Parvo outbreaks and hotspots are on the increase. There is no doubt about that. You hear about it all of the time. Talk to your friends and neighbors – they’ve probably experienced or heard many horror stories of Parvo wiping out entire litters, for example.
A question we see often is, “Are there any places safe from a Parvo attack?”
Unfortunately, we hate to be the bearer of bad news; it seems unlikely that you will find many Parvo-safe zones, that is if you limit your search to Planet Earth.
Let us take a closer look to find any patterns.
The following is the Top 10 Parvo areas of the US. Now, the list represents the orders sent to the list of states based on the population size of the state. This list does NOT represent sheer order numbers by state.
These are currently the worst states for Parvo in terms of the population size of the state:
- New Mexico
- West Virginia
Now, in terms of sheer numbers of orders, then the list would look more like this:
- North Carolina
Either way, Parvo in the US is really bad right now. Almost daily we see the headlines (you can see more details in our Breaking News section) in all of the states, and many places are struggling with this problem.
You might think that really cold places could be the answer. What about Alaska, that gets plenty of freezing weather quite often, which should give Parvo a challenge, right?
Wrong. Parvo seems to thrive in freezing weather. It lives in the ground and all you need is rain or melted snow and it comes right back up to the surface, refreshed and ready for its next victim. Therefore, freezing temps (32F or 0C) won’t stop Parvo.
What about desert heat? That should slow him down.
Nope. Parvo is more than capable of surviving in the deserts of Arizona, California, and even in Nevada, where some say it seems like the sun is 10 feet above your head in the summer. In fact, boiling water (212F or 100F) is like a romp in the hot tub for Parvo. So, you can try to boil the virus, but he will just come back stronger than ever.
How about islands? That should be safe.
Sorry. Parvo has hit all types of island states. It has hit Hawaii, the United Kingdom (e.g. England, Ireland), the Philippines, the Caribbean (e.g. Aruba, Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, etc.) and in some of these areas, it is very remote with few services or resources. Even if people had the cash and wanted to take their animals to the vet, often these people are in short supply, if any are available at all.
How about Europe (e.g. France, Italy, etc.)? Maybe Parvo has not reached them yet?
Keep dreaming. The current über over-the-top 2c Strain of Parvo originated in Europe in 2000. It is definitely there in full force.
What about Asia, is Parvo a problem there too?
Yep. Thailand, Malaysia, India, it does not matter – Parvo is in the Asian countries as well.
OK, how about really faraway places like Australia or New Zealand? It could not have gotten there?
Wrong again. Parvo is in faraway places too.
The point is, Parvo is probably in most places. You may not have heard of any outbreaks in your particular area, but that certainly does not mean it hasn’t hit yet. It could literally be in your back yard and you would not even know it.
The virus is really tiny, which is where it gets its name from. One last bit of bad news, as you might not be able to take much more: Parvo is super-concentrated, amongst all of the other bad things.
1 gram of infected feces contains 95 million virus particles. It takes as little as 100 particles to infect your dog.
Put this in perspective. 1 gram = 0.0352739619 ounces
Don’t get caught with your pants down. Once this virus strikes, it will be an extreme struggle to get your dog back on his feet again. Find out how you can sleep at night and have peace of mind knowing that you will have some effective tools at your disposal to provide your dog with the best Parvo protection available.
If your dog is sick with ANY of these symptomsSymptoms of Canine Parvovirus: lethargy, lack of playfulness, vomit (often starting as an off-white mucus, turning to a yellow frothy vomit), diarrhea (usually foul-smelling and often bloody), dehydration, depression, fever, not eating, not drinking., please do not allow him to suffer for a minute longer. We need to act quickly and get him a Parvo Treatment kit now.
You can count on the ParvoBuster team to bring you current info on this heinous virus.