SNOUT OUT: Rutherford police have added specially-designed oxygen masks for pets to their life-saving equipment.
At-home pet services provider Canine Company donated three masks in response to a request by police Sgt. Julie Ann Zeigler.
The cone-shaped resuscitation masks are designed for a pet’s snout, which human masks don’t fit. Each set includes masks in three sizes to fit a range of pets, from small mammals to giant breed dogs.
They can be used to resuscitate pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation or were drowning, among other emergencies.
Pets are at special risk during home fires because they are unable to leave the house without help, Canine Company said.
An estimated 40,000 die from smoke inhalation each year across the U.S., the company said.
Over the past year, Wilton, CT-based has donated more than 500 kits to fire departments and first aid squads
In Bergen County, these include the Allendale and Carlstadt fire departments, the Mahwah police and fire departments, the Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Oakland First Aid Squad, the Midland Park Fire Department and Ambulance Corps, the Ho-Ho-Kus Fire Department and Ambulance Corps, the New Milford Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Ridgewood Emergency Services.
First responders in Little Falls, North Haledon, Pompton Lakes, Wanaque, West Milford and Woodland Park also have the masks.
“Our company was founded by a family of pet lovers and our mission is to help other families keep their pets healthy, safe and happy,” said owner Renee Coughlin. “Our goal is to get these into the hands of first responders in every community we serve o they are prepared to handle an emergency involving family pets."
To help ensure first responders know there are pets in need of rescue, Canine Company also offers free “pets inside” decals that families can place on a front door or window.
Decals are available from your ambulance corps or by completing the Request a Decal form on the company’s website.
Canine Company provides at-home pet care products and services including the Invisible Fence® brand pet containment systems and Manners obedience training to pet parents.
INFO: www.caninecompany.com or call 800-818-3647
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