Parker County Today November 2016 - Page 92

our advice: ASK DR. CATE Vet Rap by Dr. Ryan Cate Local vets donate masks to save lives of pets Dr. Cate with Brock/Dennis Fire Chief T. Scrimshire NOVEMBER 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY Question: Recently, I saw a story on the 10 o’clock news about a hero-dog in Dallas that was saved from a burning building and they gave him oxygen, just like they would a human. Do we have capabilities like that here in Parker County or is that just a Dallas thing? Or do the firefighters call a vet when they save a dog or cat from a fire? – Walter K. of Weatherford Answer: Our first responders and fire departments work hard to train and equip themselves for any kind of emergency, but there’s been one thing missing on their trucks to help our furry friends when there’s been a house fire. Although the U.S. Fire Administration doesn’t keep official statistics, it is estimated that between 40,000 and 150,000 pets die in house fires each year, mostly due to smoke inhalation. And while they have the equipment necessary to revive us when this occurs, until now many of our local Parker County departments haven’t had oxygen masks on their trucks for our furry family members. Dr. Tommy Thompson of Thompson Veterinarian Services in Springtown, the Riverstone Veterinary Hospital in Brock and Grote Veterinary Clinic in Weatherford will provide not only the equipment, but visit area departments to provide training on how to use their new equipment on dogs and cats. Dr. Thompson and I work together at the Grote and Riverstone clinics and wanted to provide this as a service to area fire departments and volunteer fire service groups, said Dr. Cate. “That’s the goal, to be able to provide for our pets. We wanted to provide them the equipment they need.” The idea was planted when Dr. Thompson drove by a house fire several years ago and saw first responders trying to give oxygen to a dog using the equipment they had on the truck that was designed for humans. Even driving by he could tell, “It wasn’t going very well,” he said. Thompson began asking around and found that a lot of the local fire departments don’t carry equipment made specifically for animals. So he took the initiative and said, “I looked online and found one made specifically for them. The delivery system is specifically for animals.” The oxygen masks that Drs. Thompson and I will be giving to the four fire groups will include a DVD with instructions on how to use the masks and the aspects of how to resuscitate animals with them. Many larger cities have had this equipment for almost a decade, says Arlington Battalion Chief Incident Techni- 90 cian Bryan Friend, whose area includes the south side of Arlington. “The ones we (Arlington FD) have are 02 (oxygen) masks. It’s like a large cup with a rubber seal on the end that fits over the ȁѥɔ͹ЁѠ)ѕ́ɅЁ坕$eЁѕԁᅍѱݡ)ݔЁѡɱѽЁݔЁѡѡᅍЁͅ)݅䃊PɽȁɝѥѕѡѼ̸9)ݔٔѡݔѡ'e͕ٔѡ͕)Ս͙ձ͕ٕɅѥ́ݥѠɕձлt!)ɕЁѼɝɕ̰ͼ͕́́х)́ѡЁٔɹȁɔɹ)ͅѡЁѡȁ٥مѥЁ͕ٕ́́ݕɔ)ͥՅѥ̸!ͅq]Ѡ̰ݡѡeɔɽ́ͥՅѥѡ䁡ͽݡɔ%Ёݽɭ́ѼѡȁمхQ䁡չȁ́ȁ́ɹɔݸ)܁ѡӊéѡЁѡ͵̸Q)ѡ́ѡЁӊéɑȁѼѡ]ݔɔɥ)͔ȁݔ͕ݔ)ݥɅѡtQѼ AH́ݡѡ)ͥՅѥ݅Ʌ́и!ͅѡͭ́ɔհ̸͕q%ѡ䁡ٕeЁѡѥٕ䁱)ݕɕeЁٕ͵ͥՅѥ%ݔхѡ)ѡ䁅ɔٔЁЁѡɝ͔ѡeٔ)ɕѡ͵ӊéѕȁȁѡѼɕѡɅ)坕ЁյtѥՕ Ё+qQѥѼѼٕЁѼЁлt)=ٕȁѡЁ͕ٕɅݕ̸́Qͽ$ݥ)ѥѡեЁѼȁɕЁɕѥ)ɝѥ́Aɭȁ չ丁ɑѼQͽ+q!ȸ є́ݼɔѵ́ѡЁݔɔ)ѼєѼ$ٔݼ䁅ɕѡЁݔє)ѼQЁ́́ѡȁаݔѡЁ)ݽձѼչѡ̻t((0