Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Oxygen for Dogs

Humans piloting non-pressurized aircraft are required to use supplemental oxygen for flight above ten thousand feet or so. The exact altitude depends on duration of flight and national regulations. Generally we have the choice between two basic styles of supplemental oxygen supply, the nasal cannula (i.e. feel like you have a drinking straw up each nostril) and the mask type (i.e. feel like an extra on Gray's Anatomy). In Canada oxygen must be available to passengers above 10,000' and they are required to supplement oxygen above 13,000'. There are no laws regarding provision of oxygen to dogs.

But now if you want to treat your dog like a passenger, or make it look like at home on Futurama, you can equip it with a dog oxygen mask. 'cause the last thing you want is euphoric basset hound, a cyanotic chow or a chihuahua making poor decisions.

I already knew about dog ear defenders, (and that page has a further link to dog vomit sacks) but the doggie oxygen is new. What's next? Is my dog going to want his own chart holder?

7 comments:

nec Timide said...

Just one more step towards the old joke: "Have you seen the new airplanes? Everything is automated, you only need a pilot and a dog for crew. The pilot monitors the automation, and the dog bites the pilot if she tries to touch anything."

Anonymous said...

Of course that old joke can never materialize until they've perfected a O2 mask that the dog can put on by himself.

Aviatrix said...

"First put on your own mask, and then assist your puppy."

John said...

That mask looks more like the "Cone of Shame".

Oxygen Concentrator said...

I actually own a company that sells oxygen equipment. I sell a bunch of these concentrators to patients that have dogs on oxygen, its actually pretty neat! They have a oxygen cage for the dogs now, and I know a lot of patients dogs that I have saved!

Portable Oxygen said...

I actually have seen dog with a oxygen mask on before, it was a little weird.

Aviatrix said...

Okay, oxygen concentrator sales guy. You're writing comments of an acceptable level of relevance and intelligence for this blog: not as clever as the people who aren't just commenting to sell O2 concentrators, but good enough that I let them through the filter. But two advertising-linked comments on on entry is enough.