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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-09-2014, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Parvo Safety

I have a deposit down to get a pup from a breeder. It has been awhile since I had a pup. Just to help me make plans, at what age will my pup be safe and have the immunity built up from the shots needed to prevent her getting Parvo virous? I will check with Vet of course, but wanted an idea just for now.
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two weeks after her final parvo shot, she should have sufficient immunity. My 4 mo old just got her last parvo shot yesterday. In two weeks she can be out and about more. (so about 18 to 20 weeks old)
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She'll have had time to build up the necessary immunity after receiving her last set of vaccines.

I will say though that it's also important to balance protecting them from health concerns like parvo with protecting them emotionally and socially by ensuring their getting the necessary socialization. The rule of thumb is generally to wait until the second round of vaccines, but a puppy class from a reputable training facility can be great for your dog. Reputable facilities are going to require proof of vaccines or titers and in that case your pup will be gaining social skills while being protected by the fact that the dogs and people she's around are reputable pet owners that are following the same vaccine protocol as you.
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I will say though that it's also important to balance protecting them from health concerns like parvo with protecting them emotionally and socially by ensuring their getting the necessary socialization. The rule of thumb is generally to wait until the second round of vaccines, but a puppy class from a reputable training facility can be great for your dog. Reputable facilities are going to require proof of vaccines or titers and in that case your pup will be gaining social skills while being protected by the fact that the dogs and people she's around are reputable pet owners that are following the same vaccine protocol as you.
What you bring up is exactly why I started the thread. I want my pup around other dogs and people, but don't want her to get sick.
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Ususally 15-16 weeks is when the final DHPP vaccine is given and they can walk on the ground in public places safely.

I put mine in a stroller or carry them through stores, parks, etc. from 7-8 weeks until their vaccines are done and take them with me everywhere possible - to visit friends/family with or without dogs that I know are friendly and vaccinated.

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I'm having the same concerns. Our boy is 10 weeks old and got his 2nd parvo vaccination yesterday. We took him to my boyfriend's office (at a bank) where he was able to socialize with new people. I need to go get him some more toys and some training treats today. I would love to bring him with me but I am a parvo-freak and don't want him to get sick. I planned on bringing a blanket to line the inside of the shopping cart and keep him inside. Would that be okay? We would be going during non-busy hours on a weekday.


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What is the parvo vaccine? I don't remember getting that for my first pup

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As mentioned after the 2nd shot you can start going to 'safe' places. Lowe's and Home Depot are good places you can take them, walk them around and get interactions with strangers. Be sure and take a doggie bag. Stay way from Pet stores until all vacs have been completed.
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I wait until 2 weeks after the final parvo shot. My dogs are not seriously hampered by "missing" socialization for that period of time. They see people at my house, meet dogs that people bring over with them. There is plenty of time for them to meet the big wide world of dogs and people.
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What is the parvo vaccine? I don't remember getting that for my first pup
It's a vaccine... against parvo... the deadly, common, virus. Puppies typically get three parvo combo vaccines three weeks apart as pups.

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