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Dear Editor

Written by: The Cowra Phoenix

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Cowra Shire Council would like to notify residents and pet owners that the Cowra Pound will be closed for two weeks due to a Parvo outbreak. “Last week a dog presented to the pound unwell and has subsequently tested positive for Parvovirus,” said Mrs Larissa Hackett of Cowra Shire Council.

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 stomach and also the bone marrow which produces white blood cells. Dogs who have recovered from parvovirus should not be walked in public for several weeks.

How can my dog become infected with Parvo? The parvovirus is transmitted either by direct contact with an infected dog, or indirectly through faecal matter from an infected dog. Due to the stability of the virus it is easily transmitted via the hair or feet of infected dogs, contaminated shoes, clothes, and other objects. This means that even if your dog never goes to the park or mixes with other dogs, it can be exposed to virus in its own environment. Parvovirus is highly resistant to the effects of heat, detergents and alcohol so it can remain in the environment for up to a year after an infected dog has been there.

Can my dog pass Parvo onto my family or other animals?

There is currently no evidence that Canine Parvovirus can be caught by humans Where can I find more information?For further information on Parvovirus, please contact your local vet.

How do I protect my dog against Parvo? Parvo is an easily preventable disease through vaccination. Contact your local vet to check your For more information, please contact Cowra Council Communications on 02 6340 2087 or email communications@cowra.nsw.gov.au.

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