World Animal Protection's Drs. Naritsorn Pholperm and Daniel Ventura have returned from Northern Cebu and Bantayan Island after helping thousands of animals by administering life-saving veterinary care in some of the areas that were hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan over two weeks ago.
Dr. Nartisorn Pholperm treats a cow in Northern Cebu Island. November 23, 2013
Over four days, the team worked with 23 dedicated local volunteer vets. They assessed over 13,000 animals and treated over 2000! Diarrhoea and tick infestations have been the most common conditions our vets have managed. Both can prove fatal if left untreated – ongoing diarrhoea which is usually caused by intestinal parasites can lead to malnutrition, while ticks can also transmit deadly diseases.
Healthy, happy animals are always our prime concern, but there are also significant benefits for people as well. Strong, fit animals will help support local communities that have been devastated by Haiyan.
Villagers, especially those in the more remote areas where our teams are working, rely heavily on their animals for eggs and meat. They also help farmers work their fields and harvest their crops so they are absolutely integral to their long term recovery.
Vaccinating animals against disease is also another important part of our ongoing work. During our team’s four day assessment in Northern Cebu and Bantayan Island, 4,000 animals were identified as being at risk of a serious condition called hemorrhagic septicaemia. Our vets will work in partnership with local veterinary volunteers to carry out vaccinations against this disease towards the end of this week.
While in the northern part of the island our team also distributed one ton of pet food to make sure the dogs have enough to eat while their owners get back on their feet.
Our teams have continued to be impressed be the incredible resilience and positive attitude of the wonderful Filipino people who have been most grateful for our support to protect their animals.