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Puppy not allowed to have second set of jabs - can we get around this?

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AtrociousCircumstance Tue 24-Mar-20 21:12:47

Hi, any vets out there who can help?

Our puppy was due to have his second set of jabs this week and we were desperate to take him for a walk and let him explore the garden. But now the vets are only doing emergency appointments and it seems there is no way he can have them.

If we got him a muzzle and some dog shoes, and kept him away from other dogs, would that enable us to take him for short walks? We intend to section off the paved area in the garden and clean it so he can stretch his legs.

I know this is nothing in the greater scheme of things, and we are so lucky if this is our only problem, but it has made us a bit sad for him. Poor little pup.

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sausagefingersH Tue 24-Mar-20 21:30:00

Surely they should class jabs as essential care? He can't not have exercise and to have that he needs the vaccination protection. Surely ?!

Wolfiefan Tue 24-Mar-20 21:34:03

No. A muzzle would likely only distress him. And I doubt he would fancy wearing shoes.
Surely he can go out in your garden?

MyDucksArentInARow Tue 24-Mar-20 21:35:18

Puppy jabs are essential care according to our local vets

Clymene Tue 24-Mar-20 21:35:24

You can let him use the garden. It's only disease from other dogs that he's at risk of. If he's young, you can only take him out for a few minutes anyway

fluffdeloop Tue 24-Mar-20 21:36:27

all vets round me have said jabs count as essential - is there another vets you can call?

JudgeRindersMinder Tue 24-Mar-20 21:36:33

Ffs why do people keep trying to get round things?? The dog doesn’t know any different! Just let him out in the garden for God’s sake

Mamato2gorgeousboys Tue 24-Mar-20 21:38:47

Call another vet as my vet also classes puppy and kitten jabs as essential (but not yearly boosters).

nearlyfinished1moreyear Tue 24-Mar-20 21:41:15

Were in the same boat, my girl due KC next week then last jags 2 weeks after that. Luckily our vet is still going ahead with this. They've put measures in place whereby only one person brings in their pet and the vet takes them through for the procedure. They've also spaced out appointments with clients. I would try and speak with your vet or like others have suggested phone around other clinics.

AtrociousCircumstance Tue 24-Mar-20 22:12:51

The garden can be a problem too from what I have been told. We get a lot of foxes.

We have phoned about five clinics and they all say the same thing.

Are those who are saying their vets are allowing it in the UK? Maybe I will try a few more clinics!

I think it's essential care too. Thanks to everyone who has been helpful!

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maneandfeathers Wed 25-Mar-20 07:59:35

I’m sorry but my practice has cancelled all vaccinations too. Human health comes first, the first of corona is far far greater than a dog getting lepto or parvo and if all of our staff get sick who will deal with emergencies.

Your garden should be relatively safe especially if the bitch was vaccinated as he may still have some maternal antibodies depending on the age of the pup. All of my puppies have been in the garden from day one. How have you been toilet training if your puppy hasn’t been outside confused

There’s also no reason you can’t carry the puppy out for the time being. Some people use prams for large breeds just to get them to see bits of the world.

stophuggingme Wed 25-Mar-20 08:03:34

Puppy and kitten jabs are urgent care at my vets too.
Boosters are not
I’m so relieved that I got my dog’s boosters done two weeks ago, but think if this continues beyond three weeks Booster vaccinations should be reviewed.
One of my three cats has to wait for her boosters.

Veronicat Wed 25-Mar-20 08:04:13

We are doing puppy and kitten vaccinations but not boosters as they are essential. We are in Scotland.

ThisGirlCannotBeArsed Wed 25-Mar-20 09:07:56

Our practice is doing puppy jabs. We are also due her second in a week. The vets day we drive her to the door, call them, someone will come outside to get her, get her jabbed and wormer sorted out, and then back to the car.

We’ve also got the Savannah in this morning for an eye infection so assume they are doing the same for all appointments but who knows. The only appointment we have had cancelled was a check up for our older cat who has IBD but they’re providing another month of her medication today instead.

nearlyfinished1moreyear Wed 25-Mar-20 09:12:59

I'm in Scotland aswell.

AtrociousCircumstance Wed 25-Mar-20 12:11:39

Have phoned around more places, no joy.

Re toilet training we’ve cleaned and hosed a small paved area in our garden but he’s longing to explore the rest.

We are already carrying him around but he’s desperate to get out!

Ah well, we can wait. Stay well everyone ❤️

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Louise24902 Wed 25-Mar-20 12:31:53

The vets in my work have said that they're not essential, however puppies are allowed out in your own garden from day one so I would let him explore there for the time being until he's able to walk on the lead. Our youngest is 3 months now and he loved the garden but hated going out walks on the lead!

Lara53 Wed 25-Mar-20 13:49:42

My pup is 8 weeks and going for jabs tomorrow. Could it be that all the vets in your area have made this policy?

mrsjoyfulprizeforraffiawork Wed 25-Mar-20 14:44:32

My vets in North East London are still open and offering all usual services including jabs. They have shortened their hours and, from today, you have to book appointment then, when you attend, wait outside the building and 'phone them so vet comes out to collect dog and brings them back afterwards and calls you with their thoughts/recommendations. You can pay by card (presumably by 'phone since you aren't allowed into reception). It must depend on the area you live in, I think.

AtrociousCircumstance Wed 25-Mar-20 16:02:53

This seems crazy. Every vet I’ve called has said the Royal College of Vets has instructed every vet to stop doing them. This has only changed two days ago...but it seems some are still going ahead. Very confusing.

Have even called a couple in other places, not just out town.

It’s frustrating, but we will let him use a bigger bit of the garden and try to remove the fox poo etc.

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Wolfiefan Wed 25-Mar-20 16:05:17

Mobile vets?

AtrociousCircumstance Wed 25-Mar-20 17:12:25

Hmm will have a look!

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maneandfeathers Wed 25-Mar-20 18:05:03

The most updated advice from the governing bodies is that due to people isolating there is minimal risk to puppies as they should be at home/in the garden. If the puppy is from a Vaccinated bitch and the other dogs in the household are also vaccinated the chance of the puppy becoming ill is small, much smaller than the risk of you getting corona getting yourself to the practice.
The risk of corona to humans leaving the home to go to the vet against government advice and also the staff coming into contact with the dog and owner who all can potentially bring the virus with them is not worth it.

Our practice (referral) is seeing as few animals and people as possible to protect the staff and rightly so IMO.

Iw24wImI Wed 25-Mar-20 18:30:56

Our pupy is 10 weeks and we are in exactly the same position.

It's really disappointing but instead of dwelling we can do some preliminary training, some garden time each day, showing him our cars and bikes. The only thing he wont be getting used to is other dogs but we will have to work on that when we can.

He has had both DHP jabs but only the first Lepto and we need that 😔

SQuueze Thu 26-Mar-20 05:02:53

I think you’ll have to open up the garden more. Ours has been paddling round the whole garden since day one.

Take him out in the car, carry him on your exercise walk in the day. Download apps for dogs to introduce new sounds.

Get him used to the hoover, the tv, hsidryers.

And keep emailing vets. You might find one.

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