No, dogs cannot get parvo from eating their own poop, since there won’t be any parvovirus in their poo. If there is parvovirus in your dog’s poop, then it means they already have parvo.
How Does A Dog Get Parvo?
Parvo is spread primarily through oral contact with the stool of infected dogs.
This means that if your furry buddy decides to make a snack out of the poop of other dogs, they may get the disease if the other dog is infected.
Note, however, that your dog does not necessarily need to eat another dog’s poop to get parvo. Parvo can also be spread through indirect contact.
For instance, if an infected dog poops on grass, the parvovirus will remain on the grass for some time. If your dog happens to eat this grass, they’ll get infected, even if the contaminated poop has already decomposed.
If your dog walks or lies over contaminated ground, they will also pick up some of the parvovirus on their paws or fur. As they lick themselves afterwards, they could swallow some of the parvovirus on their paws or fur, leading to the infection.
Dogs can also get parvo indirectly from other dogs by sharing bowls, crates, beddings, and even collars and leashes. This is why it is very important to make sure that your dog is vaccinated against parvo.
Can A Dog With Parvo Survive?
Parvo is a very serious disease that causes acute vomiting and diarrhea. Left untreated, the diarrhea and vomiting can quickly leave a dog dehydrated, ultimately leading to death. Without treatment, most of the dogs infected with parvo will not survive.
Fortunately, the disease can be treated, with a survival rate of more than 80% for dogs that get treatment. There is no cure for the disease, so treatment focuses on managing the vomiting and diarrhea and preventing secondary bacterial infections until your dog’s immune system is able to fight off the virus.