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Vets give Advice on Pet Safety During Massive Fires

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- For most people, pets are part of the family; and with fires starting almost every day in Central Washington, their safety is as important as ours.

Every summer fire causes serious damage in many ways, but for pet owners it can be devastating.

During wildfires smoke can cause serious problems with animals. Coughing, wheezing and distress can consume your pet, and if they have preexisting problems it can be even worse.

"They have sensitive respiratory systems just as we do.  You will probably see those symptoms become a lot worse," said Yakima veterinarian, Julie Sowa.

Burns are also a major concern with animals in these situations. Without treatment, those injuries can be fatal, and treatment is intense.

"It is intensive care, obviously because they can set themselves up for massive infection, they need intensive care, antibiotics, and pain management because it is very painful," Sowa said

Owners should also keep in mind their own emotions. If you are upset, your animal will be too.

"A lot of animals are intuitive and they will pick up on that," Sowa said.

One pet owner said he always makes sure to take care of his dog.

"Take the things the animals needs as well as what you need for yourself.  I make sure to take care of him.  He is like a kid in our house," said dog owner, Mike Beck.

Vets said you might not see immediate issues with your pet when there is a lot of smoke, but it is better to be safe than sorry when dealing with your animal's health and safety as well as your own.

Vets also said to keep animals calm in a cool and quite area if they are distressed about not being able to breath.

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