About this Research Topic
Wildfires are a naturally occurring part of nature, but there has been a marked increase in frequency and severity over the last several years. These wildfires have caused devastation in multiple areas around the world including the Western United States, Australia, and the Amazon. With the continual changes in our climate, this trend is expected to continue and therefore prompting a need to evaluate the effects and care on not only humans, but the animals that share our environment.
Review of recent wildfires have demonstrated the immense impact on companion animals, livestock, and diverse wildlife. Animal care during fires includes efficient evacuation and rescue plans, medical care including burns and associated systemic disease, and overall welfare. Yet despite the growing need to evaluate ways to care for animals involved in wildfires, there is a paucity of literature to help understand and guide veterinarians and other animal care givers. This Research Topic aims to investigate and share current research and reviews in this area to expand the knowledge base and assess of current and vital information.
Submissions of original research, reviews, case reports, perspectives, brief research reports, and opinions are welcome. Areas to be covered in this topic may include, but are not limited to:
• Animal evacuation and disaster planning
• Animal triage and acute burn care
• Ongoing burn treatments, medical management, and rehabilitation in fire affected animals
• Long-term effects on fire affected animals
• One Health view of wildfires in animals: effects on the community, environment, food safety, etc.
Keywords: wildfires, triage, burns, rehabilitation, fire, evacuation
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