Protecting a New Puppy from Parvo?

I just lost a puppy to parvo. She hadn't even had chance to be vaccinated. I have a year old Rat Terrier who is current on shots and has been doing great. I bleached everything bleachable, scrubbed my house, and got rid of everything the puppy came into contact with.

Is it safe to get another puppy that is vaccinated? We would really like to get this pup, but want to make sure if it's OK. We have major fears now.

By colleen from Colorado Springs

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August 20, 20100 found this helpful

'Home Care: The virus is extremely hardy and resistant to common household disinfectants. The exception is household bleach, a solution of one part bleach to 30 parts water for at least 10 minutes will inactivate the virus. Recovering dogs should be isolated from other dogs as well as from cats, it has been shown that canine parvovirus is transmissible to cats. Fecal shedding can occur for up to 10 days. All feces should be disposed of and the area should be treated for 10 minutes with the dilute bleach solution.

All living areas, bedding, food and water dishes and toys should be either disposed of or cleaned with the bleach solution. Be sure they are washed thoroughly with soap and water before reuse. Although canine parvovirus has not been shown to infect humans, many dogs have concurrent parasitic or viral infections, and proper hygiene should always be used when handling fecal materials.

Dogs recovering from natural infection are typically immune to reinfection for up to 20 months and potentially for life. It is still highly recommended that they receive their regular immunizations, as the disease is easily prevented with proper vaccination.


Proper vaccination has been shown to be protective against parvoviral enteritis. Starting between 6 and 8 weeks of age, puppies should receive a modified-live virus vaccine every three to four weeks, until they are 14 to 18 weeks of age. They should receive a booster vaccine one year following their last puppy vaccine and every three years thereafter. Puppies that have not completed their entire series of vaccines should not be walked outside until they are fully immunized.'
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August 20, 20100 found this helpful

If you have had parvo in your home, use a strong bleach/water solution to kill it. Soak the yard with it -- better to kill the grass than your next dog! Be careful using it on carpets and fabrics, though. Parvo can live up to 6 months or longer in your home or yard. Before you bring home another dog, be sure it has a strong immunity to parvo. You can have a veterinarian draw blood and run a titre to find out how well your prospective dog will fare in a parvo-infected environment. Adult dogs generally have a higher resistance than puppies do, but they need to be kept current on their vaccines. If in doubt, have your vet do the titre.

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August 21, 20100 found this helpful

Have you considered rescuing an adult dog that is not so at risk for parvo?

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August 19, 2010

We had a puppy for 3 days and she died of Parvo. We are getting a new puppy for Christmas. What do I do about my yard? I don't know much about Parvo, and I never knew it could live so long. How do I keep my new puppy safe?


By Mel from Arlington, TX


Protecting a New Puppy from Parvo

You need to clean everywhere the sick puppy was with bleach. Wipe down any crates or any thing else with the bleach. I would get a new bed for the new puppy. Also, pour bleach water on the ground outside anywhere the sick puppy used the bathroom. Consider walking the new puppy in an area the other puppy was never in until it has had all of its puppy shots. (12/15/2009)

By Lora

Protecting a New Puppy from Parvo

My puppy is a parvo survivor that we got from a rescue. He is not allowed to be around other pups under 6 months or until a month after the other puppies get all their vaccination shots. Even though my Rocky does not have Parvo anymore, I guess its still lingering and has a chance to spread to other dogs. I read online and it said that sometimes Parvo can linger in your yard for as long as 9 months! Be careful and if you do get a puppy that is not vaccinated, you may want to talk to your vet to see if and how to kill all the lingering parvovirus. (12/15/2009)

By Nicole

Protecting a New Puppy from Parvo

Vaccinate above all. It is the only way to assure that your dog doesn't get it. Bleach, bleach, bleach where other parvo victims have been. My husband use to raise hunting dogs and somehow, maybe through the mother, a litter was lost and we fought this for years. Finally we moved the pens and I used 15 gallons of bleach where they had been. Later we put the pens back and have had no more problems. (12/19/2009)

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