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Dear Daisy Dog

I read a newspaper article about pets overwhelmed by smoke inhalation during house fires. According to the article, human oxygen masks don’t fit dogs and cats.

Instead, firefighters’ oxygen equipment must be attached to special pet masks.

I would like to donate a set of pet oxygen masks to my local fire company. Where can I buy them?

Daisy Responds

If our house ever burned, I like to think I would be courageous enough to lead my dog and cat family members to safety.

But I’m afraid I would do exactly what most pets do during a house fire: hide.

If I did, I would likely suffer from smoke inhalation by the time the firefighters rescued me.

The human oxygen mask would not fit my long muzzle, so my life would be in jeopardy.

Fortunately, a company called SurgiVet sells oxygen masks for large dogs, small dogs and cats.

To order the three-mask pet oxygen kit, call SurgiVet at 888-745-6562 or visit their Web site at www.surgivet.com. The kit costs $55.00, and the stock number is V7148.

On behalf of my canine friends and relatives who live in your area, I thank you.

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