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Old 05-07-2012, 12:39 PM
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In 20 years of Collie breeding, I've never had a case of parvo because I take precautions. Bleach kills the parvovirus, so I clean all puppy areas with it daily. I allow no contact with strangers until the puppies have had at least one series of vaccines and I give them myself at home. I take my shoes off before entering the puppy room and wash my hands before handling them, which I do every day for socialization reasons and to move them while I clean their whelping box. The Vet office is where people take sick puppies and the virus can be acquired there.
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:07 PM
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The Vet office is where people take sick puppies and the virus can be acquired there.
I agree with this, but also from what I understand, the first set of shots given thatís given at about 7-8 weeks, ends up piggy-backing onto the mothers remaining immunities. Itís like itís redundant, the second & third sets are the critical ones.

My first dog had Parvo and survived, then when we got our current dog (it had been 7 months since the first one had it) and after I got conflicting reports about how long the virus stayed live Ė from 3 months to over a year. So I was worried the second one had gotten Parvo too as he wasnít eating much, so I brought him in for a test, they asked that I wait in the car and then to carry the dog inside and hold him in my lap while inside.

Parvo gets transmit through their stools but also through their feet (which is where they sweat from).

Having gone through that with our first dog, I donít ever want to go through that again Ė EVER!
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:17 PM
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This thread has now made me Paranoid being I just brought home our 8 1/2 week old Chessie.
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Just be cautious and careful
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I am hoping to foster a few dogs rescued off the streets here in Bulgaria over the summer (I live in Bulgaria for 5 months a year) but am a little worried about the possible risks to my 3 dogs. My 3 were originally rescues and had all their puppy injections and get yearly rabies to allow us to travel around Europe as needed. But they have not had any boosters since the initial lot of vaccinations around 4 years ago. I don't tend to agree with yearly vaccinations, and have read in many places that if given as a puppy they get life long immunity or the jabs last minimum of 3, more likely 5 to 7 years.

My 3 are now around 4 to 5 years old and all healthy and never had any health issues. They do not tend to be fed much manufactured dog food except for dry biscuits as they get plenty of bones and I also make rice with meat and vegetables for them. They are treated for worms and have tick collars.

But many of the puppies rescued in Bulgaria often have Parvo. I understand it is fairly rare of adult healthy dogs to get this but is a possibility.

Any thoughts? Better to just get them all their boosters? How long after having their boosters do the become immune (if not already) - think I read somewhere it was usually around 14 days?
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and have read in many places that if given as a puppy they get life long immunity or the jabs last minimum of 3, more likely 5 to 7 years.
I don't agree with annual boosters either but I would not risk going longer than 3 years personally....

You can have a titer ran which is more expensive than the vaccine.

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But many of the puppies rescued in Bulgaria often have Parvo. I understand it is fairly rare of adult healthy dogs to get this but is a possibility.
Yes it is a possibility. I would definitely discuss this with your vet and see what they say. I would definitely booster them, and then maybe just have a titer ran on each to be safe. I don't want to say once boostered they will be fine because I am not a vet and I don't want to give that kind of advice out
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This thread has now made me Paranoid being I just brought home our 8 1/2 week old Chessie.
I worried too Blanco...Fearghas didn't leave the backyard until two weeks after his final shots except to ride in the car.
He socialized only with dogs who were known to us and were up to date with their vaccines. Everyone washed thier hands before touching him. I may have seemed like an overprotective mam but he's healthy and happy!
This past weekend was his first foray into the world and he did great.
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So glad to hear it all went well with you & your puppy.
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We got Panda about 7-8 months after Hatchi had gotten Parvo. I’m not sure how long the virus stays alive but Panda had only gotten his first set of shots at 8 weeks and nothing since (we got him at over 5 months) so I was deathly worried he’d get parvo before he was able to get his completed set of shots. I even got him tested cuz he’d been vomiting and seemed to have no appetite.

He tested negative and I breathed a sigh of relief. It’s a horrible disease and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone – it’s also expensive to treat and I’m just happy that Hatchi survived and that Panda didn’t get it.

I just think that when people (especially dog newbies) get a new puppy, they aren’t told that the pup should stay inside until all his shots are up to date (but then again this means the puppy isn’t socialized until all his shots are up to date (like mine)
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I just think that when people (especially dog newbies) get a new puppy, they arenít told that the pup should stay inside until all his shots are up to date (but then again this means the puppy isnít socialized until all his shots are up to date (like mine)
We were told at the vets when we took him for his first shots. Mind you I had done enough research to choke a horse so I knew what to expect. After his second set he was allowed to socialize with known dogs.
Parvo is so so bad in our area. By his third set of shots I had to call the vets to ask if they had had any parvo dogs brought in because I can't carry him anymore. Thirty pounds of squirming pup is hard to hold on to!
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