Is a puppy safe from parvo after second shot? Essential Tips

How to Protect Puppies from Parvovirus?

While socialisation is critical in a dog’s development, it’s also important to be aware of the risk of parvovirus. Before your puppy goes on walks outside and interacts with other dogs, it’s important to start the vaccination process. By receiving their first vaccination, puppies begin building up a resistance to parvovirus and can begin to interact with other dogs and explore outdoor environments with greater protection. Once your puppy receives their first vaccination and is examined by a vet, they can begin to attend puppy school, but not socialise with other dogs until after their final vaccination.

By bringing your puppy to a reputable puppy school that requires proof of parvovirus vaccinations, including our Puppy Preschool program, you can be confident that your puppy can socialise and build skills in a safe environment.

Dogs are intelligent animals with unique personalities and characteristics. Just like humans, puppies and adult dogs are shaped by experiences and interactions. In order for dogs to develop healthy and desirable behaviours, proper socialisation is important. Simple experiences before the age of 16 weeks can greatly impact future behaviour and long-term development. By exposing your puppy to a multitude of scenarios that they’re likely to encounter as an adult, you can help your puppy develop healthy and confident responses that shape them into friendly and sociable dogs.

First Symptoms of Parvo in Puppies

Early symptoms of parvo in puppies should be treated with immediate action and attention. The best parvo treatments are administered as soon as symptoms are detected, giving your vet and your puppy the best chance to fight off the virus. Though treatments are available, parvo is sometimes fatal in young puppies. Symptoms include:

  • A sudden onset of diarrhoea, often bloody
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of appetite or unwillingness to eat
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Its important to remember that many dogs wont show all signs of parvo. If you notice any of the above symptoms, its best to bring your dog in for a check-up.

    Learn more about the parvovirus in dogs and how to keep your pet protected.

    When you adopt a puppy, your vet will guide you through the vaccination process. Essential for keeping them safe, vaccinations allow your puppy to explore, grow and learn with maximum safety and protection. Vaccinations against a variety of canine diseases occur at 6 to 8 weeks and 10 weeks, providing them with the support and protection required to explore with confidence.

    Check out the comprehensive puppy care guide as well as how important it is to get your puppy vaccinated.

    How long does parvo last in a house?

    The Parvo virus can live nine months to a year in favorable conditions such as dirt, concrete, and soil. It can live up to six months in fabric and carpets. So now you have the basic idea, let’s begin disinfecting your home.

    Can a puppy get parvo after 2 shots?

    Your puppy can always be susceptible to parvovirus, even after vaccination, however vaccination greatly reduces the risk of this disease. At Vetwest, we recommend that puppies receive their first vaccinations between 6 to 8 weeks. Puppies then need another vaccination at 10 weeks old.