Wildfire smoke can be just as harmful to pets as it is to people. Living in an area where wildfires are a common occurrence, it is important to know how to best protect ourselves and our pets during times of heavy smoke and hazardous air quality.
If you feel the effects of smoke, chances are your furry and feathered friends do too. Smoke can cause your pets to experience; burning eyes, congestion and lung damage.
Steps to Help Keep Your Pet Safe
Reduce your pet’s exposure to smoke as much as possible and follow the tips below to help keep them safe during times of hazardous air quality:
- Keep pets inside as much as possible
- Keep doors and windows closed
- Use air filters to help keep indoor air clean and free of particulates
- Let dogs and cats outside only briefly to go to the bathroom
- Have an evacuation plan in place for your family and pets in case of emergency
- Be sure you have an evacuation kit for your pets that includes; ID tags with contact information, collars, leashes, any needed medications, food, water and litter for cats
- Sign up for emergency alerts in your area: https://www.nevadafireinfo.org/emergency-alerts
- Update your pet’s license and microchip
- Plan where to stay with your pet in case you are ever evacuated
Signs that Your Pet is in Distress
- Trouble breathing
- Coughing or gagging
- Red, watery eyes
- Fatigue, weakness, disorientation or stumbling
- Reduced appetite
If your pet is exhibiting any of the symptoms listed above, contact your Veterinarian.