UI vet student develops trauma kits for K9s


URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - A University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine student has developed medical kits designed for first responders to use on injured police dogs.

Paul Fedyniak has a love for art and painted pet portraits and accepted donations to pay for the medical kits he developed.

He came up with the idea when a new state law took effect that lets ambulances transport injured K9s to the nearest veterinary hospital.

Ambulance crews were already getting some veterinary-emergency training through the UI.

Fedyniak decided to raise money for dog-sized oxygen masks for the ambulances and also develop a full bag of emergency vet supplies.

He has developed two kits, one for ambulances and the for canine officers to carry in their squad cars.

In addition to dog-sized oxygen masks, the kits have muzzles, sterile lubrication, and hair clippers. Clippers are needed to cut dog hair away from a vein for an intravenous treatment.

The kits even have toys that can be offered as a distraction.

Also in the kits are bandages, a clotting agent, a quick-read thermometer, antibiotic ointment, sterile water, and a catheter.

More than $2,000 has been raised for the kits, which cost between $100 and $140 to assemble.

So far, 16 kits have been given to Illinois State Police and Arrow Ambulance.

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