Hi Awesome Ones,
As several of you have experienced first hand, Houston is unfortunately dealing with an outbreak of the Parvovirus. A puppy contracts Parvo by coming in contact with dog feces contaminated with the virus. This includes any fecal point of contact such as human hands and clothing, animal hair/coat, water and food dishes, bedding, crates and kennels, and toys.
Symptoms of Parvo include lack of appetite, lethargy, no interest in playing or water, diarrhea, and/or vomiting. These symptoms do not have to appear at the same time. If your puppy loses his or her appetite or is acting lethargic, please let us know right away. If we catch it in time, we can get the puppy the necessary vet care, thereby greatly increasing the chance of survival.
For those of you who have recently experienced Parvo in your homes, we recommend the following:
1. Clean areas occupied by your puppies with a solution of 15 parts water to one part household bleach. (It is best to let the solution sit for 10 minutes before wiping/rinsing.)
2. Pick up dog poop in your yard (note, this does not get rid of the virus, but helps reduce the chances it will spread).
3. Wash all bedding with which the pups came into contact with bleach.
4. Clean crates with the above bleach solution (Again, it is best to let the solution sit for 10 minutes before wiping/rinsing.)
Unfortunately, your homes have to be puppy free for at least 3 full months after Parvo has reared its ugly head. If you take your pup back after he or she recovers (which we hope you will), the pup can “shed” the virus for two weeks before testing Parvo negative. Once your pup tests negative, he or she can head to Colorado. Your at-least-3-full-month count can begin once your pup tests negative.
I would like to see if anyone of you who have had Parvo in your homes would be interested in being a “Parvo-Positive Home” (PPH) (thank you Ria Van Dright). My home is such a home. Often, when these pups do recover from Parvo, and if the foster can’t take them back, we have no where for them to go because they are still shedding the virus. If you are PPH, you could continue to help these kids, although the virus will remain in your home. I like being a PPH because I am able to help these poor guys when they need it the most, and I don’t have to fear the dreaded Parvo bug will come again! If you, too, are interested in being a PPH, please let me know! We have several Parvo survivors that need a place to go!
Thank you so much,
Rescued Pets Movement