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McWeagle 07-10-2014 05:39 PM

Paranoid about Parvo
I'll be getting my puppy in 2 weeks, and his breeder is taking the entire litter today for their first exam and vaccinations. They were born May 26 so are 6.5 weeks old right now. I have a lot of parvo questions for you all!

I've been reading about parvo and am starting to get a bit paranoid. I've read that shots before the age of 7.5 are basically useless because the mother's immunity protects them, and I've read that you could/should start shots at around 5.5 weeks. Which is right?

From what I've heard, you should do the booster shots 4 weeks apart, right? In my case that would be at 10.5 and 14.5 weeks, right? Or should they be done sooner than that?

Also, I know that puppies don't have full immunity until their 3rd round of shots and should stay out of high dog-traffic areas. The problem is that I live in a very small town where most people have dogs and a lot of people let their dogs just roam the town. I'd say about 20-30% of the doggie population is allowed to roam freely. And I'm guessing that most of these roaming dogs aren't vaccinated on a regular basis. Should I be worried about taking my puppy for walks out and about in town, before he's had the final booster shot? Or should I be okay in all but the most doggie-trafficked areas?

We didn't have any problems with our current dog, and we weren't as aware of parvo at the time and pretty much took her everywhere.

Contego 07-10-2014 06:14 PM

I wouldn't take him out for walks where there is other dog traffic until after all of his shots are done. I'm no expert but I can say that my vet was very helpful with the timing of shots and restriction for my pup. Follow your vets guidelines for shots and don't take your pup anywhere but home until after the last shot is administered.

I did the same way with my dogs prior to our current puppy, but when I got the previous dogs(non-shepherds) I was also unaware of parvo risks. If I'm not mistaken it has really taken off in the last few years, there's been a lot of cases.

Do you have a fenced in yard? I would keep pup in the house and your own yard so that there's no risk of him getting it.

llombardo 07-10-2014 06:20 PM

Parvo shots every 3 weeks. So for you 9 weeks, 12 weeks, then 15 weeks. Rabies shot is usually 16 weeks. I prefer to separate the last parvo shot and the rabies shot.

llombardo 07-10-2014 06:22 PM

It will be good timing for you, you will get puppy and by the time you get appointment for check up it will be time for the distemper shot

McWeagle 07-10-2014 06:28 PM

That's a good idea - we get him on Friday the 25th or Sat the 26th (whichever day we can drive out - 3 hrs each way) - and I was going to make an appointment for Monday the 29th.

We don't have a fenced yard. Our dog doesn't go out unsupervised and gets her exercise on the local hiking trails (lots of them in the area), and we were planning to do the same with puppy. That and just letting them roam the neighbourhood for socialization. Lol! JUST KIDDING!

I'll have to ask the vet about how prevalent parvo is in the area. There are a lot of lax dog owners here, so probably a lot of unvaccinated dogs. On my last visit I was asking a bit about puppy shots and he did mention 2 dogs who had gotten it. They had moved into a new rental where the previous tenant's dog had it, and they got it from that. I haven't really heard about any other cases though.

llombardo 07-10-2014 06:31 PM

I wouldn't go anymore other dogs go for a while. Even with the shots a dog can still get parvo, it's more unlikely, but it happens.

DutchKarin 07-10-2014 06:46 PM

I did what you are planning to do. I talked to my vet who said that parvo is just not that prevalent up here and that it was more important to socialize. He did say not to drop in elevation and to not go to dog parks until the pup was fully vaccinated.

Have fun!

McWeagle 07-10-2014 06:51 PM

Made the vet appointment for Aug 1. They said (knock on wood) that there haven't been any cases yet this year, but that we shouldn't really take him anywhere until after his Aug 1 booster. We'll be going up in elevation, and will avoid the popular trails until he has all his shots. Still nervous about it, though!

Cara Fusinato 07-10-2014 08:53 PM

My pup was vaccinated too early at 6 weeks by the breeder. The final shots should land at or after 16 weeks. To make the most of a not-optimum situation, I took the number of days from shot set 1 to 16 weeks & divided by 3. That's 24 days each. Shots need to be re-done between 3-4 weeks so my every 24 days should be OK though having a set of 4 puppy shots is not the best idea but it is workable. The rabies shot is a week later at 17 weeks so as to separate them. My pup has not been anywhere but our back dog area and our deck, but I have had guests come to socialize him here after removing shoes and disinfecting hands. I know that those areas have not had any parvo. We have lived here 8 years and build up the dog area ourselves from a hillside and replaced the deck we had with the current one. The areas are fenced from canines (dog, coyote, foxes, etc).

DO NOT walk your puppy around until after the shots. If you do, you are seriously courting danger. You can carry the dog to some dog-friendly locations like Home Depot, but do not touch the ground. Do not go anywhere other dogs have been. Choose a potty location and spray it with some dilute bleach solution now and again weekly. It's some help but not total disinfecting 100%. Better than nothing though.

Take parvo seriously -- distemper also. Not worth the risk.

McWeagle 07-11-2014 10:59 AM

I spoke with the breeder last night. She didn't take the pups in for shots yesterday, after all. She had miscalculated the age - she thought they were 7.5 weeks but they're only 6.5 weeks. So no shots yet and a new appointment for July 21, when the puppies will be exactly 8 weeks. Phew!

So then are my next shots at weeks 11 and 14? And then puppy is parvo-immune, or is there one more at 17? And then rabies at 15 or 16?

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