Inversion and Your Pets

Photo of UPVH family member Marlo and his mom enjoying inversion free air this week up Grandeur peak.

Photo of UPVH family member Marlo and his mom enjoying inversion free air this week up Grandeur peak.

Winter is here, and in Utah that means skiing (if we get any snow), cold weather, and everyone’s favorite, inversion. Here at Union Park Veterinary hospital we know how active our client base is in the outdoors. We just want to make sure that you and your furry family members know the risks and what to watch for.

Please check to make sure the air quality is okay for your pet to be outside and running around. If our air quality is anywhere but in the green zone please be cautious of taking your pet outside for any extended period of time, and if we are in the red zone at all we HIGHLY recommend NO EXERCISING OUTDOORS for them. The bad air not only effects us but our furry loved ones as well. As of now our air quality is as bad as Beijing, so please be careful.

http://air.utah.gov/currentconditions.php?id=slc

Inversion and bad air quality effect all of us, but cats seem to be a little bit more susceptible to the dangers of it than the rest of us. Members of this species should have a closer eye kept on them for any signs of distress. Especially if your cat has asthma problems, is an older kitty, or has any type of respiratory illness or problems. If your cat happens to start open mouth breathing please get them in to see Dr. Doub and the rest of the Union Park Veterinary Hospital team immediately, as this is not a normal behavior for them.

Just because cats are a little more susceptible to the dangers of bad air quality does not mean it is okay for your dog to be out and exercising in the horrible air quality. We know these guys love being out and about but it is not healthy for their respiratory system and may cause some problems that could have been avoided. There are plenty of fun exercises and activities you can do indoors to keep them active and healthy, like teaching them new tricks, filling a Kong ball with their favorite treat, playing fetch up and down the stairs, and even tug of war.

Here at Union Park Veterinary hospital we want to make sure that you and your pet are staying healthy especially during this time of year. We highly recommend that you make sure your air filters are clean and that you have some sort of air purifier in your house to help when those toxins do end up entering the home.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the UPVH team at 385-414-2188 or at unionparkvethospital@gmail.com

Stay healthy and happy this winter!

Your Veterinary Technician,

Jayson and his dog Jax

Jayson and Jax

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