7 Things You Should Never Do If Your Dog Has Parvo
1. Clean After Them Using Household Cleaners
When cleaning after a dog with parvo, regular household cleaners are definitely a no-go. Since the Canine Parvovirus is extraordinarily resistant to common household chemicals, the only way to completely get rid of it is to use bleach. Just mix 1-part bleach in 30 parts water, and use the mixture to disinfect the areas where your sick pooch likes to hang around. That means kennels, floors, play pens, your yard and any other surface they come into contact with, especially the areas where they do their business.
You can put the diluted bleach mixture in a spray bottle to make it easier to apply. Spray it on the contaminated areas and let it soak for about 10-15 minutes before rinsing. You can also use the same bleach mixture to wash all their other belongings, like toys, food bowls, blankets, and dog beds.
2. Feed Them Their Usual Food
Dogs suffering from parvo become very sensitive to certain foods. That’s because the Canine Parvovirus mainly attacks the gastrointestinal tract, causing vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite. As a result, dogs with parvo are given anti-nausea medication to help them keep their food down.
However, most infected dogs won’t find their usual dog food appealing because the smell of it can make them feel nauseated. Instead, opt for bland, easy-to-digest foods like boiled chicken breast, bone broth, or rice.
If you want something much easier to prepare, you can talk to your veterinarian about specially formulated prescription dog food.
3. Go Out Without Washing Your Hands After Touching Them
On top of keeping your sick pup isolated, you should also make a habit of washing your hands with soap and warm water after touching them. If you don’t, you can easily spread the virus to new areas and other animals.
It’s also very important to change out of the clothing and footwear you used around your dog before going someplace else. Never forget to disinfect them with diluted bleach to make sure you remove all traces of the Canine Parvovirus before you wear outside.
4. Have Dogs Over
Whether your dog is still suffering from parvo or just recovering from it, hold off on having their dog pals over. Even if your dog is isolated in a room, traces of the Canine Parvovirus could still be lurking around your home unseen. It’s highly contagious and very easy for dogs to contract. It can also survive without a host for months and is extremely difficult to get rid of. So, there’s really no telling if an area is free of the virus or not. To be safe, refrain from inviting guests with dogs over until your sick pup has fully recovered and is declared parvo-free.
5. Forget to Give Them Their Medication
In the animal hospital, your dog’s veterinarian will be the one to give them their parvo medication. However, once your pooch is discharged, the responsibility of administering medication will be passed over to you. So as their owner, you should always make sure your dog takes all their medications on time.
You can give your dog their medicines at the same time every day. That way, it’s easy to remember their medicine schedule. You can also keep their medications in easy-to-spot places, like on your bedside table, so they can serve as visual clues. Or, you can simply set alarms on your smartphone.
The important thing is to take the necessary steps to keep yourself from forgetting to give them any of their medicines throughout their recovery process.
6. Skip Out On Notifying Your Neighbors
If your dog has parvo, it’s good to let your neighbors know, especially if they have dogs. Since the Canine Parvovirus is shed through feces, your neighbor’s dog can contract the virus simply by walking on contaminated soil in your backyard. Giving them a heads up will at least help keep their dog from getting infected.
Talk to them about parvo, and share with them the things you’ve learned about it. If they still haven’t gotten their dogs vaccinated, prompt them to do so. It’s one way of preventing the spread of the disease around your neighborhood.
7. Bring Them to The Dog Park Days After They Recover
With timely medical attention and supportive treatment, most dogs recover from parvo in about a week. However, once your dog has recovered, it’s not a good idea to bring them to public places, like dog parks or beaches, after only a few days. Even after recovering from parvo, dogs can remain contagious for up to six weeks. It’s best to check with your veterinarian and wait for their go signal before you take your dog outside.