|Barked: Sat Jul 14, '12 9:46am PST |
|The only thing that will kill it is a bleach solution, but it is extremely hard to be fully rid of. Here are some advice and links from other sites about it:
"How long does Parvovirus last in the environment?
The Parvovirus family of viruses are particularly long-lived in the environment, lasting anywhere from 1 to 7 months -- commonly surviving 5-7 months in an outside environment. Due to the large amounts of virus particles shed in the feces of an infected dog (shedding lasts two weeks or more after exposure) and the longevity of the virus, complete eradication of the virus is often impossible.
How can I disinfect an area contaminated by a dog infected with Parvovirus?
There are many Parvovirus disinfectants on the market, but regular old bleach is still 100% effective against Parvovirus. The dilution for bleach is one part bleach to 30 parts water. Caution is advised for dyed or colored fabrics or objects."
"Prevention and decontamination
See also: DA2PPC Vaccine
Prevention is the only way to ensure that a puppy or dog remains healthy because the disease is extremely virulent and contagious. The virus is extremely hardy and has been found to survive in feces and other organic material such as soil for over a year. It survives extremely cold and hot temperatures. The only household disinfectant that kills the virus is bleach.
Puppies are generally vaccinated in a series of doses, extending from the earliest time that the immunity derived from the mother wears off until after that passive immunity is definitely gone. Older puppies (16 weeks or older) are given 3 vaccinations 3 to 4 weeks apart. The duration of immunity of vaccines for CPV2 has been tested for all major vaccine manufacturers in the United States and has been found to be at least three years after the initial puppy series and a booster 1 year later.
A dog that successfully recovers from CPV2 generally remains contagious for up to three weeks, but it is possible they may remain contagious for up to six. Ongoing infection risk is primarily from fecal contamination of the environment due to the virus's ability to survive many months in the environment. Neighbors and family members with dogs should be notified of infected animals so that they can ensure that their dogs are vaccinated or tested for immunity. The vaccine will take up to 2 weeks to reach effective levels of immunity; the contagious individual should remain in quarantine until other animals are protected."
Pers onally, I would throw away any bedding that the pup had been using. Any areas the pup has been allowed in needs to be cleaned as throughly as possible with the bleach solution. Parvo is spread through the fecal matter, I'm sure any accidents indoors have been cleaned up (would need to be cleaned again with the bleach solution if that has not already been done), but the yard will need to be picked up as well.
If you have any other animals..if they are adults and have been vaccinated they should be fine. If you have any other pups or kittens they need to be completely separated from all areas the infected pup was in contact with. Remember, shoes and anything else that came in contact with the areas can spread the virus. So basically try to think or everything you can and clean with bleach.
Hope your pup does well.
Edited by author Sat Jul 14, '12 9:47am PST