It seems like the haze is gonna be hitting Singapore again. While we can’t prevent it from happening, we can equip ourselves with knowledge to get through it as comfortably as possible!
Check the PSI Readings
Depending on what the current PSI readings are in your part of the island (check here for hourly readings), it might be fine to bring your dog for a short walk, just a quick toilet break, or perhaps better to abstain from going outdoors at all. The air quality descriptors for PSI values along with recommendations from NEA’s website are:
0 – 50: Good ———————– Outdoor activities can carry on as usual
51 – 100: Moderate —————- Outdoor activities can carry on as usual
101 – 200: Unhealthy ————- Reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical activity
201 – 300: Very unhealthy ——- Reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical activity
Above 300: Hazardous ———– Avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical activity
Yay! The PSI readings indicate a relatively healthy environment suitable for walking, and a quick look out the window tells the same story. If you decide to bring your dog out for a walk, a quick wipe with a wet towel after the walk will remove dust particles that may have settled on his fur. Remember to wipe away from the eyes to avoid having irritating particles enter your dog’s eye!
If the haze has got you and your pup stuck at home, and you’re both bored stiff, tossing a ball up and down your hallway can still be a great form of exercise. Or, why not take the opportunity to teach him a new trick to keep his mind stimulated? Alternatively, if your dog has a few doggy friends living in the vicinity, invite them over and throw an impromptu pawty!
Make a Few Household Changes
The smoggy haze can easily infiltrate our homes, but there are several steps you can take to help you and your beloved pets cope better.
1.) Shut your front door and windows
2.) Keep the fans or air-conditioning switched on, if possible
3.) Change your dog’s water source often to prevent him from lapping up particles that have settled on the surface
4.) If you have an older pet, or a pet that suffers from respiratory problems, consider picking up an air purifier to improve the air quality at home
Keep an Eye on Your Dog
Your efforts to fight the haze have been valiant, but sometimes it just can’t be beaten. Watch out for these symptoms in your pooch:
1.) Eye irritation – redness, soreness, or discharge
2.) Skin irritation – rashes
While these symptoms may go away as the haze clears up, older dogs or dogs that have pre-existing respiratory conditions will benefit from veterinary care. Ring up your dog’s healthcare provider and bring them in for treatment if it’s deemed necessary.
We’ll get through the hazy season with lots of treats and water, and soon we’ll be back romping under clear blue skies with our best friends by our sides!