What are some things a breeder can do to reduce the chances of puppies getting parvo. What questions should one ask when getting a puppy to know if there is a lower chance? What age is the best to adopt a puppy to reduce the risk?
I thought puppies couldn't get their first vaccination until a certain age. Does the mother pass any protection to them in the meantime? Doxie-thanks for the vote of confidence, but i'm not too experienced with little puppies. All of our dogs were a little older when we got them.
Most cases of parvo occur in pups 6 to 20 weeks old. Moms antibodies do help in the beginning. I start my pup shots at 6 weeks so there is a time until the shot kicks in that they can catch parvo. A good dog breeder should have all the adult shot records so you can make sure that everyone there is protected so it won't happen in the first place. Mabey call the breeders vet to make sure they have not had a problem with it before. I can't believe all the posts about pups with parvo when a simple $5 shot can help prevent it.
Don't take the puppies out and about until after they are through with their shots. Parks with dogs are really bad places to go before you are done with the shots. Even if no dog there has it, it can still be in the area and you dog can get it.