Public Safety Training Facility

Monroe Community College
Rochester, New York

MCC Paramedic Program

Treating Animals

Paramedics and EMTs can administer emergency medical care to animals and have the ability to greatly influence the outcome for the animal. Typical examples that have happened here in the Rochester area: caring for an animal pulled from a smoke filled house (giving oxygen), assisting a police officer when his K-9 partner is injured (controlling bleeding, splinting, even an IV of Saline), being called to the local zoo surgical center to defibrillate a tiger.

All of these examples are appropriate so long as you do not deny human patients care.

Paramedics or their dispatchers should have the phone numbers of 24 hour Animal Hospitals and Veterinarians that would be willing to respond to the scene.

Dog receiving oxygen

Tiger gets defibrillation and medications

Photos are reprinted with permission from the Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, NY.



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Updated: June 10, 1999