Protect Your Pets From Poor Air Quality

Protect Your Pets From Poor Air Quality

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The East Coast and Midwest are bracing for another wave of smoke and plummeting air quality reports because of the Canadian wildfires. Poor air quality impacts not only people but their pets too.

Here are four simple ways to keep pets safe during times of compromised air quality.

  1. Consider your pet’s risk level – older dogs, birds, and brachycephalic dog breeds such as pugs, bulldogs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and boxers are most at risk.
  2. Limit your exposure to outside air – take shorter walks, walk during the coolest parts of the day (to prevent your pet from inhaling more air while panting). recirculate the air in your car and keep your home and car windows shut when it’s safe to.
  3. Limit additional particulates – Per the CDC, avoid burning candles, having bonfires, smoking, and frying foods in your home until air quality improves.
  4. Watch your pet for signs of distress – Call your veterinarian if your pet is:
  • Not eating or drinking
  • Disoriented
  • Has irritated eyes
  • Having difficulty breathing

PetMedic is Here to Help

If your pet is experiencing any sign of distress this weekend, please call the PetMedic near you for extended day urgent care. We hope you and your family stay safe!

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Angelika Demers, CVT

Clinical Supervisor

Angelika started her animal health career in 2014 when she attended the University of Maine Augusta, Bangor campus, for Veterinary Technology. She graduated in early 2018 and became a Certified Veterinary Technician later that year. Her internship, and first veterinary field job, was at the MSPCA Angell in Boston, where she discovered her interest in emergency medicine. Throughout the years, she has continued to advance her knowledge in the field of emergency medicine, but also in cultivating relationships with patients and clients alike to offer the best quality care. Outside of work she likes hanging out with her cat, Mew, spending time outdoors, watching game shows, and photography.