Animals suffer trauma
HAVING survived the floods many will face the challenge of dealing with their traumatised pets, according to experts from the Australian Veterinary Association.
Veterinarians are expecting to deal with large numbers of traumatised pets over the coming weeks and months.
“The human tragedy has been huge, but many survivors of the floods who are relying on their pets for emotional support may not realise that the animals have also been emotionally scarred by events,” said animal behaviour specialist, Dr Kersti Seksel.
“Dogs and cats that survive disasters can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder in the same way as humans.
“Pets that temporarily lost their owners and/or homes during the flooding may be suffering from separation anxiety-related problems.”
Dr Seksel says that while counselling is available for human disaster victims, the signs shown by animals are often ignored initially as their owners try to come to terms with what has happened.