Outdoor Air Quality and Your Dog

Dog looking out a window

Outdoor air quality is an important factor to consider whenever you plan adventures for your dog. Strenuous activity during periods of poor air quality can impact your dog as much as it does you. Canadian wildfires have triggered air quality alerts over much of the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. It is advised that you limit your outdoor exposure, and the same is true for dogs. 

How to protect your dog

  1. Limit outdoor activity to going potty.
  2. Avoid intense activity outside. There is plenty of time for exercise after the dust settles.
  3. Keep windows and doors closed.

Symptoms of distress due to exposure

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) advises you to consult your veterinarian if your dog displays any of these signs or symptoms:

  • Coughing or gagging
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Eye irritation, including excessive watering
  • Inflammation of the throat or mouth
  • Nasal discharge
  • Asthma-like symptoms
  • Increased breathing rate
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Disorientation or stumbling
  • Reduced appetite and/ or thirst

 Stay healthy, friends!

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