Public advised to protect poultry, livestock, pets from cold weather PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 February 2014 14:35

The Office of the City Veterinarian (OCVet) has advised the public, especially those who owns poultry and livestock, to protect their working animals as well as their pets from the cold weather.

City Veterinarian Dr. Mario Arriola issued the advice as the country in general and this city in particular is experiencing cold weather brought about by the winter winds from China and Siberia.

Arriola said poultry and livestock should be properly housed “to prevent these animals from getting sick or worse die” due to the cold weather like what happened in Cebu.

In Cebu, the provincial veterinary reported that 30 cows died last week in Cebu City while 10 in Balamban after the cattle suffered severe chills due to the cold weather.

Arriola said that pets must also be fed properly “so that their energy intake will go up” and not to leave them outside the house for a long time especially short-haired dogs.

He said that animals are vulnerable to respiratory diseases during cold weather aside from hypothermia.

Hypothermia is a condition in which the body’s core temperature drops below that is required for normal metabolism and body functions.

However, Arriola said they have not monitored yet where in this city were the animals that have died due to cold weather. — RGAAG