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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-02-2007, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Parvo Alert - No.Ca & Bay Area

I had an appt at the vet's office yesterday and was surprised that the front door was locked with a note that the floor was being cleaned, and an arrow pointing to the back door for entrance. I could smell the bleach and didn't think much of it, assuming they just had a cleaning routine in process. At the end of my appt, I heard one of the technicians talking about the strong smell of bleach and how she was keeping one of the exam rooms locked and I figured out what happened. I asked if a sick dog had been in today, assuming a dog had diarrhea in the facility. They told me that it was Parvo and the dog had to be euthanized.

I had just been in a few weeks earlier and asked if there had been any cases of Parvo, and there hadn't been any since last April. So, I asked if this was the first one since April, and they said that no, this was the third case of dogs being euthanized for Parvo in a short time period.

The technician also told me that the worst part of Parvo is that the virus can live in the ground up to a year (not sure if it is really that long, but I know it does live quite a while) after the dog is gone due to the contamination from the feces of the dog. So, unfortunately, when an owner has a dog die of Parvo, sometimes they will get a new puppy a short time later and the puppy gets sick from it. That was the case of the dog today - it was a puppy that was euthanized and very sad for everyone.

Even though the staff was doing their best to keep the facility clean, I am glad that I carry my dogs into the vet's office. I still washed her feet (from being on the exam table) when we got home anyway. My shoes stayed outside where the dogs do not venture.

So, Parvo has definitely made it to Northern California and is alive in the Bay Area.

Here is some reading info on it if you don't know about Parvo:
Parvo & diarrhea and Parvo FAQs.
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Kimberly, parvo scares me so much! It's one of those viruses that are so hard to kill and very deadly. I hope that this recent outbreak is contained.


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This is so scary. Thanks for posting the links.

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That is so sad to hear. Thats why i always freak when i see my gang eating anything that resembles wild animal poo etc.. I hope it doesnt affect you all who live in that area. Gosh, its scary.

(Kimberly, you better start posting more-Kara has almost caught up with you-you dont want to be de-throned, do you?!!)

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Carolina, me too! I've already been on alert knowing it was breaking out in other places in the country, but being so close to home, it gets nerve-racking to take the dogs out to the vet's office, which seems like it should be a safe place, but obviously that's exactly where people bring their sick dogs.

Poornima, I answered you privately, but since others live in the area, I'll post for everyone to see that I also called my other vet's office (the one we share) and they have had two cases also. Unfortunately, that's both ends of Fremont (population of 211,000 humans, for those that aren't familiar with the area).

Shannon, after having some kind of puking/diarrhea sickness go through my dogs that lasted over a month, I'm hypersensitive about my dogs eating anything where other dogs go, including dropped treats at training class. If we even drop a treat, I pick it up and throw it out. I have tried to discourage them from eating anything off the ground.

As for Kara, yes, I see. I've been here twice as long and don't have kids at home anymore either! LOL Just on ratios, I think she has earned the title of Yakking Queen even if her actual count is lower. (Smoochies to you, Kara!)
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Kimberly-
Thanks so much for the information....very helpful to be on top of this kind of information!

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Excuse my ignorance, but aren't our dogs, when puppies, immunized for this?
We walk in a public dog area every single day, and Biski sniffs all the poop, pee etc. tho I try as hard as I can to avoid it. Worrisome.



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Amy, my understanding is that there are a couple different strains of Parvo, and the one that is creating the epidemic is not the one your puppy/dog gets in his vaccines.

By the way, after I posted this, my girlfriend/neighbor called me to get on my waiting list for a puppy because she just lost her pup to Parvo on Halloween. She (the puppy) had only been home for two days and was picked up in El Paso, Texas.
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Oh Kimberly that is so sad! But hopefully you will be able to provide one of your beautiful pups for her!

And you are right. Dogs are not vaccinated against every strain of Parvo (there are too many), they are only vaccinated against the four (I think it's four) most prevalent.


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Oh how scary Kimberly. My next door neighbor had to put a dog down for Parvo. This was way before we moved in, they said the vet told them to wait 6 months before getting another one. I wonder if the colder climate and how our ground freezes if that kills the virus? My neighbors did wait the 6 months and have had no problems with their current dogs.

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