How is Parvo Transmitted?

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Many pet owners have real concerns regarding the transmission of this sometimes fatal virus. Parvo is transmitted by contact with an infected animal, feces, vomit, and from your hands, clothing, and shoes if you have come in contact with the live virus. It is not airborne.

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August 1, 2019

My brother had a puppy that passed away about 4 days ago from parvo. Before we found out he had parvo, he had diarrhea really bad, but we didn't know at the the time that is what he had. I cleaned up the mess and walked on the floor after I cleaned. My puppy has never been to my brother's house and was never around his dog. He woke up this morning and vomited 4 times in a row and then stopped. Now he is just laying around and hasn't eaten anything all day. Is there a chance that he has parvo?


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August 1, 20191 found this helpful
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The parvo virus is very contagious. Your dog could have picked it up from germs tracked in my you. Call a vet ASAP.

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August 9, 20191 found this helpful
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I'm so glad you acted on this quickly. Your puppy will have a good chance because of it. Good Vet care and good nursing make the difference for these little guys. There is no way to know if your puppy picked this up in the environment or elsewhere. Parvo is very contagious and persists in the environment for many months. It is very difficult to avoid it.


The only real protection is vaccination. Pay close attention to your Vets advice. If new symptoms occur, check with your Vet right away to see if you need to change your treatment. The 1st week with parvo is the worst and it can easily last up to a month as the puppy heals slowly. Good luck to you and let us know how things turn out.

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Everyone sincerely hopes your puppy will be okay.
I'm hoping that since you caught it very early there is a very good chance the virus did not have time to do so much damage.


Please be sure that you follow all instructions and if you have any questions call your vet right away.

The after clean up is also very important so be sure to check vet's websites for full instructions on how to eliminate the virus from your home and yard.

After your puppy recovers he will be immune to Parvo but the virus can still be transmitted to other dogs.

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July 12, 2011

Can an adult dog with up to date shots carry and give Parvo to a puppy who has just had its puppy shots? I had a Border Collie puppy that died of Parvo, and I wondered how it got it. I had raised my Border Collie, and it hadn't gone anywhere or have any contact with other dogs besides my 10 month old Great Dane and my 3 year old Border Collie.

The only place that they have gone is to dog practice, and I didn't know if they could have picked up the virus from a dog there and brought it back to infect my puppy. I live on a ranch 8 miles out of town, and our closest neighbor lives a mile away from us. I don't have any idea how my puppy got Parvo.

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December 23, 20140 found this helpful
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Please don't listen to advice that says not to vaccinate your pet. Parvo is an extremely virulent deadly disease. It is very, very contagious. There are other deadly diseases your dog must be vaccinated from, including rabies and distemper.

Treatment for dogs that contract Parvo runs into the hundreds of dollars, and sometimes after your best efforts the dog will die anyway.

Also, unvaccinated pets can spread Parvo and distemper to others' pets, causing them the same hardship.

It is possible for a pet to contract an illness from a bad vaccine, but it is very rare.

To answer the original question: The virus is extremely hardy and has been found to survive in feces and other organic material such as soil for over a year. It survives extremely cold and hot temperatures. That means that a dog with parvo, possibly a stray, probably defecated in your yard. The older dogs didn't catch it because their immune systems are stronger.


There is also the possibility of a bad batch of vaccine being administered to your puppy. But keep in mind this is very rare.

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