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Parvo questions from a first-time owner

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Chickpeas, Sep 23, 2013.


  1. Chickpeas

    Chickpeas PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all! I'm new to the forums.. nice to meet you all!

    I'll apologise in advance for being a little pedantic, but this is our first dog and I suppose it's only natural to worry about every little detail! We are bringing home our Samoyed puppy in a few weeks :)D:D:D) and I had a couple of questions to ask.

    I'm really concerned about parvo after reading so many horror stories. I've read that it can survive in environments for years and this is worrying me as we moved here only 6 months ago and I cannot say for sure whether or not any dogs may have come into our garden. There's also a tonne of wildlife where I live. We live close to a wooded area so we've got foxes, birds of all kinds, frogs.. you name it and it has probably been in our garden. Would it be irresponsible for me to take my dog outside to toilet when I cannot account for what has been in it over the past few years? Obviously, I'd like to start house training ASAP but I'd much rather have a dog that's harder to house train than a sick one!

    Secondly, a lot of people are mentioning to take all shoes off before coming into the house and I know for a fact that quite a few people have been walking on our carpets with shoes on (we've had lots of builders/electricians round since moving in!) Should I just keep her in the kitchen until she has had all her jabs?

    Once again, these may be silly questions but I'm already so in love with her and I'm quite terrified of losing her.. I have waited nearly all 20 years of my life to get a dog so I really want to make sure I'm "doing it right" :eek:
     
  2. BessieDog

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    When you bring your pup home she'll be in the middle of a critical period when she is soaking up new sights and sounds and experiences. Up until 16 weeks of age young pups should be socialised with other (vaccinated dogs), people of all ages, pushchairs, cars, traffic etc. etc. The more she is exposed to during this critical period of development will influence the kind of dog she'll turn out to be. Each new experience should be positive, so she'll take similar things in her stride in later life.

    BUT that creates a problem, doesn't it? She can't go out until her second vaccination is complete.

    So you have to balance bringing up a well adjusted dog with the risk of her getting a nasty illness.

    Firstly I'd ask your vet whether there's been any cases of Parvo in your area. Although we're hearing horror stories, the number of cases is still small. Your garden should be safe - no one can guarantee 100%, but if you keep your pup in the kitchen during this critical development period then you'll end up with a very anxious dog! I'd bite the bullet and say your house is safe.

    Unless you have cases of parvo in your area, or in the area where any visitors are coming from I wouldn't be overly cautious about shoes being taken off. workmen may not appreciate being asked! :rolleyes:

    You can and should take your pup out, but make sure to carry her everywhere.
     
  3. Chickpeas

    Chickpeas PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for the reply BessieDog! I reread my post and I want to make it clear I'm not planning on locking her in the kitchen for weeks :eek: I'm going to make sure I take her out whenever I can (buses, trains, busy roads etc) but I'll be certain that her little feet are never touching the ground. I was just worried about the safety of the ground we have at home :D

    Thanks again, that makes me feel much better. I will be sure to ask my vet about parvo in our area :)
     
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    Ann Elizabeth PetForums Senior

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    Hello and welcome to the forum and congratulations on your new pup! I agree with what Bessie dog says but I too can be a bit over cautious where my dogs are concerned and as you have a few weeks to go if you're very concerned about the cleanliness of the garden disinfect it - sounds strange I know but it can be done and if you do it now any traces will be gone before your pup arrives.
     
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    The risk is very small, but its only foxes that can carry parvo anyway, so I wouldn't worry too much about the garden. Besides, toilet training would be nigh on impossible otherwise.
    You could practise walking the puppy on lead around the garden and up and down the driveway if you have one so he gets used to it and he can also see the passing traffic. I would carry him around everywhere as previously suggested, and you can visit vaccinated dogs in other people's gardens. You could see if your vets do puppy play sessions for very young puppies that are between 1st and 2nd jabs.
    I'd say a week after the 2nd jab your pup will be safe to start venturing out on the ground. We couldn't last that long as a golden retriever pup is not easy to carry, but by then the immunity had built up enough as she didn't suffer any ill effects.
     
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    You have to remember that pups are full of mum antibodies :) that keep her safe from harm.

    It's mums antibodies which can block vaccines making it necessary to have two or even three jabs.

    Although you should still be careful and take precaution, your pup should be safe with mums antibodies up until about 12 weeks.

    She will also be very safe in your arms :) my puppy is 9 weeks today and I've taken her out almost every day to the park for a walk in my arms. She is now very confident with all the noises and things outdoors! :thumbup:
     
  7. Chickpeas

    Chickpeas PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you so much everybody! I feel much, much better now. We've ordered most of our things today (we've got about 15 things coming on one day - yikes!) and we just can't wait to have her with us.

    I'll try not to let my worries get in the way of enjoying our pup :D
     
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