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AMVS Donates Oxygen Masks to Longmont EMS

Jul 18, 2012

For Immediate Release
July 18, 2012

Alyssa Koehler

AMVS to Donate Oxygen Masks to Longmont EMS

Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists (AMVS) has purchased 18 oxygen masks to donate to Longmont Emergency Medical Services (EMS). With the help of a number of generous donations from the community, Dr. Matt Rooney, owner of AMVS, will be meeting with Lieutenant John Michael to drop off the masks. The masks will be suitable for small to large dogs, as well as cats. These masks are a small contribution to the combined efforts of AMVS and Longmont EMS to provide the best care for rescued animals. AMVS would like to thank those members of the community who have helped make this donation possible.

As part of their efforts, AMVS has been working with Longmont EMS to train local police officers, paramedics, and fire fighters in basic animal triage and emergency situations. Dr. Denise Crumbaker, an emergency clinician with AMVS, recently hosted a training class for the canine handlers with Longmont PD. A main focus of these classes has been proper oxygen administration in the field. “Given the impact of fires in Colorado and the dangerous nature of smoke inhalation, immediate treatment will offer the best chance for survival for any rescued animal,” says Dr. Crumbaker, “we are happy to help in any way possible.”

In addition, AMVS has assembled a number of first aid bags for the local police departments, most recently for the officers of Weld County. These first aid bags are designed for canine handlers and contain bandage materials, thermometers, and the medications necessary to help treat police dogs in the field. These bags are distributed following the first of a series of classes to educate the officers on animal triage. AMVS has begun to expand these services to a number of the local EMS groups. The week of July 23rd, two doctors with the emergency service will be traveling to Berthoud to host a series of classes for the Berthoud Fire Department on obtaining vitals and basic triage in an emergency situation, including car accidents and smoke inhalation.

If any of the local EMS departments are interested in these classes, please contact AMVS at 303-678-8844.

AMVS is a 24-hour veterinary facility providing specialty internal medicine, surgery, oncology, emergency and critical care, physical rehabilitation, and blood bank services for pets. They are located in Longmont at 104 S. Main St. For more information, go to www.AspenMeadowVet.com.