Pets are susceptible to many of the same dangers as humans in the event of a flood event.
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) September 28, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration service in the United States, is offering tips to pet owners on keeping their animal friends safe and healthy in the aftermath of water or flood damage. Pets are susceptible to many of the same dangers as humans in the event of a flood event.
Floods often generate a large amount of debris, some with very sharp or ragged edges, which may cause injury if brushed against or stepped on. Floods may also cause other forms of wildlife, from snakes to raccoons, to seek shelter in damaged homes or businesses. A bite from a wild animal may be venomous or carry rabies.
Flood waters should always be considered contaminated and dangerous for consumption. Dogs and cats will drink water from any readily available source, so it is a good idea to keep them away from the location of the flooding. It is also inadvisable to allow them to have water from the spigot, since that may also be contaminated and should be boiled before use.
Pets should be taken along in the event of an evacuation, and a bag prepared with food, meds, and other supplies to take care of them for an extended stay away from home. When repairs are being made, it is strongly encouraged to have pets boarded at a kennel or other similar facility, or taken care of temporarily by family or friends. Whatever the best course is for keeping them out of the flooded area should be followed to the letter, and the pets should not be reintroduced into the area until the repair work is complete.
Based in Cleveland OH, RestorationLocal.com is one of the leading water damage restoration companies in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed. More information on water damage prevention and treatment can be found at their website.