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Recent outbreaks of canine parvovirus (parvo) have pet owners and health professionals seeking a safe, effective solution.
Parvo is highly contagious, spread by dogs contacting contaminated surfaces or by humans touching contaminated surfaces and then touching the animal. Puppies adopted from breeders or shelters or exposed to the virus at veterinary clinics or groomers are especially at risk.
What To Watch For
Symptoms can include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, fever, lethargy, anorexia, weight loss, weakness, dehydration and depression. If your pet shows these signs, see your veterinarian.
The traditional method of disinfection is to use bleach but the noxious odor, potential damage to hard surfaces and clothing, and injury to pets that contact bleach drives the search for a better method.
That’s where Performacide can come in. It provides protection against canine parvovirus without the negative effects of bleach. Using chlorine dioxide (ClO2) technology, EPA-registered Performacide eliminates canine parvovirus without noxious odor or caustic residue within 10 minutes when used as directed. Unlike bleach, no wiping or rinsing is needed, as it simply air-dries.
The solution can be applied directly to stainless steel and laminate treatment tables, equipment, doorknobs, counters, chairs, furniture and animal carrying crates. It can also be applied via mop to disinfect and deodorize floors. Because no specialized equipment or training is required to prepare the solution, it’s particularly handy for disinfecting vehicles used to transport animals as well as all grooming equipment, leashes and restraining equipment.
It can even be used in homes with puppies that are too young for vaccination or other dogs that may be susceptible to viruses.
For further information, call (800) 327-8583 or visit www.performacide.com.
(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PetConnectionProgramsinc. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)