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So within the year I will be bringing home a puppy if all goes as planned. However I was wondering how people in apartments deal with the parvo situation.

Since I do live in a pet friendly apartment, the hallways, the elevator and even the yard are all fair game for all dogs. While the building is fairly new, there's no way to know the history of every dog in the building.

So here's my dilemma. Until the puppy has had all of it's shots, do I just carry him? Everywhere? How would I deal with bathroom breaks and socialization?

Any apartment dog owners out there willing to shed some light on the situation?
 

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I dont live in an apartment but I would personally get an older pup with all its shots to make sure you dont have a problem since the parvo parisite can hang around for a very long time after contamination of a surface including outside walkng areas.
 

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While you want to minimize risks until 2-3 weeks after his/her shots, (18 weeks or so?), you can find a small, out-of-the way area outside for potty breaks and stick with that spot. If you want, you can carry him/her, but the exposure from walking to and from potty breaks probably won't be high enough to worry about. You can also ask your vet (when you get your puppy), if they are aware of any Parvo outbreaks in the area.

Keep socializing to healthy, well-behaved dogs that you know and you should be fine.
 

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I agree with 3doglady. For socilization you can have some friend/family over and if you know someone with a fully vaccinated dog that can come over.


I think I need to go to bed - I thought you said Parvo and armpits!!
 

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We live in an apartment and allowed our 10 week old puppy to walk in the halls, elevator and outside on the communal lawn. It's a risk of course but parvo is relatively uncommon in our area. You should talk to your vet about the risk in your area.
 
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