Frequency of CPV infection in vaccinated puppies that attended puppy socialization classes

Meredith E. Stepita, Melissa Bain, Philip H Kass

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Abstract

Socialization is one method of preventing behavior problems in dogs; however, some oppose socialization before 16 wk of age due to the risk of contracting infectious diseases. The objectives of this study were to determine if puppies that attended puppy socialization classes and were vaccinated by a veterinarian at least once were at an increased risk of confirmed canine parvovirus (CPV) infection compared with puppies that did not attend classes and to determine the frequency of suspected CPV infection in puppies vaccinated at least once that attended classes with trainers. Twenty-one clinics in four cities in the United States provided information regarding demographics, vaccination, CPV diagnosis, and class attendance for puppies ≤ 16 wk of age. In addition, 24 trainers in those same cities collected similar information on puppies that attended their classes. In total, 279 puppies attended socialization classes and none were suspected of or diagnosed with CPV infection. Results indicated that vaccinated puppies attending socialization classes were at no greater risk of CPV infection than vaccinated puppies that did not attend those classes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-100
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals

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