Treatment Insights from Ethos Doctors

Lori Wise, DVM, MS, DACVIM, Veterinary Internist recommends

“Parents with pets who have pre-existing respiratory issues such as asthma should watch for coughing, labored breathing, noisier breathing when sleeping, and relaxing around the house”.

These symptoms can point to smoke-related health concerns because toxins can be released when burning wood and other material.

Trish Gearheart, Ph.D., DVM, DACVO, Veterinary Ophthalmologist recommends

“Watching for squinting, discharge, and redness of the eyes. These conditions, if persistent over an extended period of time, should be seen by your veterinarian or an ophthalmologist to prevent long term damage”

On rare occasions where ash has entered your pet's eye, you should have your pet seen right away and follow your veterinarian's guide to safely flush out the debris.

Darin Dell, DVM, DACVD, Associate Medical Director, Veterinary Dermatologist recommends

"Owners with breeds of animals more prone to skin conditions such as dryness and itching stay diligent when their pets are exposed to smoke.”

If your pet is itching or has dry skin that is a new or pre-existing condition look into a dermatologist near you or visit your normal veterinarian to discuss options to prevent skin irritation moving forward.