In an emergency the first step is to ensure that any blood loss issues are addressed, but it is also vitally important to make sure the patient is breathing in an adequate level of oxygen. This can mean clearing blocked airways, but in many illnesses and trauma situations administering supplemental oxygen therapy is necessary to help stabilize the patient.
AECFV can offer our patients cage, hood, and nasal supplemental oxygen therapy depending on the medical need. We also have three incubator-like units and can offer supplemental oxygen to small birds, exotics, and smaller sized pocket pets. For medium to slightly larger dogs we use a specially designed full size kennel that has oxygen regulated and supplied directly to it. Most animals may only require supplemental oxygen for a short period of time, however, we maintain a large supply of oxygen to ensure our hospital can provide around the clock oxygen therapy.