French Bulldog Health Issues

A Healthy French Bulldog


French Bulldogs are amazing animals. It’s not surprising they are so popular as pets these days. There are plenty of words to describe French Bulldogs, they are loyal, clever, playful, and have endearing human-like personalities. They are worth their weight in gold for their wonderful companionship. But buying a French Bulldog pup and then finding out that your pup has Common French Bulldog Health Issues that could shorten their lifespan could be an expensive and traumatic experience.

French Bulldog Health Issues can be varied and some are quite serious. It is very important that anyone thinking about buying a French Bulldog be aware of these health issues and know what to look out for, so as to avoid making an expensive mistake.

Firstly, as with any purchase, you need to research and be aware of the many different French Bulldog health issues that can be present in the breed. This will enable you to ask the right questions to the breeders, to ensure that neither the pup you are interested in, nor its parents, have any significant health problems.

It is better to prepare yourself this way as French Bulldogs, though quite adorable, are very expensive and it is easy to get swept away by one without first ensuring that it is healthy. In the event that your French Bulldog does fall ill, or even die, the cost could be very dear, both in money and emotion.

It is advisable to only go to breeders with a good reputation and who test the health of their French Bulldog puppies. This is something that all breeders should do. The breeder should be aware that all types of French Bulldog health Issues can develop and it is vitally important that tests are done, for the sake of the animals and buyers, as well as the breeders own reputation.

Remember, their awards and certificates can be faked, they might only allow you to see their healthy dogs, but sooner or later, a puppy can fall ill, and that is something you want to avoid.

Ensure that you receive a warranty for your French Bulldog. This should ascertain that your French Bulldog is healthy, and if it should fall ill within the time stated on the warranty, you will then be provided with a replacement dog of your choosing, or a refund.

There is never any guarantee that your French Bulldog will never develop any health problems, but at least you will have taken all precautions possible to try and avoid this happening.

Another cause for concern that could become a health issue is that the Frenchie’s ears are great big dust catchers that need to be cleaned and examined weekly.

Example of Bat Ears

When washing your Frenchie be careful not to get water and shampoo down the ear canal. Wet ears are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and yeast causing ear infections. A gentle wipe out with a soft cloth, or if there is evidence of dirt and grime in the ear a spray with ear cleanser should be used.

Ear infections occur frequently in all dogs, not just Frenchie’s, because of the way their ears are designed. The horizontal and vertical components of a dog’s ear make it difficult for particles of dirt and water to escape.

Your vet will have a good ear cleanser that will dissolve the dirt and wax deep inside the ear. Easily applied by spraying liberally into the ear, then massaging the cartilage in the front of the ear for around one minute. This will encourage the cleanser to go deep into the ear canal and dislodge the debris.

You will hear a squelching sound if you are doing it properly. After the massage your Frenchie will shake the cleanser with the dissolved debris out of the ear and you can dry the ear canal with a dry soft cloth.

Some signs of ear infection to watch out for are:
* Your Frenchie is constantly and excessively shaking its’ head.
* There is yellow to brown discharge in your dog’s ears.
* Your dog’s ears have a yeast-like smell.
* There is redness and swelling on your Frenchie’s infected ear.
* Your dog is scratching at its ear/s constantly.

Regardless of how much you take care of your Frenchie’s well-being, they are likely to have an ear infection at some stage of their life. If you have been cleaning your Frenchie’s ears regularly and you notice any changes such as the above symptoms take your Frenchie to the vet for an examination and treatment asap.

Your Frenchie’s vet will prescribe the appropriate treatment based on what has caused your dog’s ear to become infected.

French Bulldogs are known to suffer from a host of different eye problems found in most other kinds of bulldog. The French Bulldog can often suffer from an everted third eye lid, or what is commonly called a cherry eye in dogs.

Other eye diseases that French Bulldogs may suffer from are corneal ulcers, juvenile cataracts, glaucoma and retinal fold dysplasia.

It is very important for French Bulldog owners to clean the folds of skin underneath the eyes and to make sure that this area is dry, so as to avoid their dog contracting any infection.

Preventing illnesses in French Bulldogs is easier if you are aware of the causes of the illness. The best solution is to visit a vet, but this can be expensive and some illnesses are very easy to treat yourself at home.

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For example, illnesses that are caused by allergic reactions. French Bulldog allergies should not always be easily dismissed. There are some that can be very severe and can even result in the death of your French Bulldog.

The best way to prevent this happening, is to know what allergies may affect your dog and whether a trip to the vet is necessary. French Bulldog allergies are more common in dogs that are small in size.

Pale or light skinned dogs and dogs that are small in size are more likely than most to contract an allergy. Fully grown French Bulldogs fit into this category, and puppies are even more susceptible.

French Bulldog allergies can result from two main categories, the environment and food. If you don’t know which of these is causing the allergy it will be very difficult to treat.

Being short-legged and close to the ground, French Bulldogs are more easily prone to allergic reactions from irritants such as pollen and grass. Because their fur is short and thin, these irritants have easy access to their skin, where they can penetrate more fully. The more they are exposed to these elements, the more likely they are to be affected and irritated.

If your French Bulldog is constantly trying to scratch its face and body against any rough surface such as the carpet, there is a good chance that it has an allergy caused by the environment, also known as atopic dermatitis, in which case “atopic dermatitis treatments” will probably be administered by your vet.

Other symptoms of this are constant chewing of their legs, feet and the pads on their feet. This is because they are constantly feeling itchy and irritated and are trying to scratch and relieve the itch. To help relieve your French Bulldog you need to wipe down the affected area with a cool, damp cloth. Repeated wiping and the roughness of the cloth will help to soothe the itchy area of skin on your dog.

Another common French Bulldog allergy problem is recurring ear infections. A French Bulldog has bat-like ears, and they can get blocked with obstructions such as dirt and other irritants, as mentioned earlier.

Consulting a vet would be advisable in this case, to determine the cause of the infection. If it is an allergy problem, the vet will probably suggest a rinse or wash solution for the ear which will be easily obtainable from a pet shop.

Do not hesitate to consult your vet if symptoms continue. Home remedies should not be the only solution for your French Bulldog allergies.

Another French Bulldog health issue is fleas. Dog fleas can be a huge headache for dog owners. Although it is nearly impossible to avoid fleas completely, with the correct procedures they can be dealt with successfully and this problem greatly reduced.

It is far better to try and prevent fleas from happening rather than waiting for fleas to develop fully. They will be easier to cope with this way, and will also prevent your French Bulldog from suffering through the complexities and consequences of this infestation. The best thing to do initially is to let your vet look at your dog. French Bulldogs tend to be more allergic and have more health problems than other dogs.

While many home cures do work, speaking to your vet first is the best option to prevent the problem from worsening. Depending on how bad the situation is, your vet will probably prescribe medicine of some sort, an ointment or spray, with instructions on how to apply. Ensure that you follow all instructions correctly and very soon you will be rid of the fleas.

Once the flea problem has been successfully dealt with, you need to look at all the places on your property that your French Bulldog haunts. If your French Bulldog has fleas, rest assured he will deposit them in all his favourite places, like your furniture, especially couches, chairs, beds and carpets.

This could become uncomfortable for the human occupants of the house. You will need to make sure you disinfect everything to prevent the fleas returning. Vacuum your carpets and floors, as well as couches and chairs, thoroughly. Take your clothes to the cleaners or wash them well with hot water. If the problem is very serious, you might need to call in professionals to clean and rid your home of possible eggs or flea larvae.

As the owner of a French Bulldog, you are responsible for the safety, comfort and well-being of your pet. It might sound like a lot of hard work, but a French Bulldog is well worth the effort. Certain French Bulldog health issues can also be due to their body type and build. Even though French Bulldogs are considered to be one of the most healthy types of bulldog, the following are some diseases particular to this type of dog.

Von Willebrand’s Disease
Just as humans suffer from haemophilia, French Bulldogs also suffer from this bleeding disorder. This disease prevents blood from clotting which naturally can lead to difficulties.
In addition, they can develop a thyroid condition. People who breed French Bulldogs and some vets have come up with a program to test the dogs when they are young in order to find out if they have this particular disease.

Brachycephalic Syndrome
This disease can result in a soft or cleft palate in the French Bulldog. Most vets find it almost impossible to fix this problem. This can result in Pups who are born with Brachycephalic Syndrome being euthanized. French Bulldogs born with this extended and soft palate usually suffer from breathing problems and fainting after strenuous exercise.

This disease covers various different deformities and irregularities in the oesophagus. Serious problems would be the regurgitating of food or mucus after eating or exercising, thus known as passive regurgitation. This most often leads to aspiration pneumonia. A blocked or pressed airway can prevent the dog from expelling heat from its body and although harmless in other dogs, can cause death to a French Bulldog. These are some of the many varied health problems that all French Bulldog owners should be aware of.

There are other problems as well
Such as back or spinal disease, which are known as chondrodysplasia, skin allergies and cysts. It is not unheard of for French Bulldogs to require an operation when giving birth.

It is always a good idea to inquire from your vet the best way to fully comprehend what is wrong with your French Bulldog. This will enable you to deal with their particular health issue correctly and effectively.

French Bulldogs are susceptible to joint diseases, spinal disorders, heart defects and eye issues. Dams often have to deliver pups by caesarean section, as pups have relatively large heads.

They often have respiratory issues. They tend to wheeze and snore and have trouble in hot weather. They are prone to heatstroke. An overweight Frenchie might have trouble breathing because of a swollen abdomen.

It is important not to overfeed this breed. Putting them under anaesthesia is risky as a result of of their breathing problems.

French Bulldogs are high maintenance and potential owners need to be aware that their vet bills might be high. Take this into consideration before choosing a Frenchie puppy.

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Training A French Bulldog

Many French Bulldog owners will say that French Bulldogs are thought to be one of the best types of dog to have as a pet. First known as Boule-Dog Francais, with their intelligence, small, compact, though surprisingly solid bodies, the French Bulldog is a wonderful watchdog and companion. Some of them might have aggressive tendencies, which is why, like all dogs, training a French Bulldog is very important. French Bulldog training will require many repetitions and loving patience as our little friends are extremely stubborn.

When training a French Bulldog or any dog, for that matter, it is advisable to acquaint yourself with their behavioural traits. Although very intelligent, French Bulldogs have short attention spans.

You will need plenty of patience. French Bulldogs also like to have your attention all the time. They can be aggressive in a playful way, and if this is the case with your French Bulldog, you need to teach discipline to your dog before you allow them to be around small children.

If they want you to play with them and you do not give them the attention they desire, they can become aggressive. They can be very sweet-natured and will do tricks to get your attention.

Your method of French Bulldog training should be based on their particular characteristics so that you will know which areas need extra work. This way you will not be wasting your time trying to teach them unnecessary things.

Laser target training will allow you to enjoy the training session with your French Bulldog. This will give you a well taught and disciplined dog, as well as allowing time for the two of you to bond.

French Bulldogs can become stubborn and independent if they feel you are trying to teach them something that is unnecessary.

Be firm and assertive in your training, but do not yell at them or hit them. If they do not obey, be very firm in your commands. Show them that you are in charge and use a loud, firm voice, don’t scream at them or get angry, this will confuse the dog.

Your commands must be logical and similar all the time. When showing praise or disappointment, use the same command all the time.

Reward obedience with a treat to show you are pleased with them. Keep the training time short. French Bulldogs have short attention spans and also cannot exert or overwork themselves and get too hot.

Lastly, be patient. French Bulldogs may be clever and intelligent, but they are just dogs. It will take a while before they are fully trained enough to understand your instructions.

Your French Bulldog can embarrass you by behaving unacceptably at the wrong times. This can happen when in the presence of other dogs or people. Picture the scene – you and your French bulldog are strolling through the park; suddenly he pulls the leash out of your hand, runs away, won’t respond to your call, chases other dogs or worse, people, maybe even biting them. This could become a serious problem if your French bulldog does not receive the proper training to teach him how to behave, socialize and when to be aggressive.

Fortunately, French bulldog training is fairly easy. Easier than other dogs, that is, but still not a cakewalk. French Bulldogs are still only dogs, and training will take time, but because they tend to be more sociable compared to other dogs, training them will not be too difficult.

Socializing begins at home. Start your French Bulldog training slowly and in the comfort of his or her own home. If you have a new pup, give him some time to adjust to his surroundings and his new family.

When you have visitors, give your bulldog some space and don’t crowd him, this could be overwhelming and cause him to react aggressively. When you can judge that your French bulldog is used to having strangers around him, give him the opportunity to be around other dogs.

Ask your friends to bring their dogs to your home. When your French bulldog is used to having strange dogs around in his familiar surroundings, you can allow him to visit different places.

It is important to always walk your bulldog with a leash. Keep a firm hold on the leash. Take him to less crowded places first, gradually visiting more and more populated areas as he becomes used to people.

Walking him on a busy street could be traumatic and might make him shy away from social occasions. A quiet park is best.

It is also important that your French bulldog pup has been vaccinated, as they are easily susceptible to allergies and other health problems that they might pick up from other dogs.

Get into the habit of carrying treats with you to reward your French bulldog for good behaviour. If he barks or becomes aggressive, reprimand him firmly, but do not shout or hit him.

He will eventually get into a socializing routine as French bulldogs are naturally friendly.

Don’t forget! French bulldogs become easily overheated, so don’t expose them to too much sun.

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Are French Bulldog Puppies Dangerous?


Children love French Bulldog puppies…

But small dogs grow into big dogs and they reach this state faster than children do. Therefore, a dog can become larger than a child and this can result in problems. As French Bulldogs are small in stature you won’t have this problem. They remain small even as adults.

If you have a male and a female French Bulldog

they probably won’t reproduce because their structure makes it very difficult for them to do so. It is for this reason that the majority of French Bulldogs are artificially inseminated and to make matters worse, they normally have to be delivered by a veterinary surgeon by caesarean-section.

So if you want a baby French bulldog…

remember that the pedigree French Bulldog puppy is generally made to order, at a price. It seems that the baby blue French Bulldog is much in demand at present. It is for this reason that baby blue French Bulldog puppies will be placed in many adverts online and offline. You will, of course, also find a French Bulldog puppy in various colours available from the same sources.

A French Bulldog’s litter is not normally larger than 3 or 4 puppies…

Now, because many dog breeders find it difficult to breed French Bulldogs they are expensive and not very plentiful. So it is unlikely that French Bulldog owners will be inundated with the puppies from these playful dogs in their homes if they have a French Bulldog adult male and female pair.

One of the problems with a smaller house…

that has a lot of people living in it is, the house can become quite warm. If you live in a constantly warm climate, this will probably result in health problems for your French Bulldog.

They are more suited to cooler climates…

and need to be kept as cool as possible all the time. If they remain too long in warm conditions, your French Bulldog could develop heatstroke, respiratory problems and skin diseases.

Apart from all this, raising a French Bulldog is fairly easy…

Even your children could do it!

To maintain your French Bulldog’s health… and good looks

you should make sure they are always clean and well brushed. A French Bulldog’s coat is short and shiny, as well as thin, and they don’t shed a lot of hair. Brushing them regularly will help to keep their coats glossy and clean and will prevent the fur from being tangled.

As with all dogs, you should brush their teeth at least twice a week…

using special toothpaste and toothbrush for dogs, also check and clip their toenails and take them to the vet regularly for an examination.

As was said in the beginning, French Bulldogs don’t grow very big…

Their full height is usually about 12 inches and they are not very heavy. They shouldn’t weigh more than 19 to 22 pounds for the small dog and 23 to 28 pounds for the larger.

And there you have it…

A French Bulldog is the perfect family dog. He will be your friend, companion, watchdog and an all-round member of your family.


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