Monday, 6 Jul, 2015
Vancouver & Fraser Valley Air Quality Advisory - Tips For Your Pets

On July 5th an air quality warning was issued for Metro Vancouver & the Fraser Valley due to the high levels of pollution caused by forest fires in our region. What does the warning mean for your pets? At this stage, it is only those with significant respiratory issues or severe illness that should be cautious, although make sure you monitor their breathing & energy level. Some tips:

- If your pet has a heart or lung condition, reduce their exposure to smoke. Keep them inside, windows closed and air conditioning / fans on.

- If your pet has a serious medical issue not related to heart/lungs, you'll still want to reduce their exposure to smoke. Again, keep them inside, windows closed and air conditioning / fans on.

- Use common sense regarding outdoor physical activity. If you are walking playing outside and their breathing becomes labored, stop or reduce the activity.

- Keep them cool and have plenty of water available.

- Pay attention to local air quality reports, air quality may be poor even though smoke may not be visible. Updates available at BC Air Quality.

Our best wishes to all those being significantly impacted by the fires & a HUGE thank you to the fire crews keeping people safe.