The smog first hit Singapore 15 June 2013 and since then, the PSI level as hovered around the 100. The highest recorded for this year is 290 on 19 June 2013.
“There have not been any animals brought in for health complications due to the haze but if this continues, cats with asthma or dogs with skin allergies or eye problems could be affected, “ said Dr Lim Kiah Doon from The Animal Doctors clinic.
What can you do?
Dogs still need their daily exercise. However, the haze can complicate matters, especially for pets with breathing problems (this includes breeds such as French Bull Terriers) and overweight canines. Dr Lim also says strenuous activities should be minimised, “For now, Agility should be shelved till the haze clears up. Walks should also not last longer than 20 minus.
Here at pets, we think it would be prudent if a check on the PSI level is done before heading out with your pet. NEA has a dedicated page which monitors the haze situation every hour here: http://app2.nea.gov.sg/anti-pollution-radiation-protection/air-pollution/psi
Even Sentosa Island is barely visible!
Here are some things you can do after coming home:
- Using a wet wipe or damp cloth, wipe Fido down to get allergens out of their coats. Though you cannot remove them fully, this could help animals who have existing allergies.
- If your furkid seems to have irritants in his or her eyes, use a little saline to flush them out.
- Should there be excessive coughing, sneezing or abnormal discharge from the eyes, seek veterinary attention immediately.
The haze and our furry friends
- Irritation of nose and throat
- Increased mucous production
- Tendency to cough
- Eye irritation; redness and discharge
- Lung problems which can lead to bronchitis and asthma
- Skin irritation such as rashes
Additional info courtesy of The Animal Doctors and Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital