This page is dedicated to conversations from Angela, our veterinary technician here at our clinic. Recently, we had a conversation regarding her taking her rescue dog "Dirk" to the City Bark at Pueblo's City Park.
The other day I was at the dog park with my dog and I noticed a young couple come in and set down a small puppy to play. The puppy was probably about 8-9 weeks and very small. I was instantly concerned about this.
Puppies require a series of vaccines from the age of 8 weeks to about 16 weeks (given three to four weeks apart). With out the full series of shots a puppy is not fully protected from the the diseases these vaccines protect them from. Diseases like Parvovirus, Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, & Coronavirus. Most of these diseases are very serious and can be deadly, especially for a puppy. These diseases are easily transmitted from one dog to another. Parvovirus is found in the fecal matter of other dogs and can live in soil for up to a year. All it takes is for your puppy to step on some infected feces or soil and lick her paw. Its that easy. Distemper is transmitted from respiratory secretions and can become airborne. Parainfluenza (similar to the human flu) is also transmitted from respiratory secretions and can become airborne. Coronaviris is spread the same way that Parvovirus is spread, through feces and can live in the soil for months.
Another concern about taking a small puppy out to a public place is that they are not old enough to protect themselves. If a larger dog were to attack a small puppy it wouldn't take much for it to injure or possibly kill that puppy.
Most people that get a puppy are excited and want to show off the cute new addition to their family, I mean, who doesn't love puppies? Although you want to take your new puppy with you everywhere (a friends house, the dog park, the pet store), please remember that they still do not have immunity until they are finished with the full series of vaccines and they are still very fragile. If you want your family or friends to meet your newest addition, it would be best to have them come to your house, at least for the first few months.
And please remember, always check with your vet if you have any questions or concerns.
The Southern Colorado Spay and Neuter Association offers vaccinations every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
from 7:30 am - 1:00 pm for rabies, and 7:30 am - 5:00 pm for any other vaccines.
The cost is $12.00 per vaccine. There is no appointment needed, just walk in. There is no office fee.