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My dog is 13 1/2 weeks old and very healthy. He is a male doberman

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My dog is 13 1/2 weeks old and very healthy. He is a male doberman and weighs 27 lbs. He just had his last set of shots on July 1st, and today I finally took him to the park for a walk where he may have been exposed to a friends puppy that we just now found out has Parvo. This friends puppy had just received his 2nd set of shots a few days ago and received them from the owner and not a licensed Veterinarian. My dog and her dog did play and play bite etc. What are the chances that my dog will become infected?
Welcome! I would be happy to assist you. I am a 2003 graduate from UC Davis and a Medical Director of a veterinarian practice.

That's disappointing. Well, it depends on how infective the puppy was when it was at the park. If really sick, I doubt the pet would have been very playful. But, a dog can shed this virus for several days even after they are recovering from infection.

It is transmitted by a fecal route. So, play biting or licking another pet can transmit the virus.

There are no statistics as to whether your pet can get infected. If I had to guess I would say may be 20-30% risk.

So, if your pet was to develop any vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or just one of those symptoms, get into the vet.

Unfortunately, having received 1 or 2 vaccine boosters does not guarantee not getting infected.

Good Luck
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