: Christie Roening, for TAP
The entire West Coast is experiencing one of the most destructive and heart-breaking fire seasons with a whole lot of dangerous smoke. Air quality has reached unhealthy to hazardous conditions in many areas. Keeping your pups safe during wildfire season is just as important as keeping us humans safe!
An Air Quality Index measures the hazardous particles in the air on a scale from 0 – 500, with 0 signifying the best air quality and 500 the worst.
Particulate matter, or PM, is the most concerning pollutant emitted from wildfire smoke. These particles are usually very small and can easily be inhaled into the lungs, causing new respiratory issues or exasperating existing problems.
Check these sites for current air quality data in your area:
Dogs with respiratory illnesses are especially at risk, although smoke and poor air quality can still affect the healthiest of pups. Contact your vet immediately if you notice the below signs:
Remember, even if you don’t see flames, smoke can still cause serious health problems!
Keep your dog indoors while the air quality is unsafe, allowing for brief, outdoor potty breaks. Follow these tips to keep the air clean:
Ensure your pup has plenty of fresh water and food, too keep their health and energy up. Don’t forget about yourself, too!
We hope no one would have to evacuate, although it’s good to be prepared, just in case.
Items to include in a Pet Evacuation Kit are:
Please stay safe! Keep your beloved fur babies indoors during periods of poor air quality and fire danger. And remember, extra snuggle time with your pooch can comfort both of you during these difficult times!