I got a havanese/shihtzu mix puppy in march - he contracted parvo and passed away after a week in the hospital:( We had been planning on also getting a black lab pup, so she arrived the day that the havatzu went to the hospital. She has been doing fine and hadnt shown any signs of illness and is just doing great!:) My breeder is going to replace the pup that died with another one. I was wondering if any knows how to get rid of parvovirus? I have had the carpets steam cleaned and thrown out all the things that the pup came in contact with and have used clorox cleaner on all the other noncarpet surfaces...
For now, the pup wont be staying at my place, but how do I:
1. get rid of the parvo for good and 2. know when the pup is old enough to come to my apartment?
Also, my vet bills were around $1800 which was on top of the $500 for the pup and $200 to have him shipped. My breeder said she wont help pay any bills and for the replacement pup, i have to pay another $200 for shipping! I dont know how she expect someone to pay another 200 after she sold me a pup that got sick w/in a week of me getting him. My vet said that the puppy definitely contracted parvovirus BEFORE I got him. The breeder lives in Georgia and I live in Ohio - does anyone know if there are any laws that would cover this sort of situation? (ie: lemon laws, etc)
any advice would be great! Thanks:)
***Edited By: arb18 on 5/15/2005 9:31:37 PM*** Reason: just had to add something i forgot
The only way to completely get rid of it is burn the apartment. Since that is probably not an option, you can get a disinfectant that works on parvo like Roccal-D or Nolvasan and use it in the carpet steam cleaner and clean the entire house and furniture. It is the only way to properly disinfect the carpet since you can not use bleach on it.
The incubation time on parvo is 3-14 days. That means that the pup could have contracted the virus once he arrived at your home. Also, parvo can stay in your yard for up to a year. Everything else should be cleaned with a 30:1 bleach solution. Your yard can all be treated with this solution. This is still no guarantee that you will be able to remove all traces of the virus.
"The only way to completely get rid of it is burn the apartment. Since that is probably not an option..."
lol lucina. That actually cracked me up. As far as the subject goes yeah, I've heard 6 months to a year for the virus to stick around. Would an option be to not receive the dog until he/she's had all of their vaccinations and would be safe against the virus just in case? It's a thought. You most definitely don't want to go through it again. Im sorry for your loss, also, it has to be hard. Good luck.
I would say the safest thing for you to do is to first disinfect with the products mentioned above. Then wait until the puppy has gone through a full series of vaccinations. The last vaccination should be given when the puppy is 16 weeks or older. Until then I wouldn't risk bringing the pup into the house. As far as the bills I don't know how to advise you but I certainly wish you luck and hope that everything turns out well for you. Its ashame you had to go through the parvo experience and sincerely hope that you won't have to do it again. Hang in there!
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE remember that vaccinations are NOT foolproof-- I have seen many fully vaccinated puppies come down with parvo and die. Most lived but I have seen quite a few die. My own German Shepherd Shade (who had all vaccinations) came down with parvo at 6 months of age and we almost lost her. I ended up treating at home with just fluids and supportive therapy ( im a vet tech) and managed to save her. Shes healthy now though. just please keep in mind vaccinations are a preventative measure they dont guarantee that your dog wont contract the illness.
Amity with Calista the Chinese crested Dobber and Shade the GSDs and Peanut Butter Toast the kitten
I do know in July, August and September are the highest incident months and is stable in the environment but Iím not sure for how long and is resistant to the effects of heat, detergents, Bleach & alcohol. I'm sorry you have to go through this. My friend's pup contracted the virus but luckily he survived. Good luck!
just wanted to add that do not treat only your house but also your yard. my gsd spent a week in the vet with parvo. he survived and is now almost ten. the vet told me that people can come into your home and bring parvovirus in on their shoes. after everthing is treated have everyone remove their shoes before coming into your home. i didnt even let my frenchies out into the grass or public until after their third set of shots either. its so hard to see our pets suffering with this dreaded disease.
I just went through the exact same thing. My puppy passed exactly one week after getting him. I'm very sorry about your loss. Thank you for posting this though, because I too have had questions on how to properly disinfect my house for the new puppy. I'm very nervous and have turned into a regular germaphobe. Let me know how everything works out.
In the future, there are some supplements you can give your dog to prevent them from eating feces which is often times to cause of parvo. Naturvet has a formula made especially to provide with dogs with the right blend of nutrients to prevent them from trying to get those nutrients when they find things outdoors.
"Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail." - Henry Wheeler Shaw <br>
I had a male chocolate lab/pitt mix who was about 12 weeks old and he had parvo AND large roundworms. we picked him up on the side of the road and brought him home. He started to not eat then he threw up foam. Three days later the worms came with bloody stool. We had to put him down because we did not have the $900 to get the antibiotics and the dewormer. He was getting over the parvo but the worms finished him off. That was about a week ago and a black lad puppy wondered in our yard, hes staying in a room that the puppy wasnt in. Hes eating and drinking and looks healthy but hwen i lifted his chops it smelt like the parvo. We cant get his shots till thursday. He ate some rotting fish and lord knows what else. Bosco isnt showing any signs that copper did but im still worried. Should i be worrried and how long deos it take for the virus to set in?