Re: Post Whelp - when safe to train, expose to dogs
I agree. Give her another month. You can start the weaning process at 4 weeks and it is a process.
Be careful about diseases you can bring home on your shoes.
The reason they do a series of puppy booster shots is because the vaccines do not work if the puppies are still getting immunity from the mother. This mostly happens when they drink the cholosterum in the first day or two. The problem is that it wears off enough for them to get stuff at different rates depending on the individual dog. So we give puppy shots at six weeks or seven weeks, and then three to four weeks older, and again. The thing is we cannot know exactly when they are working under their own immunity or their mothers immunity.
When these puppies go to their new homes, you can heave a sigh of relief. If you are keeping a pup, then I would wait until after the second set of shots at ten to twelve weeks before feeling more comfortable about parvo and distemper, enough so to take the dam/pup where lots of dogs are, etc.
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