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Oxygen kits arrive for wildlife affected by fires

Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 6:41 PM -

Pets in Victoria are getting a breath of fresh air thanks to fire officials. 

The Victoria Fire Department says its trucks are now equipped with life-saving devices designed specifically for pets

The pet kits include three oxygen masks in different sizes designed for performing CPR on cats, dogs and other pets including rabbits, birds and guinea pigs. 

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The masks have been designed to accommodate long snouts, beaks or feline features. 

The masks will be used primarily on pets that have suffered from smoke inhalation in a fire, and also on unconscious pets that require resuscitation. 

Victoria Fire Chief Paul Bruce says pets are very vulnerable during fires and the loss of an animal is always devastating, so crews are pleased to have the tools to revive a passed-out pooch. 

Bruce says owners can also put a 'pet rescue alert' sticker on the door of their home or condo to alert firefighters to look for animals in the event of a fire. 

The stickers are available at the SPCA or through the Humane Society of Canada. 

With files from The Canadian Press

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