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Killing Parvovirus in Your Yard and Home

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Killing Parvovirus

How can we kill parvovirus from our yard and home? Parvo is a potentially life threatening condition that mostly affects puppies, but also adolescent dogs and dogs who are not vaccinated against the disease. One challenging feature of this virus is that it is particularly hardy and difficult to eradicate if you do not know exactly what products to use. If you had a puppy with parvo and are thinking about getting another puppy or dog, you are right to be concerned. Killing all parvo virus in your yard and home can be challenging, and it may not be worth the risk. Veterinarian Dr. Joanne Fernandez-Lopez offers a few pointers on what you can do.

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How can We Kill Parvovirus from the Yard and Home?

Unfortunately, parvovirus may remain in the environment for up to 7 months or more. The indoor surfaces and yard should be cleaned and only vaccinated adult dogs should be allowed in the house environment.

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First, use gloves and clean any organic matter and safely dispose it inside a trash bag. You may need to safely dispose the gloves as well. You then may may use regular household bleach (sodium hypochlorite).

The ASPCA recommends to dilute 1 part bleach to 32 parts water (or 4 ounces of bleach to a gallon of water). Allow extended contact time from 10-20 minutes with the bleach and surface areas. Then, rinse with water and let it air dry. Avoid using mops to clean.

You may need to safely dispose any cleaning equipment to the trash to prevent any residue to stay in it. All launder clothing, bedding, and towels should be washed in hot water with a good quality detergent and bleach. Do not overload the washing machine. Use a dryer rather than hanging items up to dry. High-pressure hosing systems should be avoided as this tends to spread disease particles.

About the author 

Dr. Joanne Fernandez-Lopez is an emergency veterinarian on staff in the Emergency and Critical Care Department at Florida veterinary Referral Center (FVRC).

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Originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Joanne Fernandez-Lopez graduated from North Carolina State University – College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, NC. Prior to joining FVRC, Dr. Fernandez-Lopez worked in small animal general practice and as a relief doctor in South East Florida. Her professional interests include dermatology, surgery, internal medicine, preventive medicine, reptile medicine and practice management.

In her free time, Dr. Fernandez-Lopez enjoys relaxing at the beach, paddle boarding, kayaking, and surfing. She has a small Tibetan spaniel mix named Carlitos.

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