While there are several differences between the Pawprint Oxygen Canisters and Oxygen Concentrators, some pets may benefit from having access to both. Oxygen Concentrators can provide an effective at home option for providing oxygen therapy over a longer time period. Pawprint Oxygen Canisters can be quickly mobilized during a respiratory emergency. They can also used to transport a pet experiencing respiratory distress to the veterinary practice.
Use Cases for Pawprint Oxygen Canisters
Pawprint Oxygen Canisters are portable, lightweight, safe and can be used in almost any situation. They are mainly used in the following scenarios:
- Providing a pet with relief during a respiratory episode. Some signs of respiratory distress include coughing, wheezing, honking, shortness of breath and severe panting.
- Supporting a pet during transportation to a veterinary practice and also on the way home from the veterinary practice. Canisters are a safe means of oxygen therapy without the safety hazard of high-pressurized oxygen cylinders. The Canisters are also very easy to use and it takes seconds to start administering to a pet-in-need.
Canisters are essentially the first line of defense in an emergency whether a pet just requires a few minutes of therapy to help them recover from a respiratory episode or if oxygen is needed to support a pet until they can reach veterinary care.
Use Cases for Concentrators
Like the Pawprint Oxygen Canisters, an Oxygen Concentrator can also be quickly used in an emergency. When a pet is in need of immediate oxygen therapy, a Concentrator can be used with a Pet Oxygen Mask. This is the quickest method of oxygen administration.
However, the Concentrator is a stationary unit and requires a wall outlet to power. It cannot be used in a car or other vehicle. Concentrators are useful when a veterinarian prescribes that a pet needs one or more hours of oxygen therapy at a time via an Oxygen Cage. Concentrators are also useful to pets who require higher flow-rates than what the Pawprint Oxygen Canisters can provide.
To use the Concentrator with the Cage, the Cage must be pre-saturated with oxygen beforehand. This process takes about 15 minutes. Then place the pet inside with a 4-5 inch opening in the zipper. This will allow for adequate ventilation. Make sure to monitor your pet for the duration of the session.
How Both Types of Oxygen Therapy Can Be used Together
While both options for oxygen therapy operate independently, there are many pets who benefit from having both at their disposal. A pet who is primarily homebound and is prescribed to receive 1-2 hours of routine sessions with a Concentrator and Cage could still utilize the Canisters during moments when they need a quick, lightweight or portable option for oxygen therapy. Canisters would also be the preferred choice to support them on their way to the emergency practice.
Conversely, a pet who typically relies on Pawprint Oxygen Canisters for Oxygen therapy may use the Oxygen Concentrator for its ability to continuously administer Oxygen over an extended period of time. Also, if a pet’s condition worsens and they need regular long-term sessions, using the Concentrator with the Oxygen Cage would be conducive to such needs.