How to protect animals from the haze

It is not just thousands of Singaporean men, women, elderly, and children who are affected by the worsening haze situation — animals too are suffering from the unhealthy levels of air pollution in Singapore.

The Animal Recovery Centre has seen an increase in 30 percent of vet visits for pets with respiratory problems and a 20 percent increase for those with eye irritation, according to news reports. Animals that spend more time outdoors like dogs are generally more affected by the haze.

Pet owners have been asked to take preventive measures by animal support groups.

Mount Pleasant Veterinary Group advises pet owners to keep their pets indoors as much as possible when the air quality remains very unhealthy. Walks are to be avoided if the PSI hits 200.

Various groups like the SPCA have also pointed out ways to look out of animals suffering from the ill-effects of haze, such as teary eyes and nasal discharge. Owners are also urged to take their pets to the vet immediately if they identify with the symptoms.

And while some pet owners want to protect their pets with makeshift animal masks, experts warn that it is dangerous for pets to wear masks that obscure their mouths because it does not allow them to dispel heat, which might lead to heatstroke.

Unhealthy haze levels also raise concerns about stray animals that may not have the respite and comforts of a shelter, fan, or air-con. Stray caregivers can provide more water to the animals and wipe them down with a damp cloth, shares Mount Pleasant Veterinary Group.

Keep a lookout for our furry friends who might need a little extra help during this hazy period!

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With references from Channel NewsAsia,