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Parvovirus reported in Butler area

Published Tuesday, 23rd April 2024

City of Wanneroo residents are being advised to ensure their dogs are vaccinated following the reported detection of parvovirus in the Butler area.

Dog running on grass

The highly contagious virus causes vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy and dehydration in dogs, and can potentially be fatal.

Information shared by residents on social media indicates reported cases of the virus at Kingsbridge Park and Pembury Park in Butler.

City of Wanneroo Manager Community Safety and Emergency Management, Kirsten Thrush, said dog owners need to be vigilant and ensure their pet’s vaccinations are up to date.

“The City’s Parks Maintenance team ensures all parks and open spaces, including our dog parks, are well maintained for the safety of all users,” she said.

“Unfortunately, due to the highly contagious nature of parvovirus, even when water bowls, play spaces and bins are cleaned regularly, there is still a risk to dogs, especially unvaccinated ones.

“Dogs can pick up parvovirus from any open space, including footpaths, beaches and parks. The best thing any dog owner can do to protect their pet is to make sure they are vaccinated.

“I would urge all dog owners to consult their local vet and check if their dog is up to date with its parvovirus vaccinations.”

From six to eight weeks of age, puppies can receive a combined vaccine from their vet to protect them against parvovirus and other diseases. Boosters are then recommended every two to four weeks until puppies reach 16 weeks of age, followed by annual boosters to ensure your dog maintains immunity.

Find out more about dog ownership in the City of Wanneroo.

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