How Long Does Parvo Last?
Parvovirus Can Survive outside For Months To Years Outside
“My sister had a dog that had parvo a few months ago. He unfortunately did not make it. But, that’s not what I wanted to say. She invited us to her place this weekend for a barbecue and told us that we could bring our puppy with us. I’m concerned for our dog. How long does parvo last in a place that it has been before?”

Hello! Great question. And good for you considering this because it really could save your dog’s life.

Parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that can cause many very serious symptoms and even death in many cases. The virus attacks the intestinal tract, and is spread through animal feces. If you would like to know more about the virus, please see our discussion in our article titled “Where Does Parvo Come From” to learn how it spreads.

If you are concerned that your dog may have Parvo, you should immediately contact your Veterinarian to discuss testing your dog for the presence of the virus. If you’re not sure what the symptoms of Parvo are, please see our article on “What Are The Symptoms of Parvo

Parvo is a very resilient virus, and can survive many months living outside and in the ground. It does not take much of the virus to infect a dog. Neither freezing cold nor hot climates will kill the virus effectively. In fact, it should be assumed that the virus is living outside somewhere.

Dogs that are most likely to catch Parvo are puppies and other dogs that have not been vaccinated. For some reason, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Labrador Retrievers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and German Shepards are the most at risk breeds.
Some Breeds Of Dog Are More Susceptible To Parvo Than Others
The only way to avoid catching Parvo is to be up to date on vaccines and to avoid infected materials and locations until after all immunization shots have been completed. This means avoiding locations where the virus is known to have been present in the past year, and avoiding other animals that have caught the virus.

However, the biggest problem with Parvo is how resilient it is to destruction. It can live in the environment for many months, and even survive disinfecting cleanings. It is simply resistant to most typical disinfectants.

In many cases it is smarter to throw out infected toys, food bowls and water bowls rather than trying to clean them.

Further, you need to be sure to properly clean all shoes that might have walked through infected areas, as well as carpets and floors. The virus can live in these areas for a long time after a dog with the virus has passed through.
Keep Puppies Away From Places Where Parvo Is Known Have Been, or Likely To Be Hiding
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Please do not submit questions about medical problems here. Only licensed veterinarians can diagnose medical conditions. If you think that your pet is sick, injured or experiencing any kind of physical distress, please contact his veterinarian immediately. A delay in seeking proper veterinary care may worsen your pet's condition and put his life at risk.

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