Join Date: Aug 2006
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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.