MARTINSVILLE, Va. – The Martinsville fire chief is releasing more details about Bubba, the dog that was rescued from the fire in Martinsville over the weekend. Fire Chief Ted Anderson says Bubba actually alerted his family to the fire that started in the home, possibly saving all their lives.
Anderson says Bubba was limp and unresponsive when he was pulled out of the home, so the fire chief made a make-shift pet oxygen mask to save the dog’s life.
“I’ve been involved in fire and EMS for about 32 years, and this makes the fourth time I’ve been involved in a pet save,” Anderson says. “The principles are a lot of the same. Just have to find ways to work around the obstacles or the anatomy differences.”
Some ambulances do carry pet O-2 masks as well, just in case. But there’s always a chance something could happen, and you and your pet might not make it to the vet in time or be able to get help from someone else.
In those cases, you need to be prepared. You can take a plastic bottle and cut it in half, putting the cut end around your pet’s snout. Then breath into the mouth of the bottle, making your own pet oxygen mask.
If that’s not an option, cupping your hands around the pets nose and breathing directly into their nostrils (called the “mouth-to-snout” method), works in an emergency.
“You do want to know what to do for them. And the time to learn it is not the time of the emergency,” Anderson adds.
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