Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that affects dogs, not humans. Mortality rates for this virus can be as high as 50 – 80% in small dogs and puppies. Since vaccinations can prevent this virus, puppies that are not protected by maternal antibodies, have not been vaccinated, or have been given parvovirus through their mother are the most susceptible. Symptoms of parvovirus include lethargy, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration. Parvovirus can also lead to anemia, endotoxemia, shock, and death. Hospitalization is almost always necessary to help with dehydration.
Parvovirus is spread through contact with infected feces, and infected dogs can spread the disease for several weeks after infection. Parvovirus can live on surfaces for months, and can be carried on a dog’s hair and feet, on shoes, and other objects.
Canine parvovirus is difficult to kill, so many disinfectants do not have a parvovirus claim. It is very important, especially in veterinary facilities, to ensure that you are using a disinfectant cleaner that has a specific claim for canine parvovirus.
For a listing of Multi-Clean liquid disinfectants or disinfecting wipes that are effective against canine parvovirus, please visit Multi-Clean’s Infection Control webpage.