5 September 2019

DAS shuts down after highly contagious disease found in two dogs

| Lachlan Roberts
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Two dogs have been quarantined at DAS and are currently being treated for coronavirus. File photo.

Domestic Animal Services has temporarily shut down after two dogs at the Symonston facility were diagnosed with highly contagious intestinal disease coronavirus.

An ACT Government spokesperson said the service is expected to be closed for several days.

The disease 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 ten days in most dogs. The virus, which cannot be transmitted to humans, has symptoms of diarrhoea, vomiting, and anorexia.

The spokesperson said the two dogs have been quarantined at DAS and are currently being treated.

“DAS staff are following stringent operating procedures, which includes a full scrub down of the facility, keeping all dogs separated, the removal of non-essential items from the kennels and repeat disinfection,” the spokesperson said.

“The risk of the virus is always present in the ACT. If someone suspects their dog may have the virus they should call or attend their local vet.”

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