Why was this thread pulled up...? LOL
Parvo is a VIRUS. It'll be completely cleared from the system within 2 weeks. Thing is, most people can't keep their animal alive until then. They're losing so much fluid that they get dehydrated and the virus takes over so they die. It's such a grueling job. You have to catch it right at the beginning and force liquids down (sometimes have to result to an IV) and force down easily digestible foods. (Like plain cooked chicken.)
I think too many people have a misconception about parvovirus... It's very treatable, it's just too much work for the average person and sending them to the vet for the vet to care for them is too expensive. Thus, such a high mortality rate. The same with distemper.
Vaccinations also do NOT equal "100% guarantee".
I believe in raw diet as well... But I will feed high quality kibble if reliable meats are not available. If anyone wants information on diet, vaccinations, etc PLEASE message me. I have a multitude of mentors and a wealth of knowledge I would love to share!!
For my environment? I like to vaccinate for distemper because it can be transmitted through the air. I'm on the fence with parvo, but I am very educated, becoming a vet, and have had proper schooling to understand the virus properly and to catch it very early.
I am forced by law to give rabies. Bordetella? No. Lepto? No. Parafluenza? No. Lyme? No. But I live in a suburban area, my dogs have never been around water besides pools and such, there is no such thing as a tick out in this part, and they're never boarded. It's just not a priority in my world. And I don't feel the risk is worth it.
For the average owner, seriously, vaccinate! Titers are a great tool, but I'm sad to say, they have never been proven. We don't know if a 8:1 titer is preventative or if a 2500:1 is preventative... So don't trust those alone!! PLEASE educate yourselves and find a reliable vet. Do not take what anyone says as a fact, you must find out for yourselves. Thousands of pets die needlessly because of lack of vaccinations!