This February, we are honoring Gaston with the title of Pet Of The Month. Gaston is a six-month-old French Bulldog with the fighting spirit of a champion! Shortly after arriving in his new home, Gaston began showing signs of an upper respiratory illness. Diagnostics confirmed our worst fears - he was suffering from distemper. Additionally, his compromised immune system allowed a secondary virus to take hold. While we did not confirm our suspicions by ordering a test that would not change our treatment plan, we were fairly certain it was the “new dog flu”, otherwise known as H3N2.
Thankfully, Gaston had already received some of his puppy shots - including the crucial distemper vaccine. Additionally, there is now a new, and extremely effective vaccine against H3N2. With lots of diligent supportive care from his awesome mom and dad, Gaston is now the picture of perfect health!
It’s important to note that Gaston came from a reputable, licensed breeder who did everything by the book. These viruses are not “puppy mill issues”. Disease does not discriminate. Puppies are not fully protected until their entire series of shots is complete. If you are unsure of your pet’s vaccine status, or if he hasn’t been vaccinated against “the new flu,” call us to find out more.
In the meantime, tell all your friends, Gaston! You’re our Pet of the Month!