Sacramento Area Animals Doing Well in Wildfire Smoke
Most animals at the Sacramento Zoo are not suffering health problems from the thick smoke generated by area wildfires. But, dogs and cats may show signs of not enough oxygen.
Friday, July 11, 2008
While some people may be suffering breathing problems from weeks of wildfire smoke…animals in the Sacramento area apparently are taking things in stride. Kim Perino is a marketing director at the Sacramento Zoo. She says there’s a bigger concern about how the poor air quality is affecting zoo keepers…
“Animals are very, very smart. Sometimes smarter than people are so they aren’t out jogging in the nasty air…you’ll see them. They might seem a little more sedentary or they have easy access to their dens…things like that”
Besides animals at the zoo…veterinarians say if your dog or cat is panting more than usual…you should keep them indoors.
You can also check inside their mouths. If the gums are turning gray they’re not getting enough oxygen and you should take them to the vet.