Air Quality and Your Pets

Everyone in Central Oregon is talking about the local forest fires. It seems that lately we just can’t catch a break on smoke from the fires and extreme heat. As we head into fall we hope the smoke will dissipate, and our hardworking firefighters will get fire under control. Until then, we’re all worried about our respiratory health, and we should be worried about our pets as well.

Pet Health

While there’s a low chance of your pet having respiratory problems just from smoke in the air, it’s still a good idea to keep an eye on them. Even if your pet has a cardiovascular or respiratory condition, they’re not likely to have many problems. Be sure to monitor them, and make sure their condition doesn’t get worse. If you leave your pets outside during the day, it might be best to find another solution for the time being. Limiting their exposure to the smoke can’t hurt.

When it’s this smoky outside, it’s best to limit the amount of strenuous exercise for you and your pet. You use your nasal passages, mucus lining, cilia and immune cells in your lungs to process smoke, and so does your pet.  Your eyes also have to work to clear any matter that gets in your eyes or irritates them, and your furry friend is the same way.

Existing Conditions

If your dog or cat does have any respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, it’s important to take it easy. Take them on shorter walks, and avoid smokier times of the day, as well as hot times of the day. Try to avoid playing with them when they’re outside, if it’s really smoky. It might be best to limit your trips to the park, and your walks around the block if conditions become really bad. Try finding some new indoor toys or games to play with your pup or cat to keep them exercised and entertained.

Let them take as many naps as they want. While it’s not advised to keep your pets indoors without exercise all the time, a few days won’t harm them. If the smoke is bothering you during your walk to the park, chances are it’s going to bother your pet as well.

It’s good to note that any pets with eye medication should be careful. Because smoke does irritate eyes, you may need to apply eye medication more frequently. Talk to your Bend Oregon Veterinarian and see what they recommend for the care of your pet, and if they recommend changing the dosage.

Take Away

While the smoke is unlikely to have any long-term repercussions for your pet, it’s still best to take it easy, limit your time outside, and keep an eye on them. If the conditions are deterring you from spending time outside, chances are your pet feels the same.

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