|Barked: Wed May 1, '13 9:19pm PST |
|Hi! I just got an 8 week old mini schnauzer puppy this Sunday. I'm hoping that we'll eventually be able to compete in agility and rally, so I've already started socializing him. We've had about a dozen friends and neighbors over to meet him, and he's had a play date with my cousin's beagle. I also took him to a public park last night. A lot of people walk their dogs there, so I didn't put him down on the ground at all. I carried him from the car to a bench, he sat on my lap for about 15 minutes and watched all of the going ons, and then I carried him back to the car.
I thought that I was doing a good job socializing him. I mean, everyone talks about how important it is to start young, right? But today, when I took him to the vet for a checkup, the vet was NOT happy when I mentioned it. She told me that he shouldn't be playing with any other dogs until he finishes his shots, and that he shouldn't even be outside of my yard, let alone at a park. She basically made it sound like I had given my poor puppy a death sentence by taking him out in public, and it's only a matter of time before he catches some horrible disease if I keep taking him out. She even broke out a pamphlet about parvo symptoms!
Needless to say, I feel really confused and guilty right now. Should I discontinue any socializing until he's finished his shots? I obviously don't want him to get sick, but is parvo really that big of a risk? I was planning to take him to a puppy class in two weeks, but the vet made that sound really risky too.
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