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Old 04-01-2013, 05:31 PM
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Question I have some Parvo questions

Oh ya'll are going to get so tired of me...

Ok so I have my little girl whose 9 wks, isn't due for her 2nd shot till April 15 and is going in for a wellness exam next monday (tried for early but the vet is booked solid). I'm currently freaking about preventing parvo (allowing with working on the beginnings of puppy training ).

When we had my previous girl Jazzy, vets around here weren't uber concerned about it. I think she may have had only 1 shot if that during her first year, then yearly afterward. We never had a parvo outbreak in Lethbridge (unless it was very secretive) other than at our local shelter 2 years ago; Currently there has been a few confirmed cases in my city on the southside at a local vets office.

So an ensuing freakout occurred. I know at 9 wks she needs doggie socializing and plan to take her to puppy kindergarten after her second shots. I should also say that my mom thought it was a fine idea to let her meet my neighbors dog on the side walk outside their house (I nearly hyper ventilated when I found out). I don't want her to get sick, plus I can't afford enormous vet bills (I have enough for emergencies, but I hear parvo can cost into the thousands and Tessa's illness insurance doesn't kick in for 30 days.)

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I've heard that some people 'decontaminate' themselves to prevent it when the come home from anywhere, and that even holding your girl in the outside world could give it to her. She's adorable to so could people who want to pet her give it to her too? should I start carrying purel? I'm so worried she's going to get sick now, that I can't stop thinking/talking about it. My mom just jokingly asked if I put tessa in a bubble would everything will be better? lol

Ps: can you tell I have a wee bit of OCD?
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:47 PM
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Lol. I lol because you were me a year ago. I had dedicated shoes for the backyard that I bleached before wearing them out there with him. Gus never left the yard until 10 days after his third set of shots. He rode in the car just to get him used to it, but the only other dog he met until then was the neighbours dog. I signed him up for classes as soon as he was allowed out of the yard. He is really well adjusted and loves everyone dog and human alike. Maybe we got lucky with his socialization, but he goes everywhere.
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:55 PM
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Parvo is transmitted by sick dogs in their waste. So long as your neighbor's dog is healthy, there is no danger. So long as your neighborhood is not over-run with stray, sick dogs, there is very little danger.

To be honest, many vets now are realizing that there is more danger from isolating puppies too long, so they are not socialized, and thus end up with behavior problems (aggression and fear), than there is of getting Parvo in normal circumstances.

Your yard should be fine (so long as you did not have a parvo infected puppy there in the last 6 months). Healthy, vaccinated, friendly dogs are fine to come over and visit.

Avoid highway rest areas, city streets where there are stray dogs, and if you want to be OCD, keep the puppy on your lap when you visit the vet office, as there is a small chance a sick puppy has been on the waiting room floor.

Having a new puppy is a nerve wracking experience. Been there... I feel for you! Just enjoy your little girl. Chances are excellent that she will not have a health crisis. Of course there are not guarantees in life, but you do what you can without living in constant fear.

How about some pics of your puppy?
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Thanks fo the reassurances. Chevy (Neighbors dog) is in great health. He's a lab mix too, and will be a great role model. We don't actually have any stray dogs in the area, so I guess I over reacted, I just guess I can't bear the thought of something happening, espevially when you read some posts on other websites saying they sanitize their shoes, change their clothes, and evern sanitize their car tires before interacting with their pup.

I'm working on the pics, so far everyone I've taken she's just a black blur..
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I am going through the same questions, Bentley was 14 weeks when I got him and had gotten his 3rd parvo shot at his vet visit two days after coming home. he played in the back yard but that was it, then I took him out after the 3rd shot cause I wanted to be sure he was socialized. Now I am bringing home an 8 week old pup on the 17th. Comes with her first puppy shot. I am terrified to even let her in the back yard lol..

Bentley is really well socialized, but he had a litter mate and other dogs around the first 14 weeks of his life, then us.. and we continued to socialize him. Velvet will have Bentley, and our kids. Our trainer thinks I need to walk both dogs around the block before even bringing the new puppy inside the house. I am going to make a no shoe rule in the house.. But Bentley's paws will be outside and around other dogs and he can't take those off. so I am trying to figure it all out too.. and I am a chronic germaphobe so this should be interesting
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