Parvo is a deadly canine virus that infects many dogs every year. There is a vaccine and treatments for dogs who have contracted the virus, as well as, instructions for cleaning up a house or yard after an infection. This is a guide about information about parvo.
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Can a dog be exposed to parvo and not show any symptoms for a month or more? What is the longest incubation period?
Do symptoms differ with the age of the dog involved as in do 8 week old puppies show different or more severe symptoms than a 5 month old puppy?
Can dogs that do not have direct contact with one sick with Parvo contract it through the air?
By Beth B.
By gbk 05/23/2011
Beth your question is valid but you have to take your pets to vet if you even think they have parvo. If it attacks the intestines they are dead within 24 hours of showing signs. It may not be parvo it may be a number of things that you think are the same as parvo.. Yes it can be spread but thru the years I have found that walking in their own feces is usually root cause unless you bring it in with another animal or you take them where it is. At least take one of them to the vet .....If one is diagnosed then you can treat the others the same.
Can my dogs get parvo off my girlfriend? Her dog has parvo. If so, what home remedy can I use now to eliminate it?
By Marcia from Foresthill, CA
By Candy Killion 12/14/2010
This is a really good link with a lot of information on parvo:
People can spread it basically by tracking it into your house or yard on their shoes--it's transmitted through the infected dog's feces. Your dogs shouldn't be around hers--or in her home or yard until her dog gets the all-clear from a vet and she has thoroughly cleaned ( basically everything her dog, your friend and any of her family members has walked on--the house, the yard, interior of vehicles--read the info from the link and you'll get a better idea).
This link and a few others recommend cleaning with bleach, even dousing the grass in the yard. The grass will die, but better dead grass than the 50-50 chance of a parvo-infected dog dying.
If it were me and I was concerned about my dog having contracted parvo, she'd be off to the vet for a test; there's no cure for parvo, and the best that can be done is basically to have the dog on IV fluids while the virus runs its course. I'm no doctor, and personally would not want to do a home remedy for this--think treatment is best left in a vet's hands.
We had a dog die of Parvo. How long do we wait to see if our other dogs catch it?
By vicki hood 01/11/2011
Get to the health food store if your dog has parvo. You need colloidal silver (10ppm or stronger) for an enema. Half hour later, another CS enema. CS by mouth often as you can even if you have to do it by eyedropper full. Even if you have to hydrate all through the night. Feed anything liquid. Chicken soup is good. They die mostly because of dehydration. Germs in the house/yard live for at least 6 months. Good luck. Deadly disease they often get from the vaccine. Build immune system with good food and care. No grocery store garbage kibble or canned. No corn wheat or soy. That destroys immune system and causes bad skin too.
Once a dog is cured from the parvo virus, does the dog still carry the parvo virus germ?
Tracey from Roxboro, NC
By Stuart M.07/29/2013
No once they recover from it they are immune for the rest of there lives. My little dog has just recovered from it. He is 1 year old he didn't eat for 6 days. He was on a iv line at the vets otherwise he would of died.
The main thing a dog needs is fluids as its body cannot retain them due to this illness with iv support the chances of a dogs survival is between 80%-95% without it you can reverse them figures so even if you can't afford a vets bill at least buy a iv line and syringe. That way your dog doesn't get dehydrated failing that you have a £1800 vet bill for 7 days care.
Also regardless of what you read the only thing that will kill this virus outside is bleach 20 parts water to one part bleach. To be safe inside, you need a steam mop for furnishings otherwise it's there for up to twelve months and then stays dormant till spring.
my dog's parvo test came back negative. Are there any canine viruses that act like the parvo virus?
By TuckysPaw from Il
For those sturdier types that do not have $2000 for the vet treatment, read about how to do it yourself. Do dogs that survive Parvo still carry the virus, answer.
I recently pet a dog who has parvo. When I got home I washed my hands thoroughly. Can the parvo virus be transmitted from my clothing? I took the clothes off after I got home. Can that parvo be passed on to my dog even though my dog was no where near the dog. My dog stayed at home.
By Linda M.
By Cheryl 08/23/2013
Yes, parvo can be carried home on your clothing and shoes. You need to take your dog to the vet for parvo vaccinations. Next time, come home, throw all your clothing in the wash, bleach your shoes, and take a shower. Just a note, parvo can live in your house and yard for 7 years. If you have a dog with it, you can never bring home another unvaccinated dog.
I have the parvo virus in my yard. One pup survived and the other died. If my dog has pups what would the survival rate be for the pups?
By Niomi from Australia
Are pups protected from parvo while nursing?
My dog went to the vet's and a dog had pravo. He has had all of his shots. He just got the last one that day. How long before I know if he has it?
By NEWFIEGIRL 09/24/2013
The person you should be asking this question is your Veterinarian.
I found two Boxer mix puppies a few weeks ago on the side of the road. They are brothers and were very skinny, so I don't think they've had their shots. Before I could take them to get them, one of the boys vomited twice last night and had runny stool. I took both of them to the doc and they said it's possibly parvo. So I cooked chicken and rice, he kept it down and is drinking water like usual and is playing around. His stool is green and semi solid now, but no blood. I plan to do the bleach cleaning tonight. Is there any other advice I can get to keep my two pups healthy? The vet said not to separate the boys because they've already been exposed. I just feel so bad. I want to do all I can to prevent the other one from getting it and loosing my other pup.
Take the pups to another vet. The fact that the vet in a sense turned you away, without doing anything for the pups says something. If it is parvo they need iv's and constant care. The food is not going to help as parvo strips the lining of the intestine and makes it so that no nutrients can get into the blood stream. Parvo can be survived but it is iffy, and needs professional help.
If my dog doesn't have parvo any more, but the virus is in my house if I pet another dog would it get parvo?
By Sherri 10/10/2013
Oh, please do NOT get another dog until you are sure all of the Parvo is gone.
My puppy was tested for parvo and the test came back negative, but the next day he was vomiting. Can that be parvo or something else?
By Becca N. from Las Vegas NV
By NEWFIEGIRL 10/17/2013
K9 CATS said it all. Your veterinarian is just a phone call away. Time is important with all animal problems.
We just bought two puppies from the same breeder about a month ago and they were perfectly healthy until about a week and a half ago when one of the puppies became very sick with vomiting and diarrhoea. The vet originally thought it was gastro so we kept him at home with our other puppy and they were in very close contact all the time whilst he was sick, eating from the same bowl, etc.
However after about a week our sick puppy was not getting any better so we took him to the vet and they confirmed it was parvo. However they thought it was highly unusual that our other pup did not get parvo from him, so they kept him at the vet's from then on for about 6 nights. We just brought him home tonight.
The vet thinks we should separate both puppies for the next month so we have our recovering pup in the laundry all by himself and he won't be coming out for the month because we can't risk our other puppy getting sick. Should we be bothering? Wouldn't our healthy pup already be sick, having been exposed for over a week to his illness plus being in the area in which he slept and went to the toilet frequently? He is still not showing any symptoms after over 2 weeks.
I am very worried about the adaption process that our sick pup is missing out on because I feel as though a month locked away in a laundry with no one being able to play with him or cuddle him is very bad!
By NEWFIEGIRL 10/25/2013
Please seek another veterinarian advise.
My puppy (Mia) has been suffering with Parvo for the last 5 days, but in the last 2 she has not shown signs of much improvement but she has not got any worse either. The vets are doing all they can. She is on an IV drip and is going to have a tube put in to help her eat. I was just wondering what her chances of surviving this are and will she suffer all her life if she does recover.
Vicky from England
One of our dogs has parvo. We've given him his parvo shot. Can our other dog catch it?
The staffy pup I brought home from the shelter had parvo. She soiled twice on my carpet. I quickly cleaned it up and then we used a trigene disinfectant from the vet and sprayed the carpet many times. She also vomited once outside and we dug out the soil about 2 feet and bleached the area. The pavers have been bleached and all floors have been bleached. My pup had to be put down, she was so young and sick. How long should we wait until anther pup can come into my home?
By John Stark04/15/2009
Bleach will NOT work outside! Use Shacklee Basic G, it kills the Parvo in the grass, on the ground but won't kill the grass or pollute the ground.
BTW, Parvo stays on and in the ground a year if not treated and it can be tracked home by anyone who goes in your yard.
My son came to stay with his new puppy. He was here 2 days. While he was here it had loose stools and was sick twice. It had had its shot by a vet at 4/5 weeks. It was 7 weeks old. He went to his vet when he got home and it was parvo.
I have scrubbed everywhere with bleach, steamed cleaned the carpet and curtains with my steam cleaner. I used white vinegar. I have watered and bleached the yard. The pup only made a mess in one place and was only in one place in the yard. I've steamed my carpet everyday for 10 days and in the yard washed the skirting boards, door, and washed the couch because I am due to get my own pup next week. It is 12 weeks old and had all it needs. Will it be OK?
I have no option of not taking the pup from a home. It is not from a kennel like my son's dog. Could anyone tell me what they think?
I had a puppy that died from parvo. If I get another puppy that already has its shots can it still get the parvo virus?
By NLM from Easley, SC
Can a mother dog carry parvo?
Is there an age limit for when a dog can get parvo?
By Sandy H. from Bay Point, CA
By Cathy 10/18/2009
I have to disagree with renee5774 because older dogs can get parvo. My Lab/Husky mix came down with parvo when she was 6 years old. We had just moved to TN from MN when she came down with it. The vet in TN told me that parvo was common in TN because it doesn't get cold enough to freeze it out in the winter. So my dog spent 6 days in intensive care on IV fluids but she did make it threw it alive. The one and only year that she did not have her shot and this happened. So my suggestion is to vaccinate your dog at all ages!
Can a puppy who's been vaccinated for Parvo still get it? My 18 week old beagle/basset mix has had diarrhea and been throwing up. He has been a lot less hyper than normal but we have had all of his shots done. I'm wondering if maybe he's just sick, this is the 3rd day of his diarrhea. We did recently change his food and he is still eating and drinking fine though. Normally he is very playful and hyper but lately you have to make him play. I am very worried!
Kaity from Woodstock, GA
By Karen Lawson (Guest Post)11/10/2008
If he is eating it isn't parvo. If he isn't better in a day or so take him to the vet. Have you changed his food recently? Sometimes a change in food can cause upset.
My dog was having the same problem as edawg on here: Do Dogs that Survive Parvo Still Carry the Virus?. I just wanted to know what kind of tube did he use and what kind of antibiotic did he use.
By Nina L.
By Kim M.05/26/2013
I just went through the Parvo nightmare. Went to the vet, got Clavamox & Spasmolin. He wasn't drinking. This part is very important: hydration is the key, get a BABY enema, pedolite, any flavor, warm it up a little & give it to your dog every 4 hours. Do this very slowly & get Vita Cal, a very high calorie supplement & give every 8 hours. Something I just came across & will be buying is Colloidal Silver & Parvaid, check out Wolf Creek Ranch.com this is their treatment for Parvo & no vet is needed. Good luck to all :)