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    Air Pollution Dog Blog — pets and pollution

    Can an N95 Face Mask Protect a Dog From Catching the Coronavirus?

    Can an N95 Face Mask Protect a Dog From Catching the Coronavirus?

    Will air filter masks stop people and pets from catching the coronavirus? Face masks are reportedly selling out in cities across Asia as concerns over the spread of a deadly new coronavirus grow.

    China’s National Health Commission has deployed masks to healthcare workers responding to the outbreak, and millions of masks have been sent to residents of Wuhan, according to reports.

    We know the coronavirus is airborne, and that it can be transmitted between people.  But what about dogs? Researchers believe that...

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    Compare Air Pollution Masks for Dogs on Amazon

    Compare Air Pollution Masks for Dogs on Amazon

    Today there are only two choices for an air pollution mask for dogs. The original K9 Mask® made in Austin, Texas, USA or a more recent product made in China. Both are being sold on Amazon. But, which one is better?  

    Air filter masks for dogs are a recently new product for dog owners to protect their pets from wildfire smoke, urban smog, desert dust, bacteria, mold, and other toxins. Air pollution is a growing problem with new weather patterns which are creating a dryer climate in some areas and wetter climate in others. 

    This quick video overview will show you some of the similarities and differences between the K9 Mask and the others: AUOKOR, tchrules, and PeSandy. All three of these Chinese made masks are made by one manufacturer and then branded by different companies. It is the same dog air pollution mask. This video review will help you discover...

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    Australian Bushfire Smoke Blankets Sydney

    Australian Bushfire Smoke Blankets Sydney

    Smoke over Sydney, Australia, caused by raging bushfires, has become so thick that it is setting off smoke detectors in the central business district, reported South China Morning Post on December 10.

    Residents in parts of eastern Australia abandoned their homes on Tuesday as soaring temperatures and strong winds threatened to fan bushfires in a giant blaze north of Sydney, the country's biggest city.

    Air quality in parts of Sydney plunged as the city awoke on Tuesday to another thick blanket of smoke, disrupting transport services and prompting health warnings...

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    Top Dog Tips K9 Mask Video Review

    Top Dog Tips K9 Mask Video Review

    Thanks to Samantha Randall at Top Dog Tips for reviewing the K9 Mask. Although she lives in Maine and doesn't have any immediate needs for an air pollution mask for her dogs she understands the needs in areas of the country like California, and the Northwest, where in recent years wildfire smoke has made it difficult for everyone to breathe clean air. 

    Top Dog Tips K9 Mask Video Review

    Her review at Top Dog Tips for the K9 Mask show a video she made talking about the K9 Mask, an informational article about why dogs need air pollution masks in certain environments, and pictures about some of the K9 Mask features. 

    Top Dog Tips K9 Mask Review

    If you want to learn more about K9 Masks go check out her review and video. They will help you understand more about protecting your pet from air pollution.

    Top Dog Tips K9 Mask Air Filter for Dogs Refills

     

    Spectrum News Report - World's First Air Pollution Mask for Dogs

    Spectrum News Report - World's First Air Pollution Mask for Dogs

    BY SPECTRUM NEWS STAFF AUSTIN

    AUSTIN, Texas – It's a unique solution to a unique problem. While there are countless air pollution masks available for man, Kirby Holmes realized there wasn't one for man's best friend.

    • Mask production funded through Kickstarter campaign
    • Idea came after seeing fashionable pollution masks for humans
    • Many masks are being bought by customers in wildfire heavy regions

    "We looked all over the world to find out, does this product exist? - and it didn't," said Holmes.

    Holmes, a Houston native and current Austin resident, got the idea for a pollution mask for dogs after seeing air pollution masks being marketed to humans as a fashion item – masks with designs and patterns.

    "As everybody rushes to get air pollution masks to protect themselves, nobody's thought that my dog is breathing the same air I am," Holmes said.

    Wildfire Smoke Problem for Pets Especially Dogs

    Trying to gauge interest, Holmes created a website with articles surrounding the concept of a canine pollution mask. It was when wildfires caused massive amounts of smoke along the west coast last year that the site started getting a bunch of hits.

    "We got over a thousand email addresses within a couple of weeks," said Holmes.

    Tapping his cousin for help, the two developed a prototype for the K9 Mask, launching a Kickstarter campaign to get funding for mass production.

    "We worked through a lot of iterations, came up with a lot of design ideas and finally came down with something that we believe does work and works really well," said Holmes.

    According to Holmes and the K9 Mask website, the product claims to protect against smoke, smog, emissions, mold, allergies, chemicals, bacteria and other airborne toxins. The mask has a "panting vent" to allow dogs to breathe air out, but the incoming air passes through N95 and PM2.5 air filters that are inserted into the mask.

    Developing an air pollution filter mask for dogs

    While the product may work, getting Rover or Fido to put the mask on is another matter altogether. Holmes tells customers to put a treat inside the muzzle of the mask to get to get their snout inside.

    However, Holmes said the mask isn't for everyday use.

    "If you're in your garage and you're doing woodworking and you want to protect yourself, and you love having your dog sit with you and be with you - that might be a situation where you want them to wear that," said Holmes. "There's a lot of dust."

    After securing Kickstarter funding in April, according to the website, Holmes has already fulfilled 750 orders around the country and across the world.

    K9 Mask Kickstarter Campaign - Worlds First Air Pollution Masks for Dogs

    Many of the masks, Holmes said, have recently been shipped to California where dog owners are looking to protect their pets from the smoke generated by this year's massive wildfires. Holmes said he's also received several orders from China.

    "This week we just shipped a box of these masks top Hong Kong where there's rioting and there's tension and there's a lot of tear gas in the city," said Holmes. "We've got a lot of dog owners in Hong Kong saying, 'Would this product help me protect my pet against tear gas?'"

    Hong Kong Tear Gas and Dog Air Filter Mask

    The mask comes in five different sizes to help fit dogs of all snout sizes. Holmes said they have yet to develop a mask that would be able to fit a flat-faced canine.

     

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