Where Does Parvo Come From?
Puppies Need To Be Very Careful Outside To Avoid Catching Parvo When Young
“Where does Parvo come from? I ask because my puppy was just diagnoised [sic] with it. None of our other dogs have it so we’re not sure what happened.”

That is unfortunate. We’re sorry for your little one. We hope he is able to pull through alright.

We’d be happy to tell you where Parvo come from.
What Is Parvovirus?
Canine Parvovirus (not to be confused with Feline Parvovirus) is a highly contagious disease that affects dogs of all ages. The more common variant of the virus infects the walls of a dog’s intestines, causing serious damage. 

Parvo is highly deadly once caught as there is no cure for it (it is a virus). The symptoms can be fairly nasty, so we’ll go ahead and recommend that you check out our article on Parvo symptoms if you want to know more about that.

Most cases of Parvo occur in puppies between six weeks and six months of age. They are often protected from infection by their mother’s milk for the first six weeks by a form of limited immunity. As they grow older, puppies are given their immunization shots ever few weeks.

It is during this time that puppies are most susceptible to catching Parvo. They are not fully protected and their immune systems are the weakest that they will be during their lives.

Again, it should be reiterated that all dogs can catch Parvo. It is simply more likely in puppies. Most adult dogs simply show no symptoms because their immune systems are better able to handle the virus and ward it off.
It's All About Where Your Doggy Is Spending His Time That Will Determine His Risk Of Catching Parvo
Where Does Parvo Come From?
Because the virus attacks the intestines of an infected animal, it spreads itself by living in the stool of the dog. Infected dogs begin spreading the virus before they even begin to show symptoms. The dog will then spread infected feces for 3-6 weeks thereafter.

For a puppy to become infected, it must be exposed to the virus found in feces, infected soil and anything that has come into contact with the virus. This means that the virus can be found on shoes, the dog's paws, grass, etc.

The virus enters the body orally. This can be caused by the puppy eating infected feces or something that has the infection on it. Additionally, if the puppy sniff the anus of an infected dog, that may be enough to catch the virus.

However, a puppy doesn’t have to eat the infected feces in order to catch parvo. Even if his paws have been “cleaned,” the virus may still live on the pads of his paws. All he has to do is lick his paws and he may catch it. A puppy can also catch the virus by eating food found on the ground. What’s worse is that bugs and rodents may transport the virus around from place to place even if there is no other infected animal nearby.

In other words, there is no real way to know where the virus came from. The Parvo virus is incredibly resilient, and can survive even the most extreme conditions. It is long lived, and can stick around for many months or even years. For this reason, if you have had an infected dog in your home, it is advisable not to have another puppy in there for several years.

Obviously, due to the nature of this virus, and its resistance to disinfectants, kennels, boarding homes, and dog breeders that keep any number of unvaccinated puppies have a much higher risk of infecting dogs with the virus.
Infected Dogs Can Leave The Virus Behind For Other Dogs To Catch
How To Prevent Parvo
First and foremost, ensure that your dog is sticking to her vaccination schedule. Stick to the schedule recommended by your veterinarian.

Discuss with your vet when and how you should begin socializing your puppy with other dogs. Your puppy will be its most vulnerable between six weeks and six months. This means that you need to use caution when taking your puppy to public places where other young puppies might be around until all vaccinations have been administered.

Even then, no vaccine will protect any dog 100% of the time. Vaccines create antibodies in the animal, but that does not mean that they will not catch the virus later in their life.

If your puppy or dog has caught Parvo and survived, you will be glad to know that the odds of your dog catching Parvo again are incredibly low. It may still be possible, but it is believed that once a dog has caught Parvo, they are then immune from it into the future.
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