Tips to Protect Your Pet from Wildfire Smoke

Tips to Protect Your Pet from Wildfire Smoke

Here are tips from the US EPA to protect the health of your pets from wildfire smoke:

Smoke can irritate your pet’s eyes and respiratory tract. Animals with heart or lung disease and older pets are especially at risk from smoke and should be closely watched during all periods of poor air quality.

If your animals have any of these signs, call your veterinarian:

• Coughing or gagging

• Red or watery eyes, nasal discharge, inflammation of throat or mouth or reluctance to eat hard foods

• Trouble breathing, including open-mouth breathing, more noise when breathing, or fast breathing

• Fatigue or weakness, disorientation, uneven gait, stumbling

• Reduced appetite or thirst

Recommended Actions

Even if the fire danger is not imminent, high levels of smoke may force you to stay indoors for a long time or even to evacuate.

Reduce your pet’s exposure to smoke as you would reduce your own.

When smoke is present:

• Keep pets indoors as much as you can, with doors and windows closed. Bring outdoor pets into a room with good ventilation, like a utility room, garage, or bathroom. Move potentially dangerous products, such as pesticides, out of the reach of pets.

• Smoke is especially tough on your pet birds. Keep them inside when smoke is present.

• Keep indoor air clean: do not fry or broil foods, vacuum, burn candles, use a fireplace or wood stove, or smoke tobacco products. These activities add particles to your home.

• Spend less time outdoors and limit physical activities when it is smoky. For example, when it’s smoky, it’s not a good time for you and your pet to go for a run.

Let dogs and cats outside only for brief bathroom breaks if air quality alerts are in effect.

Hope you and your pets stay healthy.

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