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Smoke and ash inhalation dangerous for furry friends

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Even your furry friends need help staying healthy while smoke and ash fills the air from wildfires.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department advises owners to limit their pet's exposure to the smoke if possible.  

Owners should avoid taking their pets on long walks if located in an area experiencing air quality warnings.  In poor air quality conditions pets will experience labored breathing, especially small pets, which can result in dangerous particles getting into their lungs. 

If your dog or pet is an outdoor pet, bring them inside, or at the very least bring them into the garage.  When pets are brought inside, all ash should be brushed off their coats and paws and then bathed to remove any dangerous particles.

Just like humans, exposing pets to smoke and ash can cause eye irritation, coughing, difficulty breathing, and even lethargy.  Animals closest to the ground and that constantly smell with their nose on the ground or nose are the most at risk.  Pet owners should consult their veterinarian if pet health concerns arise.

As always, ensure your pet is wearing proper identification at all times and if you're evacuating don't leave your pet behind.  If you need help to house your evacuated animals, contact the Animal Services hotline at 805-681-4332.

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