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When can I safely take my pup for a walk?

julielenore
November 21st, 2005, 01:11 PM
My 13 week old puppy is getting her second set of shots this weekend. I would like to take her walking in the neighbourhood for training, but am afraid of viruses such as Parvo. When will it be safe to do so?

SchnauzerGirl
November 21st, 2005, 01:52 PM
If you are in doubt, talk with your vet when you go in for your second round of shots. My vet basically said to keep my puppy close to home until all shots had been done, which we did although I took my dog out after his second round of shots for puppy classes (all dogs had to have at least their first round of shots) and I didn't let him sniff or go near any dog droppings or near places where there had been loads of other dogs, although that isn't any guarantee...

PetFriendly
November 21st, 2005, 06:15 PM
My vet said Charley would be ok on the streets and sidewalks after his second set of shots. He had said to avoid the dog parks for a month or so after that to ensure full imunity.

In any event, you're going to want to take the pup out for socialisation soon so I'd suggest being carefull and reasonable, keep away from unknown dogs or dogs that don't look overly healthy.

Daizy
November 22nd, 2005, 10:18 AM
My vet said it would be okay to take my dog out after her second shots but to avoid coming close to other dogs (unless I knew for sure they were uptodate with injenctions etc. etc.), which was easy enough as I just picked her up when another dog came along. Yet, my dog's litter mate who went to another owner ~ their vet said not to take him out until all three shots had been done. I guess it depends on your vet and if you want to follow his/her advice.

loveyadogs
November 22nd, 2005, 10:39 AM
same here, same age, i too am afraid to go for waks right now

:eek:

My 13 week old puppy is getting her second set of shots this weekend. I would like to take her walking in the neighbourhood for training, but am afraid of viruses such as Parvo. When will it be safe to do so?

Beaglemom
November 22nd, 2005, 02:30 PM
It's difficult to say when your puppy has full immunity to diseases for which he is vaccinated against. This is due to the mother's antibodies being given to the puppy. No one knows for sure when they are no longer effective and when they are no longer interfering with the vaccination immunity. For this reason, many vets suggest that your puppy is safe 2 weeks after the last set of vaccinations.

This poses a very difficult situation for socialization purposes. The best thing to do in this case is to enrol in puppy socialization classes which have strict rules regarding their students' vaccination schedules. If you know people who have dogs and know that they are healthy, vaccinated and friendly, you could also schedule play dates at your home or theirs.

An important thing to remember is that until your puppy is fully vaccinated, don't take him to areas frequented by many different and unknown dogs such as dog parks.

PetFriendly
November 22nd, 2005, 06:11 PM
There are some things you don't always get shots for (ie kennel cough) and things you can't give shots for like broken glass in the grass, rad fluid on the road, etc. I mean, when it comes right down to it, you can shelter them for the first year of their life and end up with an ankle biter, or you can be reasonable and start now.

When you think about it, there are tons of things you as a person haven't been imunized against, yet you still go out... Like Hep A & B, you probably didn't get the shots, yet you still eat in restaurants where you really could contract it from less than honorable staff (please oh please no one take offence to that, its not nice but its true)

Does that make sense?