Crews Donate Defibrillators for Animals

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Two local vet hospitals now have a better chance at saving the lives of our furry friends, thanks to the Eugene Fire Department.

Staff at the Springfield Emergency Vet Hospital on Q Street were looking for defibrillators for their four-legged patients, but they were costly. So workers reached out to the fire department for any used and unneeded equipment.

Eugene fire then donated two defibrillators–one for the vet hospital’s Eugene and Springfield locations.

The tool helps with abnormal heart rhythm.

“When they show those rhythms, it has a fairly good success rate as far as converting that to a normal rhythm or just kind of getting rid of that abnormal rhythm. It’s kind of your only realistic treatment option for that,” said Mitchell Fults, Staff Criticalist.

Each used device costs about $1,000.

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