The vaccines your dog needs before going to a dog park

Published: Apr. 23, 2018 at 8:24 AM EDT
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Off-leash dog parks are great resources for exercising, stimulating and socializing dogs.

The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley said there are things oyu need to know in order to protect your pet from disease.

A puppy should not be brought to a dog park until they're at least 17 weeks old and have had all their rounds of vaccines. The core vaccinatable dog diseases include Parvo, distemper, adenovirus, and rabies. If you’re regular park visitors, vaccinating for Bordetella – also known as kennel cough – might also be a good idea. Experts at the shelter say to ask your veterinarian for their recommendation. At a minimum, all dogs should be fully vaccinated against these diseases before going to a dog park.

" It’s good to be on the safe side and wait an additional week (hence, the 17–week minimum) after the puppy shot series is complete before visiting the dog park. This extra week will give your pup’s immune system enough time to fully respond to the last shots in their series of vaccinations."

Also remember that dogs playing together can also pass fleas & tickets, so don't forget flea prevention.

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