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Smoky air affecting your pets too

Smokey air affecting your pets too

KENNEWICK, Wash. - The tickle in your throat might annoy you but cats and dogs have heightened senses and are just as susceptible to our hazardous air.

Just like with people, older pets or those with respiratory disease face higher a risk of discomfort or complication when breathing the smoke in the air. Experts advise you and your dog avoid long walks until the air clears.

Dr. Lynn Harbinson of Kennewick's VCA Vinyard Animal Hospital said your cats are at risk too. They breath through their nose, so they really shouldn't be panting.

She said to watch your animal for changes because her clinic has already seen more eye and nose issues than usual,

"It's just a little bit hard to figure out whether our patient is having a new sort of problem or whether it's smoke associated. I think anyone who's been out in this weather knows that your eyes feel drier and your throat feels scratchier and so pets are experiencing those same issues."

Dr. Harbinson said aside from keeping everyone inside the best thing you and your pets can do is drink a lot of water. Hydrated lungs are more efficient and can more easily clear the harmful particles we're breathing.

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