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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?

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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I did Bleach/water and Odo Ban. Bleach/water inside on the laminate floors and also outside in the yard. Threw away all toys. Bleached all crates and bowls. Bleached the yard/killed the grass. Ran a carpet cleaner with Odo Ban over all carpets/rugs a few times. Bleached the driveway and patios. Basically I spent about a month's time disinfecting everything. This was one year ago and I have had puppies in my home since then with no problems. Be vigilant about cleaning and I would recommend a slightly older puppy that has more vaccines done versus an 8 week old.
 

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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.

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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.

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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.
 
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