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New puppy Vacinations

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by mollymilly, Jul 19, 2009.


  1. mollymilly

    mollymilly PetForums Newbie

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    Hi
    We have just got a new puppy and she has had her first jab. Is it safe for them to go for short walks, before the next jab in 3 weeks

    What can she catch if she goes out and how/what can she catch things off

    Thanks
     
  2. crazycrest

    crazycrest PetForums VIP

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    Please don't walk your puppy until a week after second vaccination!
    Here is the info you requested!

    The main diseases that puppies and adult dogs can be vaccinated against are;

    Canine distemper (Hard pad)
    Canine parvovirus
    Infectious canine hepatitis
    Leptospirosis
    Canine parainfluenza virus
    Canine distemper is transmitted by droplets of moisture which the dog picks up by sniffing where the infected dog has been. Once an outbreak has begun it is usually too late to vaccinate as the incubation period can be as much as three weeks long. The symptoms include coughing, diarrhoea, high temperature, vomiting, sore eyes and a runny nose. Sometimes the nose and foot pads can become hard and cracked. In severe cases pneumonia, fits, muscle spasms and paralysis can occur. Distemper is often fatal and those that do survive can be left with permanent disabilities, nervous twitches and epileptic fits.

    Canine parvovirus appeared in the late seventies and caused the death of thousands of dogs. Regular outbreaks have been common where unvaccinated dogs are. It is transmitted through contact with infected faeces. It can be carried by the dog via its hair and feet. It is an extremely difficult virus to get rid of and can stay in the environment for many months. Although dogs of all ages can become infected with parvo it is most commonly seen in puppies and dogs under one year old. The signs of this disease appear quickly and the symptoms are depression, severe vomiting, high temperature, refusal of food and water, abdominal pain and profuse foul smelling bloody diarrhoea. As a result of these symptoms the dog can become severely dehydrated very quickly, it may collapse, and some can die within 24 hours of contracting the disease, even with veterinary treatment.

    Canine hepatitis is a disease which attacks the liver, kidneys, eyes and lungs of the dog. It is transmitted by direct contact with infected urine, saliva and faeces. Dogs that are recovering from this disease can still be infectious to other dogs for more than 6 months. Again dogs of all ages can contract this disease but they are most commonly infected in their first year. The symptoms of hepatitis most commonly includes lack of appetite, high temperature, pale gums and conjunctiva, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea. As a result of this the dog can develop jaundice. The disease can develop quickly, between 24 to 36 hours, and can sometimes cause respiratory failure and death. However dogs which recover sometimes suffer from 'blue eye' which is a clouding of the cornea. This usually resolves itself through time.

    Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease which can be picked up from contact with urine of infected animals. There are two ways in which it can be picked up. Firstly, it can be picked up from the urine of infected rats. Dogs can get it from rats if they drink or swim in canals or rivers that are inhabited by these infected rats, or even from sniffing where a rat has been. This is also known as Weil's Disease. This disease affects the liver, sometimes the kidneys may be infected too. The symptoms of this disease are depression, high temperature, severe thirst, lethargy, increased urination, abdominal pain, vomiting, bloody diarrhoea and jaundice. In severe cases death can occur within a few hours, at the very least serious liver damage can occur. This form of lepto can be transmitted to people too. Secondly, it can be picked up from the infected urine of other dogs. The damage that this causes is mainly to the kidneys and may cause problems as the dog gets older. Jaundice can also be seen but this is not common and is not too severe. Dogs that recover from this can still excrete the bacteria in their urine for up to a year making them a source of infection. Cats are seldom, if ever, infected with leptospirosis.

    Canine parainfluenza virus is an infectious agent which causes kennel cough. It can be contracted anywhere where dogs meet, for example, at the park, training classes, boarding kennels and dog shows. It is passed on by contaminated airborne droplets or direct contact with infected dogs. It is highly contagious and can spread rapidly. The symptoms are a dry, harsh cough, which may cause retching. Owners refer to it as though the dog has something stuck in its throat. This coughing can last for several days or weeks, with treatment it can take up to 2 or 3 weeks for the dog to recover. If the dog has no treatment they can develop secondary infections which can lead to pneumonia.

    Vaccination of your dog against these major infectious diseases is necessary to the health of your dog. The vaccine protects your own pet and prevents it from being a carrier of disease and spreading infection. Immunity to these diseases does not last indefinitely so regular boosters are vital to maintain this.
     
  3. My-Terriers

    My-Terriers PetForums Member

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    100% echo the above thread! I'm sure reading that has scared you into not taking your pup for a walk before its jab process (its scaring me about walking my dogs ever again lol).

    But honestly that short wait - and it is short considering the life time of happiness you'l have with you pup - is definately worth it! Just spend the mean time teaching your pup to walk nicely on the lead in the house and garden. Your first walks together when the time comes will be even more rewarding. :smilewinkgrin:
     
  4. Jazzy

    Jazzy PetForums VIP

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    How old is your new puppy and what was she vaccinated against the first time. Was it a proper vaccination or just a temporary one for parvo that breeders sometimes give. I ask because it's usually two weeks between the proper vaccinations. Our puppy is 14 weeks now and had her first vaccination at 8 weeks by the breeder's vet and the second at 10 weeks by our vet and she could go for walks 7 days after.

    You could take her out as long as you carry her and don't put her down where other dogs have been - this is quite safe and it's important to socialise puppies by doing this and getting them used to everyday noises.
     
  5. mollymilly

    mollymilly PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for all the advice!! She is 7 weeks old and the vets did the vacination on thursday. He said the second one is at 10 weeks.

    Also we have a few pet rabbits - is there any problem with pup going by them in the garden??
     
  6. Badger's Mum

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    No but she might want to eat there poo:D
     
  7. crazycrest

    crazycrest PetForums VIP

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    Your vet uses the same protocol as mine!
    8 & 10 or if done at 7 week's then a 3 week wait!

    Seem's to be something to do with the presence of dam's antibodies!

    Rabbit's in your own garden should be perfectly safe, as long as
    your puppy isn't too small & could get damaged!
     
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    mindymoo PetForums Member

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    Is it ok to introduce your puppy after first shots to dogs that are fully vaccinated?
     
  9. mollymilly

    mollymilly PetForums Newbie

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    That's good news. We keep a close eye on her at all times - she is a sprocker spaniel pup and seems quite tough all ready:)
     

  10. i asked this question to my vet after Holly was vaccinated with her first shots. She said that it was ok as its important for pups to be socialised at a young age. Taking for walks is a definate no, but can be carried about in your arms but not to put the puppy on the ground at all outside the home untill 7 days after the second jab.

    Edited to add... after the second shots, Find a puppy socialisation class. Its a really good idea and i think every owner should do this IMO then on to training. A trained dog is a happy dog.
     
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  11. xxwelshcrazyxx

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    Crazycrest said it all.
    You can carry the puppy around with you, but dont let anyone smooth it until after its last jab. Then take it for walks to socialize it. No dont let it by the bunny it will eat its poo yuk yuk. Have fun with your baby puppy,
     
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