Parvo Virus Reinfection
I found out my twelve week old boxer has parvo and the vet is keeping him for 3 or 4 days until he is better. I cleaned his cage, linens, bowls and toys and was wondering if I should have my carpets cleaned as well?
My vet told me that parvo is like chicken pox to a human once they have it they become immune and won't get it again. I was reading your article above though and it kinda scared me because you used the word REINFECTED and here I was thinking he was gonna be good to go when he came home.
Was I told the wrong information today at the vet or is there always the chance he could get it again?Comment from our Vet regarding Parvo reinfection
Your boxer will not be reinfected when he comes back home, but other dogs visiting your house could certainly become sick after coming in contact with the virus that remains there.
I generally recommend that you not allow other dogs in your house or yard for six months after your puppy was diagnosed unless they are fully vaccinated and otherwise healthy. Puppies are not fully protected until two weeks after their LAST set of vaccines (these are usually given around 4 months of age).
Cleaning your carpets is not necessary, other than for aesthetic reasons if your dog had accidents there. The parvo virus is very hardy and would probably remain in the carpet even after a steam cleaning.
Just pick up any poop that you can and wash hard surfaces with bleach water or another disinfectant (e.g., Parvosol
) that is labeled to kill parvovirus.
I hope your puppy recovers quickly!
Jennifer Coates, DVM