equipped to handle pet-related emergencies arising from a fire, thanks to a donation of pet oxygen masks by Queen Street Veterinary Services and Pine River Mobile Veterinary Services of Kincardine and Invisible Fence Brand® of Meaford.

The presentation was made at the Kincardine fire station Thursday afternoon. 

The pet oxygen mask kits are supplied to Queen Street Vet Services by Invisible Fence Brand® through the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association in exchange for a donation to the Farley Foundation (a charitable organization which assists seniors, disabled individuals, people in receipt of Ontario Works and women at risk of abuse, by subsidizing the non-elective veterinary care of their pets). 

The donation is part of “Project Breathe™” by Invisible Fence Brand®, which aims to equip every fire station in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, with pet oxygen masks.

Each pet oxygen mask kit contains three reusable masks appropriately-sized for small animals (cats, small dogs, animals with short snouts such as ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, and birds), medium-sized animals (20-25 pounds) and large domestic animals (dogs 50 pounds and over).

Queen Street Vet Services will also provide initial training and ongoing support to the fire department as required.

After learning about the availability of pet oxygen masks through the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, we were eager to order a set for our community,” says Dr. Heather White of Queen Street Vet Services. 

“By providing our local fire department with the tools firefighters need to assist animals before veterinary care can be accessed, we hope that this will help save the lives of animals who are affected by a tragic event such as a fire.”

Our goal at Invisible Fence Brand® is to ensure that every fire department and rescue unit is equipped with these life-saving pet oxygen masks”, says Linda Sugars of Invisible Fence Brand® by Enviro-Watch. 

“To date, we have donated more than 10,000 masks to fire stations throughout Canada and the U.S., and we are thrilled to partner with Ontario veterinarians to equip fire stations throughout the province with these devices.”  

Pets are often on the scene in emergency situations, and like humans, they are susceptible to health risks arising from a fire,” says Kincardine fire chief Kent Padfield. “While our team never hesitates to assist an animal in distress, this donation means that we now have the proper equipment to save a pet’s life during an emergency.” 

 



Linda (L) and Ray Sugars of Invisible Fence Brand® in Meaford, place a pet oxygen mask over the nose of their wonderful demonstration dog, "Maddie"


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