I recently found a puppy that turned out to have parvo. I gave him away to a good family looking for a pet online and they are the ones who found out. He had contact and shared the yard with my 9 month old Terrier who has been vaccinated against parvo and is not showing symptoms. However, he also had contact with my 5 month old kitten. Can parvo still be passed to my other puppy and/or kitten?
By Leandra from TX
Yes!! Please be very careful. I have a 4 month old Boston Terrier at the Vet clinic right now on IV antibiotics. Her litter mate died Sunday from Parvo. The vet told me that Parvo is very contagious to other young animals and to make sure that if I get another puppy to keep it away from the places that my puppy has been. She said that Parvo cannot be killed. It lives in the dirt and the air. She said that the only way to get rid of Parvo is to take up the top 6 inches of topsoil in your whole yard. Callie is luckily going to be okay, but her sister did not survive. Parvo is very dangerous.
I was dog sitting for a couple's three minature Doberman Pinschers and one of them was a puppy under 4 months. I kept them for two weeks. The day I returned their dogs, the puppy was sick. They took their puppy to the vet and they said their puppy died of parvo and that their other two dogs were sick. I didn't have any other dogs in our fenced in yard other than our Jack Russell terrier who is 9 years and a chihuahua who is 10 months both of which are utd on their shots. How in the world did the min pins get parvo?
Bleach is the only thing that will kill the Parvo virus. You must wash everything down inside and out. Side walks, lawn. Your grass might die but Parvo can live in the soil for over a year. Make sure any new animals are FULLY vaccinated as just their first and second boosters may not have them fully immunized. That is how my 4 month old puppy got it. My adult dogs had vaccs and did not get ill. Luckily he is a huge puppy at 50 pounds (before Parvo) and after a week of sleepless nights of running IV fluids and injections, he is finally up and eating boiled chicken and rice, with some good squirts of Pedialite to help regain much lost electrolytes. I was just fortunate to catch it early and have incredible vets that showed me how to do it all so I didn't have the isolation and boarding fees along with charges for all the time and treatment. Diligence is required. I had just gotten his vaccs a week prior but the people who I got him from never had his little puppy vaccs, It is an insidious virus. BLEACH! BLEACH! BLEACH! Digging up spots of soil where the dog relieved itself WILL NOT get rid of virus as you can track it on your shoes too! You can not clean too much after Parvo. Best wishes with your next furry family member. Remember, there are many communities that have reduced vaccs and spay/neuter clinics should finances be a factor in getting your pets vaccs. (Cats cannot get Parvo but they are the source of it's origin- ironically).
I have a 7 month old vaccinated 60 pound healthy Boxer. My neighbor has a puppy that came over and played with my dog in the backyard for a few hours 5 days ago. Yesterday I found out that the puppy has parvo; what do I do? Will my dog be OK? I am really scared although he has shown no signs of being sick will he get sick I am scared to go to work (I just started a new job). I heard you won't know till 5-7 days go by. Please anyone with this similar experience let me know what happened to you. Thank-you,
Kathy from Azusa, CA
The Parvo vaccine should have been in the cluster of shots. They are routine. I would keep a close eye on your pup. Go to work, and have a neighbor check in on him once or twice.
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If your dog had all his vaccinations up to date, there is no reason why he should get sick at all. If you are still unsettled, phone your vet and ask them this question. They should be able to put your mind at ease.
Don't let current vaccinations lure you into a false sense of security. When my dog was young, he was current with all his shots and still got parvo. We noticed very quickly that he was sick and took him to the vet's (it was early during a holiday weekend). The vet wanted us to wait until Tuesday morning, but we chose not to and that decision probably saved our pet's life. To make matters worse, we had another dog that we kept in the yard with him and the two were together constantly. Our dog lived, and we had to bring him home to the same yard (I'd always heard that you shouldn't have a dog there for some time because the virus is still alive.) The other dog never got sick. Both ended up living long lives. (07/15/2006)
I was so happy to read that your dog was vaccinated. It is so much cheaper to vaccinate than treat parvo. Treatment runs into the thousands, with only a small chance of survival.
Your Boxer should be fine as long as his initial vaccination was boosted a month later, and he was healthy at the time of both shots. Some people like to have a third booster, just to ensure immunity, particularly in high parvo-incidence areas.
You need to scour your yard for poo. If sick puppy pooped in your yard, the virus will be in your soil (for up to a year). While this should not affect your Boxer who has immunity, any other dog coming into your yard will be at risk. You and your dog can also track it out of the yard and infect the neighbourhood.
Spray pure bleach on visible poo. Carefully triple bag it. Then put it in another bag for good measure. Bleach your shovel. Dig out about a foot of soil that was around and under any poo, triple bag it, and send it to the dump. (Even better, your veterinarian may have access to an incinerator to dispose of it.) Spray the rest of the yard with 1:20 bleach solution. (Easier if you have a weed sprayer.)
I foster for a rescue, and our vet tells us nothing kills parvo virus like cheap old bleach. If the puppy went into the house, spray a 1:20 bleach solution on everything. (One part bleach to 20 parts water, on your couch, your carpets, your lino, any toys, clothing, anything the puppy could have touched.)
I think you will be one of the fortunate ones and you made your own luck by vaccinating your pet.
Parvo is a deadly awful virus that is highly contagious especially among puppies under one year old or dogs with not so up to par immune systems. Parvo is transferred through urine, feces, and saliva of an infected dog. Some one on this list said that it comes form puppy mills and dogs coming in from Mexico, although it is more likely to see the disease in these conditions this is a very misleading statement you can get parvo "anywhere"!
I recently purchased a beautiful well bred puppy from a very reputable breeder and he came down with parvo unbeknownst to her. He had picked it up at the vet when receiving his health certificate to fly. The vet used an unsleeved thermometer that we are almost sure had just been in an infected dog. Not bashing vets, as I adore my vet, but if you think about it, a vet's office is almost a sure place to pick up parvo as you can be sure that sick dogs have been there for treatment meaning the virus is there somewhere!
Now don't panic and "do take your dogs to get vaccinated" or if you vaccinate yourself "do it, do not put it off for any reason"! Use caution, keep your pet in a carrier even if it is inconvenient for you, it is a barrier of protection for your dog. Don't let people touch your dog while at the vet, kids especially are not thinking about transferring diseases and innocently always want to pet other animals.
I don't care if people think I am a snob, it's my dog and I have the right to say kindly "Please do not touch my dog, thank you!" Vets that use proper sanitation and cleanliness practices are the safest, but "it's still present"! When you take your puppy in to be vaccinated be sure to ask them to clean the table in front of you so you know it has been cleaned. Be sure they use a "clean sleeved thermometer"!
Have them clean any surface, including scales and or any kennels they may place your dog in in front of you. If they get offended, find another vet! They should be as concerned about your pet's health as you are!
Do not take your dog to places like parks, pet stores, or beaches until you know that your puppy is FULLY vaccinated! This will help to lessen the chance that you dog will get ill. Vaccinations do help. I have 2 dogs that were fully vaccinated that came down with parvo after being infected. They made a very speedy and remarkable recovery, but we also lost 3, one who was not fully vaccinated due to another health issue and one who was only 11 weeks old and was not old enough to have all her vaccinations, as well as, a 5 1/2 week old who just ever had a chance, vaccination wise. If your puppy gets sick take it to a good vet! This will insure their best chance of survival. They are trained and have staff round the clock and know what they are doing and you would become exhausted because they need 24 care.
My vet was been awesome through all my trials and tribulations through this nightmare. My vet and their staff have also been a great source of encouragement and comfort. Be sure to check out all the vets in your area before you get a dog to see how they do things in their office and what their average prices are for routine treatments. Some vets are more reasonable than others, but you know what they say about getting what you pay for. Money should be the deciding factor in choosing a good vet.
Talk to clients and find out how they like this vet and why.
Remember dogs are like kids, they deserve the very best! If you love your dogs vaccinate them and keep them home until they are fully vaccinated to protect them! Quarantine new dogs (especially young dogs) so that your other dogs are not at risk! Good luck out there. (01/14/2008)
You can preventatively treat puppies exposed to parvo with Parvaid: http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/parvaid.html or http://www.parvopuppy.com
It is known to prevent 90% of exposed dogs from coming down with parvo.
If your dog is over the age of 18 months, it will not get parvo, as parvo is a disease of puppies 18 months of age and younger. (10/24/2008)
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