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Last updated: February 28. 2014 4:22PM - 1207 Views
By Deborah Evans For The Madison Press



Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District's Jeremiah Bates and Veterinarian Dr. Julie LaForge discuss the techniques used with the new animal oxygen masks donated by Sheffield Veterinary Hospital to fire department on Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District's Jeremiah Bates and Veterinarian Dr. Julie LaForge discuss the techniques used with the new animal oxygen masks donated by Sheffield Veterinary Hospital to fire department on Tuesday, Feb. 25.
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Losing an animal during a fire can be a devastating experience, especially if that loss of life could have been prevented.


This week, the Sheffield Veterinary Hospital has supplied Madison County’s eight Fire and EMS Departments with the right equipment to help save pets lives.


“The Sheffield Veterinary Hospital raised the funds to provide our county with these tools by hosting ‘Pet Pictures with Santa’ during London’s Old Fashioned Christmas,” said Heather Moran, manager of the veterinary hospital.


Through donations, Sheffield has been able to supply the following counties with these kits: London Fire Department, Madison County Emergency District, West Jefferson Fire Department, Tri-County Joint Fire District (Mt. Sterling), Range (Sedalia) Fire District, Plain City Joint Fire District, Mechanicsburg Fire Department and Stokes (South Solon) Fire Department.


Sheffield raised half of the money in 2012 and the other half in 2013.


These kits include multiple sizes of reusable oxygen masks that can be used on both cats and dogs. These are specially designed animal masks which can be used on both conscious pets which have suffered from smoke inhalation and pets that need to be resuscitated after losing consciousness from exposure to smoke or toxic fumes. The durable masks provide unrestricted delivery of oxygen to pets.


Each kit delivered came with an informational demonstration explaining how to use the tools.


“The additional equipment adds another level of capability for our staff,” Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District Chief Mark Kidd said.


“People’s pets are part of their family,” Kidd said. “This allows us to take care of not only them, but their pets too.


“It’s important when you have a fire to be equipped with the correct equipment. I remember one night in Columbus they carried out a large dog. I thought it was dead, but the EMT started an IV and oxygen. Before they left, it was running around,” Kidd said.


Once all the departments are supplied with the kits, Sheffield plans to hold a pet CPR and handling class for all local emergency responders.


Sheffield Veterinary Hospital is located at 221 Lafayette St., London. For additional information call (740) 852-9151.


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