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    Air Pollution Dog Blog

    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.”

    Lost Dog Waits for Owners After Their Home Burns Down in California

    Lost Dog Waits for Owners After Their Home Burns Down in California

    A happy reunion with a lost dog and its owners after losing their home to California’s deadliest wildfire, one couple had an unexpected reunion with their loyal pet. K9 Paw Print Rescue, a Bay Area-based animal rescue non-profit, said on Facebook this week that the couple returned to the site of their lost home in Paradise, Calif., and their beloved dog Madison was there as well. “They hoped and prayed he would be OK,” the group posted.

    “When they finally got clearance to go back to the lot where their house once stood… Madison was waiting there for them as if he were protecting his former home. Never give up!” November’s Camp Fire in Northern California was the deadliest wildfire in state history, with 85 confirmed deaths and over 18,000 structures destroyed. As the wildfires spread, many residents had to abandon their home and belongings.

    California Residents Find Lost Dog After Home Burns Down in Wildfires

    In some tragic cases, fleeing residents had to leave pets behind. Shayla Sullivan, who said she volunteered in the fire zone, explained how she orchestrated the reunion in the comments of the Facebook post. Sullivan said she initially found the couple’s other dog, Miguel, and reunited them. But Madison remained behind, making him harder to catch.

    In the meantime, Sullivan left food and water out for Madison until she could lure him back home. Sullivan said she met with Andrea Gaylord, one of Madison’s owners, and had the idea of placing an article of clothing that would smell like her to “keep Madison’s hope alive until his people could return.”

    “Well, I’m so happy to report that Andrea was allowed to return to her property today and there Madison was,” Sullivan wrote. “He had stayed to protect what was left of his home, and never gave up on his people! I’m so happy I’m crying as I write this! He didn’t give up through the storms or the fire! A long month it must have been for him!”

    Long Term Health After the California Wildfire Smoke

    Long Term Health After the California Wildfire Smoke

    Air pollution masks. Liquid eye drops. Don't go outdoors. This is how Californians are trying to cope with wildfires choking the state, but experts say an increase in serious health problems may be almost inevitable for vulnerable residents as the disasters become more commonplace. Research suggests children, the elderly and those with existing health problems are most at risk.

    Short-term exposure to wildfire smoke can worsen existing asthma and lung disease, leading to emergency room treatment or hospitalization, studies have shown. Increases in doctor visits or hospital treatment for respiratory infections, bronchitis and pneumonia in otherwise healthy people also have been found during and after wildfires.

    Some studies also have found increases in ER visits for heart attacks and strokes in people with existing heart disease on heavy smoke days during previous California wildfires, echoing research on potential risks from urban air pollution. For most healthy people, exposure to wildfire smoke is just an annoyance, causing burning eyes, scratchy throats or chest discomfort that all disappear when the smoke clears.

    California fires in malibu 2018

    But doctors, scientists and public health officials are concerned that the changing face of wildfires will pose a much broader health hazard. “Wildfire season used to be June to late September. Now it seems to be happening all year round. We need to be adapting to that,” Dr. Wayne Cascio, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cardiologist, said this week.

    In an overview published earlier this year, Cascio wrote that the increasing frequency of large wildland fires, urban expansion into wooded areas and an aging population are all increasing the number of people at risk for health problems from fires. Wood smoke contains some of the same toxic chemicals as urban air pollution, along with tiny particles of vapor and soot 30 times thinner than a human hair.

    These can infiltrate the bloodstream, potentially causing inflammation and blood vessel damage even in healthy people, research on urban air pollution has shown. Studies have linked heart attacks and cancer with long-term exposure to air pollution. Whether exposure to wildfire smoke carries the same risks is uncertain, and determining harm from smog versus wildfire smoke can be tricky, especially with wind-swept California wildfires spreading thick smoke hundreds of miles away into smoggy big cities.

    California Camp Fires

    “That is the big question,” said Dr. John Balmes, a University of California, San Francisco, professor of medicine who studies air pollution. “Very little is known about the long-term effects of wildfire smoke because it’s hard to study populations years after a wildfire,” Balmes said. Decreased lung function has been found in healthy firefighters during fire season.

    They tend to recover but federal legislation signed this year will establish a U.S. registry tracking firefighters and potential risks for various cancers, including lung cancer. Some previous studies suggested a risk. Balmes noted that increased lung cancer rates have been found in women in developing countries who spend every day cooking over wood fires. That kind of extreme exposure doesn’t typically happen with wildfires, but experts worry about the kinds of health damage that may emerge for firefighters and residents with these blazes occurring so often.

    Whether that includes more cancer is unknown. “We’re concerned about that,” Balmes said. Regular folks breathing in all that smoke worry about the risks too. Smoke from the fire that decimated the Northern California city of Paradise darkened skies this week in San Francisco, nearly 200 miles southwest, and the air smelled “like you were camping,” said Michael Northover, a contractor.

    He and his 14-year-old son have first-time sinus infections that Northover blames on the smoke. “We’re all kind of feeling it,” Northover said. At Chico State University, 11 miles from Paradise, ash was falling this week and classes were canceled until after Thanksgiving. “It’s kind of freaky to see your whole town wearing air masks and trying to get out of smoke,” said freshman Mason West, 18. “You can see the particles. Obviously it’s probably not good to be breathing that stuff in.”

    West returned home this week to Santa Rosa, hard hit by last year’s wine country fire, only to find it shrouded in smoke from the Paradise fire 100 miles away. West’s family had to evacuate last year for a week but their home was spared. “It’s as bad here as it was in Chico,” West said. “It almost feels like you just can’t get away from it.”

    Smoke has been so thick in Santa Rosa that researchers postponed a door-to-door survey there for a study of health effects of last year’s fire. “We didn’t feel we could justify our volunteer interns going knocking on doors when all the air quality alerts were saying stay indoors,” said Irva Hertz-Picciotto, a public health researcher at the University of California, Davis.

    The study includes an online survey of households affected by last year’s fire, with responses from about 6,000 people so far. Preliminary data show widespread respiratory problems, eye irritations, anxiety, depression and sleep problems around the time of the fire and months later. “Conventional thinking is that these effects related to fires are transient. It’s not entirely clear that’s the case,” Hertz-Picciotto said.

    Researchers also will be analyzing cord blood and placentas collected from a few dozen women who were pregnant during the fire, seeking evidence of stress markers or exposure to smoke chemicals. They hope to continue the study for years, seeking evidence of long-term physical and emotional harms to fire evacuees and their children.

    Other studies have linked emotional stress in pregnant women to developmental problems in their children and “this was quite a stress,” Hertz-Picciotto said. It’s a kind of stress that many people need to prepare for as the climate warms and wildfires proliferate, she said. “Any of us could wake up tomorrow and lose everything we own,” she said. “It’s pretty scary.”

    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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