At Pawprint Oxygen we are deeply invested in making sure your pet receives safe oxygen therapy. In this blog post, we provide you with background information that is essential to keep in mind when sourcing an Oxygen Concentrators for pets. 

Let’s start with some quick terminology:

Oxygen purity relates to the percent level oxygen in the air flow. For example, room air has 21% oxygen. Ideally, an oxygen source wants to be as close to 100% as possible.

Flow rate is the amount of air flow. It is a unit of measurement of volume over time

An Oxygen Concentrator that provides both high oxygen purity and an adequate flow rate is necessecary to safely operate the Oxygen Cage for your pet.

 

It is exceptionally important for your pet’s safety to use an FDA Approved Oxygen Concentrator. This means that the Concentrator has been tested and approved by the Food and Drug Administration to be a safe and reliable machine. This is the same machine they prescribe to humans needing oxygen therapy. An FDA Approved Oxygen Concentrator provides high purity oxygen gas (>95% oxygen) at every flow rate setting (1-10 liters per minute). The chart below shows the differences in oxygen purity at each flow rate for the two types of Concentrators. There are many different models of FDA Approved Stationary Oxygen Concentrators for pets. Each model has different capabilities for providing oxygen therapy to a pet. Pawprint Oxygen offers the following Oxygen Concentrators: the Invacare PerfectO2 V and the Drive DeVilbis 525DS

It is exceptionally important for your pet’s safety to use an FDA Approved Oxygen Concentrator. This means that the Concentrator has been tested and approved by the Food and Drug Administration to be a safe and reliable machine. This is the same machine they prescribe to humans needing oxygen therapy. An FDA Approved Oxygen Concentrator provides high purity oxygen gas (>95% oxygen) at every flow rate setting (1-10 liters per minute). There are many different models of FDA Approved Stationary Oxygen Concentrators for pets. Each model has different capabilities for providing oxygen therapy to a pet. Pawprint Oxygen offers the following Oxygen Concentrators: the Invacare PerfectO2 V and the Drive DeVilbis 525DS

Using an Oxygen Concentrator with an Oxygen Cage

Oxygen Cages need both adequate flow (to prevent CO2 and heat build up) and oxygen levels to be safe and effective. A 5 liter per minute (LPM) model is adequate to supply a Small or Medium Buster ICU Cage. A 10 LPM model will function similarly with a Large Buster ICU Cage. All FDA Approved Concentrator models can be used with a Pet Oxygen Mask. If using the Concentrator with the Mask, use the flow rate prescribed by your veterinarian.

An Oxygen Concentrator that is not FDA approved or is offered through an unaccredited source may still be called a “Concentrator.” However, it may not be built to sustain high oxygen purity at each flow rate. While many of these machines offer flow rates between 1 and 5 liters per minute, as you increase the flow rate, the percent oxygen it is producing decreases drastically. When used to supply an Oxygen Cage, it will leave your pet without the oxygen it needs even if the flow rate is accurate.

Pawprint Oxygen does not provide veterinary advice. The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian with questions regarding your pet’s health.

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