How to Purchase Emergency Oxygen Masks for Pets

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If you consider your pet to be a member of the family, you aren't alone. Pets are beloved companions and friends, which means their health and safety are important to you. Oxygen masks for pets are available for emergency preparedness kits and for use in veterinary clinics, animal rescues or fire departments. These masks can mean the difference between life and death for an animal, as they create a better seal around the animal's nose, allowing oxygen to reach their lungs.

  • Determine the size of oxygen mask you will want to purchase. If your pet would wear a large muzzle, you will likely need a large oxygen mask; likewise, if your pet is small, such as a cat or even a ferret, you will need a small oxygen mask. If you have multiple pets, you may want to acquire more than one oxygen mask as a precautionary measure.

  • Browse a few sites online to learn about your options and to find what mask will best suit your needs. If you are operating a veterinary clinic, look for anesthesia masks at veterinary supply sites. Fire departments, animal rescues and similar non-profit agencies often will be able to acquire oxygen masks for free. Investigate Pets America and Oxygen Masks 4 Pets websites determine whether you qualify for donated masks. If you are a private owner, a set of three masks (small, medium and large) will cost approximately $85.00, as of 2010.

  • Follow the instructions on the website to order your masks. Veterinary supply sites will have order forms very much like any other retailer's site; they will ask you for the size and quantity you wish to order and you will pay with a debit or credit card. Non-profits will usually need to contact the owner of the oxygen mask site or distribution center and send proof of their status as an organization.

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