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Friday, October 26, 2007

Dealing with Pets in the Wake of the Wildfires

The LA Times has an article about the emotional stress for pet owners. Among the tips:

* Remember to keep animals fed and hydrated. They can suffer from smoke inhalation too. Cats and smaller dogs usually have sensitive respiratory systems, so they may need medical attention if they are coughing irregularly.

* Always maintain close contact. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered, and your pet may become confused and lost.

* Keep calm if a pet's behavior changes for a bit after an emergency. Normally quiet and friendly pets may become aggressive or defensive.

Photo by Richard D/s

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