I'm a dog trainer at PetSmart and received a phone call from one of the dogs in my puppy classes. The puppy was in class last week but would be missing this class because of Parvo. Evidently the puppy was feeling better, however it was still being treated. The puppy was in class last week, and the owner had only had the puppy for less than a week before enrolling into classes (against my better judgement). The puppy was vaccinated, but had been in a shelter situation with her littermates after being thrown onto the side of the road. The puppy also had a large black spot on the back of her leg where she had no fur (which was scraped, but did not have any diseases).
I know that parvo has an incubation period of about 7 days, but the virus is shed during then correct? What would you guys do in my situation?
The beginning age for puppy classes is 10 weeks (which in my opinion is too young), and we have classes multiple times a day. Hundreds of puppies have gone in and out of that room. In that specific class, there is a ten week old yorkie. I have already notified the pet parents, but what should be done as far as the room goes? I know that we need to bleach it, but I think policy will not allow us to? We have a cleaner called Watchdog which PetSmart believes disinfects properly.
I will be calling the pet parent of the sick puppy today and advise them to not come to class until 6 weeks has passed until the puppy is deemed "healthy" to prevent the virus shedding. Is there anything else I should do?
This is not what I want. I'm not ready or willing to have a puppy's death on my shoulders.