Following word of a potential Parvovirus outbreak in the community, FTH volunteers Amy
Huard and vet Dr Pauline van Veen travelled to Moose Factory to run a vaccination clinic from
the 20th to 22nd of December 2019.
Canine parvovirus, or parvo, is a highly contagious virus spread by direct or indirect contact with
infected feces. When left untreated, it is almost always fatal.
Amy and Pauline were supported in Moose Factory by residents Phoebe Sutherland and Chris
Sack, who run the dog program in Moose Factory. In addition to assisting with the clinic, Phoebe
and Chris provided a staff house for Pauline and Amy to stay at, and Phoebe made sure they
were always well fed.
During the clinic, dogs were brought to the Cree Cultural Interpretive Centre (or CCIC) for
vaccinations and de-worming. Thanks to the seamless teamwork of our volunteers, a total of 161
dogs were treated over just three days! Additionally, vaccines were provided for 11 pups to be treated when they’re old enough.