Protect Your Pets from Wildfire Smoke

Your pets can be affected by wildfire smoke. If you feel the effects of smoke, they probably do, too! Smoke can irritate your pet’s eyes and respiratory tract. Bring your pets inside, and closely watch them during all periods of poor air quality.

Know the Signs

If your animals have any of the following signs, call your veterinarian:

  • Coughing or gagging
  • Red or watery eyes, nasal discharge, inflammation of throat or mouth or reluctance to eat hard foods
  • Trouble breathing, including open-mouth breathing, more noise when breathing, or fast breathing
  • Fatigue or weakness, disorientation, uneven gait, stumbling
  • Reduced appetite or thirst

Recommended Actions

Even if the risk of fire is not imminent, heavy smoke may force you to stay indoors for a long time or even to evacuate. Reduce your pet’s exposure to smoke as you would reduce your own.


  • Whether you have a central air conditioning system or a room unit, use high efficiency filters to capture fine particles from smoke.
  • Think about creating a clean room in your house with a portable air cleaner.

When it’s smoky

  • Keep pets indoors as much as you can, with doors and windows closed.
  • Smoke is especially tough on your pet birds. Keep them inside when smoke is present.
  • Limit exercise – avoid hikes and runs with your pet.

Keep indoor air clean

  • Do not fry or broil foods, burn candles, use a fireplace or woodstove, or smoke tobacco products. These activities add particles to your home.
  • Let dogs and cats outside only for brief bathroom breaks if air quality alerts are in effect.
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