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    Default Vetiquette.

    More specifically, etiquette and safety for an unvaccinated pup.

    James has his first vet visit on Friday for his second vaccination and a general checkup. Should he walk or be carried across the carpark? Similarly, does he sit in the waiting room or should I hold him? He has the first appointment of the day so we shouldn't be sitting around too long, barring emergencies, of course.

    He doesn't have a crate.

    Can you tell who's never had a pet/needed to go to a vet before?

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    NO walking around anywhere until his vaccinations are completed (3 of them) + 2 weeks

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    Carry, carry, carry - the only place his paws should touch should be the vet's exam table, because they SHOULD have wiped it down.

    Good idea to get the first appt too!

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    As I thought. Thanks guys

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    And as a side thought, be carful how much your vet manipulates him when they are doing his physical. Some of them go overboard.

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    It's also a really good idea to daily check all over your dog. Look at his mouth and reward him for letting you, look inside his ears, run your hands over his entire body, make sure he is used to having his 'bits' touched. Pick up his feet and handle them one at a time (all four) make sure you look in between the pads, in between the toes, touch all of his toenails, touch his dew claws etc.

    It will make vet visits much nicer for him . I'm still doing this with Batty, he's 4 and a half months old!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    It's also a really good idea to daily check all over your dog. Look at his mouth and reward him for letting you, look inside his ears, run your hands over his entire body, make sure he is used to having his 'bits' touched. Pick up his feet and handle them one at a time (all four) make sure you look in between the pads, in between the toes, touch all of his toenails, touch his dew claws etc.
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    Yup, I've been doing this since he came home. He's very much used to having me pore over him. Still having trouble getting him to keep his mouth open long enough to actually have a peek in there and he likes to roll around trying to play when I'm checking or cleaning his ears, but otherwise he's fine with being handled all over.

    He is improving with his ears though. Probably because it finally occured to me to look them over when he's sleepy

    We know his vet personally and they've already met briefly which is good. James loved him (but James loves all men and anyone who'll give him a pat) so hopefully we won't have any problems on Friday.

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    I'm from the other school of thought. I get my dogs out early.

    I have to.

    Puppy school is just not going to cut it for pups that are going to be around large amounts of other dogs on a regular basis and touched by strangers.

    Doesn't mean I go to the local dog park but we hang around shopping malls and the like.

    I'm aware it's a huge risk I'm taking.

    It's also worth contacting the vet to ask if they've had many contagious diseases in recently and I always ring ahead before I take puppies in to ask if there has been any parvo/CC etc cases in, in the last day, or in recovery and if so I will re-schedule my pups vaccs.

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    How early, MAC? I have read some people consider the 2nd vacc. enough to start heading out and about and will be chatting to the vet about it.

    We have the first (dog-free) night of puppy preschool tomorrow and will ask the vet nurse about local cases if she doesn't mention it.

    Just as an aside question, we were wanting to take him to visit family on Easter. They have one vaccinated dog, among other animals, and are quite ruralish. I'll be asking the vet about this as well, but out of interest, how great is the risk of staying in a confined, but strange, yard compared to the risk of potential disease we could be bringing into our own yard? Would anyone here do it?

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    Lol. My human kids are 9 and 14, so I can't remember what age they were when they had all their vaccinations.

    I didn't keep them locked up at home though, I do remember that. They went everywhere with me, either in the pram or backpack. They didn't die. Yes, I took the risk.

    Life is one big risk, really.

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