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Summer Heat and Smoke Spell Trouble for Pets

Dense smoke from Canadian wildfires. Temperatures in the 90’s. Humidity off the charts.

If it’s bad for you, it’s worse for your dog.

Poor air quality and high temperatures have been lead stories on the news for weeks now. Both can hurt your dog.

There is good news for dogs waiting for new homes at municipal animal shelters, though. Governor Ned Lamont recently signed a new law into effect that requires municipal animal shelters keep indoor temperatures for animals between 55-80 degrees, and make sure dogs have their own primary enclosures (except for new mothers and their puppies).

For all other dogs lucky enough to live with loving families, here are some ways to keep them healthy:

  • Reduce the time your pets spend outdoors as much as possible

  • Avoiding strenuous activity

  • If you must take pets outside, do it in the morning when air quality is best

  • If possible, keep the windows closed to prevent outdoor pollutants

  • Use air purifiers or filters to improve air quality inside.

  • Look out for signs of respiratory distress, such as coughing, sneezing, wheezing or trouble breathing

  • Call your veterinarian for expert guidance

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