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    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

    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. 

    Protecting Your Dog's Health From Air Pollution

    Protecting Your Dog's Health From Air Pollution

    Does air pollution affect a dog’s health? The answer is an emphatic “Yes!” Just as humans even pets and other animals are facing a tremendous danger to their existence due to the offensive air quality that is only deteriorating by every passing day. It is like an epidemic engulfing every nook and cranny in the globe.

    Dog-pollution-mask-filter-smog-smokeA 2011 study on the effects of passive smoke on cats found that such cats began to suffer from reduced lung functioning when compared to cats that lived in a home inhabited by non-smokers. Airborne toxins have an extremely negative impact on animals too, especially stray dogs living on the city streets. Animals in general too, show higher sensitivity to pollutants. Cats, dogs and other pets develop asthma, diseases of the nose and throat, and bronchitis when exposed to year round air pollution.

    What are the Sources of Air Pollution?

    Vehicular fumes, burning of coal & diesel (fossil fuels), industrial emissions, pesticides, power plants, livestock & landfill related methane and rapid urban construction are major culprits to cause an air pollution of an extreme level, the way we are experiencing in the major Indian Cities today. Recent findings claim that dogs residing in heavily polluted cities have brains which show increased inflammation and neural changes that are responsible for Alzheimer’s disease in human beings. Indoor sources like smoking tobacco, fireplaces, cooking, is also bit harsh on pets and special care must be taken in case of brachycephalic dog breeds like the Pugs, Pekingese, boxer and Shih-tzu dogs.

    Well, we can’t run away from the very air we are breathing but we can definitely infuse some habits and home add-ons to minimize the effect of air pollution on dogs, cats and furry rabbits. A well ventilated Green Home can help you and your pet breathe in air that is detoxified. Beautify your home interiors with indoor plants that will purify the air such as Philodendrons, Massangeana cane (sucks formaldehyde from air), Pothos (clears the air of carbon monoxide and formaldehyde), Anthuriums (frees the air of ammonia), `Song of India’ (absorbs toxins like xylene), Parlor Palm and Phalaenopsis orchids.

    wildfire-smoke-dog-pollution-air-filter-maskIt is not advisable to clean homes with chemical solvents rather the use of natural preparations that consist of white vinegar and baking soda should be encouraged. One must opt for wall and floor coverings and other furnishings that are made with eco friendly elements. Use paints that have a low volatile organic compound density.

    Further smoking indoors should be avoided. Use organic cat loungers and dog beds. Also go for pet accessories such as leashes, sweatshirts and dog collars that are made using natural and eco friendly materials. Taking your dog for a walk? Learn how to tackle the outdoors? It is important to be well informed of the air quality in one’s area on a day to day basis. The days when atmospheric pollution reaches the red mark it is advised for pets to stay indoors or at least away from the high traffic areas. Use of less toxic chemical pesticides should be promoted in our gardens.

    While walking the dog, make sure you stay away from high traffic zones as these tend to be laden with foreign toxic particles. Opt for open spaces away from busy roads. Believing that you alone can make a change is a good beginning. An intelligent approach to human life style is to be acutely conscious of our planet earth as a living being and work towards un-polluting the exotic planet we all call home.

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