The volcanic ash may cause breathing problems, eyes irritation, runny nose or a sore throat including a dry cough. This includes both humans and animals.
The Iceland Volcano that started to erupt last Saturday has already forced the Air Force One with President Barack Obama onboard to shorten his visit to Ireland. Everyone fears that the last year scenario is likely to repeat. The Iceland’s Meteorological Office says that the Grimsvotn eruption is unlikely to have the same impact as Eyjafjallajokul in 2010 as the ash falls to the ground more quickly and do not float long distances.
We would like to remind basic guidelines to pet owners issued last year by British Veterinary Association:
- if you notice any symptoms or smell sulfur, rotten eggs or a strong acidic smell take reasonable action to protect your pets by limiting their time outdoors
- any pets with respiratory problems should be well protected from the atmosphere
- cover outdoor aviaries to protect birds
- find suitable shelter for any pets that usually live outdoors.
The Health Protection Agency is advising that the plume of volcanic ash over the north Atlantic is not currently a risk to public health in the United Kingdom and has no impact on public health in the UK (like in April 2010). and will continue to monitor the plume's movement with the Meteorological Office and others.