How to Clean Your House to Get Rid of Parvo

By Mary Smith. Updated: June 5, 2018
How to Clean Your House to Get Rid of Parvo

Parvovirus is a highly contagious infectious canine disease. Not only can it spread from one dog to another through oral contact, it can also be transmitted through stools or vomit and be present on the floor of our home, where the sick dog walked through, or on our shoes and clothing. If your dog died after contracting this disease and you have another dog or want to adopt another one you should disinfect your home thoroughly to remove any traces of the virus. Read this OneHowTo article to discover how to disinfect your home from parvovirus.

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If you plan to adopt another dog, it is best to wait a year to be absolutely sure that the floor of the home, the patio and above all the kennel are not infected by the parvovirus. This virus can live outside of an animal for months and survive instead in soil and other objects.


If you already have another dog or you do not want to wait so long to adopt a new pet there are some effective ways to disinfect the home from the parvovirus. The first thing to do is to discard all the infected dog's toys and accessories, such as the food bowl, bed, toys, blanket, collar, etc., as these will all be infected.


Then, to disinfect your home, prepare a household disinfectant made from water and bleach. Remember that bleach is a quite aggressive product and must be used with gloves, a mask and great care. You should use a very small amount, for example a single teaspoon for each cup of water in the mixture. Before you begin cleaning you should not have animals or children in the house, they could be harmed by contact with this product.

How to Clean Your House to Get Rid of Parvo - Step 3

Take a stiff-bristle brush and clean every corner of the floor. It is a task that requires dedication if you want to get a good result and completely disinfect the area of parvovirus. If you already have another dog, also sanitize all its utensils such as food bowl, kennel etc. After using the homemade disinfectant, rinse with water and dry well.


For efficiency, you can prepare a solution with water and chlorine in equal parts to rinse the floor and contaminated objects. It is very important that the areas where the infected dog deposited its faeces, urine or vomit be rinsed very thoroughly with this mixture as it is even more likely that these areas will be contaminated with parvovirus. You must repeat this cleaning process to ensure that your house is fully disinfected from the parvovirus.


If you have a patio or terrace, then this must also be disinfected following the above procedure, with particular emphasis on the floor and outdoor furniture. Remember that your clothes can also be infected with the parvovirus. So you must wash these in hot water, where the fabric care allows this, to eliminate the parasite. The same goes for bed linens, towels or rugs that have been in contact with the infected dog.


If your dog was used to climbing the sofa or even onto your bed you will also have to disinfect these. To disinfect the mattress, place in a container a cup of baking powder and a teaspoon of an essential oil of your choice and then take a fine mesh strainer and sieve the mixture over the entire mattress. Leave to act for an hour and then remove the soda mix with a vacuum cleaner. Repeat the process once or twice more with an interval of one week between cleanings.

How to Clean Your House to Get Rid of Parvo - Step 7

After disinfecting your house it is advisable to wait 20 to 30 days before bringing in another animal. Also, the best way to avoid infecting another dog is vaccinating it against the parvovirus, consult a veterinarian regarding the age of the puppy to set the correct vaccine and dose.

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