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How does Air Quality affect Dogs?

boston terrier, dog trainer, holistic dog trainer
With the wildfires happening in Canada, you would be hardpressed not to notice a difference in the air quality in many parts of the U.S. As someone who has asthma, this has definitely affected my health and my actions, both personally and professionally. Personally, my 2 dogs (boston terrier and pug mix) that are short nose breeds or Brachycephalic. These breeds already have breathing issues so being aware of how the air quality will affect dogs is important. If I noticed a difference after 2 days of air quality being in the high 180’s, then I am sure they did. So our time outside has definitely become limited unfortunately.

Professionally, now is the time where we will take advantage of training being outside. However, for the safety of all those involved, it was time to pivot for training. Taking into account how the air quality affect dogs, especially the puppies I work with, we have been working on the socialization aspect of training. Meaning we have been traveling to inside places for new things and new training opportunities. Sometimes in training what you have planned just isn’t what is going to happen. Learning to adapt is important, right?

How does air pollution affect dogs?

Air pollution can have a significant impact on dogs, just like humans. Dogs can suffer from respiratory problems, allergies, and other health issues due to air pollution. The most common symptoms include coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. Long-term exposure to air pollution can also increase the risk of heart and lung diseases in dogs.

What are some signs that my dog is being affected by poor air quality?

If your dog is being affected by poor air quality, you may notice some of the following signs:

  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Nasal discharge or congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Eye or nose irritation
  • Lethargy or fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your vet for more information.

How can I protect my dog from air pollution?

There are several steps you can take to protect your dog from air pollution:

  • Keep your dog indoors on days with poor air quality.
  • Use an air purifier to filter out pollutants in your home.
  • Avoid exercising your dog near busy roads or industrial areas.
  • Keep your home clean and dust-free to reduce indoor air pollution.
Can air pollution cause skin problems in dogs?

Yes, air pollution can cause skin problems in dogs. Exposure to pollutants can lead to dry, itchy, or irritated skin. Dogs with existing skin conditions may experience flare-ups due to air pollution. Additionally, pollutants in the air can stick to your dog’s fur and skin, leading to further irritation.

Are some dog breeds more susceptible to the effects of air pollution?

Yes, some dog breeds may be more susceptible to the effects of air pollution than others. Breeds with short snouts, such as bulldogs and pugs, may have a harder time breathing in polluted air. Dogs with pre-existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma or bronchitis, may also be more susceptible to the effects of air pollution.

By taking steps to protect your dog from air pollution, you can help keep them healthy and happy. If you have any concerns about your dog’s health, be sure to consult with your veterinarian. If you have questions about how I can help you and your dog please feel free to contact me.

Stay safe.


Allison, Jackson and Mojo


American Kennel Club: Air Pollution and Your Dog
PetMD: Air Pollution and Your Dog’s Health
Veterinary Medical Association: Air Pollution and Your Pet’s Health



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