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26 July 2019

Pets can suffer from poor air quality

Pets can suffer from poor air quality

As irritating as smoke can be to people, it can cause health problems for animals as well. Smoke from wildfires and other large blazes affects pets, horses, livestock and wildlife. If you can see or feel the effects of smoke yourself, you also should take precautions to keep your animals – both pets and livestock – safe.

Both dogs and cats are at risk of respiratory issues, and doctors say certain animals are at heightened risk, especially puppies and older dogs, pets with asthma and bronchitis, and dogs with rounder faces and shorter noses (like bulldogs and Boston terriers).

Here are some tips to keep your pets safe:

☆ Keep pets indoors with the windows closed
☆ Use air conditioning to further filter the air, if possible
☆ Outdoor bathroom breaks should be kept short
☆ Avoid prolonged exercise
☆ Keep pets well hydrated

Owners should seek immediate veterinary care for their pets if they show any of symptoms. Signs of respiratory stress include:

☆ Difficulty breathing
☆ Unusual or excessive coughing, sneezing, vomiting or loss of appetite
☆ Swelling or inflammation of the mouth, eyes, skin or upper airway
☆ Open-mouthed breathing, especially in cats
☆ Weakness/lethargy
☆ Uncoordinated walking/unable to stand
☆ Increased salivation

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