Exposure to fires and wildfires means exposure to smoke. If your dog has inhaled a lot of smoke, you may be worried about adverse effects. Here’s what you need to know about the subject.
If smoke inhalation is notably severe or bad, your dog may display certain symptoms, including:
- Breathing difficulty
- Bright red gums
- Rapid breathing
- Noisy breathing
- Eye irritation
- Runny nose
If your dog shows these symptoms 24 hours after inhaling smoke, they may be in danger of pulmonary edema or other issues. Speak to a vet if you notice these symptoms.
Some dogs may not show signs of smoke inhalation trouble until a good deal of time after being exposed to smoke. They may seem normal, and then develop problems later on. Carbon monoxide inhalation is one of the most common ways that this happens.
If a dog is exposed to smoke, get them out of there as soon as possible. Immediately once you’re able, bring them to a vet for oxygen therapy and a thorough examination.
If you are concerned about wildfires or other natural disasters that may lead to smoke production, make sure you’ve set up emergency procedures. It may be a good idea to have someone you can trust agree to come get your dog if you are not home in the event of such an emergency.
If you live in an area with poor air quality, reduce your dog’s time spent outdoors. Find alternative means of exercise to long walks, or purchase a special dog mask.
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