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A new bill has been approved in the Colorado Senate that will grant firefighters and other emergency medical service providers the authority to voluntarily provide some basic emergency care to domestic animals.

SB 39 would allow emergency medical providers to offer preveterinary emergency care to cats and dogs to the extent that they have received appropriate training and been authorized by their employer to do so. The bill requires employers to specify in their policies the circumstances under which care may be provided. Emergency responders may, under the "preveterinary care" designation, stabilize cats or dogs by using oxygen, fluids, medication or bandaging with the intent of enabling the dog or cat to be treated by a veterinarian.

Preveterinary emergency care does not include care provided in response to a call made solely for the purpose of tending to an injured dog or cat unless a person's life could be in danger while attempting to save the life of the animal.

While the bill allows for the care of animals, it does not mean an emergency medical provider is obligated to provide care for a cat or dog or to provide care to a dog or cat before treating a person.


After three weeks of treatment for burns sustained in an accident, a Parkland, Fla., dog returned home to finish her recovery. Ruby, an 8-year-old soft-coated wheaten terrier, suffered burns on more than 50 percent of her body when she accidentally caught fire, according to the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.

Ruby's owner, Jesus "Jess" Olivas, and his wife had treated the dog with a flammable insecticide and then lit a barbecue starter to kill the bugs that were coming off the dog. Ruby caught fire when she got too close to the flame. Olivas picked up Ruby and jumped into his pool to extinguish the flames, which caused second- and third-degree burns to his forearms, neck and face.

Olivas' wife stayed behind with Ruby as Olivas was taken to the hospital. The couple worried that they would not be able to afford the care Ruby needed after receiving several expensive treatment estimates. But when Peter Krolikowski, DVM, heard about the incident, he and his staff treated the dog at no charge at Dr. Peter's Animal Hospital in Margate, Fla. Ruby was sent home with antibiotics and an ointment and will receive checkups every few days.


An early morning fire at Animal Haven Veterinary Hospital in Hills, Iowa, killed two animals and destroyed the facility, reports the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Firefighters responded to the blaze and had the fire under control in about 40 minutes, before it had a chance to spread to surrounding buildings, but not before the two animals—a dog and a cat—had perished.

"The fire investigator hasn't been through the building, but it appears to be a total loss with minor salvage," Mark Dennis, DVM, who opened the hospital in 1999, told the Press-Citizen. The official cause and damage total have not yet been determined, but it appeared that a faulty autoclave may have started the fire.

The animals were rescues without permanent homes and were the only animals in the hospital at the time. No humans were injured.

Dennis plans to stay in Hills, either rebuilding at that site or moving to another in town.


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