Q. My friend's puppy got parvo and I a puppy too is there anyway that parvo can spread from his puppy to him or on him to me then to my puppy
DR. JENNIFER LADD, DVM
A. Yes, parvo is very contagious. Make sure you wash your hands and clothes well and prevent your puppy from going to the bathroom and sniffing the grass in places the other puppy has been. Transmission is fecal/oral and it can survive in the soil a very long time. When in the hospital, parvo puppies are kept in isolation and very strict cleaning protocols are used. I am not saying this to scare you, but to help you manage this. Puppies are most susceptible to disease from 8-12 weeks despite beginning to get their vaccines at 8 weeks. Make sure your puppy continues to get vaccinated, unless she is not feeling well. If you notice any bloody stool, lethargy, decreased appetitive etc, bring her to a vet Asap. Parvo used to be almost always fatal. Now, with plasma and supportive care success rates in the hospital exceed 90%.