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Casselton Farmers Watching Animals For Respiratory Problems

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Sinner Bros. & Bresnahan's in Casselton is a farming, feed lot and export business that keeps more than a thousand cattle for company.

Which made the requested train derailment and collision evacuation more of a dilemma.

"Maybe it's precautionary, whatever, but it's something that concerned us, too, about our animals and hoping that they'd be fine," says Sinner Bros. & Bresnahan's Partner Tom Bresnahan.

The animals stayed at the farm, but the derailment's resulting plume of smoke and soot means the company is still keeping a close eye on the curious creatures.

"Obviously one of the things we look for is any respiratory problems and at this point we aren't seeing any, but it's something we'll keep monitoring," he says.

 It's an extra precaution for a good reason.

"Animals can become respiratory distressed very quickly and so just keeping a close eye on their breathing, that's the really critical point," says Fargo Prairie Winds Veterinary Clinic Veterinarian Alicia Wisnewski.

Any noticeable symptoms like coughing, labored breathing or blue-tinged gums can be indicators of things like heat damage from hot soot, inflammation from smoke damage, fluid in the lungs and more.

"We can also see a condition where their hemoglobin loses its ability to carry oxygen and all of those conditions can lead to respiratory distress," she says.

"It's critical that we keep the animals healthy, dry, get them fed every day, good water," says Bresnahan.

    Animal experts say ingesting soot shouldn't be much of an issue since large animals aren't out grazing this time of year.

If you live in Casselton and see any soot, experts say to keep a close watch on your small animals too, wiping their paws and clearing areas outdoors for them to walk.

If you see any symptoms, contact your vet.




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