The East Coast and Midwest are bracing for another wave of smoke and plummeting air quality reports because of the Canadian wildfires. Poor air quality impacts not only people but their pets too.
Here are four simple ways to keep pets safe during times of compromised air quality.
- Consider your pet’s risk level – older dogs, birds, and brachycephalic dog breeds such as pugs, bulldogs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and boxers are most at risk.
- Limit your exposure to outside air – take shorter walks, walk during the coolest parts of the day (to prevent your pet from inhaling more air while panting). recirculate the air in your car and keep your home and car windows shut when it’s safe to.
- Limit additional particulates – Per the CDC, avoid burning candles, having bonfires, smoking, and frying foods in your home until air quality improves.
- Watch your pet for signs of distress – Call your veterinarian if your pet is:
- Not eating or drinking
- Has irritated eyes
- Having difficulty breathing
PetMedic is Here to Help
If your pet is experiencing any sign of distress this weekend, please call the PetMedic near you for after-hours care. We hope you and your family stay safe!