How Is Parvo Spread?
Parvo can occur in any dog, as the virus is easily transmitted. The virus is extremely hardy in the environment, and in some areas can survive 3 to 7 years. Parvo is extremely resilient and can be transmitted in any discharge from an infected animal, especially feces and vomit. The Parvovirus withstands wide temperature fluctuations and most cleaning agents.
Parvo can be brought home to your dog on shoes, hands, car tires, and even by flies and birds. Areas that are thought to be
contaminated with Parvo should be thoroughly washed with a chlorine bleach. For fabrics and bleach sensitive materials, a disinfectant called Kennel Kare by HTProducts (found HERE) can be used to kill the virus without affecting the fabrics. For porous materials such as soil, the disinfectant TekTrol should be used to disinfect the entire surface. Bleach will not kill 100% of the Parvovirus in soil, and TekTrol is one of the only products to our knowledge that can.
Animals that have overcome the Parvovirus can be carriers for up to 30 days after they stop showing symptoms. Do not take your dog to the park, out for a walk, or have any contact with other puppies for this period. Make sure to clean all stools and any surface it touches with the appropriate disinfectant.
Parvo spread through the ground will usually surface through rain water flooding the area, so try to avoid letting your pet play in puddles until they are protected. For new owners that suspect their yard may be contaminated, thoroughly cover the landscape with TekTrol and let sit for a week before bringing your puppy home.
Detailed instructions for the decontamination and treatment of Parvovirus can be found HERE.
The Canine Parvovirus is specific to dogs and usually cannot be transmitted to humans or other species of pets. One step to avoid Parvo infection in your dog is to adhere to the recommended vaccination schedule which begins when puppies are 6-8 weeks of age; however, a majority of puppies that contract the Parvovirus are up to date on their vaccinations. Keep puppies quarantined until they are at least 10 weeks of age (longer is better) and do not allow people to handle the puppies without the proper protection.
Call Amber Tech today for information about the parvovirus at 801-966-8895
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