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Dear Daisy Dog

My 6-month-old pitbull recently died of parvo virus. How soon is it safe to bring a new puppy into my home?

Daisy Responds

I’m very sorry about your pup. Parvo can be prevented through vaccination, so if you promise to have your new puppy vaccinated as soon as you adopt him – and provide all boosters recommended by your veterinarian – I’ll answer your question.

Indoors, the virus becomes inactive in one month.

But outside, the virus remains hardy for five months in sunny areas and seven months in the shade. Moreover, it survives winter freezing and is ready to infect new dogs in the spring.

So base your decision on whether your yard is sunny or shaded.

Infected dogs excrete enormous quantities of virus, which are easily carried on shoes and clothing.

Few household disinfectants kill parvo virus, so it’s found in almost all environments that aren’t cleaned regularly with a parvo disinfectant or bleach.

To disinfect your home, apply a mixture of one part bleach and 30 parts water to floors, bowls, toys, bedding and anything else that is colorfast and could have been contaminated.

Because no amount of cleaning will completely rid your new pup’s environment of parvo virus, remember to start the vaccine series as soon as your new puppy arrives.

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