Can my dog contract Parvo from my neighbors pet?


My neighbors have two 12 week old puppies, one was really sick, they couldnt afford to take the puppy to the vet so they called animal control, who came out and took the dog away, animal control did say that she didnt think what the puppy had was life threatening, but now their other puppy is showing similar signs as the first puppy. My question is, can my dogs, who are both up to date on their shots (one is due for shots in a little over two weeks) contract whatever it is, even though they had little exposure to the dog, just some sniffing and touching through a hole in the fence. I am going out of town in three days, and now I am afraid to leave them….

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14 Responses to “Can my dog contract Parvo from my neighbors pet?”

  1. SabrinaD says:

    In general, no your dogs should be safe. Parvo is a disease that most often affects puppies and perhaps elderly dogs with a weakened immune system. So if your dogs are vaccinated and over a year the chances are slim. However that doesn’t mean you should allow your dogs near the sick ones. BTW parvo survives a LONG time outside. Just be aware of that if you decide to get a new puppy in the next few years.

  2. tiffylea says:

    Yes, if your dog is young enough it can get parvo too!!! From what I understand Parvo can even live in dirt for a while…like 7 years or something…so I would definately have your pups checked out! Parvo is pretty serious!! I know that older dogs don’t really get parvo though.

  3. Diana says:

    ‘Parvo’ is a highly contagious disease characterized by diarrhea that is often bloody.
    Current vaccinations have helped to control the spread of this disease but despite being vaccinated, some dogs still contract and die from parvo.CPV-2 is known to survive on inanimate objects – such as clothing, food pans, and cage floors – for 5 months and longer in the right conditions.
    The most common form of the disease is the intestinal form known as enteritis. CPV-2 enteritis is characterized by vomiting (often severe), diarrhea, dehydration, dark or bloody feces, and in severe cases, fever and lowered white blood cell count .

    Take your dog to the veterinary immediately if he has been exposed to parvo.

  4. Pixie Girl says:

    parvo can be transfered at any time on your clothes and or shoes , bleach bleach bleach

  5. hrh_gracee says:

    YES! Never let your dogs near or around any animal that has not been vaccinated. I lost a pug to parvo years ago and it is devastating. Take your dog in to your vet ASAP and ask them to run a test for parvo. Just because he was vaccinated does not mean he can’t contract the disease, only that it would be less likely and he would have a higher immunity level. EARLY detection is key.

    Also, verify if the animal that was taken away in fact had parvo. Parvo can contaminate the ground and area where the dog eliminated. Talk to your vet please.

    Find a way to seal up your fence or run another barrier along that side so your dogs won’t be at risk in the future; obviously your neighbors aren’t as responsible about taking care of their animals as you are.

    Good luck.

  6. FakePlasticTrees says:

    Yes. Dogs can contract parvo very easily, and in the most odd situations. The parvo virus lives for weeks in a certain area unless it’s disinfected. Your dog is likely to get it, although the chances are slim.

  7. mighty_power7 says:

    your dog needs to have completed boosters of the DA2PPCL shot in order to be completely vaccinated against parvo. if your dog didn’t get the DA2PPC shot as a puppy, but got only one DA2PPCL shot as an adult, he/she might not be fully boosted yet, in which case they could have contracted parvo from your neighbor’s puppies.

  8. says:

    Parvo,mostly affects puppies under I year old. If your dogs are up to date on their shots. You should be ok. If you want to make yourself feel better have them checked out by your vet. Luchilg they don’t charge to much. And you’re going to feel tons better.

  9. so42gob4dawn says:

    Yes, they can if it’s parvo. It takes very little exposure. Take them both in for a booster shot ASAP.

  10. CF_ says:

    YES.. even fully vaccinated dogs can get parvo.. although its unlikely and usually not as severe.. some breeds are more likely to get parvo – particularly the black and tan breeds (rottie, dobi, etc)
    monitor your dogs VERY closely look for change in stool (parvo has very bad smelling black diharea)

    what is your neighbour doing getting 2 pups if they couldnt afford to take one to a vet?? people like that shouldnt have dogs… argh!

    10-14 day incubation period.. but your dogs have been exposed for some time is my guess.. bleach does kill the virus so bleach your fence for future…

    call your vet to be sure….

    probably a whole bunch of dogs in your area have it.. because those pups had to get it from somewhere.. I would be cautios

  11. hilllbillly_gal says:

    Yes that is possible.

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  13. JoeSchmoe06 says:

    if your dog is UTD on his shots, he should be ok.

    otherwise, that is a big problem. parvo is very contagious and very dangerous.

  14. tripforyou says:

    If animal control took the puppy they will put up notices should the puppy be diagnosed with anything highly contagious like parvo. Being up to date on shots gives them pretty good protection, plus adult dogs are much less likely to contract parvo compared to a puppy. You dogs certainly can catch a variety of things from touching noses through the fence. If they show any signs of becoming sick call the animal control and find out what the diagnosis was on that puppy they took from your neighbor.

    Also, dogs over 1 year only need vaccinated about once every 3-5 years so being close to needing a yearly shot is of absolutely no concern. Giving shots every year, quite honestly, is a bad idea as it can lead to numerous health problems.

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