Air Quality Alert: Protecting Your Pets

////Air Quality Alert: Protecting Your Pets

With the current wildfires in Canada creating dangerously poor air quality throughout the Northeastern United States, it is important to remember to keep our pets indoors in these extreme conditions.

Just like in humans, animals with respiratory or cardiac issues should be closely watched during this time. High levels of smoke are dangerous for all pets and pet owners should reduce their exposure to it as much as possible. The EPA recommends the following tips to keep your pet safe.

  • Keep indoor pets indoors with doors and windows closed.
  • Bring outdoor pets into a room with good ventilation, such as a utility room or garage. Be sure to keep pesticides and other hazardous products often found in such rooms out of reach from the pets.
  • If pets must go outside for bathroom breaks, keep it as brief as possible and wipe down your pet’s fur with a damp cloth when they return.
  • Keep indoor air clean by using a portable air cleaner or filter. Refrain from burning candles that may add more particles to the air.

Here are a few signs to look out for that might indicate your pet is having trouble. If your pet has any of these symptoms, please consult your veterinarian.

  • Coughing or gagging
  • Difficulty breathing, including open mouth breathing and increased noise when breathing; asthma-like symptoms and/or increased breathing rate
  • Eye irritation and excessive watery eyes
  • Inflammation of the throat or mouth
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Disorientation or stumbling
  • Reduced appetite and/or thirst