How might the smoke from a forest fire affect your pet?

By July 11, 2017Uncategorized

 

With the unfortunate fire situation in the central part of BC the air in Vernon has become hazy and filled with smoke. We hear the warnings concerning air quality for us, but do we necessarily consider how it may affect our pets. For pets with a healthy immune system there is little concern. They have a mechanism in place for filtering particulates in the air and flushing irritants from the eyes. It is still advised to keep them indoors and avoid any strenuous exercising. It is a different story for pets with respiratory or cardiovascular disease or eye conditions such as “dry eye” keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Poor air quality will greatly affect pets with these conditions. Monitor your pet for symptoms like coughing, rapid or difficulty breathing, eye redness, irritation or discharge. Avoid stressful situations and keep your pet in a calm, serene area. If your pet is on medication for asthma, bronchitis or an eye condition talk to your veterinarian if there are any changes in their condition

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