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Puppy Fosters, Please Read!

Updated: Mar 23, 2022

What is Parvo and what do I need to do to prevent it for my Foster puppies?

Parvo is a deadly virus. It lives in fecal matter. If it gets in the ground it can live there for a year or more.

  • Parvo is the reason we ask you to quarantine your new foster dog or puppy for 14 days unless they have been fully vaccinated.

  • Parvo will typically break 3-10 days after the exposure. We have had a few break closer to 14 days so we quarantine for 14 days.

  • What does this look like? Mainly keeping your foster puppy on pee pads and easy to bleach surfaces. If a puppy does break with parvo their poop was likely positive 1-2 days before you see the symptoms. If quarantine has been followed your clean-up is much easier. If you have let your puppy in the yard and they have broken with parvo it makes your yard off limits to unvaccinated puppies for a year or longer. Although you can clean and bleach your floors you cannot bleach a yard.

  • The 14 days is hard, especially for older puppies but if you follow it, life is much easier.

  • Puppies are not fully vaccinated until they have 3-4 rounds of vaccines. If you have lived in your house for over a year and have not had parvo in your yard you can take puppies out after their quarantine and they have at least 1 round (preferably 2 but if you know your yard is safe and have discussed it with medical).

  • Puppies who have not had the 3-4 rounds should NOT walk around public areas. Especially pet stores and veterinary offices.

  • Round one of vaccinations is at 7-8 weeks DHPP and bordetella

  • Round two of vaccinations is at 10-11 weeks DHPP and bordetella

  • Round three of vaccinations is at 13-14 weeks DHPP and rabies

  • Not covered by rescue but highly recommended is DHPP 4 at 16 weeks of age or older

Today Togo was diagnosed with Parvo. Although it is treatable that treatment comes with a high price tag. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

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