Smog, exhaust particles and other outdoor air pollutants can be just as harmful for animals as they are for humans.¹ Here are some ways to help keep your furry friends safe when the air quality isn’t.
As beloved family members, pets sometimes need extra care and attention. Just like checking the heat of the pavement before taking a dog on a walk in the summer, or taking time to choose the best cat food, it’s a good idea to check for outdoor air quality alerts in your city before taking furry friends outside.
An outdoor air quality alert comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and occurs when the Air Quality Index (AQI) rises above a certain level. The AQI measures the level of pollution in the air, including particles like smog, vehicle exhaust, ash, pollen and other pollutants that can be harmful to our long-term wellness.2 For example, a “code orange” on the AQI scale means that the air outside is unhealthy for sensitive groups, like the elderly or children with asthma, while a “code red” is unhealthy for all individuals. You can check your city’s daily AQI via AirNow, the EPA’s hub for air quality data. Plus, if you use the Filtrete™ Smart App, you can always view outdoor air quality from your phone.
Yes. In fact, a recent study found that one in 10 cats have asthma related to indoor and outdoor air pollutants.¹
Luckily, these precautions and routines can help limit your pets’ exposure to pollutants in outdoor air:
You play a crucial role in your pets’ wellness, leading to a more joyful life for them and peace of mind for you.