About MediK9usa:

MediK9USA was started by veterinarian Paul Fedyniak. Our goal at MediK9USA is to provide canine specific equipment to EMS, Police K9 handlers, and MWD handlers to allow them to safely work with injured K9s.

Since becoming a not-for-profit, MediK9USA has started working towards correcting legislation involving police canines and the laws preventing proper emergency care to be given to them. We have also started creating online guides and tutorials for first-responders that will be available online soon.

Starting in 2018, Illinois Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Paramedics may transport a police K9 injured in the line of duty to a veterinary clinic or similar facility if there are no persons requiring medical attention or transport at that time. Illinois, Mississippi, and New York are the only states that currently allow transportation of police K9s in EMS ambulances. 

About our PRODUCTS: 

MEDIK9 EMS KIT:

Canine Specific Oxygen Mask - Human oxygen masks do not fit the facial features of canines. A canine mask is required to offer supplemented oxygen during transport.
Canine Basket Muzzle - Even highly trained animals can be dangerous when they are in pain. Basket muzzles do not obstruct open-mouth breathing, but protect the paramedics during stabilization. 
Canine Soft Muzzle
Canine Reward Toys - Police K9s are trained based on a reward basis. Most K9s highly desire canine toys used during training. These can be offered as a distraction during simpler stabilization to help keep the paramedics safe. 
Hair Clippers - To provide IV access, an animal's fur must be clipped away from the IV site for sterilization. Fur must also be clipped away to clean wounds. 
Sterile Lubrication - To provide sterility of a wound prior to clipping away the hair. Canine fur can contain pathogens that can further contaminate an open wound during clipping.
Slip-Leash - To provide control if a K9 is found off-leash.
Physical Exam Card- A reference for paramedics to refer to the normal respiratory rate, heart rate, body temperature, and more. 
Basic Stabilization Guides - Printed guides for EMS to reference during stabilization. 
Medical Bag - Keep the supplies organized and easily accessible.

MEDIK9 TRAUMA KIT:

“… the best first-aid kit out there, built to keep our partners safe.”
- Deputy Castellon, Lee County Sheriff’s Office K9 Handler

Offered in IFAK or Rip-Away style packs.

Bandaging supplies - Elastic bandaging tape, cast wrap, conform wrap. These can be used to cover wounds or to stabilize a fracture with a splint.
Clotting agent - Safe, non-painful clotting agent that helps control bleeding. 
Chest seals - An adheasive "bandage" to be placed over a gun-shot or knife wound to help prevent a collapsed lung/pneumothorax. 
Hair clippers - To provide IV access, an animal's fur must be clipped away from the IV site for sterilization. Fur must also be clipped away to clean wounds. 
Sterile Lubrication - To provide sterility of a wound prior to clipping away the hair. Canine fur can contain pathogens that can further contaminate an open wound during clipping.
Exam gloves x2 - Helps prevent contamination while cleaning wounds. 
Soft Muzzle - Even highly trained animals can be dangerous when they are in pain. Police K9 handlers typically own basket muzzles, but do not carry them on their person 24/7.
Quick read thermometer - Working canines are at high risk for heat stroke. It is important to be able to quickly monitor their body temperature. 
Triple antibiotic ointment - Helps prevent contamination of wounds during transporting to a veterinary hospital. 
Fluorescein eye stain - This stain can be used to inspect the surface of the eye for ulcers and scratches. 
Eye Wash - This product can be used for flushing contaminates out of the canine's eye or even flushing wounds. 
22g catheter - Catheters are often used in the emergency treatment of gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV). 
Canine oxygen mask - Human oxygen masks do not fit the facial features of canines. A canine mask is required to offer supplemented oxygen during transport.
Cast bandaging roll - This can be used to create a temporary splint, making the canine more comfortable while being transported to a veterinary hospital. 

Donation stories:

  • 5/2/18 - Five EMS kits were donated to Arrow Ambulance - Carle Hospital, Champaign, IL.

  • 5/2/18 - One trauma kit was donated to the Illinois State Police K9 Unit

  • 5/14/18 - Five trauma kits were donated to the Illinois State Police K9 Unit

  • 5/20/18 - Canine medical supplies (+ canine toys) were donated to the USAF Security Forces

  • 9/18/18 - Three trauma kits were donated to the Menlo Park Police Department, Ca.

  • 10/1/18 - Five trauma kits were donated to Mount Pleasant Police Department, SC

  • 10/1/18 - Two EMS kits were conated to the SWAT tactical medics at Mount Pleasant Police Department, SC

  • 10/2/18 - One trauma kit was donated to Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Fl