We recommend you review our sizing chart when selecting a size. We have listed each size with an example breed to give you an idea of the correct size for your dog. Measure the length and circumference of your dogs muzzle for a more accurate sizing fit. The K9 Mask features adjustable neck and muzzle straps for getting the right fit for your dog. We understand every dog's neck and muzzle have variations in sizing. Using these adjustments in the mask will help the K9 Mask fit right on your dog. If your dog is in between sizes we recommend the larger size.
After you make your Kickstarter pledge resulting in a K9 Mask Reward our team will interact with you through a survey to get your K9 Mask/s sizing and shipping information. Your funding puts the K9 Masks into production for shipping and delivery in May of 2019.
We advise people to use a K9 Mask when dogs are in environments with smoke from wildfires, smog from industry, high vehicle emissions in urban centers, dust storms in dry regions, ash from volcanoes, mold from moisture, allergies from pollenating vegetation, or high bacteria counts.
Yes, the exterior mask is washable. The replaceable N95 with PM2.5 and activated carbon air filters which you take in and out of the mask are not washable. Dogs tend to slobber when breathing or panting so we designed the K9 Mask to be washable to keep it fresh and clean for long-term use.
Pollution mask training involves pairing a positive stimulus with the K9 Mask. Place the mask on the ground and let the dog smell it. Then, add a food treat in the mask for your dog to sniff and retrieve. This process provides a positive stimulus to the dog about the K9 Mask. Then, put the mask on the dog's muzzle for a few seconds without fastening the K9 Mask around its neck. Repeat this sequence several times, working towards fastening the Velcro straps on the mask around the dog's neck. Be patient and affirming with your dog as you get them used to wearing the K9 Mask.
We are talking to veterinarians about the use of K9 Masks for dogs in poor air quality environments. We are encouraged by their initial responses. We are also researching the breathability of dogs wearing the K9 Mask using a pulse oximeter. The pulse oximeter measures the amount of oxygen circulating in the blood. This research will help set guidelines for safely using a K9 Mask.
WARNING: Verify with your veterinarian the risks of using this mask with your pet. Constantly monitor your pet while using the K9 Mask. You should always be able to visibly see your pet while it is wearing the K9 Mask. If your pet appears to be panting heavily or shows signs of irregular breathing immediately remove the mask. This mask is designed for use during short periods of poor air quality. Anyone choosing to use this product on their dog assumes the risk of suffocation.
The K9 Mask does work as a muzzle. This is a secondary purpose for the K9 Mask. The primary function of the mask is to protect the dog from polluted air. However, the K9 Mask functions to muzzle a dog from barking and biting. During the anxiety of a wildfire, or other extreme weather events, dogs become anxious. A dog wearing the K9 Mask as a muzzle is useful to protect the dog and those around it in these environments.
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