April 12th, 2006, 11:09 AM
This Saturday we are getting a BichTzu cross puppy. I haven't house trained a dog for 12 years. The kennel people have told me to be very careful for the first 12 weeks(along with the shots he'll get) to prevent Parvo. This is all to much to take in. I never had to be concerned about letting people , especially children come visit a new puppy. The kennel says to have absolutely no one near the pup if they have a dog, and no shoes near him, don't take him anywhere.......My son is 8 and this is really going to be hard on him having to basically quarantine the pup like this. How much risk am I at? I live in a small village and yes my neighbours have dogs. If their dogs aren't sick can my puppy catch this Parvo? HOw would I know if their dogs are carrying this virus. They get shots and annual checks so are they still a threat to us?
April 12th, 2006, 11:17 AM
There was a huge Parvo outbreak last summer in our area, I had to quarantine my dog to be sure that she was protected. We stayed at home and they played in the back yard most of the time. We actually thought that she had parvo at the beginning but thank God she didn't.
I was not willing to take the risk. Parvo is deadly! It can kill a dog within 24 hours of diagnosis.
You would be best to keep your puppy safe.
April 12th, 2006, 01:07 PM
How old is the puppy and has he had any vaccinations yet?
Here is a link that explains Parvo in detail:
Your puppy is going to need to be socialized at this very crucial time in his life in order for him to grow up to be a well adjusted adult dog. You will have to keep him out of dog parks or in areas frequented by many dogs that you do not know. Only allow him to play with dogs that you know are vaccinated and healthy. It is not feasible to completely isolate a puppy nor is it recommended. Your puppy will have to get used to different people, kids, sights and sounds. Now is the time to do it. I don't see a problem with people visiting your home and handling your puppy. I think it would be good socialization.
The main way a puppy contracts parvo is by contact with an infected area. Usually feces of an infected dog. Areas where many dogs frequent are danger zones for puppies. There is a lot they can catch.
I suggest a visit with your veterinarian within the first few days you have your puppy. The vet will examine your puppy to make sure all is well and will advise you of all the precautions that you should take to ensure he stays safe and healthy.
April 12th, 2006, 02:06 PM
Beaglemom, good advice.
I would add that, be careful of the puppy getting at strangers (or even yours I guess) shoes. Have people take off their shoes and put them outside the door. You basically don't want your puppy to be in contact with an infected/carrier dog or its feces.
April 12th, 2006, 10:12 PM
iT TOOK ME AWHILE TO GET USE TO USING THIS FORUM , INFACT IT'S THE FIRST TIME I HAVE USED ONE AT ALL. THANKS FOR ALL THE GOOD ADVICE.
THE PUPPY WAS BORN fEB 16 AND HAD IT'S FIRST SHOTS ON THE EIGTH OF APRIL. IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I PUPPY TRAINED TOO. OUR LAST BICHON WAS ALMOST 12 WHEN SHE DIED IN OCTOBER.
October 14th, 2007, 08:34 PM
I am looking for a Bichon Shi tzu mix, and was wondering if you know anyone breeding or selling them. If you could give me any information that would be great. I'm looking for a male that is light in colour with more bichon than shi tzu. Does this describe the family of puppies you are adopting from? Thanks!
October 15th, 2007, 06:31 AM
You could look at some in resuces at www.petfinders.org