Oxygen for Dogs: Portable Oxygen Therapy for Our Canine Friends

Using a portable oxygen therapy, or any oxygen therapy for your dog should be treated just like any kind of oxygen therapy that a human patient would use. A veterinarian would determine whether or not your dog would need oxygen therapy. If need be, he or she would prescribe the amount of oxygen your dog needs.

You should never change your pet’s oxygen dosage without your vet telling you to, and you have to make sure that the oxygen is properly administered to your dog.

Why Do Dogs Require Oxygen Therapy?

Like us, our pets absorb oxygen through the lungs from the air-inhaled and then it gets transferred to the bloodstream. The heart circulates the oxygen-carrying blood to the rest of the body. This ensures proper oxygen saturation. The oxygen saturation can be checked by attaching a pulse oximeter to your pet’s paw, ear, or tail. A low oxygen level may cause hypoxia in dogs and oxygen level less than 93% should trigger oxygen therapy to provide the supplemental oxygen needed.

A dog would need oxygen therapy for various reasons including:

  • Difficulty in Breathing
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Fluid Buildup
  • Lung Cancer
  • Post-Surgery
  • Other Cardiovascular or Pulmonary issues

Oxygen Therapy Solutions for Dogs

If your dog is very sick, you can help make its life more comfortable by getting it something to increase the oxygen intake. There are mini oxygen conserver tanks that can be provided for our canine friends who need it, but you'll have to get one from your veterinarian. Using one that is too large, or on too high of a setting can be harmful to your pet – yes, more than required oxygen-flow is also troublesome. This is why it is so important to stick with the setting prescribed by your vet.

There are several techniques to deliver supplemental oxygen. It could be through a dog oxygen mask or cannula. You might also be wondering how you would keep a nasal cannula or face mask on your dog intact. A neck cone will help stop him from pawing at the tubing and will prevent him from removing or damaging any of the parts with his teeth or paws. A surgical tape will help hold the nasal cannula in place. Just make sure you change the tape every day and clean out the tubing. You need to clean it every day; bacteria can quickly begin to form in the tubing. Your vet will likely show you how to attach the tape and keep the tubing clean.

Oxygen for Dogs: Administering Oxygen Therapy to Dogs and Canine Friends

Oxygen can also be provided through an oxygen cage, chamber or tent, through intubation, or by using an oxygen hood for a dog. Please consult with your vet the preferred method, level and duration of oxygen therapy for your dog.

The source of oxygen can be an oxygen tank, home oxygen concentrator or portable oxygen concentrator. The home oxygen concentrators for dogs are stationary devices for in-home usage, continuous oxygen flow and are low on budget. Whereas, portable ones, as the name suggests, are battery-operated mobile devices which can be carried outside. The concentrators make their own oxygen and do not require a refill.

Your dog can use a simple strap-like carry bag so they can carry around their oxygen tank or concentrator when they go outside or walk to their food bowl.

You might start to notice that your dog has gotten a little more energetic, like its old healthy self. This is because the proper amount of oxygen is being distributed throughout its body, and its muscles and organs can function more normally.

Being able to provide a sick dog with portable oxygen therapy is very helpful because he or she will be able to get up and move around and will likely feel more inclined to after using oxygen therapy for a while. Depending on the diagnosis, your dog might even be able to recover much more quickly, or at least be able to live a somewhat normal life, despite its illness.

We know how much our pets mean to us and we are willing to help by providing state-of-the-art oxygen devices. Our knowledgeable and experienced Oxygen Specialist can help you determine the appropriate oxygen concentrator to meet your pet's needs.

Related Information

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Information on this page is for reference and educational purposes only. For more information about talk to your veterinarian.

Updated: February 28, 2020
Published: August 25, 2014

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

80 thoughts on “Oxygen for Dogs: Portable Oxygen Therapy for Our Canine Friends”

  • Rachel

    My dog is on oxygen and he is doing great!

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    • marcy anderson
      marcy anderson March 27, 2015 at 2:50 am

      when did you get the Oxygen tank for him?

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      • I care

        how did you get a tank

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      • Pat Frasca

        My dog has some sort of breathing problem which may or may not be caused by Lung cancer. I have an oxygen concentrator, what can I purchase to help her with her breathing?

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        • Margaret Goodman
          Margaret Goodman May 3, 2018 at 7:00 am

          Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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          • Tom

            I have Yorkie who has CHF and just went through a bad episode. Vet put him on oxygen and most of his breathing and vitals improved drastically. After 12 hours away from oxygen, he seems to have started to get worse again. I’m interested in an Oxygen Therapy/Tank. Please contact.

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            • Margaret Goodman
              Margaret Goodman July 17, 2018 at 10:21 am

              Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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              • Bob

                Hi. My dog is also diagnosed with CHF and after pxygen therapy at the vet partnered with some diuretics and vaso-dilators my dog’s breathing improved. I’m also interested in purchasing one for my dog. Please contact in your earliest convenience.

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                • Margaret Goodman
                  Margaret Goodman January 21, 2019 at 4:11 am

                  I have passed along your information to one of our oxygen specialists. To best assist you, please provide a phone number. You may also contact us at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]
                  We look forward to helping you.

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  • Veronica Guzman
    Veronica Guzman October 23, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    HI I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW I CAN GET AN OXYGEN FOR MY DOG , HE BAS CONGESTUVE HEART FAILURE AND DIFFICULT BREATHING

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Veronica. We will have someone reach out to you regarding your request.

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      • Ashley Neuben
        Ashley Neuben March 4, 2018 at 4:51 pm

        My dog has congestive heart failure as well. How can I get a tank? Please let me know!

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        • Margaret Goodman
          Margaret Goodman March 6, 2018 at 8:04 am

          Thank you for your inquiry, Ashley. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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    • Kelly

      How and where can o get portable oxygen for my dog ? Please let me know otherwise I have to put her down .

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      • Danielle Jason

        Thank you for your comment, Kelly. We have worked with many patients and their pets. Feel free to give one of our Oxygen Specialists a call at 877-774-9271 for immediate assistance. I have also passed along your information and a representative will reach out regarding your request.

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    • Maria louisa leine
      Maria louisa leine November 4, 2017 at 4:39 am

      Hi how can my daughter get an oxygen for her dog, he has congestive heart failure

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      • Danielle Jason

        Thank you for comment, Maria. I will pass along your information to one of our Oxygen Specialists who will reach out to you regarding your request. For more immediate assistance, feel free to reach out to us directly via 877-774-9271.

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  • Alexandra N Maxx
    Alexandra N Maxx November 3, 2017 at 7:25 am

    How do I get one for my dog? He has CHF and lung cancer and this would be wonderful

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Alexandra. We here at American Medical have provided many a furry friend with an oxygen concentrator. I have passed along your information to one of our Oxygen Specialists. If you'd like immediate assistance you can reach them via 877-774-9271.

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  • Joe Newton

    I'm going to call the number but was wondering if you could say how much something like this costs?

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Joe. The cost of the machine depends on which style of machine is required. Costs vary based on brand, medical setting requirements, weight, and more. If you'd like you can reach out to one of our specialists who can walk you through these questions to determine which unit is right for your situation and provide you the price. You can reach our specialists via [email protected] or at 877-774-9271.

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  • eileen

    I had to put my dog down 4 days ago because I was told she needed oxygen therapy and the cost would be $1,500 a day!! I am heartbroken.

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  • LoLisa Bradford

    How do I get one for my dog? He has CHF and fluid in the lungs this would be wonderful for him

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment. I have passed along your information to one of our Oxygen Specialists who will reach out shortly regarding your request.

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  • Dalia Elgebeily

    I live in Dubai UAE and my dog 12 years old has CHF I wonder if you can courier to UAE.

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  • Iona

    Have a cat the needs Oxygen. If some one can email me a price list and accessories list of everything I will need. Thank you

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your inquiry, Iona. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 877-774-9271 or if you prefer email [email protected]

      Reply
  • Delilah Mechelle Church
    Delilah Mechelle Church February 19, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Can one buy a oxygen machine for your dog

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  • SUZANNE M BECOTTE
    SUZANNE M BECOTTE March 2, 2018 at 3:13 am

    Can you please email me information for my dog, Cavalier King Charlesvwho is medium size and has mitral heart problems and needs periodic oxygen

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman March 6, 2018 at 6:26 am

      Thank you for your inquiry, Suzanne. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 877-774-9271 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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  • Suzanna

    Need oxygen set up for my chihuahua with late stage CHF!!!!

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman March 12, 2018 at 7:53 am

      Thank you for your inquiry, Suzanna. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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    • Antoinette

      I made my own oxygen mask with a funnel latex glove and duct tape. My mom has a oxygen compressor makes its own air..i administer it to my dog..1200 a day is stupod the vets make it hard on people..just gotta be resourceful..my dog doing great

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  • Andrew

    Our yellow lab 11 yrs old has PNEUMONIA with fluids in his lungs. At vet on oxygen. Tried several times to take off oxygen. He lasts about 6 hours then has to go back on oxygen. Would love to get information.

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman April 10, 2018 at 3:40 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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    • Karine

      my yellow lab has the pneumonia and currently at hospilatization, he is 7 months alomost and had difficulty to breath without the Oxygen. Do you have the machine that we can use from home and to make him survice? thanks

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      • Sanket Jain

        I have passed along your information to an Oxygen Specialist who will reach out regarding your request. Also, we can quickly answer all your questions over a phone call. Please reach us out at 888-387-5914.

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  • Veronica Hernandez
    Veronica Hernandez April 28, 2018 at 2:39 am

    Can I please get prices for an oxygen machine for a small dog that has CHF. Thank you!

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman April 30, 2018 at 7:49 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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  • Hanna

    Please email me a cost of oxygen machine for a 5lb dog.

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman May 22, 2018 at 5:16 am

      One of our oxygen specialists will be reaching out to you shortly. If in the meantime you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

      Reply
  • Suzie

    Our Yorkie has pneumonia (2nd time) and May need oxygen again. Can you please advise the cost of oxygen. Do you have tents?

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman May 23, 2018 at 8:08 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

      Reply
  • Colleen

    Would an oxygen concentrator work for a change in altitude? We are moving to Colorado and the elevation is 7,000. We have an English Bulldog

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman June 18, 2018 at 6:35 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

      Reply
  • Jennifer

    How much is it for a small dog with chf and/ or trachea issues

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman June 18, 2018 at 6:29 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

      Reply
  • Chasity

    I have a dog with advancing primary lung cancer. I would like more information on oxygen therapy. Thanks

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    • Margaret Goodman

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

      Reply
  • ROsemary Lindemann
    ROsemary Lindemann October 12, 2018 at 6:28 am

    MY CHIA HAS AN ENLARGED HEART THAT APPPEARS (ON FILMS) to be pushing up on breathing vessel to heart and lungs. I have been referred to specialist but she gets so worked up, i am afraid she might not make it. Terrible car dog. Gets ALL WORKED UP AND GIVES HERSELF AN PANIC AND TURNS BLUE---TOO MUCH STRUGGLE!!!! hELP, WHERE DO i GET A pORTABLE OXYGEN TANK. ???

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman October 12, 2018 at 10:05 am

      Hi Rosemary, please give our oxygen specialist a call and they can help you get the correct machine for your dog. They can be reached at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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  • Kristina L

    My dog has congestive heart failure as well. How can I get a tank? Please let me know!

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman October 29, 2018 at 7:52 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

      Reply
  • Bill Thweatt

    12-3-18
    I have a 14 year old Boston Terrier who has health and life threatening bronchial, respiratory and lung issues. Please provide me guidance as to who to contact within your organization so they can provide the appropriate information to me as to how I can help my Boston Terrier enjoy a good quality life for her remaining time with me. Thank you for your assistance and timely response. God bless!!

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman December 6, 2018 at 7:37 am

      Please feel free to give us a call at 888-360-9628. One of our oxygen specialists would be happy to assist you.

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  • Elaine Reeder

    How do I get an oxygen tank for my dog that has CHF?

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman January 14, 2019 at 8:16 am

      Please give us a call at 888-360-9628, and one of our oxygen specialists would be \happy to assist you. We look forward to helping you

      Reply
  • Mary Hancock

    I have a small Yorkie aged 9. She had the Kennel cough vaccine in 2016 but was unfortunately allergic to it and developed Kennel cough. This has unfortunately started to destroy the small vessels taking oxygen to her lungs causing coughing episodes which are becoming more frequent. She has oxygen periodically at the vets which does help. Could you please email me costs etc. Many thanks Mary

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  • Brenda Landers

    My 12 yr old Daschunds has stage 4 heart mummer and just spent 2 days in oxygen tent at local Vet Hospital, with diagnosis of CHF with fluid build up around heart. The prognosis is possible a year before the last stages. The oxygen could be a life saver for him. Please provide me more information and cost involved in acquiring.

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  • Paula bonser
    Paula bonser May 7, 2019 at 3:35 am

    Goimg to high alltitude. .. colorado in june. Dog has enlarged heart and breathing problems and occas passes out. Can oxygen help on the trip. Will be there for 5 to 7 days.

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    • Ed Rodgers

      Hi. I think that is a question for your veterinarian. Like humans, higher altitudes can impact breathing but for dogs coming to elevation and the impact is left to the professionals to answer.

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  • Oxygen4pets.com
    Oxygen4pets.com June 4, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Just call Oxygen4pets.com 813 770 7958
    We ship the 02 machine with a clear ICU cage
    We are the ONLY providers in the United States

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  • Shelly Blair

    I have a 2.8 pound poodle that has collapsing trachea. And has a hard time breathing. I’m looking for an oxygen tent and amount of oxygen he should be receiving.

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  • Rocco

    How much ‰ of oxygen should I give my 24 lb beagle with CHF? I have a regular oxygen machine for humans which can regulate % of oxygen up to 93%.

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  • jessica diaz

    My puppy needs oxygen to help breathe. Where can I get oxygen?

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  • Cathy

    Would like more info. Thank you.

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  • JENNIFER L HENSLEY
    JENNIFER L HENSLEY August 14, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    My 10-1/2 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was diagnosed with a heart murmur a few months ago and, since then, on occasion, he seems to have difficulty breathing. Today, I took him to the emergency vet where they administered oxygen to him which seems to have helped immensely. I'm wondering if that would be something for me to consider having at home for these type of occasions. I don't have a lot of money but would be willing to work something out if it keeps him healthy for a few more years.

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  • Sylvia Calderon

    I have a 6 lbs Pomeranian who was diagnosed w/ heart murmur & enlarged heart. She had difficulty breathing esp at night. How much is your smallest portable oxygen machine got my dog?

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  • Suzanne lee

    My 14 yr old Yorkie has CHF with fluid in lungs and is in renal failure for 2 wks now per blood work... because of her age and only 3.4 lbs has lost weight this year from 5 lbs all her life to 3.4 and not gaining.. is her time almost up or would taking her into a emergency clinic and put on oxygen in tank for 3 days help her to where all she will need is maybe heart meds after that or will she need oxygen the rest of her life

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  • ann

    I have a chihuahua who has a blood clot to the lung. i have the tank but i dont have the oxygen the he really needs. where do i buy a concentrator that doesnt cost an arm and a leg.

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    • Sanket Jain

      We have some gently used machines in our inventory and we do offer some great financing plans. We are happy to answer any questions you have, please give us a call at 877-644-4581.

      Reply
  • Dawn

    I have a premature litter of puppies and I currently have medical oxygen tanks that I rent and use, but I would like to replace with concentrator. Do you have any available now?

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    • Sanket Jain

      Yes, we have home oxygen concentrators that will serve your needs. We can quickly answer all your questions over a phone call. Please reach us out at 888-387-5914. We are open seven days a week.

      Reply

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