Animals girded for extreme heat

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Saturday, March 15, 2014


THE Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) of Negros Occidental has allocated a total of P8.5 million in preparation for the impact of summer heat to animals.

Dr. Renante Decena, provincial veterinarian, said P5 million of the allotted funds will be utilized for the purchase of vaccines against hemorrhagic septicemia that usually hits carabaos, swines, cows, sheeps and goats during hot weather.

Hemorrhagic septicemia, caused by Pasteurella multocida bacteria, is characterized by a sudden onset of high fever, dyspnea, salivation, hot painful subcutaneous swellings, and submucosal petechiae, among others.

During summer, animals are also prone to other diseases, especially stroke, Decena said.

The P3.5 million will be used for preparations in protecting animals for the onset of summer, the PVO chief said.

Aside from the purchase of vaccines, Decena said the PVO has also set aside P500,000 for the acquisition of animal feeds since most grasses will dry up during the summer season.

"Usually this occurs when weather suddenly changes from cold to hot, just like here in the province," he added.

An amount of P4.4 million has also been allocated for monitoring of the animals during the dry season.

Decena said the PVO also conducts seminars among livestock animal raisers in the province to orient them on how to mitigate the effects of the dry season.

Farmers should have be technically equipped for the changes that climate change will bring to their livelihood, he said, adding that they should coordinate with their local veterinarians if they have problems with their animals particularly those engaged in backyard raising.

Meanwhile, Decena said the shortage of eggs supply in the previous months after the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda has already been addressed and the supply stability in Negros Occidental could be determined before the summer starts.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 15, 2014.

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