The wildfires in our area have eroded air quality significantly, and that doesn’t just hurt humans. Animals can suffer health problems as well from breathing smoky air over time, especially those who already have some respiratory or cardiac issues. Watch your pet for signs of smoke irritation like coughing, gagging, nasal discharge, fatigue, and reduced appetite.
If the air quality where you live is being affected by smoke from wildfires or any source, here are some tips to keep your pet breathing easy:
- Pets and birds should be kept indoors with windows shut
- Avoid long or intense outdoor exercise during times when air quality is low
- Watch pets with cardiovascular or respiratory issues closely for signs of distress
- Include pets in evacuation planning if you live close to a wildfire-prone area
If you suspect your pet is having problems with the smoke, please don’t hesitate to contact us.