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        Air Pollution Dog Blog — pets and pollution

        What is the Difference in Particulate Matter PM2.5 and PM10?

        What is the difference between pm2.5 and pm10?

        What is Particulate Matter?

        Airborne particulate matter (PM) is not a single pollutant, but rather is a mixture of many chemical species. It is a complex mixture of solids and aerosols composed of small droplets of liquid, dry solid fragments, and solid cores with liquid coatings. Particles vary widely in size, shape and chemical composition, and may contain inorganic ions, metallic compounds, elemental carbon, organic compounds, and compounds from the earth’s crust. Particles are defined by their diameter for air quality regulatory purposes. Those with a diameter of 10 microns or less (PM10) are inhalable into the lungs and can induce adverse health effects. Fine particulate matter is defined as particles that are 2.5 microns or less in diameter (PM2.5). Therefore, PM2.5 comprises a portion of PM10.

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        Should a Dog Wear an Air Filter Face Mask for Air Pollution?

        Is it Safe for a Dog to Wear an Air Filter Face Mask?

        Many pet owners are asking questions about the safety of a dog wearing an air filter face mask. Can a dog wear an air filter mask? Is it safe? What are the warnings? What are the benefits? These are important questions with increasing air pollution problems from wildfire smoke, desert dust, volcanic ash, red tide, and mold from hurricanes. 

        Do Air Filter Face Masks for Dogs Exist?

        Yes, K9 Mask® launched a Kickstarter campaign in March of 2019 for the first production of an air filter mask for dogs. The campaign was fully funded and the first masks were produced in the summer of 2019. All of this happened before the coronavirus pandemic. K9 Mask® by Good Air Team first saw the need to protect dogs from wildfire smoke in California. After the destruction caused by the Camp and Paradise wildfires in 2018 they knew something had to be done to solve the problem of air pollution affecting pets.

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        2021 Drought Conditions Could Make California Wildfires Worse This Year

        2021 Drought Conditions Could Make California Wildfires Worse This Year
        Severe drought in the West and Southwest regions of the United States have residents worried about the potentially destructive fire season. Already, wildfires have burned around 14,000 acres in California in 2021, which is more than five times the acreage charred by the same time last year.

        It's a worrying trend that has fire officials taking a proactive approach -- from more funding to wildfire prevention to hiring additional crews -- after the state saw its worst fire season ever in 2020.

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        2021 California Wildfire Season Looks Extreme and Dangerous

        2021 California Wildfire Season Looks Extreme and Dangerous

        In California, raging wildfires seem to appear like clockwork every summer and fall, damaging property, claiming people's lives, and polluting the air we breathe. What was once traditionally the “wet season” is no longer immune from bouts of dangerous fire weather. California’s wildfire season is expanding, and weather changing climate is a leading cause.

        Wildfire Season in California 2021

        This week's unusually early Red Flag Warning is just a sign of things to come, according to California's top emergency and fire officials, who gathered for an event in the East Bay to kick of Wildfire Preparedness Week. With dry warm winds swirling above, California's top fire officials are sending a loud warning, that this upcoming fire season could quickly become the worst on record.

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        When Is California Fire Season this Year?

        When Is California Fire Season this Year?

        In the past, the California fire season was mainly from May through October. However, with climate change as a contributing factor, most recent disasters show that the season is beginning earlier and ending later each year, with some experts suggesting that the fire season in California is now year round.

        Here is what you need to know about the history and future of fire season in California:

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