Question about getting another dog.?

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Answer #1 | 31/12 2013 04:20
Hi, Unfortunately, parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that can remain live on household surfaces for up to a whole year. Possibly longer Even when provided with a vaccination to prevent the virus, dog's are still vulnerable but not as at risk as unvaccinated dogs and are more likely to make a rapid recovery. Bleach is effective on the elimination of the virus however, when an effected dog has had access to all areas of your home, it will be very difficult to get rid of the virus altogether. Bringing a dog into your home is a huge risk however if you bleach areas that you can by using sprays and water buckets, the virus will not be in such large amounts around the house, reducing the risk. Ensure that any dog entering your home are fully vaccinated and healthy to avoid contamination. I would also wait at least 3 months extra, whilst decontaminating the house until you bring another dog home. Even after these procedures the risk is still there so please take care and ensure you make the right decisions. Younger, pregnant, ill and elderly dogs are more at risk than the average healthy adult dog however, some dogs can have a worse reaction to the virus than others refering to previous above comment by Greyhoundadopter: It would be a very bad idea to let a cat into the house. Cats have a different strain of parvovirus than canines and are not effected by this however, if the cat lives in the house, it will pick up and carry the virus especially from outside areas where your dog had access to. This will be inconsiderate to dogs around the neighbourhood as your cat may then contaminate other dogs for example, ingesting the bacteria and defecating in neighbours gardens which other dogs have access to. Your cat will be fine however, it may spread the virus. I wish you all the best :)
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Answer #2 | 31/12 2013 04:15
You need to speak to your vet about this, but as Parvo, the virus, lasts for a very long time, especially in the soil which can't really be bleached, you should NOT bring any unvaccinated puppy onto the property. And even a vaccinated dog may be at risk, if the vaccination hasn't 'taken'. Add I'm sorry, but to the best of my knowledge, Steven would appear to be giving you incorrect advice. 3 weeks is way too short a period of time after losing a puppy to Parvo, to be considering bring in another one. In any case, it's now been 2 months since you lost your puppy..... so I don't understand the relevance of 3 WEEKS in any case.
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Answer #3 | 31/12 2013 07:40
Pretty much your only option would be to adopt a dog of maybe a year or older. Such a dog will be immune to parvo as long as it has been properly vaccinated. I suggest that you check out your local shelter and explain the issue and go by their recommendations.
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