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Neurotic or Normal??

Scout has never stepped foot into a vet's office. By that, I mean I always have carried him in his sherpa bag because of a fear of all the germs in the waiting room (I also don't like my kids to touch things in the waiting room at the doctor's office).

But, Scout is not a pup anymore -- he is 16 mos. Are his immunities strong enough that I shouldn't worry about the waiting room germs or should I continue to "bag" him? Of course, I let my golden walk into the vet's office (but, then, what choice do I have with her -- she is 70 lbs).

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Well, I think it depends. At his age, he's probably strong enough to handle things and if you let him go on walks in the neighborhoods or to the pet store or to the dog park, he's probably exposed to the same things anyway. I don't think it is good to shield them from everything (same with our kids). With the number of dogs that are vaccinated at the vet's office, it may even be healthier for him to sniff around outside of the building to build up his immunities. (IIRC, some people who don't vaccinate choose to do this so their dogs can pick up the immunities from the dogs who were just vaccinated.)

Having said that, if you are around younger smaller dogs, I don't feel the same way, especially around Parvo season. My dogs don't get to touch the floor at the vet's office when we are expecting puppies or have puppies because Parvo can be deadly to them.
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When is Parvo season? I'll have to bring Bailey in to the vet's office soon and I don't want to take any chances.

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Parvo actually has two seasons a year. May is typically the worst month of the year for Spring. Late September/October is the worst time in the Fall.

All of the local vet clinics seem to get a few throughout winter, but hardly ever see it in the summer.

You should be able to call ahead and ask your veterinary staff if they have had any cases of Parvo lately. Mine are always good at telling me if they have. They sanitize well, and keep any exam rooms closed for a day or two that have been exposed, but I bring my own towels and change my shoes (leaving them in the garage where the dogs don't go) after going to the vet.
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Wouldn't you know it. That's exactly when I'll be going in. That's frightening.

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Hmm, I'm taking Lulu in May for her one year exam. Shouldn't she be OK if she has had all her shots and I hold her? Yeah, (as she answers herself) you did say puppies, lol.
Diane, you may just want to hold him if it is going to be in May.
Kim, I am SO in agreement with you in building up immunities. I saw my DDIL Lysol spray my son's whole body after he handled a raw chicken, lol.

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If you are really worried, do some reading up on the symptoms of Parvo and just be mindful to get Lulu treated if you see the sudden onset of them. I think the biggest problem with Parvo is that people think the symptoms are due to something else and wait for it to pass, but it is too brutal on the young (20 weeks and younger) to fight it off on their own. That's just my opinion.

Also, the Parvo vaccines don't cover the all strains, so vaccines aren't necessarily a preventative measure against this virus.
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