Terrible Parvovirus Outbreak in Washington state

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  1. Doberluv

    Doberluv Active Member

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    I just made a thread and it seems to have disappeared. Weird. So, here it is again:

    http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2012/dec/01/outbreak-of-dog-virus-in-wa-worries-owners/

    This is terrible...so wide spread all over the Puget Sound region. They're closing dog parks all over. I wonder if I should get my adult dogs vaccinated. They haven't been since they were very young. I know it mostly affects puppys, but what about senior dogs? I am pretty sure it's possible to get them too sometimes.

    And contemplating getting a new puppy or young adult, forget it, at least for some time, since the virus can stay in the soil for a very long time. And young dogs especially, even adults need socialization. This is very distressing. What would you do? Should I stop taking my dogs for walks?

    I was a little alarmed....this past week end, they both had diarrhea...not completely liquid, but very, very soft. My daughter and I did give them some hand-outs of the bacon we were cooking. And it had pepper in it. But usually my dogs have stomachs of lead. Maybe we gave them too much though. They didn't act sick in any other way, just frequent, loose stools. I gave them pumpkin and they're seemingly back to normal now.

    So, if you're thinking about traveling to Washington, (I think it's mostly on this west side of the mountains) and you have a puppy, think again. How awful this is!:(
     
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    Renee750il Felurian

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    I wonder if it's related to the outbreak at the show that was posted about earlier?
     
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    It could be. Where was the show? I guess it doesn't matter. All it takes is one or two dogs. It can spread like wild fire.
     
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    Sad but I wouldn't change what you're doing for the most part, maybe some extra cleaning of paws/feet but thats it..
     
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    Our vet said its mostly black and tan dogs and some certain breeds other than dobes and rotts, but I can't remember which, that need boosters when its going around. But if its bad its likely a new strain like it was around here last time and a booster won't do anything anyway. Just taking the dogs into the vet will put them at risk for catching something. Just be very very cautious. sucks because they can get it from anywhere
     
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    I'm not sure if that is true about some breeds being more prone. But it could be.
     
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    Just google black and tan and parvo. ton of info out there.


    http://workingdogs.com/parvofaq.htm#susceptible_breeds

    Some of the links I just read said beagles to, never heard that but did see a lot at the vet that had it as well as bostons.

    Which if you think about it black being in the color being link to them getting ill easier is odd since german shepherd and some other breeds are linked closer to wolves than others??

    I know our shepherd hoarder here is constantly loosing puppies to parvo and tossing them in the creek:rolleyes:
     
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    Pit bulls have been known for having weakened immune systems and susceptible to parvo for a long time. It's been blamed on the heavy inbreeding but I'm not sure about proof.
     
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    I wonder if SeaTac airport will be a problem. My dad is flying through there tomorrow morning with his dog...
     
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    I don't worry about that stuff much, my dogs would be out with me anyway. And they haven't been vaccinated ever except for rabies. A new guy that is training with us has a 7 month old that he did have titered. Never vaccinated and he shows antibodies for Parvo, vet still wanted to vaccinate him :) He wondered why, since he had obviously already encountered it.

    Parvo is everywhere and can persist for years and years in the soil. If your dog is alive and about, it's in contact with it. Sure it can be devastating at times, and very often others it does nothing. A new strain could be scary, if it was very virulent and there wasn't much in the way of natural protection. But then how good is the old vaccine going to be anyway?
     
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    I live in a heavy, heavy parvo area..we have it year round, but in the warm months we often, at just the clinic I work at (which is not the only clinic in town) have numerous positive test results each day. I still don't alter my dogs' vaccine status. I do not take puppies out and about, but since we don't have any pups here (and haven't for some time) we aren't concerned.
     
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    See...that would concern me if I got a new pup....not getting it out and about. That's very important to me with a young puppy as I'm really big on socialization. But I'm not dead set on getting a new pup...not yet. (until I go look at those Poodle pictures. lol)

    I just hope they get it under control soon. Those poor puppies that have gotten sick. So sad.:(
     
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    I take them places, but not parks, etc. If we're in a pet store, we have them ride in the cart, etc. Same with Home Depot..cart riding, since everyone and their brother takes their dogs there.This is mainly if we have a spring/summer puppy.
     
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    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    Anyone know where I can buy a huge hamster ball for my puppy??
     
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    We had an outbreak here RIGHT after I brought Payton home (which was also right after Georgie was born.) I went to some pretty ridiculous extremes, like I had shoes in the car and I would walk out to my car, sit down, take off my flip-flops and put them in the backseat, slip my feet into the other shoes, and would wear those shoes and only those shoes out and about. When I got home, slip them off and leave them on the floor of the car, reach in the backseat for my flip-flops, flip-flops ON and into the house. Used bleach wipes set on the porch to clean my hands before I opened the door and came inside.
    At the breeder's house people basically took bleach baths outside the house before coming in. =P
    It is worrying, and I admit I took some slightly over the top precautions, and of course Payton didn't go anywhere in town until his last round of vax (of course he had been to I think TWO agility trials out of town before that point anyway...) but I didn't really lose sleep over it. Truthfully it was probably already in our house and yard from Auggie having tracked it from God knows where... the woods? This agility trial? THAT agility trial? The herding pens at Purina Farms? So I wouldn't say OH it's nothing to worry about, but IMO it's certainly nothing to panic over.

    Fran being that you also work with dogs, you might consider the idea of work-only/outside-only shoes as well... but as I said, at this point it's probably already in your apartment.
     
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    This is just terrible, parvo is such a horrible disease.

    @Fran: I live in MA too and from the records I looked at for the state's agriculture department, reported cases of parvo has been scarce around here for a while. And your boy will be quite old and a little tougher once he gets home, compared to a lot of say, 8 week old puppies. Still, it does make you want to hide them in your basement.
     
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    Parvovirus is a nightmare! There was a heavy outbreak of this highly contagious disease in our community two years ago and I have lost two Dobermans - both were vaccinated. :(
     
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    I feel like we see it almost daily at work... I've been at this job maybe two months now and we've had a whole litter of 3 month olds or so die, a ton of dogs whose owners opted for outpatient treatment, and a bunch of hospitalized ones who were so so sick :( it's awful.

    That said, my dogs are all 5+ and haven't been vaccinated for a while... I take off my shoes in the garage, that's about it.
     
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    I stay out of places where the likelihood of heavy dog traffic would be anyway, with new puppies, even when I haven't heard of any outbreak. So, no dog parks (haven't been to one of those anyhow ever) or rest stops, pet stores until they're fully vaccinated. I keep my Chihuahuas in a basket anyway when we shop at a pet store because I'm over protective. lol. I wish that awful virus would just go away.
     

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