11 July 2013
The States Vet has advised Islanders looking after livestock and pets to take extra care of them in hot weather.
Overheating in cars, and fly strike, are among the dangers animals face in rising temperatures.
Fly strike affects mainly rabbits and sheep but it can affect other animals. Flies are typically attracted by soiled fur or wool where they lay eggs which hatch into maggots on the animal.
The maggots can cause horrible damage by eating through skin and flesh causing pain and death. Keeping animals and their housing clean can help prevent the condition.
Islanders can ask their vet about how to spot these problems and are advised to check animals’ bodies every day so they immediately notice when something is wrong.
It is particularly important to thoroughly check animals in warm weather when flies are active.
States Veterinary Officer, Linda Lowseck, has asked people to take extra care “As we experience hot weather, everyone with responsibility for animals is reminded to be especially vigilant about fly strike and to be sure their animals always have a plentiful supply of clean drinking water which animals can easily access.
“If you are going to travel with animals, plan ahead to make sure they will not overheat. For example, try to travel in the early morning or evening. Don’t leave animals unattended in vehicles, which can quickly become like ovens.”