Killing the Parvo Virus in Your Home?

Is it safe to keep throw rugs, cloth toys, and bedding after been touched by parvo. We have washed everything in bleach, but I am still nervous about putting the rugs back down. Plastic bowl and water dishes were run through the dishwasher with bleach added. Are they safe or not? Everything we read says bleach kills the virus. I have used about 3 gallons in 2 days.


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September 30, 20170 found this helpful

Bleach is the very best product to use when trying to eliminate the Parvo virus/germs. Sounds like you are on the right track for killing it. You do not say if you have a dog that had Parvo or lost a dog that had it but either way everything needs to be cleaned with bleach.

  • The virus can hang around indoors in its infective form for 1 - 5 months.
  • Virus can last in outdoor/yard for over a year.
  • It seems the tough problem occurs with items and areas than cannot be bleached.
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  • Things like carpets, wood flooring, sofas and the like and contaminated back yards.
  • if you used bleach and hot water and hot dryer for washing throw rugs they are probably safe but if that leaves you uncomfortable then I would say to throw them away.
  • It is usually recommended to throw away plastic pet dishes.
  • Once a puppy is infected by Parvo, it is immune to the virus for at least 20 months and usually for life.
  • This question comes up a lot on ThriftyFun so I have included a link to past questions and answers.

If you are thinking about getting a puppy/dog it would be best to wait at least 6 months.

When/if you decide to get a puppy; here is vet's advice:

If the puppy is between 4 and 8 weeks old, have it receive a high antigen parvo vaccination but do not take it home until it is 8-12 weeks old or two weeks have passed. See to it that quality vaccines are administered to it at 8, 12 and 14 weeks as well and that it receives worming medications on those visits. (your local feed store vaccines may or may not work)


Do not purchase dogs from pet stores, bulk breeders or third parties. Those dogs tend to have weak immune systems and pre-existing medical problems of all kinds. Do not purchase pets sight unseen if you cant see both parents thank the sellers for their time - then leave.

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September 30, 20170 found this helpful

It can still be breeding around, it's best to keep cleaning for the first six months. You're on the right track by bleaching it all, but if you get another dog, you should wait until that period is over.

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