We all know that everyone is getting more agitated every day because of all the haze from the forest fire. We get it that wearing a mask every day, getting itchy eyes, and red eyes is a bother but we shouldn’t forget about our fur kid that might be suffering quietly too. The respiratory system handles two of your pet’s most important bodily functions: breathing and cooling, this is why you shouldn’t put a mask in that boopy nose because that can result in heatstroke in pet (we all don’t want that). This article will give you some extra insight into what and how haze can be affecting your pet.
What Are The Signs Of Respiratory Distress in Dogs and Cats?
Do you know the number of pets getting respiratory distress at the vet clinic is increased because of the haze season? If you are worried that your dog or cat might be having acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), you should know about it.
ARDS or acute respiratory distress syndrome is a sudden failure of the pet’s respiratory system caused by severe inflammation, in this case, is caused by inhalation of dust and smoke (irritant) that harms the lungs continuously and will cause pneumonia or lung’s inflammation. Inside your pet’s lungs, there are air cells, and the smoke can cause them to collapse, making our pets difficult to breathe.
What are the signs? DiamondBack Drugs Company listed all the symptoms your pets might be showing:
- Extreme difficulty breathing
- Coughing and sneezing
- Loss of appetite
- Nasal discharge
- Bluish colored skin (cyanosis)
- Red and swelled eyes
- Strong odor from the ears
- Coffee ground-like discharge in the ear
- Unable to stand
- Open-mouthed breathing (especially for cats)
How To Take Care of Pets During Haze Season?
- Keep pets indoors as much as possible. The air outside is bad for their lungs, especially in the haze season like this. If you own a dog that has to go pee or poo outside while walking, keep the walk brief and fast.
- Use an air filter or air conditioner near them. Keep the fan running for them even when you’re away. This will be good for air circulation.
- If the pet is outdoors, we suggest you put them indoors. If you can, put them at your family or friend’s house that have better air quality.
- Provide fresh water every day, with ice cubes to cool them down. Change the water daily because the dust and smoke are everywhere in the air, and they can contaminate the water too. Proper water intake will reduce the pet’s blood viscosity (thickness) and will help it to regulate heat.
- Do not smoke or vape near them, the air is bad enough as it is. Be considerate to your pet’s lung because the smaller the animals are the greater the risk of smoke inhalation due to their smaller lung capacity.
- Keep pet’s eye drops on hand to relieve itchy eyes.
- Check on them every day for signs of illness or discomfort, especially near the eyes and nose
Our pets can’t talk and tell us that they are in pain, if you suspect that your pet may be in pain or breathing differently than normal, don’t delay and go to the vet right away.