Boil-Water Notice Causes Need for Pet Precautions

TAMPA, Fla. – BluePearl Veterinary Partners recommends Tampa pet owners take the same precautions for their pets as they would for themselves after a boil-water notice was issued by the Tampa Water Department Friday.

According to a press release issued by the city of Tampa, a power failure affecting the David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility resulted in either temporary low pressure or loss of water service for customers Friday.

All residents within the City of Tampa water service area are reminded to boil their water as a precaution for a minimum of the next 48 hours.

As a result of this, BluePearl Veterinary Partners recommends the same precautions given to humans be followed for pets to prevent potential sickness.

“Various health issues can be caused by consuming unsafe water,” said Tony Ishak, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, a specialist in veterinary internal medicine at BluePearl. “If your pet is exhibiting symptoms associated with gastrointestinal upset, such as diarrhea, vomiting or lethargy, you should contact your family veterinarian as soon as possible, or if it is after hours, we would be glad to help at one of our locations.”

Additional symptoms of gastrointestinal infections include bloating, loss of appetite and low-grade fever.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
Formed in 2008, BluePearl Veterinary Partners is headquartered in Tampa, Fla., and employs more than 1,200 people including approximately 250 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals are referral-only and don’t provide primary care. Most BluePearl hospitals offer 24-hour emergency care services. BluePearl is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship educational programs. BluePearl also participates in and conducts clinical trials to study the effectiveness of new drugs and treatments, which give clients access to cutting-edge medicine not yet commercially available and improves the quality of care delivered to our patients.


Date: Feb. 22, 2013