The nation’s hospitals, facing dire shortages of lifesaving ventilators as the coronavirus outbreak continues, are finding help from an unlikely source: animal doctors and veterinarians.
The country’s largest veterinary schools, animal hospitals and even zoos are offering up ventilators to hospitals that are scrambling to care for a growing number of critically ill coronavirus patients. Similar efforts elsewhere could produce hundreds of machines and save countless lives.
Ventilators used on animals are identical to machines at hospitals, according to several animal doctors and hospital officials. Dogs and cats with pneumonia and other respiratory issues, not unlike their human counter parts, benefit immensely from the breathing machines, which quickly can be repurposed.
Source: This article was provided by ABC News. See pictures of how ventilators are used on dogs, orangutans, tortoise, and jaguars.