Pet advice during an air quality advisory: BC SPCA

BC SPCA is offering advice to pet owners about taking care of pets and precautions worth taking to ensure they are as comfortable as humans while an air quality advisory is in effect, in addition to summer heat.

Many of the same warnings for humans apply for cats, dogs and other animals, according to BC SPCA, including avoidance of vigorous exercise and continuing to stay cool and hydrated.

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Certain animals like cats, can be exposed to smoke by how they groom themselves, with smoke potentially sticking to their hair.

Certain dog breeds are more prone to having issues in smoky conditions, including those that are brachycephalic (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.

When hot and/or smoky outside, it’s best to take a dog out early or late in the day, when the sun isn’t so high, according to BC SPCA. 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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