California Fire Department Equips Oxygen Masks for Pets

I stumbled across this article today, and thought it was pretty amazing!

Ventura County Fire gets oxygen masks for pets.

I know that being a pet owner, I have done what I can to ensure my pets will be safe in the event of a housefire. I have posted the signs for the fire dept (This household is home to 1 dog.), I have planned in my mind how to get her out if it happens while I am home, but I have also resigned myself to the fact that my planning may not necessarily mean that my pets are out early enough that smoke inhalation or other factors will not be a problem. This is why I believe that what Ventura County Fire Department is so brilliant!

Relying on “blow by” methods from human oxygen masks is not an efficient means of getting a pet who has suffered from oxygen deprivation an adequate amount of oxygen. Supplying masks shaped to fit the muzzles of dogs and cats, like what we use here at MAC, is much more effective. I am aware that not all fire departments have the funding to do something like this, but what a great model to follow if the county has the means. I’m certain that any pet owner has worries and concerns about keeping their furry family member safe, same as I do. There are now pet owners in Camarillo, CA who can rest a little easier, knowing their pets will be taken care of. Bravo, Ventura County! Bravo!

-Amanda

Proud to be AAHA Accredited!

If you are a client here at Midland Animal Clinic, you’ve surely seen, or heard, that we are AAHA Accredited.  We have it proudly posted on our sign out front, in the lobby, on our website and on FaceBook; but what does that mean exactly?

AAHA stands for the American Animal Hospital Association.  They are an association of members who primarily treat companion animals.  AAHA created the Accreditation Program to help set at higher standard of care for companion animals, create a better working realationship between veterinary staff, and provide clinics with a way show their dedication to excellence with their clients and community.

Here at Midland Animal Clinic, we have been Accredited since 1966.  We undergo an intense evaluation process every three years in which we are evaluated on over 900 standards.  Some of the areas on which we are graded include: patient care, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, pet health records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental and nursing care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, and continuing education.

Of all of the small animal practices in the United States, only 15% are Accredited through AAHA.  We are very proud to be the only clinic in Midland County with this achievement!