COLUMBUS, Ohio – Emergency responders in Ohio could provide certain medical treatment to injured pets under legislation that has cleared the Ohio House.
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The bill passed on a vote of 89-0 Wednesday. It would allow certain emergency personnel to provide an injured dog or cat with some medical services, such as “mouth to snout,” while responding to fires or other emergencies. The responders also could control any bleeding and bandage the animal before it’s transferred to a veterinarian for further treatment.
Sponsoring Rep. Tim Ginter, a Salem Republican, said some EMTs and others are unsure if they can provide basic care to a dog or cat while on the scene. He said the measure helps clear up any confusion.
The measure now heads to the Senate for consideration.