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Old 05-16-2017, 01:04 PM
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Life after Parvo

So I thought I'd start a new thread seeing as the Parvo thread, while very informative, seems to be very quiet.

There is a lot of information out there on getting your dog through Parvo, keeping him hydrated, getting him to the vet asap, but less for after Parvo care.

My main question is, why bother bleaching your whole apartment and throwing away toys and bedding? I ask for two reasons - it seems that it's almost impossible to completely irradiate the virus and it will die out (from what I can tell) after a month indoors. Secondly, what's the point when you will bring your pup home and he's still shedding Parvo for a month. Everything will get reinfected anyway, and your puppy can't re-catch the same strain. (Correct me if I'm wrong).

I know the vet is extremely concerned about the spread of the virus and if your dog has made it through Parvo he's going to need to rest. But I also need to take him outside and have him go for walks otherwise he rips up his bedding in his crate. I feel bad that I'm spreading the virus but I don't have a private yard and he's got to poop somewhere. Any thoughts on this?
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So I thought I'd start a new thread seeing as the Parvo thread, while very informative, seems to be very quiet.

There is a lot of information out there on getting your dog through Parvo, keeping him hydrated, getting him to the vet asap, but less for after Parvo care.

My main question is, why bother bleaching your whole apartment and throwing away toys and bedding? I ask for two reasons - it seems that it's almost impossible to completely irradiate the virus and it will die out (from what I can tell) after a month indoors. Secondly, what's the point when you will bring your pup home and he's still shedding Parvo for a month. Everything will get reinfected anyway, and your puppy can't re-catch the same strain. (Correct me if I'm wrong).

I know the vet is extremely concerned about the spread of the virus and if your dog has made it through Parvo he's going to need to rest. But I also need to take him outside and have him go for walks otherwise he rips up his bedding in his crate. I feel bad that I'm spreading the virus but I don't have a private yard and he's got to poop somewhere. Any thoughts on this?
You're bleaching everything, and getting rid of toys and stuff, for the safety of other dogs. You can track Parvo around on your shoes, so you could potentially track it from your home to your front walk and have another puppy catch it, it's not likely but it could happen. Some people move often, so a person could move from their home, another person move in, and that puppy get infected from the parvo lingering in the home. A person's friend may come over with their puppy while parvo is still present in the home, and that puppy comes down with parvo. When your puppy is finished shedding the virus you should sanitize your home as best you can.

If you are walking your parvo puppy all over the neighborhood and letting it defecate here and there, you are being highly irresponsible even if you are picking up after your puppy. You are putting every unvaccinated puppy that comes in contact with that area at risk for getting parvo and that is how epidemics are started.
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So I S=should have been clearer. I get the need to clean the apartment down after your puppy stops shedding, just a lot of advice suggested that you throw everything away and start again with the implication that this is done before your puppy comes home. I understand the need to disinfect everything after your pup stops shedding. We don't know anyone with young unvaccinated puppies and aren't planning to invite any pet owners round for at least the next month.

With the second issue, again let me clarify. The vet suggested we find one spot and have our pup only go there. I'm willing to try but with a four month old puppy I've found (previously) if you try to drag him to a spot and he REALLY needs to go, he will literally just go anywhere.

All the advice I've read is understandably cautious about limiting the effects and spread of parvo. It tells you what not to do. But it doesn't suggest what you should do. How should I exercise my puppy if not through walks? Where is he supposed to go if not outside? If he's still shedding i'm still going to be spreading the disease on the bottom of my shoe for the next month. i've tried to keep him on paths only since i brought him back yesterday (we had to walk home and I know the virus lives in the soil for longer) but the vet didn't suggest keeping him quarantined for the next month in a cage.
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So I S=should have been clearer. I get the need to clean the apartment down after your puppy stops shedding, just a lot of advice suggested that you throw everything away and start again with the implication that this is done before your puppy comes home. I understand the need to disinfect everything after your pup stops shedding. We don't know anyone with young unvaccinated puppies and aren't planning to invite any pet owners round for at least the next month.

With the second issue, again let me clarify. The vet suggested we find one spot and have our pup only go there. I'm willing to try but with a four month old puppy I've found (previously) if you try to drag him to a spot and he REALLY needs to go, he will literally just go anywhere.

All the advice I've read is understandably cautious about limiting the effects and spread of parvo. It tells you what not to do. But it doesn't suggest what you should do. How should I exercise my puppy if not through walks? Where is he supposed to go if not outside? If he's still shedding i'm still going to be spreading the disease on the bottom of my shoe for the next month. i've tried to keep him on paths only since i brought him back yesterday (we had to walk home and I know the virus lives in the soil for longer) but the vet didn't suggest keeping him quarantined for the next month in a cage.
Personally what I would be doing is having the pup use a puppy pad outside, Have it poo on the puppy pad, so that the virus is not spread in the soil. You can douse the pad with bleach before disposing of it. Once he poos feel free to take him on a walk but make sure to keep him away from other dogs and puppies. After a month, once he's stopped shedding the virus, then you can stop using the puppy pads.

I do sympathize with you, my friends brought a dog home dog from the animal shelter and 3 days after they brought him home they found out he had parvo. From what the vet told them having the dog potty in an area that receives 8 hours of strong direct sunlight will kill the virus, but from what I'm reading the area would still be contaminated for 5 months.
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We get a lot of clients that have to deal with parvo during and after, who also live in smaller spaces without any yards. Not easy I understand, but ethically pretty important NOT to walk your dog in public at all and to have him/her poop/pee indoors on pads. Even if you own a great dane this is what is recommended.

By the way, cleaning the place spotlessly before your puppy comes home is not necessary as your puppy is (by that time we hope) over the disease anyway, and cannot get reinfected right away (if ever, even).

Just note, that unless the apartment is cleaned professionally, or you clean it extremely well AFTER moving out (letting diluted bleach sit on all surfaces for at least a half hour and then scrubbing well), the parvo virus could still survive for a good 8 months indoors (not just a month). I can't say I have personally had to do it so I don't know what they deal with all the details, but not spreading the virus is pretty improtant if you care about the other puppies out there. That might be even how your puppy got it in the first place...

If your puppy's stools are normal after parvo, you could possibly get away with picking them up immediately and cleaning the pavement with diluted bleach wherever you go, for a bout 2-4 weeks (then should stop shedding, though realistically, there is very little virus in the stools just days after your puppy is 'over it'). Cleaning off grass and or dirt is a bit easier as pieces can be brushed or torn up into a plastic baggie after you pick up the stools.

A bleach bath at the door will probably keep the likelihood of you and your puppy tracking parvo about (yes, puppy will need to walk through the bath or bleach-soaked towel, too).
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