Geraldton parvovirus outbreak: Discounted vaccinations available next Tuesday

Geraldton Guardian
Animal studies students give a dog a check-up.
Camera IconAnimal studies students give a dog a check-up. Credit: Central Regional TAFE

Concession holders will have access to discounted parvovirus vaccinations for their dogs at the Geraldton Central Regional TAFE on Tuesday next week.

The vaccination day is being held to help stop the spread of parvovirus, after another outbreak of the deadly infectious disease struck Geraldton at the start of winter.

Since then, many dogs have had to be euthanased.

Yesterday, City of Greater Geraldton rangers reported there had been seven suspected cases of the virus so far at both the Geraldton and Mullewa pounds.

Mayor Shane Van Styn said the Geraldton pound was ill-equipped to deal with the surge in cases, but the City’s planned Animal Management Facility would allow the City to better manage outbreaks.

A City spokeswoman said the tender for the facility would soon be awarded, with construction set to begin in the new financial year.

The discounted vaccinations, at a cost of $30, are only eligible to Centrelink, student or seniors card holders.

Dogs must be less than a year old and have never had a vaccine before. A free transportation service will be available.

To book, call 1800 672 700 or 0427 566 112.

The discounted vaccinations have been made possible through the support of the Chapman Animal Hospital, Mid West Vet Centre, Geraldton Dog Rescue and the Dongara Veterinary Hospital.

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