Posted: Sep 18, 2012 7:21 AM by Katy Harris - MTN News
BUTTE - If you've noticed your dog or cat has been coughing recently, it could be related to the smoke in the air.
Butte veterinarian technician Tracy Immonen says animals with respiratory or airway disease are more likely to develop a cough, sneezing or itchy eyes because of the smoke.
The Amherst Animal Hospital has received several phone calls from concerned pet owners who take their dogs running or outdoors. The best solution is to keep pets indoors.
"When they're mostly in an air-conditioned building or a closed building its less concern but if you're seeing any signs then its a good reason to check," Immonen said.
Veterinarians can prescribe cough suppressants for your pet to help with smoke related respiratory problems.