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Veterinarians: heat and haze increase dangers for pets

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The heat and haze affecting people around the Portland metro are also causing issues for pets, prompting veterinarians to share tips on keeping four-legged friends safe.

The team at Banfield Pet Hospital said the same precautions people take for themselves can be applied to their pets.

Small animals can have respiratory problems because of the smoke, so the vets advise pet owners to be extra aware of how their pups are breathing, adding that it is best to keep pets inside during this weather, just to be safe.

Dr. Lauren Larson also said the haze could be hard on pets’ sight.

“With the smoke lately, it's important to watch out for ocular problems,” she said. “Eye problems and breathing problems - the smoke and heat can exacerbate those things.”

The veterinarians suggest pet owners planning on running errands should leave their pet at home, and remind people to never keep pets alone in a parked car on hot days.

Even if it seems cool outside and the windows are open, the temperatures inside a car can soar. At just 90 degrees outside, the inside of a car can reach 124 degrees in a half an hour.

To keep this information in the car as a reminder, print out the guide included below.

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