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    I'm going to be purchasing a 10 week old GSD puppy this weekend. She will have had all her vaccines, worming, etc. I'm just wondering what the likelyhood of her getting parvo is in the following situation?

    My boyfriends parents breed labrador puppies and last year one of them got parvo. The puppy survived but I've heard that parvo can exist in a dormant sort of state in the ground or on the soles of shoes etc and then reinfect dogs that come into contact with the area. Also, they've kept the surviving puppy so would this dog act as a carrier of parvo? They have a farm so its not practical to sanitise everything and I visit them a fair bit. I'm thinking that I shouldn't bring my puppy with me when I visit but I'm not sure how long I'd have to keep this up.

    Perhaps I'm paranoid, but if I do visit my boyfriends family should I be disinfecting the soles of my shoes etc so I'm not acting as a carrier? I also heard that dogs are only prone to parvo when they are puppies, is that true?

    I dont really know much about parvo but I'm quite prepared to go to any lengths to make sure my new puppy doesnt get sick.

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    I would wait till puppy has had her 3 lots of shots. Pups get first shot at 6wks, next at 12wks & some vets reccomend a 16wk but we normally just do the 6wk, 12wk & 6months. I would wait till she had had 3 lots of shots anyway either way you do it as then she has the best coverige possible.
    Parvo is known to last 7 to 10 yrs in the soil.

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    Sorry,this is not going to be much help to you either.
    I'd be finding a different vet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChoppaChop View Post
    Sorry,this is not going to be much help to you either.
    I'd be finding a different vet.
    Do you mean me?

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    Thanks crazydog,

    I dont want to expose her to any risk. I had no idea parvo could survive that long in the soil!

    I'm going to do exactly what you have suggested.

    Thanks again

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    If it were me I'd keep the pup away. So they had a case of parvo and are still breeding?
    How long before they had another litter after the parvo?
    Yes pups are way more prone to the disease. Even after vaccination you probably wont be 100% covered.
    I don't think it survives in the soil that long, at most I think 2 years.
    And if it were me I wouldn't go near their dogs, or I would change clothes before you become in contact with your pup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by molly33 View Post
    If it were me I'd keep the pup away. So they had a case of parvo and are still breeding?
    How long before they had another litter after the parvo?
    Yes pups are way more prone to the disease. Even after vaccination you probably wont be 100% covered.
    I don't think it survives in the soil that long, at most I think 2 years.
    And if it were me I wouldn't go near their dogs, or I would change clothes before you become in contact with your pup.
    It has been proven to stay in soil samples for 7yrs, we bought land once where the soil had parvo & it toke 5yrs to get a clean soil sample. I have been told by vets it can last 7yrs.
    Different dogs get different amounts of ammunity from vacc for exsample a teeter test my TM's as they can have full coverage up too 2yrs after a yearly vacc. Whereas Rotties tend to need extra vacc to get good coverage. If you teeter test after his full course of vaccs & the vet says he has full coverage I would be very surpriced to hear he had caught it.
    Changing clothes is a good idea but remember shoes & car tyres, beleive me after doing international quarrintine you'd be so surprised what it takes to really know you are not spreading germs etc from site to site. Best just to stay away untill he is fully covered.

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    Yes I am well aware of the Titre test.
    However If that's the case that parvo stays in the soil for 5-7 years??
    The family has had a case of parvo,, yet they are still breeding???
    Wouldn't go near the place with a new pup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazydog View Post
    Do you mean me?
    OMG!! This post was meant to be in a completely different thread on a completely different topic!
    So no , I did not mean you
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