Can Unvaccinated Puppies Be Around Vaccinated Dogs?


Generally speaking, there shouldn’t be a problem with having unvaccinated puppies around vaccinated dogs. First, it’s very unlikely for an unvaccinated puppy to pass on something to a vaccinated dog unless the dog’s immunity has significantly declined as a result of not getting a vaccine booster for a long period of time. Depending on the type of vaccine, some will require a booster every year while others may only require a booster once every three years.

It’s also unlikely for a vaccinated dog to pass on something to an unvaccinated puppy as long as the dog is healthy and not showing any signs of disease. It’s important to note, however, that a dog may still pass certain types of diseases despite being vaccinated so you want to be extra careful when there is an unvaccinated puppy in the play group. Regardless of the vaccination status, supervision is critical when you introduce puppies to other dogs as you want to make sure they are being socialized in an appropriate way.

If you are ever in doubt, this would also be a good question to ask your vet as they can offer the best risk assessment based on what age and how healthy your puppy currently is. One of the biggest health threats that most puppy owners are afraid of is the parvovirus. It’s unlikely for a vaccinated dog to pass the parvovirus to an unvaccinated puppy but it is something to be extra cautious of.

Disclaimer: The content on is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.

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