And although the department, equipment-wise, is really only armed with oxygen masks, "there are common sense things we can do," says Whitehurst. "Quite honestly, we will focus on the human patient first, but if we can deal with the animal and, say, it is shot and there is bleeding, that requires the same science as if the animal were a person." However, adds Whitehurst, "doggy CPR is different than human CPR, and there needs to be training on that."
Dr. Kiko Bracker, an emergency veterinarian at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, says that veterinarians are obviously trained to deal with animals in the event of a life-threatening emergency. But, "If the alternative to veterinary CPR is to do nothing, however, then first responders should perform the CPR that they have been trained in," she told The Dodo.
Manatee County also works closely with an emergency pet ambulance to transport the animals from the scene of an accident or fire to a local emergency hospital.