Getting a Puppy After Losing One to Parvo

After euthanizing our 2 fur babies (one to old age and one to lymphoma), we decided to rescue a pup on 4/21 from someone who did not vaccinate and locked her up (in bathroom) for 14-18 hours a day. My 6 year old was in love at the moment he met her. After only 24 hours of sheer happiness, she fell ill to parvo and 9 days later she went to sleep (in the animal hospital) and never woke up. Now, we've been called to rescue another Pit that is 6-7 months old from a family that has to relocate without her. We have bleached our yard and indoor carpets. We threw away blankets, toys, collars and leashes. Now what?

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The owners want us to take her on Monday, but we're terrified that she'll contract parvo. Our family is definitely missing a dog, but I'm thinking we can't risk taking her in. Is there anyway to prove her vaccinations? Are vaccinations strong enough to prevent parvo? Please help.

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May 30, 20171 found this helpful

Parvo can last from 5-7 months. You did disinfect with a bleach solution. It can last outside for up to a year. Maybe a family member who lives outside the household can take care of him until he has his shots?

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May 30, 20170 found this helpful

I don't understand how you could bleach your yard and indoor carpets. The bleach would ruin your carpets and kill all your grass. Are you sure it was chlorine bleach that you used?

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every single surface that the dog touched has to be sterilized. Also, your clothing and shoes that touched the dog, and anything your hands touched after touching the dog--including door knobs, eye glasses, phones--things you don't normally think of.

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May 31, 20170 found this helpful

We bleached everything. We used the only kind of bleach that works, chlorine bleach. It was diluted properly by vet standards of 1:30 or 1:15 ratio. Bleach does kill the grass but not entirely or as quickly as you would think. Our carpets are already light color and if anything, it only improved them. Unless you have actually bleached your own surfaces, you would know bleach does not necessarily remove the color... sometimes it only lightens the appearance. It's also advised against using straight bleach as it can do more harm than good. Education and knowledge are key

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