Pets also susceptible to the unhealthy air in Kern County

The poor air quality can be seen from Panorama Bluffs in Bakersfield, Calif., on Nov. 20, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

The poor air quality hitting Kern County these days is visible to the naked eye.

The air quality on Tuesday at noon was 230, which is Level 5 – unhealthy for everyone.

And everyone means pets, as well.

What symptoms do pets display when they are affected by unhealthy air quality?

“The same as you or I,” said Dr. Norman Lohr, of Nile Point Veterinary Hospital. “Runny eyes, runny nose, coughing, sneezing – all of the respiratory signs.”

He said pets that experience symptoms of too much pollution risk getting chronic bronchitis.

“It’s just a matter of trying to avoid it, just like you or I would,” Lohr said. “Again, the commons sense thing of not over-exercising when the air quality is really bad.”

Leaving a dog outside during the day is OK as long as the dogs aren’t over-exerting themselves, he said.

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