Two days ago (Friday), I volunteered to transport a puppy (from a litter of 4). The pups were transported on 2 legs of their journey and arrived at a vet for check-ups, vax and baths before being parceled out to foster homes. I was scheduled to take one from the vet clinic to the next transporter.
One pup had diarrhea (otherwise fine) and was checked for parvo. VERY highly positive. All pups were immediately put on IVs and other treatments specific for parvo and are scheduled to remain at the vet clinic for at least a week. Yesterday (Saturday), they were were still OK.
The pup I was to take was not the one that tested positive, but I do not know what his immune status was since none of the other 3 were tested.
My question is: Should I request that the pup that I will transport be tested for parvo before I transport? [Only the one pup was tested. Personally, I would have had the remaining 3 littermates tested too.] If he is parvo free, I am assuming he will not be shedding any virus while in my car (in a crate). I don't want to rock the boat, but because the parvo virus hangs around for so long in the environment (some reports suggest a year or more, but no one really knows since it depends on so many factors), I don't want to be carrying around parvo in my car crates. My 3 dogs are vaccinated, but if I were to foster a puppy or transport another dog/puppy within the year, there is the possibility of exposure.
Alternatively, I could just transport without saying anything (although that is not like me) and remove the crate pads, then wash out the plastic crate with a bacteriocidal/virocidal soap.
Ideas? Suggestions? Advice?
Thanks in advance.