HEALTH WATCH: Southern California Fires

Posted by | December 06, 2017 | Health, Health Watch, Safety, Wellness | No Comments
Southern California Fires

As fires spread throughout Southern California, the air quality in the Los Angeles area is being seriously affected.  Not to mention the significant amount of ash and debris falling from the sky.

At Fitdog, we’re taking certain preventative measures to promote the health and safety of our dogs and are advising you do too! Here are some tips to keep your pup safe.

  • Have plenty of fresh water for both you and your dog. The fires have caused a rapid decline in humidity (only 7%), so dehydration is a serious risk during this time.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible. Until the quality of the air improves, we urge everyone to keep their pets inside. Additionally, animals who live in the Santa Monica mountain range will be displaced. If you see stray or wandering animals contact LA Animal Services at 888-452-7381.
  • Limit playtime. Yeah, it’s a bummer. However, since oxygen levels are being compromised we advise not letting your dog get too physically active, as they might have a harder time catching their breath.
  • Get an air filter for you and your pup. While supplies last, having an air filter in your home will help improve your quality of sleep and health.

Here are some breeds we’ve identified that may be more at risk than other breeds:

  • Short-nosed dogs such as Boxers, Pugs, Pekinese, Bulldogs, and French Bulldogs. These dogs tend to have to work harder to breathe while playing in normal situations, so they will likely be more affected by the smoke.
  • Dogs prone to eye infections and blocked tear ducts such as Maltese, Pugs, Pekinese, Cocker Spaniels, Poodles or any other dogs with sensitive skin or bulging eyes. We would highly recommend that owners of these types of dogs buy a basic saline rinse to flush your dog’s eyes throughout the day to prevent irritation and infection.
  • Dogs prone to allergies (breeds vary significantly). If your dog is not breathing due to an allergic reaction, you can administer a Benadryl antihistamine and bring them to the closest veterinarian. Check doses for dogs online.

Currently, Operation Blankets of Love is collecting much-needed items for pets displaced by the Southern California fires including dog and cat food, dog beds, blankets, and towels. If you’re able to donate any of these items, you can drop them off at Fitdog in Santa Monica and OBOL will pick them up from us.

In addition, we are seeing many of our members being displaced by the fires. Fitdog is offering a 15% discount for dogs boarding with us due to fire evacuations.  Email us at or call us at (310) 828-3647 to set up your boarding reservation.