Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists (AMVS) will be purchasing oxygen masks to donate to Longmont Fire and Rescue. With summer approaching and the likelihood of fires increasing, AMVS and Longmont Fire and Rescue hope to work together to offer rescued animals the best chance of survival. These masks will be available to emergency personnel to offer life saving treatments for animals trapped behind fire lines. Smoke inhalation during a fire can be fatal for animals. Oxygen masks offer immediate treatment for smoke inhalation, helping to minimize the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. Immediate treatment will increase the chances of survival for these rescued animals. AMVS will be donating different size oxygen masks for use on rescued dogs, cats, birds, rodents, and exotic animals.
AMVS is working with Longmont EMS to provide immediate care for rescued animals and injured police dogs. Veterinarians have volunteered their time to offer a series of lectures to educate Longmont EMS employees on the basics of animal triage. The first of these lectures was held on April 12, 2012. The next lecture will be held at the end of April. These employees will be able to begin life saving treatments on injured animals at the scene. If further treatments are necessary, Longmont EMS employees will be able to contact AMVS veterinarians with any questions. “We are excited to work with Longmont EMS to ensure these injured animals have the best chance for survival,” Dr. Matt Rooney, owner of AMVS, said. AMVS will be donating the necessary materials, including bandage materials, saline, fluids, and syringes, to these units.
AMVS and Longmont EMS hope to work together to offer the best care for injured animals. If you would like to contribute to the purchase of oxygen masks and first aid materials for these units, please contact Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists at 303-678-8844.
AMVS is a 24-hour veterinary facility providing specialty internal medicine, surgery, emergency and critical care, physical rehabilitation, pain management, and blood bank services for pets. They are located in Longmont at 104 S. Main St. For more information, go to www.AspenMeadowVet.com.
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