A volcano eruption can put many animals at risk.
Animals who inhale or ingest volcanic ash are at risk for fluoride poisoning. This could cause internal bleeding, long-term bone damage and teeth loss.
Cows, sheep, goats and horses should be rounded up and put in a closed barn, provided with hay and clean water until the ash dissipated.
Birds were also affected by the volcano. The ponds became heavy with mud and they were unable to fly because their wings were covered with ash.
Guidelines for pet owners concerning animal health after a volcano:
- if you notice any symptoms or smell sulfur, rotten eggs or a strong acidic smell take reasonable action to protect your pets by limiting their time outdoors
- any pets with respiratory problems should be well protected from the atmosphere
- cover outdoor aviaries to protect birds
- find suitable shelter for any pets that usually live outdoors.
“Pet owners should limit the amount of time that they and their animals spend outside if they detect the ash and consult a vet if they have any concerns about the health of their pets.”
Make sure that you bathe your pet often in Luke warm. Keep any wounds covered and dry. Change bandages everyday for any wounds.