It's obviously important to worry about the effects of flooding on your house and the people living there, but one thing people can sometimes forget is the effect on your pets. Here are a few ways to mitigate potential damage to pets due to a flood disaster.
Before the Flood
As soon as you're given a flood warning, it's a good idea to find all small pets that are currently outside and bring them in. Flooding can be even more dangerous to small pets than to humans if the pets have no way of getting above it, so you should bring them upstairs if possible.
You'll also want to find all of their food, the area where they sleep, and their water and bring it all to an area that you know will stay dry if possible. Floodwater can contaminate water dishes, after all. It's also a good idea to have your pet transportation containers ready in case the situation gets bad enough to necessitate you moving quickly.
Pets may be even more stressed out about flooding than you are because of all of the chaos, loud noises and so on. It's a good idea to make sure you have items like chew toys to distract them with and to give them comfort. It also helps to prepare for the worst if it turns out that you have no choice but to leave them behind. This means having extra food and water and a place for them to live at the top of your house.
After the Flood During Restoration Efforts
Mold isn't just dangerous to humans; it's dangerous to pets as well. It's important that you quickly replace or restore any structure that your pet is going to be living in after it's been affected by water damage--for more information on that, contact companies like Central Flood Management Inc. If your pet shows any sign of mold exposure, it's important to get them help as quickly as possible and to remove them from their enclosure until you've eliminated all mold in the area and restored it to previous conditions.
Examples of symptoms from mold exposure in pets include extreme lethargy, having a runny nose, licking themselves so much that they lose their hair, or chewing excessively at their limbs or even their skin. This behavior can even cause bleeding. If you want to avoid it getting to this point, you should inspect their living area as soon as possible. You may not be able to let them stay there overnight if there's mold present and you're living elsewhere.
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