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Getting Rid of Parvo Virus in the Yard and Home

When this virus has been present in your home and yard, you want to make sure it is completely eliminated so it does infect other dogs. This is a guide about getting rid of parvo virus in the yard and home.

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June 4, 2016 Flag
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My husband and l need advice. This past Tuesday our boy, Rocko, started getting sick, he was throwing up and his energy was pretty much gone and we thought it was just the heat. Again it continued on Wednesday and he passed away Thursday morning. It took only 2 days. Before that, we didn't even notice any signs. It's been an emotional wreck. The vet did confirm he had parvo.

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So now we noticed something in our female dog. Her nipples are starting to come out. We have a feeling she might be pregnant with his babies. So where do you go from here? I see all over that bleach is the one cleaner that will kill the virus, so we bought 10 bottles of it. What is the best way to make sure this virus is killed. I can't feel safe in this house until I know for sure I've killed it. How many times do I bleach everything, or if I use straight bleach would it work better then diluted bleach?

I have 2 other dogs and need to make sure they are safe. I'm so stressed and I'm still having a hard time after losing Rocko. So any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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    March 13, 2016 Flag
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    I recently moved into a different kind of pet populated home and we are worried about parvo etc. What could I sterilize my yard with that would make it safe for my pups? The other animals like chickens and multiple dogs and cats that previously lived there worry us.

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      March 14, 20160 found this helpful

      If you have not vaccinated your pets, you may have a reason to worry. If you have a very young puppy that has not completed his vaccinations, you may have reason to worry. If the previous owners had dogs diagnosed with parvo who used the property, you might worry. Other than that, the use of bleach to "sterilize" you yard is difficult, unpleasant, not guaranteed, and very environmentally unfriendly. Parvo is pretty much everywhere and bleaching your yard really does not protect your animals. Make sure they are properly vaccinated and then you wont need to worry.

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      June 8, 20160 found this helpful

      My 7 month old puppy was hospitalized this morning for parvo. She is FULLY vaccinated and she still got the virus. The vet said it's much like the flu. Every season a new strain comes along that isn't covered by the vaccination. So even if you have had your dogs vaccinated parvo is something to worry about. If your pet has already had parvo and has survived it can not get it again, like the chicken pox.

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      June 8, 20160 found this helpful

      My 7 month old puppy was hospitalized this morning for parvo. She is FULLY vaccinated and she still got the virus. The vet said it's much like the flu. Every season a new strain comes along that isn't covered by the vaccination. So even if you have had your dogs vaccinated parvo is something to worry about. If your pet has already had parvo and has survived it can not get it again, like the chicken pox.

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      May 6, 2016 Flag
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      My mom moved to a new home recently and decided to get two puppies. Both were from a nice breeder and they have had their first round of shots. Today her oldest puppy developed parvo. We are worried about her other puppy now and what needs done so that if Jack makes it that he don't get it again or any other dog there for that matter.

      We have dealt with parvo before and know how to clean the house for the most part, but could use some tips. We are really worried about the yard. Ideas?

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        December 26, 2014 Flag
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        My best friend died of parvo. He would have been a year old on Thanksgiving. I miss him so much now. My wife wants to get another dog from a shelter that is at least 3 years old. Do you think it's OK to bring one home? It has only been a month and two weeks since my Chico died of parvo.

        By Roger F. from San Antonio, TX

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        December 28, 20140 found this helpful

        Steam clean or shampoo your carpets, throw away all old bedding, toys and bowls no matter how useful or sentimental.

        And of course, now you know you should not bring a puppy home until it has completely finished its series of shots. Let the original owner care for it until then, or adopt a dog that has all its shots.

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        January 21, 20150 found this helpful

        Parvo can last up to 7+ years in the soil. If your planning to get another dog you must make sure it is vaccinated for at least 8-10 weeks before bringing it home. I'd still be very leery with a puppy an older vaccinated dog has a better chance of not getting sick.

        Bleach & hot water wash everything your puppy touched & make sure vaccines are utd parvo is a horrible way to die. Read up on vaccines know when its booster time. You can't live in fear of parvo even tho its hard after watching your best friend die just be smart wash bleach vaccines & if symptoms start with new dog get help asap learn how to do sub - q fluids its good for many reasons. Good luck, just remember bleach is good.

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        June 7, 20160 found this helpful

        I'm not sure if I'm late or not to say this but through my own research, I've learned that parvovirus can survive in an environment for at least 6 months and roughly up to a year (if not properly disinfected). As for in a yard or more "organic/natural environment," it will take several years, regardless of the use of bleach on the property.

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        September 6, 2007 Flag
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        I need the recipe for how many spoonfuls of water and bleach to give your puppy for parvovirus. I will be getting a new puppy next week and would like to know in case he gets the virus. He is a Chihuahua and Feist mix. I already have a miniature Feist but he is 1 1/2 yrs old. I had gotten a Shih Tzu pup from a friend and he got the parvo and had to be put to sleep one week after I had gotten him that was a month ago. Then I found this site and read the post and would greatly appreciate the help. Thanks.

        Linda from Batesville, MS

        Editor's Note: Bleach can be deadly if too concentrated. Contact a veterinarian for a vaccine as soon as you get your new puppy.

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        June 6, 20130 found this helpful

        I don't know how old this thread is but when I saw it and all the people screaming "don't give your puppy bleach" I Had to reply. I am nursing a 14 week old pup through parvo as Im typing this and have done everything possible to save her and have read every piece of info published about home remedies. There are breeders who have treated and saved pups with bleach water. Mind you it's not the only thing. It's bleach water and pedialyte and pepto and many other things including anti emetics and antibiotics. But people dont give your 2 cents when you dont know what you are talking about.

        Humans use bleach to make water drinkable after disasters so please tell me why a few drops of bleach in a lot of water is going to hurt a pup that without every possible treatments available will die? I am giving 1/4 tsp. into 2 qts of water giving 10ccs every hour or so along with the pedialyte. For a pup that hasn't drank on her own in 2 days after I started bleach treatment she got up and has been drinking on her own. Coincidence? Maybe.

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        July 14, 20130 found this helpful

        Parvo is an extremely bad virus, I hate vaccines! All mammals have auto immune systems and what doesn't kill us makes us stronger! But the parvo vaccine is one vaccine I reccomend you give your dogs! I know vet bills are expensive even a series of shots can cost you some money and these days most people can't even afford their own healthcare!

        You can buy the vaccine from most of your local feed store for around ten dollars and give it to your dog yourself! If will save you a lot of heartache down the road, it comes with complete instructions on how to give the shot jus remeber that you have to keep this vaccine cold and the store should give you a bag of ice to keep it on until you get it home and give it to your dog, if you don't give it to your dog right away keep it in the fridgerator! If the vaccine gets warm it will go bad and won't be effective, if your dog gets the virus and you end up taking it to the vet it can and more than likely cost you over a 1,000 dollars and even under the care of a vet your dogs chances of making aren't guaranteed!

        If your dog has the virus now, and you can't afford the vet as most of them want their money up front, the most important thing you can do is to react to the virus as soon as you see it coming on! I believe that dehydration is the most serious factor when it comes to any illness! Parvo causes dogs to vomit a lot and gives them diarrhea! It has a distinct smell to it! Once you have smelt it you won't ever forget it and will be able to diagnose any dog with parvo from that day forward!

        Pedialyte is good for keeping your pet hydrated, the problem is keeping it down water is a must if you don't have pedialyte and I reccomend using water until you can get the pedialyte but get the pedialyte as soon as possible. Your response time is very important, you need to react to the virus soon as you see it coming on!

        Your dog will quit eating and drinking on its own! Get a syringe, remove the needle it should just screw off or use an eyedropper and put the end in a cup of water or pedialyte pull back and fill it! Gently push it into the dogs mouth allowing them to swallow without choking them! If you push it to fast most of it will end up coming out of their mouth and choking your dog!

        Very important to remember that the objective here is keeping fluids in your dog so administer the fluids in small amounts, every 60 minutes! to much fluids at one time will more and likely cause them to puke it back up! So smaller dosages in 60 minute time periods is much better than big amounts a couple of times a day!

        As far as bleach goes, I see a lot of people saying it will kill your dog, that is simply not true! Of course you can't give your dog pure bleach then that would kill the dog! It is important that you use Non scented bleach. Note: DO NOT use scented bleach! I have never used it for parvo or on a dog but as a prepper I do know that a tablespoon to every five gallons of water is safe for human consumption as it is used to kill bacteria and parasites!

        One post here gave a link to redcrosses reccomendation! It is under the food prepartion towards the bottom! They reccomend 2 drops per gallon of water! I don't know if ten drops would equal a tablespoon for the five gallons of water as I was saying! I guess it depends on how big the drops are! Bleach is used to kill parvo on the surfae of floors, sprayed in yards to kill the virus, so it would make sense that it would kill the virus in the dog, I have had friends who have used it and their dogs lived! But I have had dogs who survived parvo with nothing other than keeping them hydrated too! If you use bleach just make sure it is a very small dose mixed with water!

        Start with red cross reccomendation, two drops per gallon and see if your dogs health improves in the next 24 hours if not you can add another drop or two but I wouldn't go past that! And I wouldn't do it more than one time every 12 hours! Although all our drinking water from the cities is treated with chlorine which is a basis of bleach!

        If your dog dies it wasn't the bleach that killed them, as I said, even if your dog is under the care of a vet, your dogs chances aren't very good! And I have to say it again, keep fluids going into your dog in small amounts every hour! I really believe that is why most dogs die from this virus!

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        June 22, 20160 found this helpful

        Is your puppy still alive now? I had 2 dogs one was 6 months and the other not sure but is still less than a year die day before yesterday and today. . They wouldn't eat,drink, and pooping blood.. I'm not sure if it is parvo or they were poisoned with antifreeze .any help you can give me would help..I have another that's not showing any signs..

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        August 25, 2013 Flag
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        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

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        July 21, 20150 found this helpful

        Parvo lives in the yard. If you had it ince you will get it again and again. If you let your dog have puppies again they will get parvo. No doubt about it.

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        August 28, 20150 found this helpful

        The Parvo virus is particularly hardy as well as wide spread. In my research, the general consensus is that the virus can live in a yard up to three years. You can bleach your yard to kill the virus, but be aware this will be detrimental to the grass.

        And when you're done with the cleaning be aware that rodents can easily carry the virus back in to your yard. It is frustrating.

        So, you're best bet would be to hold off on pups for now. Clean inside as best you can. But one dog contracting Parvo does not say a lot about what will happen with others. There are many factors involved. Vaccines or no vaccines, when were the vaccines given, what brand were they, what strain of Parvo was it. I have two five month old pups, who were vaccinated, who broke with Parvo a week ago. It looks like they will both make it and I'm busy cleaning right now, so I sympathize.

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        November 5, 2013 Flag
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        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

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        April 13, 20150 found this helpful

        Yes, they can still get the virus. Just because your dog or puppies are vaccinated don't mean they can't still get the parvo virus. They can. My nine week old puppy needed one more shot and she got hit hard with the parvo virus and passed yesterday. So yes, they still can get the virus!

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        December 11, 20150 found this helpful

        Ah I'm not sure about that. My sister in law's dog had received ALL its round of puppy shots. It contracted Parvo and had to be hospitalized to the tune of a $4500 VET bill and nearly died. The Vet (same one who had immunized the dog) contacted the manufacturer of the Parvo vaccination

        ( Merck) and Merck paid the ENTIRE Vet bill of $4500 because the vaccine had obviously not been effective, bad batch perhaps. Regardless they took responsibility for a vaccine that did not work.

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        March 15, 2011 Flag
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        How long does the virus remain and can I remove parvo out of my yard?

        By Barbara from Yakim, WA

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        March 18, 20110 found this helpful

        Parvo can remain in the yard for two years or more. Most people will say to spray with bleach to help but that's bad for the environment. I have heard that there are products out there that will help clean up the problem safely but no guarantee the virus will be completely gone. Call around to assorted pet stores and home and garden stores to see what both would recommend.

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        June 11, 20120 found this helpful

        Over all the years I have been taking care of stray and discarded animals I only have found one true way of getting rid of parvo and that is bleach and on the yard. I would suggest applying it once a week in an outdoor bleach amount at least a couple of times. Most importantly is that before bringing a new pet to the yard make sure it has had all its parvo shots for at least a month so it is resistant to the virus and the biggest thing to remember is always pick up dogs poop daily.

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        September 10, 20130 found this helpful

        The safest thing to do is to get rid of all the sod and soil and redo it. Then use bleach on concrete, wood and tile areas. Even in your cars if you travel with your dog like I do. It may be expensive but if you love your animal like I do this is the only sure way.

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        June 9, 2012 Flag
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        When will parvo be gone? Before my dog died of parvo, our grass was over 30cm long, after he died we cut the grass and it was dead. Is the virus still in my yard? It's been 3 months since he died and I want to know what can help get rid of parvo (other than bleach). Thanks:)

        By ME:D from P.E

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        June 12, 20120 found this helpful

        You need to talk to your vet or other professional. I believe Parvo lives in the soil a long time. Bleach is what I have heard will kill it. You just can't be too careful where Parvo is concerned. Sorry for loss.

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        August 24, 2010 Flag
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        I recently lost a five month old puppy due to parvo. I want to get a new 10 month old W Westie, she needs her last two sets of shots.

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        June 14, 2010 Flag
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        How do you treat your lawn for Parvo from a puppy.

        By Paulette from Lakewood, WA

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        June 14, 20100 found this helpful

        Definitely consult a vet on this one. Parvo is very life threatening and not worth taking any chances whatsoever!

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        August 22, 2009 Flag
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        How long before you can let your dogs outside, after a pravo outbreak? I have bleached my yard twice, and my other 2 dogs were all updated on shots prior to the outbreak.

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