TIPS FOR KEEPING PETS SAFE FROM AVIAN FLU
Pet birds and cats are susceptible to the HPAI avian flu, not dogs so much. This flu is highly contagious and lethal. Higher standards are required in some areas where there are waterfowl and poultry farms. Otherwise, it is not so crucial to take most sanitizing precautions. The following is a list of tips to avoid bringing it in to your pets:
- 1. Remove all bird feeders until it is deemed safe to feed wild birds.If you want to keep them up, be sure to sanitize and disinfect them regularly and remove dropped seed.
- 2. Remove/and or disinfect outside bird baths.
- 3. Seal up any rodent holes around the house because mice can track the disease inside.
- 4. Keep pet birds and cats inside.
- 5. If you live near chickens or waterfowl areas, change your clothes when you come inside. Wear plastic disposable shoe booties.
- 6. Never touch or try to save a feral sick bird. Call your local wildlife rescue, vet or ASPCA instead.
- 7. Wash hands before handling your pets. Keep their food in closed containers. Clean cages every night before dark and remove food cups to the refrigerator.