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Puppy School And Vaccinations

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MelissaS   

Hi there

I was hoping for some advice/ opinions. My puppy had his second vaccination today at 11 weeks. It was a C5 .

I was told he was safe to go to puppy school which starts tomorrow night by the vet nurse who runs it.

Today the vet I go to who is not the same vet practice that is running the puppy school has said do not take him under any circumstance as it is not safe. She said I need to wait a minimum of 2 weeks.

I called the vet's who is running the puppy school and spoke to the vet nurse who said it was safe and they thoroughly clean the waiting room etc... She said they had run the puppy school safely for years with puppies only having their 12 week C5.

I have sought the advice of 2 other vet nurses who are divided in their opinion also :(

One runs a puppy school elsewhere and said it will be fine and it's a crucial socialisation period and to take the pup to puppy school. The other vet nurse says wait 2 weeks.

Puppy school is held in the waiting room of the vet. So what is the opinion on here? I just want to do the right thing :)

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Lollipup   

Correct socialisation is crucial. Think of it as a vaccination against behaviour problems, some of which cause more dogs to be put to sleep than those that die of the infectious diseases vaccinated against. And correct socialisation also involves a lot more than just a vet puppy school. Take puppy lots of new environments, meet different people, traffic, machinery, noises, all neutral or positive experiences (just use common sense and don't let puppy on the ground at areas highly trafficked by unknown dogs).

Make sure the puppy school you go to doesn't allow a free for all where puppies run around crazy as this can cause issues for you later. And make sure the trainer has experience and preferably qualifications with behaviour and training, and is not just promoting products they sell or are endorsed by.

Edited by Lollipup

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OSoSwift   

IT is a risk, but it is a calculated risk.

Myself and friends ran PPS for over 8 years. There was one incident where someone brought a coughing puppy to PPS was asked to leave ASAP but 4 puppies caught it, mine included.

Ealr socilaisation/neutralisation is very important in puppies and as long as all puppies are vaccinated for age, the area is cleaned correctly and puppies are carried in/out then the risk is minimal and the benefits outweight the negatives.

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seregil   

Lollipup's reply is spot-on in my opinion.

Early socialisation is so very important and you cannot wait until all vaccinations are complete because the critical socialisation window will be closed by then.

Remember, NOTHING will 100% prevent your puppy from potentially coming in contact with Parvovirus. Even if your puppy never left your premises you yourself could walk it home on your shoes.

Even 12 weeks of age is leaving it late to start a good PPS. As has been said, it needs to be a good well-controlled one, not a free for all. These days people seem to focus on their puppy playing with other puppies but this is just one facet of 'socialising', albeit an important part. Socialising also encases meeting unfamiliar people, children, walking on different surfaces, different smells, noises, traffic (trucks, bicycles, motorbikes, not just cars).... the list goes on.

Socialisation involves many other opportunities on top of your weekly PPS.

As has already been stated, many more dogs die every day as a consequence of behaviour than die from Parvo these days. NOt trying to say it is not an extremely serious disease by any means, just trying to put it in perspective.

It is worth noting though that "black and tan breeds" like Rotties and Dobes do have a genetic predisposition to some of these viruses which may be where some of your vet's concern arise from.

At the end of the day, it is a personal choice.

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MelissaS   

Hi everyone- thank you.

I took Falco to PPS tonight and it went really well :)

I'm glad I went. Here is a pic of Falco.

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