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.
will the first frost kill the virus in the the yard?
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
I agree. There was a bit on the news here about a year ago about Petsmart and dogs picking it up off of the floor.Bleaching your yard for parvo is okay, but you have to use the right ratio of water:bleach (20:1 - 30:1).
Still, all the yard-bleaching won't do a thing for errant flies that land on parvo poop in one yard and then come into your pup's pen ... nor for the birds that come & go in-and-out of your yard ... and all the yards surrounding you ...
The best way to prevent parvo is to inoculate the bitch the day she comes into heat, and then keep her pups inside in an indoor whelping pen until they're 6 weeks, and then be vigilant with their parvo shots--and use a good brand (not all are created equal!).
And never take any pup, anywhere, until it is 12 weeks old and has had all its shots ... for that is perhaps *the* most common way pups get exposed ... is when the new owner "just has" to take their young (and vulnerable) pup all over the place ... before its immune system is fully-formed.