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Shelter Medicine: Controlling Parvo: Real-Life Scenarios

In the November-December 2006 issue of Animal Sheltering, Dr. Hurley detailed the basics of parvo: how it's caused, how it's transmitted, and what to do about it. She shared the details of real cases like this one sent to her by a local shelter.

Online Extra Scenario:
Kennel Closings: What’s the Alternative?

The Scenario: We’ve been keeping a run closed for two weeks after a dog living there was diagnosed with parvo, but we’re a small shelter and it’s hard to have a kennel out of commission for so long. What should we do?

The Recommendation: You do not need to keep kennel runs or cages closed for a prolonged period following parvo contamination. If the surface is made of something that’s readily cleaned and disinfected (such as steel or concrete in good repair), you should be able to clean, apply a parvocidal disinfectant for a sufficient contact time, allow to dry, and reopen the kennel right away. To be on the extra safe side, you might want to repeat the whole process at least twice to make sure you get every crack and crevice. Remember, parvo can live for months, so if you don’t effectively clean and disinfect, just waiting a couple of weeks isn’t going to help much, and if you do, then there is no need to wait.

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