Protecting Your Pets from Wildfire Smoke: A Practical Guide

| June 8, 2023

TORONTO, ON. – June 8, 2023 – As wildfires become increasingly common in Canada, it is crucial to ensure the well-being of our beloved pets. Wildfire smoke can pose serious health risks to animals, just as it does to humans. Toronto Humane Society is dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals and is here to provide you with practical information on how to protect your pets from the effects of wildfire smoke. By following these guidelines, you can help keep your furry family members safe and healthy. 

Stay Informed: Stay updated on local air quality advisories and wildfire conditions in your area. Pay attention to announcements from local authorities and check reliable sources like Environment Canada’s website for real-time information. The Air Quality Health Index is a great resource to assess risk in your location. 

Limit Exposure: Minimize your pet’s exposure to smoke when air quality is poorest by keeping them indoors as much as possible. Keep your windows closed when air quality is poor. Air purifiers or filters can help reduce indoor pollutants.  

Use Common Sense: Dogs need the enrichment and exercise of outdoor activity. Try to time regular walks for cooler times of day and when air quality is better. Restrict exercise most in hot weather and when air quality is poor, and for dogs with pre-existing health conditions, elderly dogs or brachycephalics (smooshed face breeds such as English Bulldogs, Frenchies and Pugs). 

Consult a Veterinarian: If you notice any unusual symptoms in your pets, such as coughing, sneezing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, unusual tiredness or eye irritation, consult a veterinarian promptly. They can provide guidance specific to your pet’s health needs and recommend appropriate treatments or preventive measures. 

About Toronto Humane Society

Toronto Humane Society’s mission is to improve the lives of animals. The organization excels in all ways an animal shelter should, with industry- leading shelter care, veterinary services, animal training and behaviour consultations. Toronto Humane Society believes in the importance of the human-animal bond, finds new homes for thousands of animals and helps keep families together.

Toronto Humane Society is more than an animal shelter. They are an educational resource and support system, a leading voice in animal welfare and accessible care. The organization is also a centre of excellence, a space where best practices and boundary-pushing knowledge meet with unyielding optimism and a love for animals to create something special. Toronto Humane Society is like no other. For more information, visit 

For more information, or to arrange an interview please contact Lucas Solowey at or call 416-392-2273 ext. 2196