Racing greyhounds in Geelong, Victoria will be isolated after they were found to have contracted Canine Enteric Coronavirus.
Furthermore, the dogs that were in contact with those that showed symptoms will be banned from the races in Victoria for 14 days.
It was also reported that property that housed the infected greyhounds had been temporarily shut down following the outbreak.
The Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) hopes that the steps they’ve taken would ensure the welfare of the dogs and the maintenance of the racing fields.
The GRV noted that this type of coronavirus is not fatal and not transferable to humans.
It is also not linked to the Covid-19 outbreak, which originated in China.
However, it is highly contagious among dogs. The mortality rate for Canine Enteric Coronavirus is classified as low. Puppies and young dogs are the most susceptible to this virus.
There is yet no specific treatment for Canine Enteric Coronavirus.
Instead, veterinarians are relying on supportive care. They also advised ,greyhound racing participants to seek immediate advice if their dogs exhibit symptoms.
The canine coronavirus has been recorded since the 1970s and has infected Australian dogs for a number of years already.
Symptoms of the canine coronavirus were described to be similar to gastroenteritis and include vomiting and diarrhea.
Check out the following YouTube video by MercolaHealthyPets featuring Dr. Karen Becker to learn more about Canine Enteric Coronavirus:
Last February 20, the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) also confirmed that racing greyhounds in Bundaberg were tested positive for Canine Enteric Coronavirus.
Watch the report via the following YouTube video by 7NEWS Australia:
Dr. Martin Lenz of the QRIC Animal Welfare and Veterinary Services Director said that the recent outbreak is a reminder for all racing greyhound owners to update hygiene and biosecurity practices and to consult with their veterinarians in preventing the spread of the virus.
Among the hygiene practices are hand washing, isolation of sick dogs, wearing protective clothing and gloves, cleaning and disinfecting all areas and equipment, monitoring dog health, and quarantining newly arrived dogs.