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Old 10-07-2010, 09:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A friend just lost a pup to Parvo and the vet just told them to wait a few years before getting another dog. Obviously this is not ok to them, they like to have dog as part of their family. So how do they get the virus out of the house? yard?
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I've only heard of bleaching down the yard where the pup has peed/pooped/barfed, but not sure it would kill the virus. Grass & everything else would be destroyed, but that parvo virus would be hard to eradicate. But then again many rescues have parvo pups in their homes and continue to take on fosters without constantly having pups get parvo. Odd how it affects some and not others.
I think in a case like this an older "pup"(1yr+) would be the best bet. And make sure it is healthy, immune system is strong.
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Parvo is a fairly common virus found in the environment so you can't get rid of it altogether. I would either get an older puppy or just wait a month or so before getting another one and make sure it gets its vax on time.
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I had a parvo pup once. I was told to bleach the house as best I could. I think I also had to wait about 30 days before I got another pup.
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Our last gsd had parvo when she was a pup and I had another dog at the time. I believe the only thing that kills the parvo virus is a bleach/water mixture. But like everyone else says, it would be better to get an older pup or dog that has been fully vaccinated after they decontaminate the yard and floors. The vaccination takes 2-3 weeks to protect a pup. Better to wait and be sure than to loose another pup, such an awful disease.
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will the first frost kill the virus in the the yard?

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I've only heard of bleaching down the yard where the pup has peed/pooped/barfed, but not sure it would kill the virus. Grass & everything else would be destroyed, but that parvo virus would be hard to eradicate. But then again many rescues have parvo pups in their homes and continue to take on fosters without constantly having pups get parvo. Odd how it affects some and not others.
I think in a case like this an older "pup"(1yr+) would be the best bet. And make sure it is healthy, immune system is strong.
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will the first frost kill the virus in the the yard?

no... it is a pain in the rear to get rid of. Extreme heat or cold do not kill it. I live in Arizona and it is RAMPANT here. Its horrible. You need to spray your entire yard down with a mixture of bleach and water. You will kill all of your grass etc... Its awful. I would not bring another puppy into the house period. An older dog whom is up to date on all vaccinations will be or should be fine. I cant stress how important it is to bleach everything you possibly can.
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From what I've read, the parvo virus lives indoors for about 1 month but lives outdoors in the shade for 6-8 mos, in the sun for 6 mos. Rain, frost, heat, freezing do not kill it, in fact, a freeze will put it in a dormant state and warm temps will thaw it out and it can reinfect. Best to spray with the bleach/water mixture, wait some months, get a dog that's been fully vaccinated- it takes 2-4 weeks for a pup to be completely protected
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From what I've read, the parvo virus lives indoors for about 1 month but lives outdoors in the shade for 6-8 mos, in the sun for 6 mos. Rain, frost, heat, freezing do not kill it, in fact, a freeze will put it in a dormant state and warm temps will thaw it out and it can reinfect. Best to spray with the bleach/water mixture, wait some months, get a dog that's been fully vaccinated- it takes 2-4 weeks for a pup to be completely protected

Its such a withstanding disease, it freaks me out. They have actually done soil tests and it showed that it was able to withstand extreme heat and extreme cold for up to 12 months.
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I dont know whats worse to worry about, Parvo when they are pups or bloat as they are older.. geesh!
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