What Every Puppy Parent Should Know About Parvovirus in the Environment

Canine parvovirus, or parvo, is an extremely contagious disease that can kill dogs. When a dog has parvo, he or she needs immediate and intensive veterinary care. There is no cure for parvo, but supportive veterinary treatments can help a dogfight off the infection, and prompt pet waste removal can help prevent it. Every puppy parent should be concerned about parvo because it’s so contagious and deadly.

How Parvovirus Is Transmitted
A dog infected with parvovirus will shed the viral cells in feces. Any other dog that comes into contact with the feces can then become infected, and in turn, transmit the virus to other dogs. Humans can also acquire the virus and transmit it to dogs. This is one of the many reasons why it’s crucial to wash your hands thoroughly after scooping up poop.

How Parvovirus Spreads Through the Environment
Some viruses need to live in a host animal, as they cannot survive long in the environment. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with parvovirus. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), canine parvovirus type 2c (CPV-2c) can remain viable for at least one year in the environment. This means that if an infected dog defecates in your yard, the soil will remain infectious for a year or longer. The virus can also live on inanimate surfaces like food and water bowls, collars, leashes, and kennel surfaces.

How You Can Protect Your Puppy
Dogs younger than four months are most at risk, as are those that haven’t been vaccinated. Get your dog vaccinated against parvo as soon as possible. This doesn’t provide 100% protection, but it will help reduce the risk. Protection from parvo requires multiple vaccinations. Prompt pet waste removal is also essential to protect your puppy from parvo. Never let your dog come into contact with another pet’s waste, and get all poop picked up from your yard right away. Parvocidal sprays are also available for yard application.

EZ Pet Care is known for providing affordable dog poop services in the Dallas area. But did you know we can also apply a parvocidal disinfectant to your yard? Give us a call at (888) 613-1320, and we’ll send a poop scooper out to your home right away!

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