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Old 14-09-2015, 11:03 PM   #11 (permalink)
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It's a balancing act and everyone will have different thresholds.

The time will soon pass, but I would keep him off grass and very dog (fox) busy areas until your vet is sure he's safe. But I would do socialising trips at least twice a day as time is short.

I can't let Twiglet have her paws down where other dogs have been until she's 17 weeks! So pity me She's a Guide Dog pup and they have lost a few to Parvo, so they are ultra cautious, they have three vaccinations - the last at 16 weeks. But I am lucky, I can take her in shops, cafes, garden centres, anywhere I go, so it's a different story.

Yes, I do agree with you! That's why each puppy is UNIQUE :P
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Old 29-04-2019, 01:37 PM   #12 (permalink)
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There is a lot of debate over the kennel cough vaccine as it is a nasal application which dogs really don't like. There is also some question over its effectiveness as it only covers limited strains of KC. A lot of kennels won't accept dogs unless they are vaccinated and vets like to push it but KC isn't particularly dangerous for a healthy dog, it is only like us having a bad cold.

More socialisation opportunities are train and bus stations, going for a ride on the bus/train. Pet shops and camping shops usually allow dogs in so you could also visit those.
Very true! We recently had our entire pack down with Kennel Cough - all were vaccinated for it! - after bringing home a new Puppy who had been vaccinated by her Breeder the day she came home - 4 days after she arrived, the first adult was coughing all night and to the Vet in the morning; three days later, the second came down with it despite isolating them all from each other; within another two days, two more had it. Lots of money on antibiotics to treat the pack for a disease they had all been vaccinated against. Florida Law requires that puppies have it at 8 weeks before they leave the Breeder, so it's an issue that needs to be addressed!
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Old 29-04-2019, 03:33 PM   #13 (permalink)
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The trouble with Kennel Cough is that it is a coverall name for a couple of different conditions, but worst still, like flu, there are many different strains of these conditions. Generally speaking vets, or rather the vaccine companies, decide which strain is the one likely to affect dogs in a particular country in any year, and prepare their vaccines accordingly. But one problem these days is the ease of transporting dogs around the world. In the UK for example, you only need to see where dogs attending Crufts dog show come from to appreciate that there are representatives from the four corners of the world, and each of those overseas dogs "Could" be bringing in a different strain! The situation in reality is impossible to manage!

But although a distressing condition, KC is rarely a problem to any other than the very young or very old. It's very much the canine equivalent of the common cold. A cough, a saw throat, then in a dog with a halfway efficient immune system it's gone.

Live vaccines are probably the most efficient, but can also give the most problems if a dog's immune system is at all compromised. Killed vaccines are less problematic, but also less effective. So everything is a compromise. Personally I done use the KC vaccine, but that's a personal thing and it's up to the individual to read up on the subject and form their own decisions.

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