Hi I'm new at this site,.,.... I was wondering if parvo spreads to other animials after they get their shots? Lets say I took one of my dogs to the vet and he got his parvo shots, would my other dog at home get parvo because he hasn't gotten his shot?
***Edited By: busybee on 1/13/2007 7:25:19 PM*** Reason: misspelled words
the dog that you said you took to get his shots has parvo, if he already had parvo prior to getting his shots the shots would be of no help. the only thing that would get rid of the parvo would be to get him on medications for the parvo and liquids, the vet should of prescribed you them. the dogs without the shots are more likely going to get parvo cause it is a very strong virus. you need to take them to get there shots asap more importantly they need to get a parvo booster asap. keep the dog away from the other dogs completely, do not let the dogs on or around anything that the dog has been.bleach everything from the yard outside to anything the has been on... how old are these dogs? and have they had any shots at all?
***Edited By: daschundlover on 1/13/2007 8:09:25 PM*** Reason: add
I thought the OP meant that because one dog had received a parvo shot, that their concern was that the other dog might become sick by being exposed to poo etc from the one that had gotten the shot as it works through his body.
i just went through my dog 8month old dog having a mild case of parvo cause she had some (not all) of her shots she was suppose to have as a growing puppy and we had to nurse her bath to good health, all of our other dogs (4) had to get the parvo booster asap or they would be prone to getting it...luckily she survived and no other dog came down with it, but the parvo shot is not contagious to the other dogs...or there would be no point in getting the shot if it would just turn around and infect the other dogs....
the parvo is only tranferrable through the poop.
***Edited By: daschundlover on 1/13/2007 8:36:33 PM*** Reason: edit
Can a dog that has been vaccinated carry the virus, not show symptoms and pass it on to the other dog. yes, it can. Even vaccinated dogs can still get parvo. parvo is always mutating. Also parvo is all about viral particales. lets say your dog, dog 1, has been vaccinated and has it;s immunity raised up to defend itself against 10,000 viral particles. if the dog comes in contatct 10,001 it will get sick. even though it has been vaccinated.
and a dog from what I know can not get a mild case of parvo, because parvo attacks the rapidly dividing cells in the body, which are the immune system anti bodies, and the intestinal lining. If the dog gets parvo, it takes the dogs immune system, then moves to the intestinal system. if there are signs of intestinal damage, vomiting and diaahrea. the immune system has been greatly comprmised. dogs do not die from parvo. they die from dehydration, septic shock, bacterial infections or another viral infection. the virus in it's self is not deadly. it reneders th ebody defenseless. Back to my point if the dog does not show signs of instential problems the immune system has foughten off the virus successfuly and you probably will never know the dog had it. So it;s either very sick, or not sick.
Shots come in one of three ways (but I can only remember two), Modified Live, And Killed.
The modified parvo shot is a modified strain of the virus. the killed shot is a modified killed version of the virus. One type of shot puts a live virus into your dog, while the killed injects the dog with something dead.
Both shots fool the dogs body into thinking that it is sick, the dog's body in turn creates defences to protect itself without having to fight off the real virus. This way, when the dog comes into contact with the real virus, that virus is met with a canine immune system that is ready to knock it out before it can reproduce and cause harm. This is a super simple explanation, and I may not be accurate. But the general idea is true (I believe).
When a dog is given a live virus shot there is a remote chance that the dog will get the disease from the vaccination, and I think that you sign away your rights to sue the vet when the shorts are first given, (read that small print when you sign the waver), just in case this happens. There is a medical word for dogs that get the illness from the vaccine, but I cannot remember what it is.
When a puppy is given shots and that same puppy is exposed to another dog, if the 'other dog' has a compromised immune system, or is in some way ill, I do believe that the vaccine sheds into the stool and in very rare instances can cause unhealthy dogs to become ill. I read about this years ago in a veterinary journal.
People who raise their dogs all natural have a serious problem with giving shots at all, and in some countries dogs are not given shots every year because their is a growing number of studies that are showing the harmful effects of annual shots.
There is a WONDERFUL book out on the market that has been available for the past year. It is called Scared Poopless by Jan Rasmusen (Google her she is easy to find). This book is winning all kinds of awards. The author let me review the book and it left me thinking "WOW!" The book has an amazing chapter on the danger of 'shots'. The whole book is written from the view point of a little Maltese, very adorable!
sorry yes it is also contagious through vomit....luckily my dog wasn't vomiting or having dahriea either, she just was lathragic and whining all the time..and she was usually a very hyper mini daschund. so that is how i knew something was wrong.
parvo is the only virus that I know of that can live OFF the host animal. It can survive for up to two years anywhere. In the grass, on the driveway etc.
That is why puppies should not be taken anywhere until at least 2 weeks after their last series of shots. You should also not allow visitors as it can be tracked in on their shoes.
To the OP, your puppy must get the rest of its shots at the appropriate time or it will have no protection. IF your other dog has no vaccines - you should really get them right away. Unless of course, it has had many consecutive years of vaccines & you have intentionally stopped doing them.
Wow, I know I just learned a lot about Parvo that I didn't know. Thanks for posting this question and thanks for everyone responding to it. That's why I love Terrific Pets.
I have a related question. If a dog has had Parvo and was successfully treated, does it need additional booster shots or is it not at risk for being infected again?
We had a rescue dog with Parvo and the vet never instructed me to get shots for her, but this question made me wonder. The poor girl was 8 months old when she got it and had a really hard life and rescue before she got here. She stopped eating after she was here just a few days and we rushed her to the vet and sure enough it was Parvo. Is it just me or is "Parvo" one of the most dreaded words for a dog owner? We went to our local feed store and bought boosters for all the dogs here, even though they had already had their shots, we figured better safe than sorry.
I know they get Parvo shots until they are four months old, but are they not at risk when they are at certain age or should adult dogs be started on shots when they get here too? I've always been told if they are over a year they don't need the shots.
yes the dogs still could get it, they need the parvo shot EVERY 6months to a year depending on your vet for the rest of there life. when they get acouple years older they are less prone to getting it but there have been cases of the older dogs still getting parvo
PLZ DONT TAKE THIS AS NOT GETTING THE SHOTS DEFINATLY DO BUT DO IT BY A REPECTED VET NOT ONE OF THESE WALK IN CHEAPER ONES.MY 2 YEAR OLD BOXER PIT MIX HAD ALL HIS SHOTS AND BOOSTERS AND AT 9 MONTHS GOT PARVO I WAS FURIOUS HE WAS NEAR DEATH THANK GOD AFTER 700$ AND MANY DAYS AT THE VET HE IS STILL WITH ME. BUT HAD HAPPENED WAS THAT THE WALK IN VETS FOR LESS HAD GIVEN HIM A BAD BATCH OF BOOSTERS. SO PLZ WATCH AND ONLY USE WELL KNOWN RESPECTED VET.AND PARVI I LEARNED CAN STAY IN YOUR SOIL FOR UP TO 10 YEARS AND ANY DOG NOT VACCINATED IS SURE TO GET IT AND BELIEVE ME IT IS A PAINFUL MISERBLE DEATH FOR A DOG.
whenever your dog goes to get its regular shots, they always need to include the parvo shot...we are seeing alot of cases of parvo here in tx...yeah, it is the most dreaded word i think that a dog owner wants to hear. yeah and it can live in your soil for awhile too