Keeping Your Pets Safe from Wildfire Smoke

Black longhaired dog looking at staff member while getting an exam

With the increasing prevalence of wildfires in many regions, the accompanying smoke poses a significant risk to the health and well-being of our beloved pets. By following these guidelines, you can help minimize the potential health risks and provide a healthier environment for your pets.

Stay indoors

Limit your pet’s time outdoors, especially when the air quality is particularly poor. Consider taking dogs for walks in stores that allow pets.

Monitor Your Pet for Smoke-Related Health Concerns

Poor air quality can impact your pet’s health and could potentially cause coughing, lethargy, and decreased appetite.

Stay Informed

Keep track of local air quality updates and wildfire information from reliable sources such as local authorities, environmental agencies, and meteorological services. Sign up for emergency alerts and notifications to stay informed about evacuation orders or other safety measures.

Create a Safe Indoor Environment

Keep windows and doors closed to prevent smoke from entering your home. Utilize air purifiers to help remove smoke particles from the indoor air. Designate a clean, smoke-free room or area where your pet can retreat to if needed.

Keep Pets Hydrated

Encourage your pets to drink plenty of fresh water to stay hydrated, as smoke inhalation can cause throat and respiratory irritation. Monitor their water intake and refill bowls regularly.

By staying informed, minimizing outdoor exposure, creating a safe indoor environment, and prioritizing your pet’s well-being, you can help protect them from the harmful effects of wildfire smoke. Remember to seek professional veterinary advice if needed and continue to monitor the air quality.