Getting a New Puppy After Losing One to Parvo

I have a 9 year old Pit and a 3 year Mati-Shit Tzu. In January we rescued a puppy, but the puppy got parvo and died shortly after. We bleached the entire area and continue to bleach the area periodically. Both our dogs have had boasters and show no sign of parvo. We are in the process of rescuing another puppy, 8 weeks old. He has gotten his first set of shots. Do we need to keep the dogs separated?


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June 22, 20160 found this helpful

It's always a gamble when rescuing a puppy. You can't keep it separate from the other dogs because they have to accept it as a member of the pack. Also, the puppy must be socialized to other dogs during its formative weeks.
Parvo is dangerous, but it isn't possible to keep dogs in quarantine all the time. Though the parvo vaccine is often effective it isn't 100 percent effective.

Since your adult dogs have had all shots and seem healthy, and they had a chance to catch it and didn't, it seems unlikely they will.

Your other choices are to adopt a puppy that has already had its shots and seems to have been socialized to people and other dogs already, to adopt another adult dog, or to forgo getting another dog. But there are never any guarantees. You're taking a minor chance no matter what. One thing you should not do is raise a puppy during his socialization period in isolation.

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August 12, 20160 found this helpful

Our puppy from the shelter had TWO parvo vaccines. A few days after bringing her home the shelter told us one of the littermates had tested positive. Four of the eight ended up getting it. And ours went into the vet 7 days later.


She looked at first as if she would rebound, but after two nights she started getting worse and finally after four nights her white blood cell count was 0. Completely heart breaking. Ours is the only one that passed. I would say vaccines are NOT a giving at all.

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