A total of 24,587 farm animals benefited from the animal health extension services of the Provincial Veterinary Office through its medical missions in the past six months, Dr. Merie Ann Adlaon, veterinary medical mission coordinator, said yesterday.
Adlaon said the medical mission was conducted in remote barangays of 10 local government units in Negros Occidental to prevent possible outbreaks of diseases and monitor animal management of the farmers.
Farm animals like carabaos, goats, poultry, cattle, swine, and dogs were examined and provided treatment, vaccination, check-ups, castration, and laboratory diagnosis, she said.
Fecal samples from cattle and carabaos were collected for monitoring parasite occurrence and determine common infections of these large ruminants, Adlaon also said.
Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Renante Decena, meanwhile, yesterday said that PVO has enough supply of veterinary medicines for all farm animals needing treatment and vaccination.
Decena also encouraged animal raisers to avail of and participate in their medical missions and other animal health programs and services since it is for free.
He also cautioned farmers to take care of their animals and check their water source during rainy seasons as they are prone to diarrhea, cholera, and pneumonia.
LGUs that benefited from the veterinary mission were Don Salvador Benedicto, Pulupanda, Valladolid, Isbela, Binalbagan, Candoni, Himamaylan, Cauayan, Hinobaan, and Ilog. *LTG