As we move into fall months it is very important to review your Frenchie’s current vaccinations and make sure that he/she is protected. Fall is the time of year where the incidence of infectious disease appears to rise in most geographical areas. This is because as the days become shorter, there is less sunlight and therefore less UV light exposure to help kill the infectious bacteria and some viruses from the environment.
While the diseases in which your veterinarian will vaccinate against can vary greatly depending on your location, it is important to review the core vaccinations that most dogs will receive regardless of location. Going into detail regarding all of the individual infectious diseases that we vaccinate against is an article all by itself, so please review these infectious diseases HYPERLINK “http://www.kingsdale.com/blog_files/dog-cat-vaccinations.htm” here.
The risk of exposure varies and it is certainly worthwhile reviewing the routes of infections so that you can keep your Frenchie’s risk to a minimum. With that being said, the most important routes of infection include the oral and nasal/respiratory routes.
The majority of the important, fatal infectious diseases are environmental and do not require close contact to other dogs. Puddles are certainly worth avoiding as stagnant puddles can harbor numerous infectious bacteria that are harmful and potential fatal to your Frenchie should he/she drink from those puddles. Also, and this may be self explanatory, but it is important to make sure that your Frenchie is not eating feces from other dogs. This is because most infectious diseases can be shed via the feces. Fortunately, Frenchie’s are less likely to be indiscriminate eaters compared to other breeds. In addition, it is also important to limit your Frenchie from digging as infectious organisms are also commonly found within the soil and can pose as a hazard.
In summary, it is very important to keep up with vaccination recommendations made by your veterinarian. He/she knows the infectious diseases that are prevalent in your area and will follow current vaccine manufacturer’s recommendations to help keep you Frenchie healthy. If you take your Frenchie to dog parks for example, make sure that you monitor him/her closely as consuming feces and/or contaminated soil and water can pose a large health risk.
Brad Hinsperger, DVM
Kingsdale Animal Hospital
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