Pet Ambulances. The days of putting a sick or injured pet in the back seat and rushing to the vet may be drawing to a close. Animal ambulances loaded with modern equipment once reserved for human use are cropping up across the country, and emergency medical service providers here in Connecticut have also taken an interest in pet care. A collaboration of nonprofit groups and the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association has put pet-sized oxygen masks in the hands of departments serving more than 100 communities in the state.
One ambulance group has taken it a step further still: Several emergency medical technicians with Derby’s Storm Ambulance Corps recently completed a dog rescue course taught by Jo-Anne Brenner, operations director for Ontario, Canada-based Alpha Response, a provider of customized medical training. The course covered a variety of emergency medical procedures once reserved for humans which Brenner and colleagues have adapted for animals.