Pet Safety Following Hurricane Sandy
(Woolwich Township, NJ) – The period immediately following a major storm is hazardous both to people and their pets. Saint Francis Veterinary issues the following information to help guide pet owners in the region coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
“Severe incidents like Hurricane Sandy create danger for our pets,” commented Karyn Collier, DVM, Chief Medical Officer of Saint Francis Veterinary Center. “Unsafe drinking water, debris in the yard, downed power lines, chemical spills and displaced wildlife are just a few of the kinds of things that pose significant danger to our pets. As we’re coming together to rebuild in our own lives, we must also be very aware of the things that can affect our pets.”
Tips for pet owners
- If drinking water is unsafe for human consumption, it is also unsafe for pets. Dangerous bacteria, debris and chemicals may be prevalent if water processing is not functioning in your town. Use bottled water or boil tap water for at least one minute, then cool prior to serving.
- Do not use canned food that has been opened if you cannot refrigerate it. Unrefrigerated canned food can house dangerous bacteria. Use dry dog or cat food whenever possible. If you do not have access to dry food, a bland diet such as boiled chicken and rice is recommended.
- Walk your dog on a leash at all times, even in your yard, if wreckage or debris is prevalent. Even if debris is not prevalent, remember that displaced animals and wild animals may be roaming freely. Leash walking is the safest approach.
- Do not allow your pet to drink from puddles of standing water outside to avoid risk of chemical and bacteria ingestion.
- Do your best to return to a normal routine, as much as possible. Most pets find a routine soothing – being walked and fed at the same time each day, for example. A storm is a major disruption to our pets lives just as to our own.
- Call your local veterinarian if you suspect your pet may have been exposed to a dangerous circumstance. If your veterinarian is not yet open, please call our 24-hour emergency room at 856.467.0050 with any questions or needs.
About Saint Francis Veterinary Center
St. Francis Veterinary Center is an award-winning, AAHA-accredited specialty referral practice for animals. Based in Woolwich Township, N.J. the center is home to numerous Board Certified specialists and other veterinary experts, specializing in emergency and critical care, surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, radiology, ophthalmology, physical rehabilitation, nuclear medicine, and holistic and natural therapies. For more information please visit http://www.saintfrancis.org.
Additional animal emergency centers in the Delaware Valley:
- (NJ) Regional Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center >
- (NJ) Northstar VETS >
- (NJ) Red Bank Veterinary Hospital >
- (DE) Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware >
- (PA) Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center VSEC >