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Old 10-04-2018, 12:09 PM
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Parvo Survivor

I adopted a new puppy a month ago from a well known rescue in my area. The puppy I adopted came from a litter of parvo survivors. He was treated in early July. The rescue made sure I was aware of the puppies past history and my current adult dogs were UTD on vaccines. They are, so needless to say I brought home my darling little Levi. He was a wonderful addition.

Levi is a 5 month old Chiweenie and loves his fur siblings. Tucker - 8 year old fox terrier mix and Autumn - 3 year old Chihuahua. I have a thing for big ears.

The only issue I have is that I read conflicting things online and was told a few different things from my vet and rescue. I know my pup can shed the virus for a while. I read or heard it can be a few months to a year or so. I donít know when I can start socializing my pup with others. Such as training classes, hiking trails, anywhere public that other dogs might be. I don't want to be irresponsible and risk unvaccinated dogs/puppies lives.

There is just so much different information about post parvo life. Iím more or so venting that I canít seem to find a for sure answer on this.

No matter what I am so over joy that I brought Levi home, heís perfect. Heís the pup in my avatar pic.
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Old 10-04-2018, 06:29 PM
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Aww, he's very cute, and a very lucky and strong survivor!

I don't know the answers to your questions, I thought once they recover from Parvo that they're okay to be around other dogs. You could try calling a vet specialist hospital and asking them.
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Old 10-05-2018, 02:47 AM
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From what my vet has said, and I've read online, parvo survivors can shed the virus for up to a month after they are symptom free. The parvo virus can survive in the soil for up to a year, the exception to that rule is soil that's exposed to the sun for a good 8 hours a day, since the sun kills the virus.

If he had it in July, then he should have been virus free in August, by now it's safe to have him around other puppies and dogs. If you got him in September or late August I don't think he would have infected your yard or home with the virus.
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Thank you guys for your replies! I think I will start taking him into public with me. I'm not going to purposely take him somewhere I know there will be a bunch of puppies. I know he has been symptom free for a while now.
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