Pets can get sick from wildfire smoke – How to keep them safe
As New Jersey is choked by the wildfire smoke billowing in from Canada, we are being told to stay inside and keep doors and windows closed.
But what out our pets who have to go outside to do their business?
Dogs, cats and other pets can be seriously impacted by the toxic particulate contained in the wildfire smoke, and veterinarians are cautioning about letting them spend too much time outside.
Dr. Matt Spiegle of Vetster urges pet parents to minimize your pet's exposure to smoke by keeping them indoors as much as possible.
When you do have to allow your pet outside for potty breaks, make them brief, and bring them back inside quickly.
Safeguard your home/Safeguard your pets
Dr. Spiegle also recommends the following:
🔺 Keep windows and doors closed to prevent smoke from entering your home. Ensure that there are no gaps or openings where smoke can seep in.
🔺Consider using air purifiers with HEPA filters to improve indoor air quality. These filters can help remove smoke particles and other pollutants from the air, providing a safer environment for your pets.
🔺Avoid or minimize outdoor activities, such as walks or playtime, during times when smoke levels are high.
How do I know if my pet is sick?
Just like humans, our pets can get sick if they are exposed to heavy smoke for an extended period of time, but you may not recognize the signs that something is wrong.
These are the signs to look for:
🔺Disorientation or stumbling
🔺Fatigue or weakness
🔺Reduced appetite and/or thirst
If you notice any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.
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