So we were at a family shindig yesterday all day, and this evening after we get home (after a day of looking into a new doggy daycare with the pups, then taking both pups out to Petsmart for Dora's obedience class, mind you) we get a call from a family member who also brough her dog along - Surprise! She doesn't keep it vaccinated, and today she learned it has Parvo! Of course, I keep mine vaccinated, but they are due in a couple months, and now I am freaking out. Especially since my dogs have been all over town and meeting other dogs (who may or may not be current on vaccinations) all day today. I called my vet first thing, and the vet on call assures me I have nothing to worry about, but it wouldn't hurt to bring them in for a booster tomorrow - I was ready to drive out there tonight, but he promises its not necessary. He told me that for the next week to be looking for glazed eyes, loss of appetite, and drooling as the first signs of sickness, followed by vomiting and diarrhea. I will be googling parvo half the night now but since I know a few people on here know a lot about parvo or have dealt with it, is there anything particular I should know or do? My pup are suppose to be puppy sat by my sister at my moms this weekend, but she has dogs, should I call off work and keep them at home? Do I need to contact the doggy daycare and the people in Dora's puppy class? Nikki and I start school this Monday, which is why we are starting at the doggy daycare, should they be staying home still by Monday? If they need to stay home they will have to stay home alone for nearly 8 hours so I would hate to keep them home, espeically if they might start showing signs of sickness. We can take turns calling off work for the weekend, but we can't miss school, and both my sister and the boy we hire to watch them on the weekends obviously will also be in school during the week. The shindig was at Nikki's aunt's house, is parvo the nasty bug that can stay dorment in the ground unless the yard is treated? I don't trust them to treat their yard properly, to be honest, so should I keep my dogs away from there from now on? (Think I will be doing that anyway) Does it travel on your shoes? Should we just not go there anymore? Lord help us when we actually have children to worry about.
How old are your dogs? A lot depends on that. If your vet said not to be worried, I'm assuming they have aleady had 2 series of shots. The incubation of parvo is 4-14 days and a lot of infected dogs show no symptoms, but they shed the virus in their feces. There is no known treatment to kill parvo out side, it can hang around for 9 months, but I would never trust that! If there was any contact between the affected dog, and other dogs, at the shindig, warn all pet owners, and have the owner of the place disinfect floors etc with bleach and water solution. It only takes a small amount of bleach to kill the virus; so you don't have to worry about bleaching all the floor colour, etc. Make sure everyone (besides the person who didn't vaccinate her dog) gives their dog a booster. Yes you can definitely spread the virus on your shoes. What breeds are involved? Some are so much more susceptible to parvo than others.
My dogs have been vaccinated before, but I am taking them in for a booster today. My vet does say I don't need to worry about my dogs since they have been vaccinated, and they are both over a year old. Unfortunately the pup who wasn't vaccinated is only 5 months old, other dogs that were there include its littermate - now belongs to Nikki's grandparents, and it has been vaccinated. They both are mix breeds so hard telling what they are mixed with. One is all black and looks lab-ish, other is tan with a dark mask and a bit of wrinkle about its face, that with the fact that it is a huge puppy makes me think mastiff mix. The family insists they are shepard mixes, but they insist Dora is a shepard mix as well, since she has a saddle back coloring and a mole. Also an older chocolate lab was there as well. Nikki told its owners to get it in for a booster as well. Even if my dogs don't need to worry about getting sick, do I still need to keep them away from other dogs? Could they pass it on to another dog even though Albie and Dora are vaccinated? My mom has a 9 y.o. corgi mix and a 2 y.o. golden mix, I assume are up to date on shots, I'll ask, but its in the country, so Sadie Mae attracts all sorts of male dogs from all around over, and their neighbor has a cocker that comes into their yard, I would have no idea if it was up to date on shots. I don't want to take them out there unless Im sure that they are not any risk to their dogs, but if I keep them home, I would be too worried about them to be content with the dog walker checking on them just once mid-day, in case they were to start showing signs of sickness.