Protecting My Goldendoodle Puppy
Protecting Your Puppy
It is very important that you understand some basic facts about how to protect your new puppy from diseases that can be deadly!
Everyone of our puppies are thoroughly examined at our vets office prior to going to their new home. Our vet will carefully check over each individual puppy to make sure that there are no surprises. The important things that they look for things like heart murmurs, eye cataracts, loose joints, undescended testicles etc… the things that are not readily seen by our family.
The vaccination that we generally use is: Nobivac 1-DAPPv (modified live) which includes protection against the following diseases:
Adenovirus Type 2
This vaccine is administered around the 7th – 8th week, and is only the first in a series of 4 vaccines.
IMPORTANT:ALTHOUGH YOUR 8 WEEK OLD PUPPY HAS HAD HIS FIRSTVACCINATION AND THIS VACCINE DOES INCLUDE DISTEMPER AND PARVOVIRUS – YOUR PUPPY IS NOT PROTECTED AGAINST THESE DISEASES – AND OTHERS, UNTIL HE HAS HAD AT LEAST TWO IN THE SERIES AND IN SOME CASES ALL 4 VACCINATIONS. Knowing this means that you must give your puppy extra protection until he is completely vaccinated.
Here are some basic things that you should do to protect yourpuppy:
Do not allow your puppy around any other puppies until they are fully vaccinated
It is generally said that if you have a family member, neighbor orcfriend with a dog that has been vaccinated and is known to be healthy that it would be alright for your new puppy to socialize with this dog. Itcwould still however be better to wait until your puppy has had at least two vaccines – this is generally done around 9 to 10 weeks of age.
Do not walk your dog where other animals frequent. If you take your puppy for a walk keep away from areas where others may have gone to the bathroom. Areas like this are a great way for them to pick up contagious disease as well as parasites.
Probably one of the riskiest places to take your puppy, while it is not fully protected, is to the vets office. This is because people take their sick animals there and you know you have a puppy that is not yet fully immunized. Proper veterinarian care is absolutely essential and cannot be avoided! Knowing this – it simply means that you must offer your puppy extra protection during his visit. When you arrive -never allow your puppy on the grass or concrete outdoors or on the floor inside the building. Dogs with every parasite and sickness could have passed through that lawn or walked across that floor and many diseases and parasites can stay active in the soil for months or years. Make sure your puppy has enough time before leaving home to go to the bathroom in your own yard and make him wait to go again until you return home.
Do not allow your puppy to play with or sniff any other dogs at your visit – you do not know what they might be there for!
Place a blanket or towel down on the exam room table if possible. Veterinarians and the technicians do disinfect the tables in between visits – but if you read the bottles of many of these disinfectant cleaners they often advise that the product must stay in contact with the surface for 10-20 minutes in order to kill many of the contagious canine disease that are deadly. Most vet offices simply do not have the time to follow these directions according to the label directions. They will spray the table and wipe it down thoroughly to clean it well, but the really important disinfecting has not taken place.
Puppy obedience classes are highly recommended – but would be best to wait to begin until your puppy has had at least his second vaccine in the series that he requires. The other puppies in your class will have had to show proof of vaccination prior to joining the class as well -so this environment is probably less risky than a walk in the dog park!
YOU MUST ALWAYS BALANCE THE PROTECTION OF YOUR PUPPY WITH PROPER SOCIALIZATION! YOU MUST NOT SECLUDE YOUR PUPPY SO MUCH THAT IT DOES NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET NEW PEOPLE, SEE NEW PLACES AND EXPERIENCE NEW THINGS! PROPER SOCIALIZATION IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE TO DEVELOPING A WELL ROUNDED ADULT DOG.
You should ask your veterinarian after your puppy has received his second vaccine if he feels that your puppy is fully protected or not.
Do not take your puppy to Pet Stores that allow puppies to visit until after the second vaccine.
THE MOST IMPORTANT ADVISE IS SIMPLY TO GIVE YOUR NEW PUPPY SOME BASIC PROTECTION WITHOUT NEGLECTING HIS SOCIALIZATION!
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