How to clean a house with traces of Parvo?

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How to clean a house with traces of Parvo?

Postby I Love Lucy » Tue Oct 11, 2005 4:01 am

I was wondering what I should use specifically to treat an apt with traces of parvo in it? I know to use bleach, but what kind of bleach? How do I go about cleaning the carpet? Any other help tips or names of cleaning agents I can use?? Thank you!


Postby lasia » Tue Oct 11, 2005 12:09 pm

what i used was clorix(SP) bleach and than i went and used my mother in laws carpet steam cleaner and put a little bleach in it not enough to do damage to the carpet but enough to clean and kill any thing


Postby rwh » Fri Oct 14, 2005 12:54 pm

Yes I did some research on that and what I read is that bleach water is the only thing that can kill Parvo, I'm not sure how much you should use though. Maybe do a google search on Parvo.

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Postby bahamutt99 » Fri Oct 14, 2005 2:14 pm

Bleach is supposed to kill Parvo. So I would use a good bleach solution to clean the smooth floors. That said, Parvo is transmitted through fecal matter, and can live in the soil for up to 5 years (some say more). Not sure how you would go about decontaminating the yard. I'd say the best bet is to make sure that any dogs living in this house are vaccinated for Parvo and keep up with the shots.

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Postby concreterose » Sat Oct 15, 2005 12:21 pm

When Vicki had parvo, I had to BLEACH the whole yard, that is the only thing that will kill the virus. It killed all my grass, but I just reseeded the next year.

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Postby Sariss » Sat Oct 15, 2005 2:43 pm

Better to kill the grass than possibly have another dog infected.



Postby loveAPBTloyalty » Thu Oct 27, 2005 9:42 am

My 13 week old puppy had parvo. I rescued him at 6 weeks from a place of no treatment, where he was left to die. After a ton of money to give blood transfusions and antibiotics and such- he is all better. But even with cleaning with bleach the parvo can stay in the contacted areas for up to a year. Best to keep away from dogs under one or those that are not vaccinated. My other dogs are fine as they are all vaccinated. 8) Good Luck!


Postby loveAPBTloyalty » Thu Oct 27, 2005 9:44 am

ALSO.....Parvo survivors are the best for blood donation. They have great antibodies to help those in need that get Parvo.

Mine will be donating once he is of an appropriate age of 9 months.


Postby 3specialpitties » Thu Oct 27, 2005 11:19 am

Wow! I did not know that they are the best for blood donations. When we got skuff he had parvo. Then we moved back to kansas (same house we lived in before) Nala and Zoe had only their first puppy shots and was due back that next week for their next and they ended up getting it too! Nala fought for over a week and beat it but Zoe wasn't so lucky. After Skuff's incident we bleached the yard, house, got new furniture, the whole nine yards and it was over a year later! Parvo was still here! Now that we know that about the blood donations, we are going to talk to our vet and see what we can do to help out other dogs in our area.

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Postby concreterose » Thu Oct 27, 2005 12:46 pm

loveAPBTroyalty wrote:ALSO.....Parvo survivors are the best for blood donation. They have great antibodies to help those in need that get Parvo.

I was gonna do that...but they told me that the dog had to be at least 50 pounds to give blood and Vicki is only 40 :sad:


Postby loveAPBTloyalty » Thu Oct 27, 2005 12:55 pm

Usually they require the dog to be 35 lbs. Look around for other blood donation places. In my area Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank is the main place. Their website is They may also be able to tell you of places in your area.

Dr. David Tayman of Columbia Animal Hospital (where I work) posted on his website about Parvo. This is what he said: (

Parvo: 20 Years On

Imagine a new lethal virus that attacks the canine community and against which dogs have no defense. Without natural immunity, infected dogs inevitably perish. Meanwhile, veterinarians work feverishly to develop a vaccine - a weakened form of the virus that "artificially" stimulates antibody production to fight off the virus. So it was in the late 1970s, when parvo virus first rocked the dog world.

Nearly two decades later, thanks to increased public awareness and scientific advances, "parvo" is less ominous - though far from extinct. The incidence of parvo has dropped dramatically a because owners now routinely vaccinate their dogs.

Most puppies acquire temporary parvo-destroying antibodies by ingesting them through their mom’s first milk (colostrum). Dogs can also develop more permanent immunity by successfully thwarting a parvo infection. And most dogs that do get parvo nowadays survive because veterinarians diagnose the disease quickly and treat it effectively.

But complacency is unwise because parvo can still be lethal. While most adult dogs are immune to parvo, puppies between 6 weeks and 6 months of age are dangerously susceptible.

Like all viruses, parvo virus (known as CPV-2) uses its host’s cellular machinery to churn out replicas of itself. (Some scientists think parvo virus is a mutation of the panleukopenia virus that affects cats.) Over a 2-week period, an infected dog can shed up to a billion CPV-2 viruses in its feces, and they can survive in the environment for 5 months or longer. When an unprotected dog ingests the virus, CPV-2 begins multiplying in the lymph tissue of the dog’s nose and throat and then travels to the bone marrow, suppressing production of infection- fighting white blood cells. The virus then travels to the cells lining the small intestine. There, CPV-2 damages the intestinal villi, the threadlike projections that absorb fluids and nutrients. The resulting vomiting and diarrhea can lead to dehydration and dangerous imbalances in electrolytes - electrically charged chemicals essential to normal cell function.

To make matters worse, the compromised intestines lose their ability to control and prevent resident digestive bacteria from infiltrating the bloodstream and cause system wide infection. These bacteria in the bloodstream of a dog with depleted white blood cells is a life-threatening combination.

Certain breeds seem more prone to parvo , but scientists don’t know why. Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers and pit bulls have led the parvo predisposed list for several years, and recent findings suggest that pit-bull-type terriers and German shepherds should also be included on the list.

Breed notwithstanding, crowded living conditions (like those found in puppy mills and pet stores) and concurrent disease (especially intestinal abnormalities) also increase the risk of parvo. And sexually mature, intact dogs may face a greater risk of parvo than their neutered counterparts because unneutered dogs tend to roam, increasing their exposure to infectious agents.

Diagnosing a full-blown case of parvo is straightforward. If a puppy less than 6 months old shows up at the veterinary clinic feverish and dehydrated from vomiting and diarrhea, and if a CBC (complete blood count) test reveals low white-blood-cell levels, parvo is the probable culprit. Under these circumstances, the veterinarian will immediately begin treating the pup.

Less severe cases are trickier to diagnose, however. There are even subclinical carriers of parvo that show no signs of illness. These seemingly healthy dogs imperial their canine brethren by silently shedding infective viruses all over the place.

To conclusively diagnose parvo, the veterinarian must find evidence of CPV-2 in the patient’s stool. While veterinarians have access to several fairly reliable CPV-2 detection tests, these tests are not infallible. While veterinarians can’t kill CPV-2, they can provide life-saving support by restoring fluid and electrolyte balance, battling systemic infection, and minimizing further fluid loss. Veterinarians typically withhold food for 12 to 24 hours to rest the patient’s beleaguered intestinal tract while they administer electrolyte-laden fluids - either intravenously (into a vein) or subcutaneously (under the skin). The practitioner may add glucose to the recipe if the animal has low blood sugar - along with infection-fighting antibiotics, antivomiting medication if vomiting is relentless, plasma transfusion have been very valuable in the treatment as well as blood transfusions if the animal is anemic.

Immunity via vaccination is your dog’s best defense against parvo. Have your dog vaccinated with a vaccine made from modified live virus - a biologically altered and harmless version of CPV- 2. Immunizing puppies presents special challenges. Although puppies born to immunized mothers are protected for a period of time, during the first 4 to 12 weeks of a pup’s life, maternal antibodies decline to a level where they no longer protect the puppy. But pups can’t produce antibodies in response to to vaccines until maternal antibodies drop below protective levels. This creates a window of susceptibility during which maternal-antibody levels are high enough to neutralize the vaccine but too low to protect against infection. Recent improvements in parvo vaccines, however, have helped close the window of susceptibility. Veterinarians usually administer these now parvo vaccines to pups as a three-shop series - typically beginning at 6 to 8 weeks of age. Compared to the traditional four- or five-shot regimen, this schedule is more convenient for owners and allows veterinarians to protect pups at a younger age.

But no vaccine can guarantee 100-percent protection. So owners must be vigilant about their puppy’s comings and goings. Keep your pup away from other dogs with uncertain vaccination status - and from areas where such dogs congregate. Before, enrolling your in puppy kindergarten, make sure the instructor requires proof of vaccination for all participants.

Do not take your unvaccinated or unprotected puppy to pet stores or parks until it is fully protected.

Vaccination and virus-avoidance practices have made parvo much less pernicious than it was 20 years ago. But even taking every known precaution, you can’t completely eliminate the risk of CPV-2 infection. Thus, parvo remains one of dogdom’s most tenacious foes.

The signs of parvo-virus are not specific. Be on the lookout for lethargy and loss of appetite, progressing within a day or two to vomiting, diarrhea (often profuse and bloody), and high fever.

Don’t wait for the more severe signs to develop. If your normally energetic pet becomes listless and disinterested in food, play it safe and visit your veterinarian.

There is not sure-fire parvo preventive, but the following precautions - especially important for puppies - will increase your dog’s chances of living parvo-free:

1. Stick religiously to your dog’s vaccination schedule.

2. Keep your pet away from dogs with unknown parvo-vaccination status.

3. Prevent your dog from coming in contact with feces.

4. Observe good hygiene at home, and if you board your dog, insist that its kennels and runs be disinfected daily. A 1 to 30 ratio of chlorine bleach to water is most effective against parvo virus.

In lieu of vaccines, many veterinary practices are now offering blood titers to evaluate your pet's immune system and it response to fighting parvo virus. If you are concerned about vaccinating your pet-ask about vaccine titers.[/b][/i]

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