The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Animal Management Facility has lifted its quarantine today after being closed to the public since 19 September, due to an outbreak of Parvo at the facility.
Canine parvovirus (Parvo) is a highly contagious infection that affects all dogs of any age. The virus is very aggressive and has an extremely high mortality rate if left untreated. Parvo attacks the lining of the dog’s gut and also the bone marrow which produces white blood cells.
All animals in the care of the City’s Animal Management Facility at the time remained under quarantine to contain the outbreak and reduce the risk of spreading. Throughout the quarantine period the City’s Community Rangers tended to 41 dogs. 34 of the dogs were released to their owners without being impounded as they were identified via microchip scan, ID tag or Registration Tag. The Rangers impounded 7 dogs throughout the quarantine period due to no identification and/or were unable to contact owner/carer.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said, “The parvo endemic tried and tested the City’s Animal Management Facility disease prevention management. Throughout the period we are happy to report that no other dogs tested positive for Parvo. The City’s veterinary clinics claimed a noticeable surge in responsible pet ownership as an uptake in the parvo vaccination was reported.”
Mr Walker added, “Parvo is still a threat to your dog, please ensure your animals vaccinations are up to date, if parvo has affected your dog, please ensure you sterilise the area before you reintroduce animals to the space. If you do find a stray dog we would ask that you stay at the location with the dog, call the Community Rangers on 9021 9600 to make a report. A ranger will be able to come to the location and identify the dog via microchip scan, ID tag or Registration Tag to return to their owner.”
Parvo is an easily preventable disease through vaccination. Contact your local vet to check your dog is up to date with its vaccinations or to schedule a vaccination. Download a fact sheet for further information.