How to Clean Up Your Yard After Parvo

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How to Clean Up Your Yard After Parvo
Prevent the spread of parvo by cleaning up your yard after and infection. (Monkey Business Images Ltd/Valueline/Getty Images)

Parvoviral enteritis, commonly referred to as parvo, is a serious life-threatening canine disease. The virus causes vomiting, dehydration, depression and loss of appetite. Dogs need to be treated aggressively to survive the virus, and treatment can be expensive. Unfortunately, even after treatment, a dog can become reinfected from the virus in your own yard. You must clean up your yard to prevent reinfection or the infection of other dogs.

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Things you need

  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Liquid fertiliser spreader
  • Saw

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  1. 1

    Clean up and dispose of all of the faeces left by the infected dog in your yard. The parvo virus is highly spreadable by faeces contamination.

  2. 2

    Take your dog on a leash to the same location each time it needs to go and clean up directly afterward. This makes continued yard clean-up easier.

  3. 3

    Pour 2 1/2 cups of chlorine bleach into a 5-gallon bucket and fill the rest of the bucket with water and mix the solution together.

  4. 4

    Pour the solution into a liquid fertiliser spreader and follow the manufacturer's instructions for spreading the bleach solution over your entire yard. Note that this will likely kill your grass and any other plants, but it is the only chemical solution that works.

  5. 5

    Give your yard as much sunlight exposure as possible if you are not using a bleach solution. This method is a slower process than using bleach, but it will not kill your grass. To do this, use a saw to remove tree branches that shade your yard. Keep your dog out of the yard for at least 30 days.

Tips and warnings

  • Bleach is not a feasible or essential solution if your dog has passed away from parvo and you have no other dogs. Use sunlight to get rid of parvo if you have no dogs, as parvo does not infect humans or other animals, and sunlight does not kill your grass.

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