Do Dogs that Survive Parvo Still Carry the Virus?

Once a dog is cured from the parvo virus, does the dog still carry the parvo virus germ?

Tracey from Roxboro, NC


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May 30, 20061 found this helpful
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No. According to my vet once a dog has had Parvo they will not get it again. Still need vaccines for other diseases though.

December 21, 20150 found this helpful

This is not true, my dog caught it once as a pup and again as an adult

By Keri (Guest Post)
September 27, 20080 found this helpful
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I'm not sure about if they still carry the virus, but I do have some info that may help! Go to this website to find out a bunch about the virus... I am doing a presentation on the Canine Parvovirus for my Vet Assistant class!


There are ways of curing your dogs of parvo. It may be spendy but it's well worth the try, and if your pets don't have Parvo, take the precautions! Vaccinate your pets. If you see any of the signs, contact and take your dog into the vet Immediately! I hope I could help some. Good luck all, and God Bless! Your pets are in my prayers!
Sincerely, Keri

By Melissa (Guest Post)
October 6, 20080 found this helpful
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I want people out there to know that if your dog gets parvo and you cant afford to have the vet treat them, which I couldn't for my rott, there is a ways to save them. I did this and I will not lie to you it took 4 days of nothing but care for my dog. Kane was at his last ends with parvo, he had pure blood stool, and vomiting up every bit of water he drank. I couldn't afford the thousands of dollars it took to save him through the hospital, so my vet sent me home with an IV bag that I put under his skin so that he wouldn't dehydrate.


They gave me antibiotics that I had to give him orally, and let me tell you they came up a few times so I had to keep shoving them back down his throat till they stayed. I got baby pedialite and every hour on the hour I would fill his cheeks up with this so that he got all the enzymes he needed. Do not try to feed your dog right now, if you know nothing about parvo it is a very painful thing. Their stomach linings are literally being eaten away from this virus, anything acid or fatty will tear them up and make them in more pain.

When they start keeping the water down, or keeping most of it down, you can introduce them to some boiled chicken, tear the fat off and let it cool, they may not take it right away, they know when they wanna eat so don't panic if they don't eat for 3 days, Kane didn't eat for 4 days.


I know that my dog is a huge part of my life. I don't know what I would have done if I lost him, so if anyone needs any home care information please email me at melissa_shmkr AT I am far from having a lot of money so my technique was very inexpensive, and Im telling you if my dog made it you can save yours, don't get all down on everything you read, though it might be true fact about the virus, you CAN save your dog with things I bought at the grocery store. Good luck, and I hope everyone's dogs stay healthy.

By Sheila (Guest Post)
May 28, 20061 found this helpful

I believe all dogs carry the virus. It is just much more likely to cause illness in puppies. My dog has never had Parvo, but at 7 years of age she is still given shots for Parvo.

May 31, 20061 found this helpful

Thrifty Christy is right. However, although your dog does not carry the virus, the environment, ie grass..carpeting etc. can carry the virus up to one year.


Therefore, it is imparative that all other dogs have there shots (they should anyway) and that puppies be kept from anywhere parvo virus could linger.

May 31, 20060 found this helpful

Yes they can get Parvo again. We had a litter of puppies get parvo that had already been given the first 2 vacines in the series and they survived, very expensive treatment. anywhere from $800. to $2000. The cheapest was put in quarentine with cats at the vet and just given IV treatment. The most expensive also had eaten acorns and had to have stomach surgery. We were told that parvo virus lives in infected grass for up to a year. My husband works for UPS and we feel he has probably brought this in on his shoes. We bleached our backyard and Mama dog never got it.

February 7, 20180 found this helpful

I have cats. What was it that u said about cats?

By april (Guest Post)
February 9, 20072 found this helpful

my dog got tested for parvo just 2 days ago and tested positive and i fear that he will die ! he is only 12 weeks he has had his shots , but some how he still has it !


i want to know will he survive and what can i give him to help :(

January 31, 20161 found this helpful

Give him a half teaspoon of peroxide up to 3 times every 15 min til he throws up. Then get a syringe and get pedilite and force it down him.a little bit of a time.we did it to our chiqwawa for 3 day until he started drinking on his own again and eating. He is great now.he was only 4 months at the time he got it.

October 14, 20171 found this helpful

Dogs can have parvo up to a week or ten days before signs show. Yes they can be saved usually with antibiotics. A trick that people have used to save money but keep their dogs alive with parvo is using egg and fresh ground beef and Karo syrup and give the dogs that mixture. That will give them their protein and sugar. Just make sure that they are able to eat without throwing it up right away. For that instance you might have to get a shot from the doctor to help them keep it down.

October 14, 20171 found this helpful

I do agree with the other post. I don't know about the whole peroxide bit. But the pedialyte with a syringe to make sure they stay hydrated is how we fixed our dog, until she could drink again. Only 10 or 20% of dogs actually die from parvo. And as long as you caught it early which it sounds like you did he should be fine

October 20, 20171 found this helpful

Take him or her to the vet asap parvo kills its nothing to play around with kr second guess it

By Brandi (Guest Post)
March 3, 20073 found this helpful

I have a 10 week old puppy with parvo he has gone through his second treatment tomorrow will be his third I just want to know if anyone thinks he will make it?

October 20, 20170 found this helpful

Keep him hydrated and ask ur vet what to do to get the best answers i hope he nakes it mine didnt :( it hit my baby fast

November 5, 20170 found this helpful

I did the pedialite/broth/water/antibiotics/anti nausea and my princess still died. The animals ER vet is the only way to go. We did out patient and our best friends did inpatient. Their dog survived and our passed.

November 29, 20170 found this helpful

Lots of tlc and prayer. Make sure u give your dog lots of fluid/pedialite. Use a syringe. Keep your puppy warm and keep telling your puppy to hang in there. If the vet gave you meds, keep up with it and make sure you give the meds as directed.
My pup fought and got over it. But I made sure I gave him lots of fluid and his medication properly and I never left him and made sure he sleep next to me. Hang in there and I wish you well.

January 7, 20180 found this helpful

My dog survived Parvo with a blood transfusion and a week in the hospital. Its imperative that you seek medical attention ASAP. I sent nearly ten thousand dollars and am thankful for my dog.

January 13, 20180 found this helpful

I lost 9 puppies to parvo then someone gave my daughter 2 little puppies, no shots, it was too late they were exposed.. in 2weeks after we got them they both got very sick. I nursed the babies with proto bismol, Pedialyte, small injections of saline under the skin. I t

By Kristen (Guest Post)
April 12, 20071 found this helpful

I had a lab and she had 11 puppies in her first litter. We brought her plus the 11 puppies to the vet. They all tested positive for Parvo! We were heartbroken. They ended up having to put the mama lab to sleep even though she had all of her shots. The vet said it was possible to get Parvo even with shots, but its rare. :( We saved 6 out of 11 puppies. All we did was order this Natural Herbal stuff. It was a lot of work giving it to all of them.
Now one of those puppies, has just had puppies 2 months ago. We have been giving them that same treatment.
So far there is NO Parvo!

December 29, 20170 found this helpful

Did you keep the puppies together?? Ive got two puppies that are parvo positive. One came out of hospital on Christmas Day and my other Pup came out today... I was wondering if I can keep them together?? I had one puppy then I bought another puppy that was infected, thats how both my pups are infected.

By (Guest Post)
May 3, 20070 found this helpful

Dogs that have survived parvo do not get the virus again. Your yard is infected for up to four years even if you do bleach treatments. The best defense is not to introduce a new puppy into the area.

By crystal (Guest Post)
July 5, 20071 found this helpful

I have a female shihtuz that is 7 months old she was tested positive with parvo on Saturday july 1 we started her meds at home because we could not afford the her to stay at the vets. on the 1st she was not eating or drinking and started having bloody stool.on july 2nd she would drink water after we gave her meds. and by july 3 she was drinking and eating chicken and walking around. here we are july 5 and she is beating up my older dog again eating her dog food and just loving like again.

October 30, 20170 found this helpful

What Meds did you use?

October 30, 20170 found this helpful

What Meds did you use?

By Dwane (Guest Post)
August 4, 20071 found this helpful

I want to know if my friends dog "Lucy" who survived the horrible dieseise a lil over a month ago can pass it on to my Australian Shepherd pup "Dewey" if i introduce him to her tomorrow BUT its at my house and Lucy has only been there once can she pass it to him PLEASE HELP ME

By Ginjour (Guest Post)
November 24, 20070 found this helpful

My husband brought our neighbors dog in our house last night it was cold and the owners were out of town, this dog peed on our carpet and then some. we bought a new chihuahua today. My husband then informed me that Bevo (the neighbors dog has previously had Parvo). My question is it safe to have our new pup in the house now?

By Shaun (Guest Post)
January 17, 20080 found this helpful

What's the chance of my dog living with parvo, caught earlier?

By KIM CANADA (Guest Post)
January 26, 20081 found this helpful

My 5 month old puppy has had parvo for 4 days...She was doing really well yesterday but as of today she took a turn for the worse...She cannot even stand and is making a miserable noise. I asked the vet should i put her to sleep and he said just wait another day or so she may pull through. This is the most miserable thing to watch. My kids and i have been in tears and i miss her so much. Ive have heard that if they make it through the 4th day they should be fine. Please pray for my little tinkerbell. Thanks Kim(

June 28, 20180 found this helpful

Did she make it? I'm worry about mine he was fine but he seems worse to me

By Tami (Guest Post)
February 1, 20080 found this helpful

Help! I need advice. I rescued a schnauzer puppy that ultimately died of parvo, even after very expensive treatment at the vet's. A friend wants me to adopt an 8 month old chihuahua puppy that has had all of her shots. However, she is only 3 pounds. What are the chances that she will contract parvo? I need educated, experienced opinions!

By Katherine (Guest Post)
May 7, 20080 found this helpful

Actually, after the veternarian clears you of the disease of your puppy or dog then NO your dog will not transfer it over to another. I had a mut puppy and you know he died from parvo and we buried him in a field and we visit him with our new dog whom of which is a mut to but of a rotweiler and a siberian husky and we asked our veternarian and he said our puppy will not contract it if it has all its shots.

By V (Guest Post)
June 20, 20080 found this helpful

My 16 week old puppy got parvo. It all started yesterday when she was extremely lethargic. We thought at first that it was something she ate and that in a day without food she would get over it. The night time came and she seemed worse, she would stand in one spot without moving with her head hanging to the ground and this smelly liquid would continuously drip out of her anus. She would try to throw up also, but all that came out was this foamy saliva.

That night I kept her away from my other two dogs, and gave her water with a dropper. The morning came and we immediately took her to the vet, they said that if we didn't give her water all night she would have died. We left her at the vets, I don't know how things are going, I really am praying that she's alright. But I guess I will have to wait until the morning to find out. screaming_in_d1g1t4l AT

By (Guest Post)
July 24, 20080 found this helpful

This Happened at shelter, and was NOT MY DOG!

A gorgeous pup came in the shelter, and the people who brought her in saw the signs and knew she had parvo! The pup was a gorgeous pit bull. SORRY I don't have a pic, and when she got to the vet, they did everything they could to save her, but she DIED! The test results showed that of course she was positive a for parvo, and she also had cockcidia!

By kay... (Guest Post)
September 19, 20080 found this helpful

Well..a little over a week ago my aunts dogs somehow caught parvo, They got very ill. One lived and one died.
A few days later dog caught parvo( i have 5 dogs, 4 miniture dashhouds and one mut), the first dog caught it, We took the 4 puppies to the vets, but only one had it. So they kept it and the next day they sent it home, still sick. We tried keeping it from the other dogs, but they all caught it. Me and my family have been in miserable pain since. I can't even stand to look at them. There so little and helpless. Please hope my dogs get better, Thanks kay...

By teena (Guest Post)
January 11, 20090 found this helpful

My 4 mo. Old pup caught parvo from a dog I was fostering from the humane society. The very 1st sign lethargic. Wasn't doing anything. I acted fast took him to the vet they ran tests, even a parvo test. Nothing everything is normal they told me. Always follow your gut or get 2nd opinion. Took him home and he got worse during the night. Wouldn't even look at me when i called his name.

So, I called the emergency vet and told them I would be bringing my dog Behr in. They ran another parvo test, positive. The room began to spin my heart racing, panic attacks this dog is my life. They went to the back so they could throw some numbers around and let me know how much it would cost. 800.00 For 1 night. I said take him, I would pay a lot more then that to save him! Next morning I came to get him so I could start treatment from home and he looked good. I took home some IV bags and did it myself at home. Cooked him chicken and rice (boiled chicken breasts) pedialyte and a lot of by his side care! We are on the 5th day and he is looking pretty good, but no appetite.

April 15, 20090 found this helpful

#1: dogs that survive Parvo do not get it again
#2: vaccinations CAN give a dog Parvo, usually the dog has a low immune system
#3: Bleach will NOT kill Parvo on the ground, it will kill your grass though. Use Shacklee Basic G to kill Parvo in the yard, it won't hurt the grass or ground.

#4: Parvo lasts for 1 year in the ground, not 5 or 7 years.
#5: DO NOT vaccinate a dog that already has Parvo! Parvo has a 3 day incubation period and a dog already trying to fight the disease will have a much harder and longer fight on it's paws due to injecting MORE live virus in it! I already went through that after my vet said to vaccinate the dogs immediately after one had come down with Parvo. Instead of fighting the virus once we had to do it twice, the little guy was lucky, he will survive but I feel like suing that damn vet for his bad advice! Never vaccinate a sick dog! This whole mess started because the vet vaccinated one that had a weak immune system, she died and so did another older pup that had been vaccinated back in September.

April 15, 20090 found this helpful

I have a few questions and I hope you all can help me. I have 4 dogs, 2 of them are pushing the 10yr old mark and 1 is almost 5, then about 2 months ago, someone dropped another at my house. The vet estimated her to be about a year old, she was very skinny when she showed up here. I started feeding her and she fattened right up. On Sunday the 12th she was fine , Monday she was fine, Tuesday night I noticed she just wasn't quiet herself. (normally very hyper and eats like a horse) This morning I got up and fed her and she wouldn't touch her food. I took her to the vet and they tested her for numerous things and parvo. The test came back positive. I am truly crushed, I have heard so many bad things about parvo over the years.

However the vet has given me hope and I truly trust him , hes been my vet for about 5 years now and he shoots pretty straight. She is not running fever, she isn't completely dehydrated and she has no blood in her stool. He said as of right now the outlook is good and we caught this early on, however, I'm thankful that he thinks she will be ok, I'm worried about my other dogs. He said that since they are all "older" dogs that it would be highly uncommon for them to pick up the virus? He said that parvo normally effects dogs 2 yr old and less? Is there any precautionary measure I should take just to be safe with my other dogs?

March 26, 20120 found this helpful

My pup Pecker contracted parvo 6 days ago. Lathargic wouldn't eat or drink would not respond to my voice but small tail wag. I was desperate for help. I'm unemployed at the time and no vet I talked to would sympathize or even hear of payment options. And get this none of them would offer any kind of helpful advice!

So I scoured the net. I found an article of a couple that has proclaimed to have cured thousands of dogs and puppies. I tried to put water and Gatorade down his throat but he would throw it right back up and then some!

So I tried what this couple said to do and it saved his life. I'm forever grateful. It is very hard for them to hold anything down so the only other options are drips or anal. I couldn't afford drips so it was the later. Every hour of the day I would insert a small tube in his rectum along with an antibiotic dissolved in the Gatorade.

After two days of this he showed much improvement on the third he was eating again! The fourth eating like a puppy should! Everything in sight! Lol. People this works! If your dog gets it try it if you can't afford those money hungry vets! I gave him two syringes full every hour 2 tablespoons in each dose. Dissolved antibiotic twice a day. Thanks everyone.

April 24, 20130 found this helpful

Unfortunately I have had to deal with this terribly painful disease in two dogs, both successfully. Maybe my experience can help..
1. Buy Amoxicillin for fish at the local farm and ranch store. No prescription needed. The basic dose for dogs is 250 mg per 15 pounds body weight. I got that dose off the internet somewhere, so you can look it up too. I gave my 5 pound dog 75-100 mg by opening the capsule to remove some of the powder inside. Put the capsule back together. Give every 8 hours. And yes its the same product that you get for yourself at the pharmacy! So if you have some already... you know what to do. My dog stopped pooping blood after the first dose. Within 24 hours no more puking.

2. Sprinkle a little salt and also sugar in the water for your dog. Give as much as tolerated. A syringe is handy here, but not necessary. These things are in everyone's cupboard! Don't waste your time and money on that other commercial stuff.

3. Cover your dog as they can tolerate it. The fever makes them shiver, and they need to conserve all their energy now. They should not (or can't) eat for 3-4 days, or more. The sugar in their water helps them through a little better. Its all about the electrolytes.

4. Let them sleep.
5. Forget the chicken, at first. Just white rice with diluted broth flavor. No fat.
Other management. I put my dog's basket in the tub, so she can't wander around out of her mind and puke and bloody stool everywhere. Place newspaper down in the tub, and change it often. Also I line the bed with old towels and change them often. She will puke and pee at the same time. Every time your dog pukes offer water after. Pick up carefully. The stomach is really, really, really sore.

This works for me but should not be taken as gospel. In other words do what fits your situation. I am just an old country woman, no MD. Good luck all.

May 16, 20130 found this helpful

I cured my dog of the of strain parvo by adding a couple drops of bleach to water and feeding by syringe 3 times a day for 5 days, by day 2 she was up and running around again. I also syringe fed her gravy and raw egg until she would eat again. Sounds crazy but it works, I will not be vaccinating her because once they survive, it's rare they will get parvo again.

June 12, 20130 found this helpful

Hello there. I have my puppy Kobe. He's 2 months old right now he's currently experiencing from parvovirus. It's his 2nd day of not eating and drinking (a little) of water. We took him to the vet 2 days ago (that morning the first onset of his illness). The vet said he's very dehydrated and might not able to survive the day if we did not take him tot he vet. Just this morning the vet confirmed he's suffering from pavo virus :( because of the signs and symptoms we reported to him. He prescribed IV bags 200ml of D5lr to consume for 3 hours - every other day, and aerosol hydrite to mix in the water he drinks. It's his 2nd day of not eating and drinking but currently he's on his IV. They said when a dog survives from that horrible disease he would not get the disease again. I mean there's only a little chance that he might get sick again.

July 5, 20130 found this helpful

I am currently dealing with the problem of the parvo virus in my dog. Strangely only one of my dogs have it and neither of them have ever had the vaccination.
So far what is working for us is:

1 Let the dog get lots of sleep.
2 We are giving him unflavored Pedialyte (the stuff for infants and toddlers when they get dehydrated) this helps a ton and if they are still drinking water you can hide it in the water because it is unflavored and clear!

3 When tolerated cover them with a blanket, it will help keep their warmth in so they don't shiver from the fever.

4 Keep showing them love and affection. my poor sick dog still will perk up a bit when he gets petted or hugged! just like a human a little love can help them through! :)

July 27, 20130 found this helpful

On the 26th of July my 5 month old puppy got the parvo virus. When he started showing symptoms I took him to the vet right away. He had to be put down the next day. This virus spred so fast even though he had been vaccinated. Ryden had 2 siblings who also came down with parvo. I heard about this at home remedy that if caught soon enough can increase the chance of survival. This is in no way a replacement for vet care and or treatment but it can get very pricy.

Since I just had surgery myself I did not have the means to treat the other to puppies at the vet. I saw a video on YouTube about a guy who treated his pup at home using activated charcoal capsules. With no other ingredient. Unflavored pedilite. And pepto bismo if the puppy had diarrhea. Use an empty 20 oz water bottle. Fill almost to the top with pedilite. Add one capsule of the charcoal. Let dissolve. The fill the rest of the way with water.

Now my dogs were only at the vomiting stage with no diarrhea so I did not need the pepto. Take a 5 ml syringe and very slowly give to pet every 15 minutes for the first 4 hours. After vomiting has decreased give every half hour. Once vomiting has completely gone reduce down to every couple of hours. Once they are feeling better you can feed them some boiled rice baby food (chicken, turkey, or beef) and some chicken broth. Mix together and give just a tablespoon at first to make sure that they can keep it down then Increase.

I am very happy to day that both of my dogs have pulled through and are on their way to full recovery. Eating and drinking on their own. I am still giving them the mixture since they had only come down with the virus yesterday evening.

When the vomiting first started it was late at night and no pharmacy here was open. So I went to the nearest gas station and bought a bottle of lemon lime Gatorade. I have 5 ml every 15 minutes and the vomiting stopped with in a couple of hours. The key is to keep them very hydrated.

First thing in the morning I went to walgreens and purchased the charcoal and pedilite. Started them in this mixture and by this evening the are running around and playing with there toys. I was so happy to have found this info so I wanted to pass it on.

July 29, 20130 found this helpful

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.

September 10, 20150 found this helpful

No once they have had it they will be immune to it. The vet told me that the parvovirus stays in the ground for 10 years. My 13 week old pup just caught the virus. He started the vomiting last night and had diarrhea this morning but no blood or foul odor to it. When we got to the vet he acted like nothing was wrong wanted to play with the other animals but I wouldn't allow it. The vet then proceeded to tell me that he should make a speedy recovery and as long as a pup is up to date on their shots the vaccine company should actually pay for all the fees for "hospitalizing" the pup. If your vet has told you about that then you might wanna ask about it but the dog has to be up to date on his/her shots in order for the vaccine company to cover the charges


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