Not Just for Humans: Thousands of Fire Departments Have Oxygen Masks for Pets
Firefighters in Montana needed a special tool to help out a cat who escaped a house fire on Friday.
According to a Facebook post from Evergreen Fire Rescue, firefighters from the nearby Smith Valley Fire Rescue used a “doxygen”—or in this case “catoxygen”—mask to help the cat regain their breath after the fire on the east side of the town of Kalispell.
These masks are more common than you think. This company, Wag’N O2 Fur Life, has supplied pet oxygen kits to more than 5,000 fire departments across the United States. In Montana, the Evergreen department says it carries several different sizes of masks to fit cat and dog muzzles. Wag’N O2 Fur Life says its kits can be used for dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, and more.
Photos showed one firefighter holding the cat while the other placed a small mask over their face. After a few minutes of receiving oxygen, the cat began to do OK, the fire department says.
You can check Wag’N’s database here to see if your local fire department is equipped with pet masks.