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Old 08-19-2014, 03:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A family friend has a small mixed breed dog that I am assuming they may want to bring to visit at some point. This family friend has stated that they don't vaccinate their dog.

I can't say this thrills me, but I wouldn't be too inclined to worry once my pup had all her shots. (Before she had all her shots, it would be an absolute no go.) Their dog is basically a cat that barks and it doesn't spend much time outside. I would worry more about the size disparity.

Would an unvaccinated canine visitor bother you? If so, under what circumstances?
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Old 08-19-2014, 03:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If I had a puppy...I wouldn't let an unvaccinated dog come by. But at this point...I could care less. My dogs, after 3 and 4 years of life are probably immune to most things that a dog could bring in, so I don't worry.

A puppy...I'd try to hold off for a while even after the vaccines. Remember, the vaccines are against diseases that can possibly kill your dog, but there are hundreds of other things our dogs can get that will cause you to rush to a vet or leave your dog under the weather for a few days.
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Old 08-19-2014, 03:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hmm...well, i guess it is inevitable that he will be with dogs that do not get shots, i mean i send my son off to school everyday and there are parents that refuse to get immunizations so it is something i need to just suck up.
Because my guys are all utd i dont think i would have a major issue,the one vaccine that i am anal about is rabies though.
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A puppy...I'd try to hold off for a while even after the vaccines. Remember, the vaccines are against diseases that can possibly kill your dog, but there are hundreds of other things our dogs can get that will cause you to rush to a vet or leave your dog under the weather for a few days.
Yes, this is true. My drop dead line in the sand would be that it's a no go until my dog was fully vaccinated, but you're right that I wouldn't want her to pick up something that made her sick, even if it wasn't life threatening.

Realistically, though, I would guess that a visit wouldn't be possible anyway until my dog was closer to the age of yours.
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My dogs are vaccinated and exposed to places where unvaccinated dogs surely frequent all the time. I have fosters come into the house that haven't been vaccinated yet... it doesn't bother me.
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I don't worry about it either. It's the risk of exposure that has me vaccinating in the first place, lol. I'd bet most of the dogs we're around aren't UTD.
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My dogs are vaccinated and exposed to places where unvaccinated dogs surely frequent all the time.
This was my rationale. I've been accused of being overprotective a time or two, but this one isn't a dealbreaker for me.

The fact that this dog is so much smaller and that its owner has admitted to not doing a super job with dog socialization is more likely to be a dealbreaker. Those two factors seem like a possible starter kit for problems, but the lack of vaccinations...day in the park. Literally.
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Old 08-19-2014, 04:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I agree with being cautious with puppies. However, you can only control so much. My dogs are all vaccinated and go all kinds of places with me. I honestly do not know the vaccination status of other dogs around us; our obedience school does not even require proof of vaccination. I raised 3 dogs from puppies and lived in an apartment complex at the time. While I tried my best to be careful with them, they used common areas to go potty with other dogs going through. No one ever got sick, and they're alive and well today.
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:00 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I have brought dogs into my home that ended up having parvo and my dogs were fine. Was I scared? YES. As long as my dogs are adults and up to date on shots, I'm ok with it.
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:04 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I would be more concerned with the reasons behind not vaccinating. If they aren't vaccinating because they can't be bothered, then they can't be bothered to worm their dog and can't be bothered to keep their dog flea free. Therefore, that dog will be bringing all that mess to my house/yard. No way.
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