Here's a great article that I thought I would pass on...hope you find it informative! –Kim
The Current Earthquake and Tsunami Aftereffect in Japan
Dr. Andrew Jones, 3/20/2011
At the current time, there is NO radiation risk to our dogs and cats in North America following the earthquake and tsunami that caused severe damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex in Japan.
This is a serious situation, but the radiation risks are confined to Japan, and specifically the immediate area around the nuclear plant.
Radiation levels at and around the plant continued to fluctuate. Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said radiation of 250 millisievert an hour had been detected about 30 metres above the plant, which forced the helicopters to limit their operation to 40-minute periods.
Officials have ordered people living within 20 kilometres of the plant to leave the area, and advised those within 30 kilometres to remain indoors with their doors and windows shut.
DON'T give Potassium Iodide
Potassium Iodide may help protect our pets in the event of serious radiation exposure, BUT it comes with a host of side effects, and in this case there is NO reason to be giving it to your dogs or cats.
Side-effects of Potassium Iodide include: vomiting, diarrhea, heart damage, severe allergic reactions (rash, hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of mouth, face, lips, tongue), irregular heart beat, weakness, confusion and potentially death.
Radiation Levels are being monitored
A multitude of government bodies, the EPA, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, along with Dept. of Health Services are monitoring for Radiation – there currently is NO RISK, and none is being foreseen.
Dr. Andrew Jones
Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM has been a practicing Veterinarian for almost 20 years. He is a strong advocate of Natural Pet Health Care, and knows that the most important way to heal our pets and prevent disease is through proper nutrition. He developed Ultimate Canine to give our dogs that extra advantage – something that will provide them with everything they need to develop stronger immune systems to fight disease, heal sore or stiff joints, and help them live longer, happier lives. Dr. Andrew Jones' main focus is on alternative, non-traditional remedies for pets. His interest in alternative pet medicine culminated in the writing of his book, Veterinary Secrets Revealed.
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