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Dogs, horses and snakes: pet oxygen masks saving lives

Oxygen masks for pets – from dogs and horses to even snakes – are being used to save lives.

The oxygen masks are for dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs and even snakes Credit: PA

Firefighters in Kent have used the masks to aid a horse after a horse box was involved in a crash, and event treated 12 cats and four dogs in one emergency.

A Jack Russell trapped up to its neck in water under a metal grill drain was also given oxygen using the special mask until it could be freed.

Members of the public, businesses, charities and the Duke of Kent have sponsored the £90 masks through not-for-profit organisation Smokey Paws.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service was the first to roll out use of the masks.

They have now been installed on every fire engine and at every fire station in the country.

The oxygen masks have already saved lives Credit: PA

We now have 400 sets of masks at 28 different fire services across the country, but Kent is the one fire service that has really run with the project.

We have small masks for guinea pigs and snakes, medium ones for cats and small dogs and large ones which help big dogs and even horses. Every week they are being used to help save pets' lives.

– Smokey Paws co-founder Brian Lockyer

Firefighters in Kent have also been among the first in the country to get enhanced pet resuscitation training, with a dog manikin used to hone their pet-saving skills.