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Parvovirus

Written by Dr. Sherry Weaver

We adopted two pups from our local shelter, had them for three days, and ended up having them put down because of parvo. They apparently had the virus when we adopted them.

We weren't told they were exposed or possibly had the virus. Very disheartening. :(

We truly want pups, but don't know how long we have to wait before we can adopt. We cleaned the indoors thoroughly (steam cleaned the entire house) and have a nice, clean yard. Please let us know. We are ready to raise another family. Our kids are grown and gone. We have lots of love and time for raising pups.

Patty Torres
Hesperia, CA

Dear Patty,

I am so sorry to hear that you had to experience this devastating disease. Unfortunately, the virus that causes parvovirus can live in an environment for years. You can decrease the virus in the environment by using a 1 to 10 dilution of bleach to water, but I never feel comfortable that you can eliminate the virus.

The good news is that the vaccine for parvo is extremely effective. If your home has been exposed to parvo, I typically feel comfortable bringing a puppy in two weeks after they have had their fifteen-week vaccine, which is usually the third booster.

Dr. Weaver

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