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New puppy concern

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by gailjo, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. gailjo

    gailjo PetForums Newbie

    Oct 30, 2012
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    Hi, I have just bought an adorable Border Collie cross. I have a question I would like to ask. She is going to receive her first vaccination on Friday at 9.5 weeks. The vet has stressed how important it is not to take her to a public place to meet other dogs until 2 weeks after her final injection. She also said it was possible that the viruses she is being vaccinated against could come into our home on our shoes or on other dogs we might have paw's.
    She said that it is very is very important that we socialise her as much as possible because she appears very timid.

    I would like to take the puppy to my sister's house who has a 12 month old dog, fully up-to-date with its vaccinations as part of the socialisation process. Is this a wise decision or not? I have read conflicting information on the internet.

  2. Lerato

    Lerato PetForums Newbie

    Oct 30, 2012
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    Im not sure if i would be told off for saying this, but both my parents and my sister had their pup out meeting other dogs and children at 10 weeks and both were advised that this was the best time to socialize them. I guess that its about how cautious you want to be but the minute my parents pup got outside to meet other people and dogs she seemed so happy i don't think it can be that harmful not to at least give it a shot.

    hope it helps,

  3. Knightofalbion

    Knightofalbion PetForums VIP

    Jul 3, 2012
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    Welcome to the forum, dear Gail.
  4. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

    Aug 11, 2010
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    A lot of pups have maternal derived antibodies from mum that protects them at first, but come between 8/12 weeks these antibodies wane, so they then have to have the vaccinations to protect them, but the antibodies made in response to the vaccinations need to develope and build up, so hence the waiting then the booster and the wait after that to make sure they have adequate protection. Some pups dont even have sufficient/ adequate maternal derived antibodies to protect them from mum so are even more at risk.

    Just check with you vet that she can mix with family dogs with known vaccination status, it will possibly be OK but just check first that she is happy.

    Usually to get puppies to start being used to the environment prior to being able to walk around where unknown dogs have been, you can carry them as long as you dont put them down, or let them have contact with other dogs its usually fine. This is what your vet may have been reffering too, but again check with her.

    Disease like parvo virus are shed in the faeces of infected dogs, it can also be carried on clothing and shoes where people have come into contact with infected dogs or their faeces. So this is why she would have mentioned that as well.
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