Staff from Kalgoorlie Animal Hospital were hard at work at Ninga Mia yesterday, administering free vaccinations to the local dogs.
The team took 85 three-year vaccines to the community 5km north of Kalgoorlie-Boulder to prevent canine hepatitis, distemper and parvovirus.
Vet and practice owner Marjorie Lukin said the initiative would help tackle parvovirus in the wider Kalgoorlie-Boulder community. “We rarely see hepatitis and distemper anymore but parvovirus has been harder to get on top of,” Ms Lukin said.
“The virus stays in the environment for at least two years through body fluids, saliva, urine, vomiting and diarrhoea that stay in the soil.
“Our vet nurse Casey came up with the idea to use up the extra vaccines we have.”
Veterinary nurse Casey Rowe said about half of all dogs who contracted the parvovirus survived.