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Old 05-04-2012, 08:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Calm me down please...PARVO exposure!

I loaned a conference table to a friend and I just got it back yesterday, brought it inside and set it up *right next to Lily and Trixee's crates* and I just got text that one of her puppies is in the hospital with Parvo, so I need to bleach the conference table!

Her puppy has already had four shots for Parvo...she got him the same day and the same place I got Trixee.

She says he'll be inpatient on IV for at least a week and only has a 50/50 change. I feel terrible for her but...

I'M SO FREAKED OUT!

What's the chance Lily or Trixee could be at risk? I take them all over the place, relying on those vaccines. Could a table I brought in just earlier today get them sick? They haven't touched it, but my daughter and I did...and then touched them and everything else in the house.

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Old 05-04-2012, 09:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I understand you being upset. I understand parvo virus is hard to kill so I would look up some ideas on the internet and clean everything as much as you can. Then first thing tomorrow I would call your vet and get his/her advice on your dogs risk of exposure. My understanding is that puppys are more likely to get sick from parvo because even if they have had parvo shots their systems may not have had time to build up a immune response.

I'm not clear how old your dogs are and if they had their shots. My reading indicates direct contact with an infected dog or with a infected dog's feces is the most likely way for a dog to get parvo. Your dogs may be just find and their shots will give them the protection they need to be safe from this exposure.

Do call your vet and get some reassurance so you don't worry yourself sick over this, my prayers are with you. Let us know what the vet says.
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Thank you! I read this and called the vet immediately (they are 24 hours) and I feel a little better. They advised me to bleach the table and watch my dogs closely.

They are 12 months and 11 months old...fully vaccinated but so is my friend's puppy! Same vet's office and breeder gave all the shots. My friend told me that the vaccine manufacturer will foot the vet bill...something I didn't realize. My dogs have insurance so I'm less concerned about costs if they get sick...I just don't want them to get sick!

So anyway, I made two bleachy soppy rags and did the table and everything else that we probably touched after handling the table. Doorknobs, desks, appliance handles, etc. We are hoping for the best!!

I'm holding my breath...we won't know if my friend's little guy will make it for about 4 days, she says. :(

He must have picked it up at Petsmart...only place he's been out of the house! She has three other puppies...all under a year. :(
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You didn't mention it so I'll add that it nees to be 10% bleach solution to wipe out parvo.

It's not airborne, but you should also bleach everything your friend may have touched - even where the bottom of her shoes went. And everywhere you could have spread it by walking over where she walked and spreading it on your shoes, or touching things she touched (doorknobs, lighswitches) and then everything you touched afterwards and could have spread it on your hands.

Bleach much = sleep easy. Hoping for good news from you.
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I think my bleach was at least 25%...I figured, more is better!

Thankfully my friend had put my table out on her porch and my husband picked it up a couple hours later. He left it in the garage, but last night I brought it in and left it in a hallway...then today my daughter and I set it up in our family room. We did drag it over the carpet but I don't know how to sterilize that. :( Hopefully there couldn't be enough of anything that something could have gotten on our shoes. My friend used the table upstairs and she keeps her dog downstairs, so it probably didn't come into contact with the sick puppy, but she obviously handles her dogs all day long and then touched the table to fold it up and put it outside for my husband.

I am SOOOO glad that her car was in the shop (otherwise she would have come over with it) and that she was out to dinner with her mom when my husband planned to pick it up (because he would have gone inside, I'm sure).
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I think you have done everything you can for now. I'm glad you called the vet to get good information instead of speculation from well meaning but misinformed friends.

Did the vet say how long the incubation period is for parvo? So you will know how long you have to be concerned. It's good to hear the vaccine manufacture is covering your friends vet bill, it is horrible to worrying about a sick puppy and then to worry at the same time about vet bills would be too much.

Hoping for the best for your friend, I have heard about puppies survivng parvo and going on to lead long healthy lives.
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The incubation is 4-5 days usually. My friend's puppy did so well he got to come home today (she lives a mile from the vet and I think he'll be going in daily for meds or fluids or something)...but another of her puppies was admitted last night. :( Her remaining two are six months older so their shots came from a different lot...so we're hoping they will be OK!

Her house will potentially be contagious for a year, according to the vet.

Funny thing is that she and I had barely been talking and hadn't seen each other in two months because my daughter had been seeing her son and when she broke it off, my friend got very distant. I'd been feeling really hurt because prior to that we were together several times a week. Now I feel like it all happened for a reason...so that my dogs (and my dad's elderly mini poo) wouldn't be exposed!
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I guess you will be nervous till the five days go by but you have done everything that could be done so hopefully the odds will be in your favor. Will your house be contagious for a year as well because of the table even after all that disinfecting?
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I guess you will be nervous till the five days go by but you have done everything that could be done so hopefully the odds will be in your favor. Will your house be contagious for a year as well because of the table even after all that disinfecting?
No - that's if it gets in the soil/vegetation. Parvo puppies come into vet clinics. Careful, careful bleach and isolation and no worries after that.
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Yes, I was nervous and still am.

Since the table never came into direct contact with her dogs (she keeps her dogs downstairs and the table was upstairs) and since I bleached it, etc. the vet's office doesn't think I have anything to worry about.

I guess her dogs are doing OK and apparently the second dog never was admitted...I must have misunderstood a text. She ended up saying that the second dog simply had diarrhea because she changed their food because of the recalls. I haven't heard from her in a couple days and am assuming everything's A-OK now. I suggested she call Petsmart and mention it to them since it's the only place the sick puppy has been aside from their house, but last I heard she was so overwhelmed with cleaning, etc. that she hadn't had a chance.
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