The smoke in our air from wildfires creates magnificent sunrises and sunsets, but it can bother cats and dogs. We’ve seen more pets with asthma-like symptoms in the past few weeks.
Pets’ reactions to smoke are similar to what is seen in humans; their airways can be particularly reactive to smoke and other airborne irritants.
Please keep a close eye on your pets.
You may find it helpful to keep them indoors (except for bathroom breaks, of course) and keep the windows shut. Exercise your pet outdoors when the smoke has settled.
When your pet has difficulty breathing…
Learn more about the signs of difficult breathing in pets at Pet Health Network.
Some key points from the article:
- Difficulty breathing is not the same as a shortness of breath
- Signs a pet shows when they are having difficulty breathing
- Look-alike issues that may be causing difficult breathing
- How your veterinarian can help your pet breathe
- The prognosis for difficult breathing
If you’re concerned, seek medical attention before any major problems occur.