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Pets suffer from smoky skies too, says SPCA

Be smoke prepared.
August 23, 2020 - 11:38 AM

As air quality advisories come up across the province due to wildfires, the SPCA says it's worth taking precautions to ensure our pets are as comfortable as humans are in the haze and summer heat.

"When air quality advisories are issued, many of the same warnings for humans tend to apply for cats, dogs and other animals. This would include avoiding any vigorous exercise, and continuing to stay cool and hydrated," the SPCA said in a press release.

"As most animals tend to spend their time closer to ground, they are usually spared – since smoke is likely to hover higher in the air. Certain animals like cats, can be exposed to smoke by they groom themselves, with smoke potentially sticking to their hair."

Certain dog breeds are also more prone to having issues in smoky conditions, the SPCA said.

"One example includes dogs that are brachycephalic – these are dogs with shorter faces. Brachycephalic dogs are already at risk for respiratory complications, so anything that could compromise their breathing could be a serious concern,"  the SPCA said.

They reccomend in conditions where heat and smoke are involved, if you must take your dog outside, it’s best to do so in the hours where the sun isn’t so high – be that early in the morning, or later on in the evening. Animals should always have access to fresh, potable water and plenty of shade, especially if they tend to spend much of their time outside.

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