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Is parvo also an airborne virus

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a friends dog died of parvo and 2 weeks later his neighbors dog got parvo they share a side by side house and the vet said that parvo is airborne and could have been contracted through their shared heating system. Is that possible?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 years ago.

While Parvovirus is highly contagious, it is not airborne and usually transmitted via one dog sniffing another dogs feces. Parvo remains in the environment for quite some time though. It is believed that it can live in the grass for up to a year and long after the feces is no longer visible, and inside of a house for months or longer. Of course, disinfecting with bleach ratio of 1 to 30 parts water (I use 1 to 20) kills Parvo. The problem is that if a person held the pup when it was sick, the virus may be on their hands and then they touch door knobs, light switches, drawer handles, etc. and the virus is now on those objects. Also if someone steps in feces from an infected dog, the virus can be spread that way as well to other areas. If both dogs were walked outside, one was liable to come in contact with an area where the other one was. There is the possibility that a mouse or other critter walked through infected feces and brought the virus into the home that away, though it is more likely that the other dog came in contact with the sick puppies feces outside.

You can read about parvovirus here.

There also is a new drug Tamiflu that if given within 48 hours of symptoms (not eating) appearing is extremely effective at allowing the recovery of a puppy without lots of Supportive care at the Vet. I hope this information is helpful to you.
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