Free vaccinations for Bendigo dogs

 FREE parvovirus vaccinations will be on offer to Bendigo poochs next week. 

The RSPCA's Mobile Animal Care unit will set up shop at the RSPCA Bendigo Shelter next week and the RSPCA, with the help of Bendigo vets who will be volunteering their time, will be offering free parvovirus vaccinations to all Healthcare Card holders on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

RSPCA Bendigo Shelter supervisor Mark Goodwin said would be the Mobile Animal Care unit's first visit to Bendigo. 

"They'll be bringing it up from Melbourne and it will be at the RSPCA Bendigo Shelter and all animals will be seen in the truck," he said. 

The free vaccinations are in response to a recent outbreak of parvovirus in Bendigo, as reported by the Bendigo Advertiser last month. 

The potentially fatal virus is spread through indirect and direct contact with infected dog's faeces.

 Warning signs of animals with parvovirus are lethargy and food aversion in the first 24 hours, and then vomiting. 

Mr Goodwin said parvovirus will still causing problems in Bendigo. 

"We're hoping to get as many dogs in as we can that need the vaccination," he said.

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