AgroStar Krishi Gyaan
05 Jan 19, 06:00 PM
Effects of Plastic Waste on Animals
Plastic consumption reduces fodder, water intake and milk production for animals. To prevent such side effects, animals should have a healthy and balanced diet.
• Plastic is easily swallowed due to its special qualities; however, it is non-digestible and harmful. It enters the stomach after consumption and stays there.
• Plastic consumption in small quantity by an animal does not have major effect; though, excessive amount of plastic accumulation can have dangerous effects of their health, such as indigestion, slowdown of gastric movement, disruption in liver functioning, and others.
• Plasticity of plastic results in the formation of small stomach compartments where food is stored and food accumulation leads to indigestion.
• A large quantity of stomach plastic leads to contraction and reduces digestion.
• The maximum amount of plastic in the stomach closes the rumor process because the gastric activity slows down.
• Bacteria which helps the digestive system affect the abdomen’s pressure. This may affect the Ph level of the animal and hamper its mentality and appetite.
Signs of animal’s consumption of plastics:
• Animals do not consume fodder and reduce water intake
• Loss of milk production
• Loss of gastric activity in less than three minutes
• Dung decrease
• Frequent stomach swelling
• Blood tests do not show any blood effect
• Physical temperature, heart rate and breath speed are irrelevant.
Treatment – Surgery is the only way of removing plastic from the stomach of an animal.
Preventive measures – Keep the area of cattle dwelling and surroundings plastic free. Control the use of plastic and dispose it appropriately.
Source - Agrowon, 27 December, 2018