17 September 2019

DAS reopens after three dogs treated for coronavirus

| Lachlan Roberts
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Three dogs at DAS tested positive to the virus. Photo: File.

After being closed for almost two weeks, Domestic Animal Services has reopened its Symonston facility after three dogs were treated for a highly contagious disease.

On 4 September, Domestic Animal Services (DAS) said it would be closed for several days after several dogs at the facility were diagnosed with highly contagious intestinal disease coronavirus.

Three dogs tested positive to the virus and were quarantined at DAS and treated by a veterinarian. All other dogs at the facility have been observed by a veterinarian.

The facility has now returned to normal opening hours but is maintaining strict quarantine processes in certain parts of the facility as a precautionary measure. Members of the public who are interested in adopting a dog can still visit the facility, but there will be restricted access to the kennels.

An ACT Government spokesperson did not reveal how the dogs caught the disease but said the risk of the coronavirus is always present in the ACT.

Coronavirus is highly contagious and is spread through the faeces of infected dogs. A dog may also become infected by eating from contaminated food bowls or by direct contact with an infected dog.

The incubation period from ingestion to clinical signs is one to four days, and the duration of illness is two to 10 days in most dogs. The virus, which cannot be transmitted to humans, has is indicated by diarrhea, vomiting and anorexia.

If someone suspects their dog may have the virus they should call or attend their local vet.

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