I have chronic allergies, so I can't tolerate air like this. And as it turns out, brachycephalic dogs like Liam and Sinead can't, either.
|Ready for an anatomy lesson? Sinead is.|
Snub-nosed dogs like Liam and Sinead don't have much muzzle to work with, so they're destined to take in more particulates in the air around them. And when the air is as bad as it was over the weekend, those breaths can be deadly. Each little sharp particle of muck can lodge in their lungs, and that can trigger irritation and coughing.
After just a few minutes of outdoor potty time, both Liam and Sinead had running noses, and they both engaged in a few episodes of reverse sneezing and general coughing. The air just hurt them, and it probably wasn't too good for the long-term health of their lungs.
Sometimes, air quality problems are easy to spot. If the air is black, there's an issue! But some air quality incidents aren't so dramatic. That's where this website can be helpful. A quick glance at this site can tell you whether the air you're breathing is safe for both you and your pets.
|"But I like it out here!"|
Now, I check this website fairly frequently as a matter of course, simply because I struggle with poor air quality myself. But now that I've seen my dogs struggle with bad air, I might check the site for them, too. If we're planning to do something long and strenuous outside (like hiking or socializing), I'll want to make sure it's safe for them. The site makes it easy.
But in the interim, I'm also doing a little rain dance over here. We need those Oregon fires to go away, and we need the parched land to green up again. Come on rain!
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