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CANINE Coronavirus

Michael Geraghty
Australia
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14 Feb 2020 03:12


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I can't believe this is not being widely discussed...

There is a virus in nearly every state of Australia that is highly contagious.
ATM, Qld is being obliterated with it.

For those who are not familiar with the finer points, here they are...

SYMPTOMS
High temperature, vomiting, lethargy, scouring, orange tinge to faeces.
NOTE - NOT ALL DOGS SHOW THE SYPTOMS.
This does NOT mean your dog hasn't contracted it!

DURATION OF SYMPTOMS
Varing from 2 to 4 days. Temp up to approx 40 degrees lasting up to 48 hours.

TREATMENT
Recommendation is to withdraw food for 24hrs.
Fluid replacement.
Unless secondary infection, antibiotics ineffective.
Recommence feeding smaller split bland meals for next few days, is: rice with small amount of meat.

HOW DOES IT SPREAD?
Airborne and faeces.
It is in the dog's body fluid, so sneezing, coughing, faeces and blood could all be contaminates.
Conduits might include air cond, water, ground, saliva, etc...

HOW LONG IS A DOG CONTAGIOUS?
Good bloody question!
Conflicting reports but around the 10 days mark.(MAYBE!)
Gestation period...2 to 7 days.(MAYBE)

BIOSECURITY MEASURES
The virus is not that hardy compared with some others, having said that, it can survive in the ground for MONTHS.
You need to wash out with high grade disinfectant or BLEACH.
Use bleach to immediately disinfect ground where dropping were.
Wash hands regularly.
Wash dishes and equipment with disinfectant - rinse.

HERE ARE THE BIG ISSUES
How do you stop reinfection?
How can you be sure if you go racing your dog won't be infected?
How can you be sure if you go trialling your dog won't be infected?
How does anyone know that they are unwittingly exposing dogs to infection thinking their dog is OK because of no symptoms?

How long is a piece of string?

It is a potential merry-go-round of disaster.
Apparently this started in WA months ago and there are now reports of reinfection.

So, the question is how is this stopped?
Although it is not regarded as a leathal virus, it has decimated kennels in Qld and has the potential to keep doing it.
It has now reached epidemic proportions.
If you don't believe me just take a look at s/e Qld scratchings.

The solution?
Well, is it time to seriously consider having a break from racing, thinking of the industry's long term health?
In the short term, it's going to be painful but hopefully we'll get over it quickly?

Consider that at present we can barely fill race meetings with full fields the real possibility with a contagious virus of this magnitude is there will be cancelled meetings and ongoing warfare against reinfection and decimation.

Has it reached a time where the Greys should do what the horses did with the Equine Virus???

Close the industry down for 4 weeks?
Hopefully, 4 weeks is enough time for all dogs that get infected and reinfected to get over it?
Everyone self quarantine?
Pay everyone the $60 appearance money per dog to feed their animals?
Totally disinfect all race and trial tracks including track, kennel blocks, empty out yards!!!
PTB ramp up pathology testing to determine incubation and contamination periods and hope those results will marry with the 4 weeks shutdown and everyone can get back to racing their dogs without welfare issues?

*Anyone who has young puppies on their property please take extra care with cross contamination as it can be debilitating to young ones.





Kevin Wright
Australia
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14 Feb 2020 06:06


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MG
Best to use Sodium hypochlorite ..Hypo for short .CHLORINE
Comes in 15l litre blue drum at Bunnings...
Take dogs out of kennel block
rinse down walls roof floor with with water put on eyewear and mask ..
Use backpack sprayer spray Hypo over everything starting up high ..

Spray it quickly then use watering can over floor then get out quick because it will react and you will have a heavy smell of chlorine but that will pass ..
Once you can breath hose down kennels ...it also Removes all Brown scale and mold from dam tank channel water it also will clean down colorbond that has green mold but beware it reacts quickly when kennels have not been done and it will remove the skin from your feet as it happened to me not once but a few times MG im a slow learner but this will kill everything and it will clean out your kennel drains and pipes ...Leaving your concrete like new
Once you do it once a week your kennels will never smell of pee again


Michael Geraghty
Australia
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Dogs 14 / Races 15

14 Feb 2020 06:28


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Good advice, Kev.
I actually do use chlorine, and I wear gumboots too! Lol.

Use not only in the kennel but empty yards as well.

It's a nasty little thing.


Mick McLennan
Australia
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14 Feb 2020 06:31


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Howdy

we had it here in west. i only have 6 dogs and they got it one by one not all at once. took approx 2-3 weeks to clear out of my kennel.

same symptons as you said and also treatment was to not feed ( leave a little kibble with them ) and wait until they come back to life. took between 4 - 5 days.


Michael Geraghty
Australia
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14 Feb 2020 11:23


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Howdy Mick,
By all reports the symptoms are very similar in each case although gestation period before onset can differ and so can recovery.
Some don't seem to be affected at all...
It's a tricky one.

To race or not to race?
Buggered if I know ATM.




Daryl Barrett
Australia
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16 Feb 2020 23:05


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Some very good advice Kevin.
Kevin Wright wrote:

MG
Best to use Sodium hypochlorite ..Hypo for short .CHLORINE
Comes in 15l litre blue drum at Bunnings...
Take dogs out of kennel block
rinse down walls roof floor with with water put on eyewear and mask ..
Use backpack sprayer spray Hypo over everything starting up high ..Some very good advice Kev,Chlorine is great for cleaning feed bowls/trays & water bowls as well,just rinse in clean hot water after washing.Cheers mate.

Spray it quickly then use watering can over floor then get out quick because it will react and you will have a heavy smell of chlorine but that will pass ..
Once you can breath hose down kennels ...it also Removes all Brown scale and mold from dam tank channel water it also will clean down colorbond that has green mold but beware it reacts quickly when kennels have not been done and it will remove the skin from your feet as it happened to me not once but a few times MG im a slow learner but this will kill everything and it will clean out your kennel drains and pipes ...Leaving your concrete like new
Once you do it once a week your kennels will never smell of pee again




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