In this post we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about using oxygen masks for dogs and cats. As the largest provider of Pet Oxygen Masks in the United States, we have spoken with thousands of veterinarians and pet owners about how to provide effective oxygen therapy to pets at home, during transport, and at the veterinary hospital.

Pawprint Oxygen- Oxygen Masks for Dogs and CatsPet Oxygen Masks for dogs and cats can be used with most oxygen administration devices. For example, a Pet Oxygen Mask can be used with an Oxygen Concentrator to provide extended oxygen therapy in the clinic or while at-home. You can also use a Pet Oxygen Mask with Pawprint Oxygen’s Transport and Rescue system. This is an effective way to administer oxygen therapy to your pet at-home or in transport. Both of these options can be used to provide immediate oxygen therapy to a cat or dog having a respiratory emergency.

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How can I make my cat or dog more accepting of the Pet Oxygen Mask?

While this is an initial concern of many pet parents, we have found that most pets are accepting of the pet oxygen mask, especially once they have started to feel the positive effects of the oxygen therapy. However, If you find that your pet is not accepting the Oxygen Mask, try removing the black rubber liner from around the rim of the mask (you can always put it back on the mask at a later date). This will give your pet greater visibility and may make them more accepting of the mask.

How do I clean the Pet Oxygen Mask?

Pet Oxygen Masks can be easily cleaned for safe reuse. Gently wash the mask using a mixture of warm, soapy water. Then rinse the mask under warm water to ensure that you have rinsed out all of the soap. Lastly, pat the mask dry with a towel. Make sure that the mask is completely dry before its next use.

Why is there venting on the mask?

It is very important to use a mask that has venting when administering oxygen therapy to a cat or dog. This venting prevents CO2 from building up in the mask. CO2 is released from the mask via the green vents on the side with each exhale. This makes sure that your pets treatment is both safe and effective!