The term Parvo means really tiny – the virus cannot be seen with the naked eye. To give you an idea of how small it is, visualize 1 fluid ounce, which is 2 tablespoons. That seems small, right? Well that’s huge in Parvo terms.
Here’s what you are dealing with: 1 gram of Parvo infected material contains 95 million virus particles, and yet it only takes 100 particles to infect your pet.
Oh, as a refresher, 1 gram = 0.0352739619 ounces. So 1 gram is almost nothing, yet in that single gram of infected feces, for example, there are enough virus particles to infect all of the dogs in your neighborhood … and there would be plenty left over for several more neighborhoods!
There are many types of this virus, but the one that you are probably looking for is the type that affects animals. Parvo in Humans, sometimes called 5th disease, Parvo virus b19 or Parvo b19, is a completely different virus that pertains to humans only, i.e. animals cannot catch this, and the animal version is not contagious to humans.
Canine Parvovirus has had several variations. It is now on its 5th version, and this Parvo 2c strain is by far the deadliest we’ve seen so far.
The virus is highly contagious and spreads via infected bodily fluids (vomit, feces, nose-to-nose contact, mucus, saliva, urine, etc.) Even you can carry and spread the virus on your clothing, shoes, car tires, etc.
Now, it is not air-borne in the strictest sense of the term, but if you have infected feces in your area and the wind blows, then the particles can travel to your yard and you too will have Parvo on your property.
By the same token, if you are currently Parvo-free (that’s excellent), then if a bird or insect, or other critters such as raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, etc. walk in infected feces or, as in the case of small mammals such as raccoons, ferrets, etc., these guys can carry, transport, and drop off the virus particles wherever they go. So, it is really not practical to disinfect your yard as you’ll never know when the virus will be transported back again.
This is really just a short introduction about Parvo. There are many different aspects that you could study. We are going to cut this short, because we have another site, What Is Parvovirus, that takes a much more detailed look at this virus.
As a word of caution, if you do not understand just how aggressive this virus is, just look online at our many sites where we talk about how this virus has evolved, and it seems to get worse each day. More and more people are losing their battle with the virus, and largely because they spend too much time in research mode vs. treatment mode.
So, if you think your dog has Parvo, then get the help you need at our Parvo Treatment site. You will get help with Parvo Home Remedies and organic Parvovirus Treatment options.