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Durham veterinarian donates tools to save pets caught in fire

Emmy Victor, WRAL reporterMay 16, 2019

A Durham veterinarian is donating life-saving equipment to help the city’s fire department help animals caught in blazes.

Eno Animal Hospital is donating oxygen masks, to protect pets who’ve been exposed to smoke, and self-inflating bags, to resuscitate pets that are not breathing or breathing properly.

The masks are designed to fit over pets’ snouts to help them breathe.

We’re trained to take care of people who are suffering from smoke inhalation, and then we found it was also really important to be able to help out their pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation as well,” said Capt. Tina Hamlin of the Durham Fire Department.

Bag valve masks force oxygen into pets who can’t breathe well, and oxygen masks help pets who are breathing on their own but need more oxygen.

The American Red Cross recommends including pets in plans when preparing for emergencies like fires and severe weather.

Eno Animal Hospital’s donation is worth $1,600.

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