I took Mandy in for her yearly check-up and this woman brought a puppy in she said was coughing and thought it might have parvo. She took it back outside and waited till they called her, but it concerned me because I was wondering if they have to come in direct contact with another dog, or can Parvo be like air borne. I know it is very contagious. I certainly didn't appreciate her bringing the little thing in around others.
As I recall from my youth (my only experience w/ parvo) that their isn't much coughing with parvo, it is mostly vomiting, and extreme diareah. You could always ask your vet if that particular pup had parvo because you are concerned for your dog. Like the last person wrote, it should be fine either way as long as your dog is current on vaccinations. Good luck, you seem like a very caring owner.
This is interesting to me, because I have a few concerns about the same thing. I know I could simply call my vet, but it's after business hours and I'm curious.
At what age, assuming the puppy is getting all it's regular shots, etc, is a pup considered 'safe' from all that stuff, particularly parvo, and ready to introduce to other dogs, take walks, etc. I don't want to let him go anywhere he's susceptible to such things, or put him at any risk of..well, anything, frankly.
So, thanks, don't mean to hi-jack the thread, just another angle I was curious about :)
pups should start there shots at 6-8 weeks then every three weeks until they past that 16 week mark or 3 sets of shots what ever comes first. some vets wont start until 8 weeks. they say the mothers antibodies will protect them until 8 weeks but studies have shown that its not true. you should wait until after the second set of shots to bring the puppy out. but i never do until there done with the set. in tech school we gave rotts and pitts a set of 4. they seem to pick up these illnesses more than other breeds.i forgot why.
parvo does not have anything to do with coughing. thats kennel cough.
***Edited By: wolfbite7 on 4/28/2005 9:27:29 PM*** Reason: forgot something
I believe this woman said her daughter just brought the dog home. I don't know where it came from. She said he was 5 months old and had never had shots or anything. I was just glad when she took him back outside. He seemed real playful and barked alot at Mandy. I didn't hear him cough, she just said she was concerned about Parvo and he had a cough. Poor little thing I felt sorry for him, but at the same time you spend all this time and money on keeping yours healthy and I just don't appreciate them bringing one in like that, that they are not for sure whats wrong. They usually have them brought through the back but she just brought it in the front, not thinking about other people's dogs.
Mandy should be fine like everyone said. I hope the poor little pup didn't have parvo. If coughing was the only symptom, then probably not. Probably kennel cough or some sort of URI. Anyway, so sad when puppies get sick, especially if its out of the owners neglect...most parvo cases I saw were because the owner was not being careful or vaccinating them soon enough. I don't know how many times people would come in with a parvo case and say that they thought that the puppies would not be old enough to vaccinate until 6 months of age. I wish there was a way to educate the general public...they just don't seem to know much. :(
we got my baby from the pound and a couple of days after we got her she stopped eating and she wouldn't play, so we took her to the vet and he said she had parvo, well she had to stay at the vets for a few days with an iv but she was ok we caught it early enough and now she's fine. so i doubt that puppy had it. ^shay916^
***Edited By: shay916 on 4/29/2005 7:12:05 PM*** Reason: mistake