Roger baby its a wild world
May 9, 2008 7:15 PM Subscribe
When is it safe for my puppy to explore the world outside of our house and yard?
posted by hazel to Pets & Animals (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Yay! I have an 11 week old puppy (Roger). We are both figuring out how all this stuff works. But, the world of vaccinations is making my head spin. He's not too worried though. There seems to be no clear answer and a different opinion from everyone. On one hand, vets & pharm companies make lots of money from vaccinations, and I wonder if its all necessary. On the other hand, these diseases do happen and are very serious and/or deadly. That scares the hell out of me.We are in an urban area with zillions of dogs from all walks of life and backgrounds. I am very cautious and trying not to be an overprotective "mom"...just trying to get more facts so I can base my decision on logic rather than emotion. I really want to socialize him and get him used to the sights, smells, and sounds of everyday life on the outside.
Here are the details:
-Roger got his DHPP shots at 5, 7 and 9 weeks. The vet that gave him these three shots recommended a 4th. But, the breeder said it was ok to skip the 4th and he is fine as is.
-We went to a new vet (in our city) today and she gave him a DA2LPP (DHLPP) shot
-Our vet says he will need a final DA2LPP (DHLPP) shot at 16 weeks
-Vet also says only then (at 16wks) can he go out where other dogs have been (which is pretty much everywhere...we are in San Francisco)
At this point, I'm not questioning the final shot (even though the breeder said he is fine AS IS...even without the shot today). But, I would like more resources about the levels of immunity. Is he nearly 75% covered? 95%? I realize this might be impossible to say as it probably depends on the dog, the breed, the environment, etc.
But, should we really wait until 16 weeks to let him out into the world? What if, say starting next week (12 weeks)-we just give him a slice...avoid other dogs (besides friends' and puppy school dogs) and take him to some places outdoors/less doggy places? (Of course, keeping him away from dog poo.) I'm not really sure where this would be...but basically not the dog park or places with lots of dogs.
Or, if you don't have any stats/research/resources...what would you do? Roger & me thank you.