Hi there, Candy
I wanted to ask you a question...and don't know if you are willing to answer it here or not. If not, I will open a new one - but it's a rather quick one, that shouldn't require much on your part or follow up. Of course, we ARE talking about ME - so take that with a grain of salt. HAHAHA!!
OK...so Rhett, my new puppy, is doing GREAT! He is amazing...so smart...and he's HUGE!!! I am so lucky...Duke was definitely looking out for me when I got him.
I had a little service for Duke when I got his ashes back. I got helium balloons from me, my other 3 Kids, and my Mom and Dad. We went out to the park behind my house, and I took his ashes and told him what an amazing dog he was...and let the balloons go. I did this when I lost Meghan as well, and it helped so much. I told the balloons to take the grief away with them - and it works for me. May be silly, but it really does help.
And of course, Rhett helps fill that empty place in my heart and my life. Duke OBVIOUSLY didn't want me to be without help...he worked so hard, until he was gone. I know this cancer is fast, and there are little to no signs - but I was with him 24/7. And as far as it had progressed, I KNOW he was suffering. But he was the best, most loyal boy and wanted to make sure I was OK at all times. He did things for me I could have never trained...he just learned them by being with me. I know he was OK with me getting Rhett so quickly. Plus, I had to think about the places I visit...they are used to seeing me with a dog. If all of a sudden, I am showing up repeatedly without one, when I did eventually get another one they could EASILY refuse me given precedence that I was fine without. And while it's been difficult not having the help on top of training Rhett, it's working. I don't know how - sheer will and determination could be the only reason - but the stores have been fantastic.
Here is my question. It's about shots.
I have read HUNDREDS of links about them, but I am still a bit confused. I don't know if this is a case of "old school thinking" still having a strong hold, or if many people don't know about this or if I am reading it wrong.
So I read that the Parvo part of the 5 way / 7 way vaccines have "high titer" - meaning they are higher than they used to be, and are able to break the Maternal Antibodies barrier and take hold.
OK...so here's the story. My breeder's vet gives the FIRST shot at 4 1/2 weeks old. I assume he knows the "high titer" is breaking the barrier to give some immunity...or else why do it? EVERYTHING I read says 6 weeks first shot. If it wasn't to give the pup some extra help and try to prevent Parvo - for the most part - why do it so early?
And then, I gave him another shot at 7 weeks and again at 10 1/2 weeks.
That was on Wednesday.
Now...for the "caveat" if you will.
My neighbor has a wolf hybrid pup - less than a year old, not sure exactly how old. My landlord a few weeks ago was coming over to pick up the rent. I was telling him what happened to Duke, and since we were "talking dogs", he asked me how Monster was (Monster is my neighbor's dog). I said I didn't know anything was wrong - he said yeah, he was really sick. I said "MY GOD, I hope it's not Parvo!"
I had just brought Rhett home - and had let him play with my OTHER neighbor's dogs out on my front porch. But the neighbors also walk out there, and MY dogs run all over the place out there and so do I - which means I would have brought it into my home.
My landlord said "No, I think he ate something". I breathed again. LOL!!
Then I was out with him talking, and Monster's owner came out to give him his rent too. I asked how Monster was - not because I was "fishing", but because I was concerned someone's dog was sick. He said he was better, but HE HAD BEEN TREATED FOR PARVO!!!
I almost threw up...right then and there. OH MY GOD!!!
Not only was I a basket case...I was FURIOUS!! It's common curtosy that if your dog gets Parvo - such a HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS AND KILLER virus - you tell your neighbors, who ALL have dogs!!! But I guess that didn't enter his mind. And I try not to think about that Duke might have gotten it, due to his immune system being so weakend with the cancer - his vet says no, he had shots and he never had diahrea or vomited. But I still wonder....anyway, I digress.
So for the next week, I was truly freaking out. Watched Rhett like a hawk. Every poop he made, the one time he threw up I wanted to cry (it was a chunk of something he ate...LOL!!)
But he is fine. And I am going to assume that first puppy shot at 4 1/2 weeks did in fact save him.
So here is my question....is that correct thinking?
And now that he has in fact had 3 shots - is it safe for me to take him OTHER places. Now of course by "other places", I don't mean regular places - he already goes everywhere I go. He rides in the cart...not walking, so he isn't exposed to much...but it's how I trained Duke and I am doing the same with Rhett. He is doing great, and I know he is going to be an amazing Service Dog.
But like parks and stuff - not necessarily "dog" parks, but other parks and places?
I know he is still young - will be 11 weeks on this coming Sunday. But he HAS had 3 series of shots.
Sorry this was so long...but I wanted to give you all of the details - and let's admit it, if I didn't write a long message, you might not think that it was me! hehehe!!!
And if you can answer this here...if the green button is still active, I can send a bit of money to you here. I don't have much...still so far behind after spending all I had on Duke. But I could send a little bit...
Thanks in advance!
Brenda, Rhett - and Jack and Hannah, too