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Smoke injuries taking a toll on pets

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Diana Crawford
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Dogs and cats are also victims of Sunday's fire, and while owners locate lost pets, they're finding yet another problem. Some animals are suffering from the heat and smoke of the blaze.

Veterinary clinics across Amarillo are filling up fast with pets suffering from smoke inhalation and other fire related injuries.

A local vet tells us the problem is easily curable for the most part. The animal is given oxygen and then antibiotics. Anti-inflammatory medication is also prescribed to help with the swelling. Dr. Webb says if the problem is severe, breathing treatments are provided. She says, "The biggest problem that these guys have that we've seen, with smoke inhalation just like people, is they get a lot of carbon monoxide poison basically and heat from the fire depending on how close they were, heat injuries to their airways."

If the animal was trapped for an extended time, she says smoke inhalation could have more long term effects. If it's a mild case however, it should be resolved within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are still looking for your pet, send a photo and your contact information to epics@newschannel10.com