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My Puppy Passed Away from Parvo

Hello,

My puppy recently passed away from parvo (got it from the breeder) and we are looking to get another one. My question is... Am I being paranoid? My wife and I decided to move apartments within our complex just to be safe, and will be bleaching everything possible. However, we can't bleach the couch, and puppy was up on the couch once or twice when we had him. Also, when we move our stuff over to the new apartment could the virus go from our old carpet onto our shoes, and then over to the new carpet and then infect our new puppy? Should we wear booties when moving? We definitely don't want to go through the pain of losing a puppy, but don't know how ridiculous we may or may not be acting. When we had the puppy... The only area he pooped on was hard surfaces and potty pads.

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82861 tn?1333457511
I'm so sorry to hear about your puppy.  Yes, parvo is a horrible disease and it seems to be in any kind of environment imaginable.  Cold as this winter is turning out to be, even freezing temperatures don't kill parvo.  It just goes into hibernation mode until the environment warms up.  Since you do have things like furniture that can't be disinfected with bleach, you'll need to wait a good six weeks to be sure any leftover virus dies off.  Another option would be to adopt a slightly older dog of 16-18 months who has already had all its shots and has developed some immunity.  Here's hoping your next canine has a long and healthy life.  :-)
974371 tn?1424656729
Sorry you lost your pup.
Good that you are sanitizing everything you can but you can't get everything and that is a bad virus that is hard to get rid of in the environment.

Jaybay is correct.  You should only get an older pup that is completely done with it's vaccinations..
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I agree, I would even wait a year (if it were me) if I were getting a puppy less than 6 months. Technically, parvo can survive in the environment for up to 9 months. A great solution, like already mentioned, is to adopt an older dog that has vaccines and is (in theory) immune to the virus. Then you won't have to worry so much!
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