Havelock North Fire Brigade was the first in New Zealand to receive specialised resuscitation equipment for animals from a new organisation called ‘Pet Lives Matter’.
The Pet Oxygen Mask kit has been developed in association with VetEnt Havelock North and the Havelock North Fire Brigade and is now available to New Zealand emergency services.
In line with a growing awareness of the importance of helping our smaller, furry family members in cases of emergency, this new project will initially focus on Hawke’s Bay Fire Stations, but will eventually be rolled out to the rest of New Zealand.'
Fire and emergency will use the equipment only in the course of their response to emergencies such as structure fires or significant weather events.
Outside of this, if animals have breathing difficulties, people should contact their veterinarian.
Pet Oxygen Mask kits have been available for “first responders” in the United States for many years and a lot of little lives have been saved.
Investigation revealed that the oxygen masks were developed and are manufactured in Auckland.
Thousands of pet masks have been sent overseas, but until now have had very little use in New Zealand.
So that there is no cost to any of the services, kits are paid for by sponsors and then donated in the sponsor’s name.