Make sure you are prepared before animals return home

WITH flood waters receding many displaced animals will need to be returned home, however properties should be prepared before this happens.

Biosecurity Queensland Principal Biosecurity Officer Paul Willett said animals should be returned home only when it is safe to do so.

People should consider a number of things before returning their animals to their property:

  •  Remove any potentially dangerous debris from the property as it could injure animals.
  • Provide animals with access to feed or suitable pasture and clean drinking water.
  • Make sure accommodation is clean, dry and undamaged so animals can be housed safely.
  • Ensure animals are not returning to an environment where they may be frightened by noise, activity or strangers," Mr Willett said.

Mr Willett said owners should ensure that once animals are returned that they have easy access to the animals for regular monitoring.

"Animals returned to their homes after the recent flooding should be regularly checked to ensure they are settling in well," Mr Willett said.

"Initially, monitor them at least daily to ensure they are eating properly and have not sustained injuries from unobserved debris."

For more information on issues surrounding animals and flooding, such as diseases to look out for visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.



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