Glasgow firefighters save puppy with specialist oxygen mask

"A big well done to the crew involved, who have helped to save the life of this animal."

Firefighters have helped save the life of a pup after a fire in Glasgow.

Crews were called to a blaze at a building in the Paisley Road West area of the city last week.

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Firefighters put out the fire before using a specialist animal oxygen therapy mask to provide oxygen to the pet.

The specialist kits – many donated by animal lovers and big-hearted businesses - are designed to fit an animal's nose and allow enhanced oxygen flow.

They can provide emergency care for ponies, calves and even reptiles as well as cats and dogs.

Roddie Keith, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Local Senior Officer for the City of Glasgow, said: "The number one priority for firefighters is to save all life and we have seen on too many occasions the huge impact the loss of a beloved pet can have.

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Firefighters have helped save the life of a pup after a fire in Glasgow. Crews were called to a blaze at a building in the Paisley Road West area of the city last week.

"We know that these kits can help save the lives of animals as they are specially designed to allow firefighters to provide animals with oxygen.

"It's heart-warming to see the reactions of families and owners when they realise their pets are going to be okay following a traumatic incident.

"A big well done to the crew involved, who have helped to save the life of this animal."

Since 2016, the SFRS has worked in partnership with not-for-profit group Smokey Paws.

The organisations have worked to equip every fire station in Scotland with at least one specially designed animal oxygen mask.

The effort has received the backing of Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

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