BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Just like humans, animals are impacted by the bad air quality California is currently experiencing.
Julie Johnson, Executive Director of the Bakersfield SPCA joined 23ABC to go over some ways you can ensure animals are safe from the hazardous air.
According to the Central Valley SPCA, here are the best tips:
Limit Outdoor Exposure
•Dogs and cats should only be out for bathroom breaks when necessary and walks/runs should be postponed until the air clears up.
•Birds are also very susceptible and should be kept indoors when smoke is present.
•Keep windows and doors closed.
•Keep indoor air clean. Do not vacuum, burn candles, fry food or use a fireplace as these activities add particulates to the air.
•If possible, bring your outdoor pet inside to your garage, bathroom or utility room.
•If your pet absolutely has to stay outside, change their water bowl often.
Call your vet if your pet has any of the following signs:
•Red watery eyes or nasal discharge
•Trouble breathing, especially cats who are open-mouth breathing
•Fatigue or weakness
•Uncoordinated walking or inability to stand
•Reduced appetite or thirst
Have plans in place for how to care for your animals, in case evacuation is necessary:
•3+ days’ supply food & water
•Pet food dishes
•Litter box with litter (if you have cats)
•Extra leashes & collars
•Vaccination & medical records
•2 weeks medication (if applicable)
•Photos and descriptions of each pet
•Pet first aid kit and pet first aid book