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    Air Pollution Dog Blog — Dog Pollution Mask

    Dog Pollution Air Filter Mask Videos

    Dog Pollution Air Filter Mask Videos

    We have gathered a collection of videos about dog pollution masks. With the urbanization of major global cities and climate change events happening near populated areas there is a growing demand for people to protect their pets from toxic air pollution. 

    Here are several videos about dog owners, dog pollution mask companies, and veterinarians talking about air mask filters for dogs.

    Are Air Pollution Masks for Dogs - Fact of Fake News?

     

    South Korean Pollution Problem for Dogs

     

     

    K9 Mask - World's First Dog Pollution Mask

     

    California Veterinarian Dog Air Filter News Video

     

    More Dog Air Filter Muzzle Masks for Air Pollution...

    If you see or know of any other videos about dog's wearing air pollution masks please contact us and let us know so we can update our list of videos here.

    Understanding Air Quality Index (AQI) Basics For Your Dog

    Understanding Air Quality Index (AQI) Basics For Your Dog

    How does the Air Quality Index, or AQI, affect my dog? The AQI is an index for reporting daily air quality. It tells you how clean or polluted your air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for you.

    The AQI focuses on health effects you or your dog may experience within a few hours or days after breathing polluted air. EPA calculates the AQI for five major air pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act: ground-level ozone, particle pollution (also known as particulate matter), carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide.

    For each of these pollutants, EPA has established national air quality standards to protect public health. Ground-level ozone and airborne particles are the two pollutants that pose the greatest threat to human and canine health in this country.

    How Does the AQI Work?

    Think of the AQI as a yardstick that runs from 0 to 500. The higher the AQI value, the greater the level of air pollution and the greater the health concern. For example, an AQI value of 50 represents good air quality with little potential to affect public health, while an AQI value over 300 represents hazardous air quality.

    An AQI value of 100 generally corresponds to the national air quality standard for the pollutant, which is the level EPA has set to protect public and animal health. AQI values below 100 are generally thought of as satisfactory. When AQI values are above 100, air quality is considered to be unhealthy-at first for certain sensitive groups of people, then for everyone as AQI values get higher.

    Dog in a Dust Storm During High AQI Index

    Understanding the AQI

    The purpose of the AQI is to help you understand what local air quality means to you and your dog's health. To make it easier to understand, the AQI is divided into six categories:

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    Each category corresponds to a different level of health concern. The six levels of health concern and what they mean are:

      • "Good" AQI is 0 to 50. Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
      • "Moderate" AQI is 51 to 100. Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people. For example, people who are unusually sensitive to ozone may experience respiratory symptoms.
      • "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" AQI is 101 to 150. Although general public is not likely to be affected at this AQI range, people with lung disease, older adults and children are at a greater risk from exposure to ozone, whereas persons with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of particles in the air.
      • "Unhealthy" AQI is 151 to 200. Everyone may begin to experience some adverse health effects, and members of the sensitive groups may experience more serious effects.
      • "Very Unhealthy" AQI is 201 to 300. This would trigger a health alert signifying that everyone may experience more serious health effects.
      • "Hazardous" AQI greater than 300. This would trigger a health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected

    EPA has assigned a specific color to each AQI category to make it easier for people to understand quickly whether air pollution is reaching unhealthy levels in their communities. For example, the color orange means that conditions are "unhealthy for sensitive groups," while red means that conditions may be "unhealthy for everyone," and so on.

    Air Quality Index (AQI) Basics for Your Dog

    K9 Dog Pollution Mask Kickstarter Campaign – LIVE March 2019

    K9 Dog Pollution Mask Kickstarter Campaign – LIVE March 2019

    K9 Mask is launching a Kickstarter campaign March 4 - 31, 2019. Join a community of dog lovers to launch the most anticipated new pet product of the year. – K9 Dog Pollution Mask. This is the “World’s First” air pollution mask specifically designed for dogs.

    KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN IS LIVE: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/k9mask/worlds-first-air-pollution-mask-for-dogs/ 

    Help Fund the Most Innovative Product in Pet Health for 2019

    Providing pet owners a solution to air pollution with a dog pollution mask – K9 Mask. An air filter specifically designed for dogs. Protect your dog from wildfire smoke, vehicle emissions, volcanic ash, mold, dust, smog, chemicals, and toxins.

    K9 Mask Dog Pollution Mask is the air pollution solution for your dog.  Smoke from wildfires, urban density emissions, and climate change events are increasing the demand for clean air. You now have a choice to protect your pet from harmful air pollution with the K9mask.

    The “Original” dog pollution mask is engineered for extreme environments. Using N95 dog pollution mask air filter protection including Activated Carbon air filters. K9 Mask dog air filter technology protects against smoke, smog, emissions, mold, allergies, toxins, chemicals, and bacteria.

     K9 Mask Kickstarter Campaign - Dog Pollution Air Mask

    Wildfire smoke affect on dogs needing air pollution filter mask

    Protecting Dogs From Smoke Inhalation

    Smoke inhalation is not only dangerous for people - it can also have very serious consequences for dogs. Across parts of California including areas not in the path of the wild fires, air quality is being ranked as some of the worst in the world. As firefighters battle the wild fires animal welfare groups are working around the clock to rescue dogs. 

    Smoke Inhalation in Dogs

    Dr. Tina Wismer the Medical Director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center explains that, “With smoke inhalation, the amount of smoke a dog is exposed to will affect the symptoms. Animals that are caught in a fire can have difficulty breathing, inflammation and burns in the airways, and weakness. In some cases, dogs may initially appear normal and then develop a buildup of fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema) up to 24 hours later.”

    Dogs in wildfire smoke poor air qualityShe further explains that dogs living near wildfires and breathing smoke may also experience eye irritation. Your dog may experience watery or red eyes, coughing, runny noses and panting if exposed to wildfire smoke. Dr. Heather B. Loenser, DVM Senior Veterinary Officer of the American Animal Hospital Association, also encourages dog guardians in smoke impacted areas to be on the lookout for the following symptoms:

    • Rapid respiratory rate (breathing more than 20-30 breaths per minute a rest)
    • Coughing; strained or noisy breathing
    • Bright red gums
    • Lethargy, seizures.

    Impact of Long-Term Smoke Inhalation in Dogs

    Although some symptoms of smoke inhalation are visible right away, dogs who have been exposed to smoke may get sick some time after the exposure. Jordan Holliday from Embrace Pet Insurance explains that, “once your pet has been rescued from a fire, he or she may appear pretty normal. Unfortunately, initial appearances can be deceiving. Even if your dogs didn’t come into contact with fire and get burned, they may have severe internal issues that need to be addressed.”

    Holliday cautions, “The most common cause of fire-related deaths in pets is not skin damage from burns, but organ damage from carbon monoxide toxicity. During a fire, carbon monoxide replaces the oxygen in the air. When a pet breathes carbon monoxide instead of oxygen, his organs will not be able to function correctly.” This is why it’s so important any dogs being rescued from wild fire impacted areas are seen by veterinarians.

    How To Minimize the Risk: Smoke Exposure for Dogs

    The most important thing you can do if your dog has been exposed to smoke is to get them out of the situation as soon as possible. If your dog has any of the above symptoms of smoke toxicity, Dr. Loenser advises you to get your dog seen by a veterinarian to receive oxygen therapy. Dr. Loesner explains that veterinary hospitals have oxygen cages that allow (all but the largest) dogs to rest in an oxygen-rich environment.

    Dogs need air pollution filter masks for wildfire smokeGiant dogs that are too large for the oxygen cages can be provided oxygen therapy through a nasal cannula with allows oxygen to flow into a dog’s nose. “Treating a dog with oxygen is one of my favorite treatments because I love seeing the look of relief when they realize they can breathe easier,” says Dr. Loesner. Here is a video example of a dog receiving oxygen therapy from the Castlegar Fire Department in British Columbia, Canada. animal medical center ny oxygen therapy. Dogs being rescued by first responders are increasingly being treated with oxygen therapy on the scene, but Dr. Loenser advises that any dogs rescued from wildfires or any other fire should be directed to a veterinarian within an hour of being rescued.

    Caring For Dogs in Poor Air Quality Conditions

    If you are living in an area where air quality conditions are poor, the best thing you can do is to keep your dog inside as much as possible. Limiting the length and frequency of walks and staying out of outdoor spaces like dog parks is advised until air quality improves. Trick training or Scent Work games are a great way to keep your dog mentally and physically exercised in your house or apartment. Humans in areas impacted by wildfires are being encouraged to wear face masks or respirators to minimize the risks associated with breathing smoke. There are a few different masks on the market for dogs such as Dog Pollution Mask, and goggles like these from Doggles that may reduce eye irritation from the smoke. Unfortunately, unlike masks for people these masks are less readily available.

    Which dogs need air filter muzzle masks?Having just moved with my dogs from New York to Oregon (which in recent years has had more issues with wildfires like neighboring Northern California), I am considering buying air pollution masks for my dogs.  Don't do this after a wildfire in your area. Of course, this means once I have the K9 dog pollution masks, I’ll need to begin slowly desensitizing my dogs to wearing them. If an air quality emergency were to occur, my dogs need to already comfortable with wearing and breathing through something on their faces – a sensation that might feel strange to anyone.

    Which Dogs Are at Risk for Complications from Smoke Exposure

    Smoke inhalation is dangerous for all dogs regardless of breed or age, but there are specific concerns with some breeds. Dr. Loenser explains that dogs with short noses - bulldogs, pugs and Boston terriers, to name a few - are especially at risk. Additionally, Loesner explains that very young and very old dogs of any breed can be more fragile and at risk for medical complications from smoke inhalation.

    Being Prepared

    The wildfires in California are a good reminder about the importance of having an evacuation plan for your family including all your dogs. Natural disasters can strike at any time and it’s important to be prepared. Make sure your dog is wearing a collar with updated identification tags. In your vehicle it’s a good idea to have easily accessible digital copies of proof of vaccination, photos of your dog (in case they become lost), spare leashes, food, and any prescriptions your dog might need.

    Jordan Holliday advises to, when developing an evacuation plan, have a designated person in your household responsible for evacuating the dog. If no one is able to get your dog(s) out, this person needs to, “let the fire department personnel know that he or she is still inside the home. Have your pet microchipped so that in the event your pet is able to escape, you can find him or her after the fire. Place a sticker or identification in the window of your home so that fire department personnel know there is a pet in the home if a fire breaks out when you aren’t there.”

    How to Protect Your Dog from Wildfire Smoke

    How to Protect Your Dog from Wildfire Smoke

    Residents across the West are experiencing poor air quality due to wildfire smoke, from the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia to southern California and Utah. Air quality is worse than it’s ever been in many locations and has reached unhealthy levels in major metropolitan areas like Seattle and Portland.

    As dog people, we immediately turned to experts to find out what this means for our pets. Poor air quality and wildfire smoke are a concern for animals, too! While wind patterns and fire behavior can change rapidly, it’s important to keep these tips in mind throughout the fire season.

    Poor air quality is a concern for our dogs just as it is for us. Luckily, the same precautions you’d take for yourself apply to our furry family members as well. If you (and your dog) live in an area affected by wildfire smoke we suggest the following.

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    Safety tips for dogs when the air quality is poor

    The biggest danger to your dogs when breathing wildfire smoke comes from fine particles, which can reach deep into the lungs and cause a variety of health issues from burning eyes to chronic congestion. To keep your dog safe from the smoke-laden air, the best thing to do is keep them inside! But that’s not all.

    • Keep pets indoors with windows closed
    • Use air conditioning, if possible, to filter the air
    • Keep potty breaks short
    • Avoid long walks and other prolonged outdoor exercises
    • Keep pets well hydrated
    • Watch for signs of respiratory stress and eye inflammation. If your pet shows symptoms, see a veterinarian immediately

    Dogs susceptible to respiratory distress Just as young children and senior citizens are more at risk for harm from breathing wildfire smoke, so too are certain dogs more likely to suffer from poor quality. This includes:

    • Any dog with asthma or bronchitis
    • Brachycephalic dogs like bulldogs, Boston terriers, and pugs
    • Puppies and senior dogs

    Signs of respiratory distress in pets

    Any of these symptoms warrant an immediate trip to the vet. Don’t hesitate to take your dog in if you’re concerned.

    • Difficulty breathing
    • Unusual or excessive coughing, sneezing, vomiting or loss of appetite
    • Swelling or inflammation of the mouth, eyes, skin or upper airway Open-mouthed breathing (especially in cats)
    • Weakness/lethargy Uncoordinated walking/unable to stand Increased salivation

    More severe side effects of smoke inhalation in dogs

    While rare, these symptoms are particularly alarming. These are more likely to show up if your dog is inhaling vast quantities of smoke or is in very close proximity to a fire.

    • Disorientation/confusion
    • Fainting Sleepiness
    • Seizures

    If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, especially breathing troubles, see your veterinarian or visit an emergency vet right away.

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    What About air Masks for Dogs?

    In China, many dog owners have turned to air masks or “pollution masks” for their dogs to protect them from routinely heavy smog. Keep in mind that with any face mask, effectiveness is directly related to fit. One of the world’s most renowned air mask manufacturers, K9mask, is working on a “muzzle mask” specifically for dogs. Of course, whether your dog tolerates a face mask is another story altogether…

    Indoor Activities to Keep Your Dog Busy 

    If you live in an area affected by wildfire smoke, it’s a great time to brush up your dog’s training, try enrichment games, and get help from a local pet sitter or in-home daycare to keep your dog busy in the absence of outdoor walks.

    Indoor "Exercise" for your Dog Can Include 

    • Hide-and-seek
    • Puzzle toys like the classic KONG or an IQ puzzle
    • Fetch and tug
    • Teaching tricks
    • Brushing up on basic training

    If you’re feeling ambitious, or your dog is of the herding variety (hello, cattle dogs, shepherds, and collies), these activities take indoor games to the next level:

    • Flirt pole sessions
    • Nosework
    • Obstacle courses
    • Indoor agility
    • Indoor doggy exercise equipment
    • Flirt pole toy for dogs

    Stay safe out there! When the air quality is poor, keep your dog indoors as much as possible. Extra couch snuggles with your pet are never a bad idea, either. 

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