Like humans, our pets can also be affected by the haze. As animals have an increased sensitivity to foreign particles, the constant exposure to a polluted and smoky environment may lead to health issues such as the following:
- 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
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. Check the PSI level (here) before heading out with your pet. Avoid going out if the readings exceed 100. For dogs which are housetrained outdoors, strenuous activities should be minimised and walks should also not last longer than 20 minutes.
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.
Don't forget to play with your pet.
While the haze may have dampen your plans to head out with Fido, staying indoors does not mean doing nothing. Why not teach him a new trick or two, play a game of indoor fetch or play a few rounds of hide-and-seek? Besides expending Rover's energy, it will help to strengthen your bond with him too.
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