The dangers of floodwaters and your animal’s health and safety
Floodwaters can carry disease for people and their animals.
Water-borne diseases can be present such as leptospirosis, E. coli, and Salmonella which can cause diarrhoea and vomiting. Ensure your pets and livestock have access to clean drinking water.
Throw out any pet food and livestock feed that has gotten wet, they can be a health hazard and are unsafe to eat.
Parasitic worms are also more prevalent during and after floods like giardia, hookworm, roundworms and fleas. Keep your pet’s worming and flea treatments up to date to keep them protected.
If your pet is showing signs of vomiting, diarrhoea, illness or dermatitis, contact your local vet for medical attention.
Livestock after floods can show signs of lameness, infection or injury from standing in water for extended periods of time. They are subject to experience hoof problems so contact your local vet immediately for treatment if you notice these symptoms.
Once you’ve returned home, empty out any water containers and refill with clean water. Mosquitos will be breeding in stagnant areas and also in shallow pools of water. Ensure your pets are up to date with their heartworm preventatives as mosquitoes carry this deadly disease.