What should I do when my Frenchie has diarrhea?

What should I do when my Frenchie has diarrhea?

I see this posted all of the time in Frenchie Facebook groups, ” What should I do when my Frenchie has diarrhea? This is a great question as your little French Fry will likely experience this at least once in their life. It can be frustrating and worrisome as to much fluids enters their GI tract for whatever reasons, interfering with the GI tract, and even causing malabsorption issues and dehydration. I understand. Last month we had a round of diarrhea going through the Frenchie clan. They had squirts on the walls,  floor, and covered their blankets in it as well. My full time job at that time was cleaner and detective. This will likely be your role as well until you get it cleared up. 

Let’s go over some common reasons why your French Bulldog has diarrhea. Some are acute (sudden) and some are chronic (persists). 

  1. A sudden change in diet. I had switched their food so I thought maybe this could be it. 
  2. Getting into the garbage. 
  3. Parasites. This is often the culprit especially in pups as they are unfortunately often a part of puppyhood. Giardia and coccidia are often offenders. Your vet will need to run a fecal test to determine if there are parasites. If so, prescribe the proper medication which your number one job is to give your pup every single dose whether he likes it or not. 
  4. Eating a foreign object such as a sock or toy. If this happened, other signs may include vomiting, abdominal tenderness, or lack of appetite. This is something your vet will need to help you diagnose and may even need surgical removal. If you see your Frenchie  swallow something he shouldn’t, act immediately. Check out this blog article: What to do when your Frenchie eats a sock or something like it. 
  5. Eating toxic foods for dogs like chocolate or poisonous plants like poinsettias. In small amounts, it may pass. If your Frenchies acts odd or just to be safe you can contact a vet or poison control: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435. A consultation fee may apply.
  6. Allergic reactions. If your Frenchie has allergies, his body can be trying to flush it out of his system. If you notice your Frenchie is constantly licking/chewing his paws, scratching, and/or moist/scabbed skin this may be the culprit and will likely require an elimination diet to find the source .
  7. Medication side effect. Did your Frenchie just start a new medication? If so, check out if this is a common side effect via your vet or pharmacy. 
  8. Irritable bowel disease. If your Frenchie is also experiencing weight loss, this could be the case. Your little Frenchie will need to see the vet to be diagnosed. 
  9. Kidney or liver disease. If your little one has diarrhea with a hunched over position, weight loss, not wanting to move, vomiting, blood in urine, increase/decrease in urine, or lack of appetite this could be a sign of kidney or liver issues and you need to see the vet. 

What to do when your Frenchie has diarrhea. 

Ask yourself these questions,

  1. Is he playing and acting normal?  If not, it’s definitley a sign to call the vet. Do take your dog to the veterinarian as soon as possible if at any time your dog shows any of these symptoms: bloat, lethargy, fever, large amount of blood in the stool, frequent liquid diarrhea, vomiting, can’t keep food or water down, at risk of dehydration, or showing any other unusual symptoms that worry youDid he recently have a change in dogfood? 
  2. Did he eat something such as toxic food or plant? 
  3. Did he swallow something he shouldn’t have? 
  4. Is it accompanied with weight loss? 
  5. Does he have allergy symptoms like licking/chewing his paws, scratching, and/or moist/scabbed skin? 

Call your vet or join Pawp.com to access vet 24/7. I love Pawp.com and use them myself. You can have up to 6 pets on an account and receive up to $3000 one time coverage for a true emergency that is approved by them. Only $19/month.  I love them and consult with them often. They can tell you what your next step should be and are an amazing source when you cannot get ahold of your vet. 

Here’s what I did to get tootise roll poops coming out of the booties of all my Frenchies. 

  1. Fasted for 12 hours. Gave a bland diet for 24-48hours. Some sources say to fast them for 12 hours some do not. Puppies should not be fasted. Basically they fasted overnight and then began the bland diet in the morning. 
  2. Made sure they had plenty of water to prevent dehydration. After fasting, gave a few licks of water at first and  slowly introduced water back into the system. 
  3. Gave probiotics and digestive enzymes twice daily.  I love these digestive enzymes that have probiotics in them.
  4. Made a 1:1:1 mixture of L-glutamine, FOS (fructo-oligosaccharide), and Slippery Elm. 1 tsp twice daily sprinkled in food to help ease the intestinal lining. You can order these on Amazon (affiliate links). L-glutamine, Slippery Elm, FOS.
  5. Fecal exam by vet: Positive for coccidia. Gave albon as prescribed by vet.
  6. Switched to homemade raw dog food fed twice daily. 

Please remember your Frenchie’s diarrhea treatment plan may differ depending on the situation. You are the detective to help guide yourself to a solution. You can use Pawp.com or your own vet to help you. 

What to do when my Frenchie swallows a sock or something like it?

What to do when my Frenchie swallows a sock or something like it?

What to do when my Frenchie swallows a sock or something like it?  You may or may not be asking this but I can guarantee you will want to know this information just in case. I have found in my 20+ years experience with Frenchies that they are snackers. They love to put everything in their mouth like toddlers and some even like to swallow these items. 

Last weekend I was watching a movie with the boys with the Frenchies all around us. My boys decided to take off their socks which the Frenchies love the smell of dirty feet so they were instantly drawn to these delicious “treats”. I am so used to the Frenchies chewing on the socks because in my household 5 & 6 year old boys are not concerned with placing them in the hamper after removal. Bubbles, a 6 month old, particularly loves her “toys” she finds. I thought it was just so cute how much she loved her treasure and I was willing to throw away the sock so she could enjoy her time chewing on it. She moved to the other end of the room near the doggie door and continued chewing away. I happened to look at her and see the yellow sock partially hanging out of her mouth.  Then I saw her take a big gulp and the sock disappeared. I couldn’t believe it. She swallowed the whole sock.

Options of what to do when a Frenchie swallows a sock.

I placed her in her bedtime crate and picked up my trusty iPhone so I could consult with Dr. Google. I had two options. One let it pass through which could take 24-36 hours and the sock was huge. I didn’t think that was a good option as it would likely get stuck and need surgery. The second option was have her vomit it up. As it had only been a few minutes and likely still in her stomach, I chose this route. Back to Dr. Google and I found a great source for dosing hydrogen peroxide. They say to give them 0.5-1ml per pound of body weight and to start initially with 0.5ml/pound and see what happens. If you give too much then they may not be able to stop from vomitting. So be careful with dosing.

As she is a puppy and growing, I did not know her current weight. So I stepped on the scale, got my weight, stepped on the scaled with her, and then subtracted the difference. She was 17lbs. I chose to give 15mls (equivalent to about 1 tablespoon) and place her back in her crate. I then went back to Dr. Google and found it would take about 15 minutes or less if it worked. I watched her for a few minutes and noticed she was burping. I left her for a few minutes. Came back and there was the sock. Naughty Bubbles. The size of the sock in proportion to her blows my mind and she is now known as my little python. If I wouldn’t have seen her gulp it down, she would have been in trouble and could have died from it being wrapped up in her intestines. 

What to do when my Frenchie swallows a sock or something like it? 

  1. I have to give the disclaimer to always contact your vet. But guess what, they don’t always answer. If your Frenchies are anything like my Bubbles, they do these things on a Friday night. I do highly recommend joining pawp.com. You get 24 hour access to vets who will answer your questions in situations like this. The nice thing is you can have up to 6 pets on the account and $3000 for one emergency vet per year all for the price of $19/month. I love them and was waiting to have a vet join but I felt pretty confident in my plan of action. I’m a pharmacist but when my babies, two and four legged, have an issue I sometimes lose my brain and it’s nice to have another professional guide me on the best course of action. Check into it and be prepared for your next Frenchie emergency. 
  2. If you catch it within a few hours of swallowing, give them hydrogen peroxide 0.5ml-1.0ml per pound of body weight. Remember 15ml is about 1 tablespoon. Don’t know your Frenchies weight? Step on a scale with and without him and then subtract the difference.  Your Frenchie will usually vomit the item up within 15 minutes or less. 

Once a sock swallower. Always a sock swallower. Make sure to communicate with each person in the household to keep objects like socks away from the Frenchies. I had to go out and scour the backyard looking for socks as my boys like to take them off before jumping on the trampoline. Always double check their toys and throw them out if they have fluffing coming out of them, rope toys coming untied, or just appear like they could be a potential hazard for swallowing. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Replace them with new toys. Here’s some our Frenchies love. 

Yes, Frenchies can throw all kinds of obstacles at us that we must solve…like swallowing socks, but they are worth every moment as they bring so much joy to our lives. Just remember, it’s always better to be proactive than reactive. Keep things away from them that they can swallow and have hydrogen peroxide on hand. You can order here on Amazon if you don’t have any on hand (affiliate link).

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Do French Bulldogs shed?

Do French Bulldogs shed?

Do French Bulldogs shed? I have received this questions numerous times. Yes, they do shed but typically not as much as other shedding dogs. There are dogs who are hypoallergenic that have more human like hair and tend to not shed like bichons, poodles, etc… We’ve all seen the opposite end of the spectrum with dogs who shed piles of hair everywhere. Frenchies are short haired and single coated and I would say that you won’t find as much hair around the home as those other breeds. 

We also find that cream Frenchies usually have the thickest and shed more. The lilacs tend to have a smoother coat and shed less. All of the other colors tend to be in between. Remember this is a basic trend we’ve seen and may not always be the case. Yes French Bulldogs shed some but really are about as good as it gets for minimal shedding for a dog who has fur.

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How to Keep Your French Bulldog Safe!

How to Keep Your French Bulldog Safe!

A big question everyone is now asking is how to do I keep my French Bulldog safe? No one wants to have their very own Frenchie baby lost or taken from them. Here is a list of everything we recommend and use ourselves to keep your Frenchies safe and sound from escaping, theft, and other dogs.  

Have a collar with identification on your Frenchie.  

One of the easiest ways to keep your French Bulldog safe is to have identification on the collar or tag. If he escapes someone can easily call you and you’ll be reunited with your baby. You can add a dog collar tag to the collar or purchase a collar with the information engraved on the collar or buckle. The information you can include can be name, phone number(s), and address.  

Register your Frenchies microchip.  

We typically use AKC microhips and will give you the information to register the chip. If your Frenchie escapes or is stolen and someone scans your Frenchies microhip you can be reunited. The microchip is connected with your information. For this to happen it is essential that you register the microchip and keep your contact information up to date.  You can do this when registering your puppy with AKC or complete the AKC reunite form we provide you at pickup. Please do this simple step ASAP. I can’t tell you how many calls we’ve received in panic because their Frenchie escaped and they never registered the microchip number and can’t even find the information to do so.  Always remember to double check the microhcip number we provide you at the vet’s office. Human error is always a possibility.  

Keep your French Bulldog safe with a FitBark GPS system.

We love the FitBark GPS system where you will get Wifi safe zone alerts when your pup enters or leaves one of your designated safe areas. If lost, you can quickly tack your Frenchie anywhere in the U.S. with 1-minute location updates until reunited with your baby.  

Walk with a Taser and Pepper Spray 

I live out in the country walking on dirt roads where dogs are often left to roam. They come running up to my Frenchies which want to protect their momma. Of course Frenchies cannot properly defend themselves as their little snout usually can never sink their teeth in their target. Dogs are even more sensitive to pepper spray than humans. I carry a taser to protect against humans and a pepper spray to protect against other dogs. I used to just carry a taser but I was made aware that dogs are quick targets that are difficult to taser.  In case ever needed (hopefully not), I will use pepper spray to protect the little Frenchies.  

Set up a security system  

Consider setting up a security system for your backyard to warn you if someone/something comes over the fence or through a gate that’s not a dog.  

Add locks to gates 

Most of the time we hear Frenchies escaped because someone in the household didn’t secure the gate. Consider adding a lock and minimizing the amount of usage for the gate.  

Other good practices to keep your French Bulldog safe:

  • Keep tight lipped about your Frenchie and where you live.  
  • Never discuss how much you paid for your Frenchie.  
  • Reconsider that Frenchie Instagram account you were planning on creating.  
  • Do not leave your Frenchie alone outside.  
  • Do not leave your Frenchie alone in the car.  
  • Make sure your doors and windows are locked in your home.  
  • Set your alarm every time you leave.  
  • Double check your fences before placing your Frenchie can escape.  

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Popular French Bulldog Names

Popular French Bulldog Names

When you are anxiously waiting for your French Bulldog to join you, you may be thinking about French Bulldog names. We realize we have named your puppy but you may or may not keep that name. We find about 1/3 of new owners keep the original name and the others change it. We do name puppies in a way that matches their look and personality. Below is a list of names in alphabetical order and also lists based off of the puppies coloring.

A – Aster, Adore, Archie, Ariel, Angus, Ace, Aqua, Arya, Avalon, Axel, Angel, Alpha

B – Biscuit, Baby, Buttercup, Bon Bon, Barker, Belle, Bean, Blossom, Buddy, Bear, Bandit, Bruno, Beau, Berry, Blondie, Blush, Blizzard, Buddha, Bianca

C – Charm, Crumpet, Champ, Cuddles, Copper, Coco, Chico, Cherry, Clementine, Cinnamon, Cinderella Calla, Cupcake, Clyde, Caruso, Cookie, Chica, Cracker Jack

D – Duke, Darling, DaVinci, Dot, Dexter, Diva, Drifter, Dodger, Diamond, Dior, Daffy, Dahlia, Demi, Duchess, Dori

E – Echo, Elmo, Eggo, Emerald, Eloise, Eager, Ebony, Elvis

F – French Fry, Felicity, Finn, Fuchsia, Fluffernutter, Fifi, Freesia, Foxy, Fidget, Fletcher, Falcon, Fievel, Fargo, Fabian

G – Guapo, Gus, Gumbo, Gizmo, Goldie, Ginny, Giselle, Ginger, Gabin, Giovanni

H – Honey, Harley, Hank, Hazel, Holly, Harmony, Hamilton, Helix, Hoagie

I – Iris, Ivory, Itsy, Indigo, Imagine, Indy

J – Joy, Jingle, Jax, Jasper, June, Jade, Jules, Juicy, Jimbo

K – King, Kitty, Kobe, Kingsley, Konan

L – Louie, Lady Bug, Leo, Lucky, Loki, Lacey, Licorice, Luna

M – Meatball, Myrtle, Mosby, Mojo, Milo, Murphy, Moose, Marley, Maverick, Mocha, Mary Puppins, Maybelline, Maisey, Muffin, Mateo, Minnie

N – Nova, Nugget, Nana, Ninja, Nala, Nacho

O – Oreo, Otis, Olive, Ollie, Oasis, Oscar, Opal, Ophelia, Othello, Oceana, Orca

P – Pace, Pixy, Pork Chop, Petal, Poppy, Peggy Sue, Penny, Pac Man, Prince, Peanut, Pearl, Pastel, Peach, Piglet, Penelope, Portia, Pebbles, Pogo

Q – Quill, Queeny, Quasimodo, Quincy, Quade, Quinn

R – Rambo, Rocky, Romeo, Rainbow, Rosey, Roscoe, Reagan, Roselynn

S – Snapple, Spud, Skipper, Sassy, Sugar, Shadow, Simba, Sunny, Sage, Shrimp, Sissy, Snickers, Scotch

T – Trace, Tobascoe, Treasure, Teddy, Toby, Tank, Teeny, Titan, Tator-Tot, Tornado

U – Uno, Urban, Underdog, Uncle, Ulysses, Unique

V – Valiente, Virgina Woof, Vance, Vaughn, Valentino, Victor, Vera, Violet

W – Winston, Willow, Walnut, Wilma, Wallace, Wren, Wyatt

X, Y, Z – Xerxes, Xena, Yahoo, Yani, Yvette, Zuma, Zeus, Ziggy, Zipper, Zeke, Zebra

French Bulldog Names by Color

Lilac – Ash, Ashley, Lavender, Lilac, Dove, Gandalf the Grey, Foggy, Hazy, Hazel, Gris (French for “gray”), Grigio (Italian for “gray”) Silver, Haiiro (Japanese for “gray”) Vapor, Wraith, Powder, Bullet, Gleam, Glimmer, Glitter, Nickel, Shine, Sterling, Tinsel, Whisp, Satin

Fawn – Cinder, Fade, Peanut Butter, Acorn, Chestnut, Chewbacca, Hickory, Brunette, Taupe, Topaz, Russet, Umber, Bambi, Tanner, Brun, Brown Sugar, Pumpernickel, Cinnamon, Whiskey, Cannoli, Caramel, Cashew, Fawn 

Blue – Agate, Azure, Beryl, Blueberry, Cadet, Cobalt, Harriman, Lapis, Sapphire, Teal, Navy, Periwinkle, Dusk, Shadow, Luster, Slate, Smokey, Stoke, Stoker, Union, Royal, Yale, Steely, Winter, B.B.King, Ajax, Blade, Lake, Ocean, Larkspur, Azurine, Velvet

Chocolate – Hershey, Tootsie, Raisin, Cadbury, Java, Guinness, Cola, Rolo, Kahlua, Clove, Godiva, Snickers, Mocha, Coffee, Cocoa, Bear, Charlie Brown, Mudd, Teak, Brun, 

Pied & Merle – Spot, Speckle, Pepper, Comet, Earl, Foggy, Rush, Crumbs, Stormy, Dusty, Merle, Bandit, Blotch, Calico, Camo, Chutney, Checkers, Dapple, Dice, Dicey, Dumpling, Domino, Dot, Dottie, Freckles, Mittens, Patches, Polka dot, Sox, Speckles, Tux, Inky, Grit, Smudge, Raven, Batman, Stallion, Black Jack, Knight, Blizzard

Cream & White – Blondie, Nilla, Brie, Aspen, Honey, Blanca, Ferrah, Bagel, Thistle, Butters, Tofu, Casper, Banshee, Marshmallow, Vanilla, Ivory, Biscuit, Sandy, Summer, Savannah, Tuscan, Sesame, Buff, Buffy, Beige, Chowder, Pearl, Sprite, Dazzle, Cream Puff, Waffles, Buttercup

Brindle, Black, or Black & White – Coal, Orca, Oreo, Shadow, Specter, Phantom, Ink, Cinder, Jet, Soot, Witch, Onyx, BlackBerry, Caviar, Licorice, Butler, Iron, Mica, Lava, Char, Diesel

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What should I do if my French Bulldog eats poop?

What should I do if my French Bulldog eats poop?

Many owners are shocked when their sweet little French Bulldog eats poop. It is common enough to have its own name called coprophagy. Not all Frenchies will do this but some will. Let’s help you understand why and how to prevent it.

Medical Reasons Your French Bulldog eats poop.

  1. Enzyme Deficiency: 

Wild dogs were depending on eating whole prey for food which would provide them with additional digestive enzymes that just the ones they produce. Think pancreas. With kibble as most dogs main source of food they aren’t provided much in terms of digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes help break down nutrients in a way that they can be digested. If they are not getting enough nutrients they could turn around and eat their poo. 

2. Parasites

Your Frenchie could have parasites. Parasites need food too to stay alive and may cause your French Bulldog to not be able to absorb nutrients. 

Increased appetite from conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, or taking steroids may make your little one feel hungry 

3. Hydrochloric acid deficiency

If your Frenchie doesn’t have enough hydrochloric acid he may not be able to properly digest food resulting in a loss of nutrients. He may then turn to finding those nutrients in his feces. 

5. Underfeeding. 

If your French Bulldog is losing weight he may not be getting enough nutrients from his food.  A hungry dog will look for other sources of food. 

Behavioral Reasons Your French Bulldog Eats Poop. 

  1. Learned behavior from mother.

One of the reasons they might is they learn it from their mother. Momma’s eat their puppies puppy poo to keep things clean and tidy. Some of their little ones just might catch on and make it a habit.

2. Exploration

Most puppies put everything in their mouths to learn more about their environment…including poop. Fortunately, I have noticed most Frenchies who do tend to grow out of it in a few weeks, months, and at the latest around one year old.

3.     Boredom. 

Sometime they eat poop because they don’t have anything else to do. 

4.    Scavengers. 

Dogs are natural scavengers and unlike us it smells great to them. 

5.     Stress.

Some dogs eat their own poo to relieve stress. 

6.     Attention seeking

It may seem weird but some may think bad attention is better than no attention. They may do it for attention. 

7.     Punishment. 

Some dogs are concerned with being punished so they eat it to hide the evidence. 

How to stop your French Bulldog from eating poop. 

  1. Keep it clean. 

Go outside with your Frenchie and pick up the poop as soon as he goes. 

2. Develop Play. 

It’s important to keep your Frenchies mind stimulated with play and toys that stimulate his brain. Make sure they are safe and always supervise when playing with toys. 

3. Feed a good quality diet & consider adding a multivitamin, digestive enzymes, and probiotics. 

Add a good quality multivitamin with minerals. Giving your French a good multivitamin/mineral can prevent him to looking at his poo to meet his nutritional needs. 

For a hydrochloric acid deficiency consider adding apple cider vinegar in their water or mixed with food at 1 tsp per 25lbs body weight. If your puppy is around 12lbs then give about 1/2 tsp as a reference.

4. Check for parasites. 

Call your vet and ask for him to do a fecal sample. Deworm your Frenchie regularly as well.

Studies show punishing your French isn’t effective. The food additives are only effective 2% of the time. Keep your French Bulldogs digestive tract in consideration when eating poo. He may be deficient in something. I will tell you that each of mine has outgrown it. Sometimes it’s a few weeks, months, and others stop around 1 year old. 

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Does a male or female French Bulldog make a better pet?

Does a male or female French Bulldog make a better pet?

I am asked this question often, “Does a male or female French Bulldog make a better pet?” I say both. French Bulldog male and females have beautiful personalities. We have several of each and love each ones own unique personality. They are considered the clown dog and are all goofy in their own way. Just as people have differing personalities so do Frenchies. Some are shy. Others outgoing. Some are bossy. Others are laid back. Some are bold. Others are cautious. Some are calm. Others are excitable. Part of the personality is given at birth and part is developed by the environment in your home. Every Frenchie is unique and special and to me it’s easy to love them all.  

Males do tend to be larger than their female litters mates and typically have larger heads. This isn’t always the case as some of our girls at first glance you’d think they were males with their larger heads. I always say all shapes and sizes of Frenchies are beautiful!  

Frenchies love people and get along great with other pets except two of our girls that just don’t like it when the other one is allowed to eat. But typically these behaviors are avoided if you spay/neuter your Frenchies. Females do tend to have mood swings and be territorial around their heat cycles. Males may act territorial, mark territory, and display humping behaviors if left in tact. To avoid these behaviors we recommend spaying or neutering your Frenchie.  You can read more here about spaying/neutering your Frenchie and the alternatives to traditional spays/neuters here.

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The 3 Most Common Reasons a French Bulldog Puppy Has a Loose Stool.

The 3 Most Common Reasons a French Bulldog Puppy Has a Loose Stool.

Whenever we place a puppy in a home we always discuss the 3 most common reasons why a French Bulldog puppy may have a loose stool when joining your home. Don’t worry the majority of time your Frenchies stool will be fine and even when loose it’s not typically an emergency.

The top 3 most common reasons a French Bulldog puppy may have a loose stool.

First, joining a new home is an environmental stressor even though he is going to be the spoiled center of attention and loving his new position in life. Just as people can run back and forth to the bathroom when stressed so can little puppies. This is their first time away from their siblings and meeting all of their new two-and-four-legged family members.

Second, giardia is everywhere and in everything and common in puppies and immune compromised adults. Remember your puppy has only been alive for weeks and still building up his immune system.  When your puppy leaves us he will have had two rounds of the dewormer called Panacur. This deworming also gets rid giardia as well. It is our best attempt for your puppy to not have giardia when coming into your home. Anything that poops on the ground such as deer, rabbits, birds, other dogs, etc… and then your puppy walks through it and licks his paw he could get it.

Third, coccidia can flare up when under stressful situations as well as picked up in the ground by anything that defecates there as well.

When you take your puppy to the vet within 48 hours of pickup for its puppy wellness check, your vet will take a stool sample. They will be able to tell you if either of these are present. Fortunately, the medications for these are fairly inexpensive (around $20). The important thing is you need to give the puppy every dose whether he likes it or not. The medications for coccidia tastes like syrup and is easy to give your puppy. The medications for giardia taste a little bitter and you will need to figure out a way to help your puppy get it down. If your vet recommends flagyl (other name metronidazole),  you can have it compounded to taste delicious but realize it will need to be compounded by a compounding pharmacy and will be a bit more expensive.  

What if my puppies stool has mucus or bloody?

Before your puppy leaves he is given DA2PP at 8 weeks old and if your puppy joins you after 12 weeks old then they will have an additional shot at 12 weeks old. The vaccination DA2PP covers Parvo. The chances that it is parvo is close to zero. Even when mucusy and even with some blood, it’s likely due to stress or your puppy may have eaten something he shouldn’t.

Do not change the food when brining your puppy home.

Changing food can be an additional stressor on a puppy. Many puppies do fine but some do not and end up with loose stools. We do not know how to predict which puppies won’t do well switching foods. As a result, we recommend keeping your Frenchie on the same diet for one month after bringing him to your home. Then if you’d like to change it, feel free to do so. Also, we have found that Frenchies stools stay harder on Royal Canin Small breed puppy food than other puppy foods. That’s why we use it and it’s also helpful in

Questions to ask yourself?

  • Is my puppy active and acting normal?
  • Is my puppy eating and drinking normally?

If the answer is yes to both questions, it’s likely not an emergency. If your, Frenchie is acting lethargic and not eating and/or drinking, it’s a sign something more serious is wrong and you should contact your veterinarian

Why is my French Bulldog Itchy?

Why is my French Bulldog Itchy?

I have seen this question repeated often, “Why is my French Bulldog itchy?” This is a question that can take several articles to explain. Let’s keep it as simple as possible and I’ll show you my opinion and where you can start relieving or preventing itchiness in your Frenchie.

1. Be mindful of chemicals your Frenchie is exposed to.

Your Frenchie spends the majority of his time in close contact to the ground. Chemicals you place on your floor and lawn will be breathed in and have direct contact with the skin potentially causing skin irritation and being absorbed into their system. If absorbed their bodies have to process and eliminate it. Your Frenchie could have skin irritation due to these chemicals. Just like humans every Frenchie is different. I highly recommend starting with your floor cleaner, laundry soap (doggie beds and clothes), and chemicals sprayed on lawns in direct contact with your Frenchie.

A great place to search for safer, cleaner products is the EPA safer choice website. https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice/products

Flooring and multipurpose cleaner: Odoban

Laundry detergent: Biokleen

I’m not going to pretend like I know the best lawn products because I have just chosen to ignore lawn care that involves spraying chemicals in my backyard where the Frenchies & kiddos play. I really don’t care about having the perfectly manicured lawn but I realize some of you do. If I were looking for lawn care, I’d google pet safe lawn care or for those who enjoy DIY pet safe lawn care products.

Add a UV light and air filtration system to your HVAC system.

We often feel safe within our homes that are well insulated keeping us comfortable all year long. But often our homes are also a site for trapping allergens making both us and our Frenchies feel sick with allergies. In my networking, I met Annette who started Perairapy  after relieving her pets allergies and hotspots with the addition of a UV light system and air filtration system in her home. You must read more about adding one to your home here (this states it’s for fostering but it can be used in your home). https://petairapy.com/animal-industry-solutions/pet-foster-homes/ You can also watch her story below. Again she targets professionals dog facilities but also has one just for your home.

Do no overbathe your Frenchie.

Dogs evolved with the dirt and there are microorganisms, minerals, etc… in the dirt that are beneficial for your Frenchies skin health. Think about the benefits of mud baths and clay masks for humans. Allowing dirt on your Frenchie is ok. When you overbathe them you strip them of the benefits of the soil. We recommend bathing your Frenchie no more than once a month. You can read more about how often to bathe your Frenchie here. https://thefrenchbulldog.com/how-often-should-i-bathe-my-french-bulldog/

Frenchies skin is three times thinner than yours. This means he is more likely to absorb what is placed on his skin. Because of this we also recommend using clean non-toxic shampoos when bathing. https://thefrenchbulldog.com/what-should-i-bathe-my-french-bulldog-with/

Why is my Frenchie itchy? Other reasons to consider.

These are just three things you can do to for your Frenchie to help relieve or prevent itchiness. Obviously, there are other things that can cause your Frenchie to be itchy as well such as:

  • Overgrowth of candida yeast
  • Food allergies
  • Parasites
  • Infections such as ear infections
  • Fleas
  • Hot spots
  • Dry skin
  • Weather changes
  • Environmental allergies such as pollen
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Anxiety
  • Boredom
  • Diet
  • And others

We will slowly go through some of the other reasons why your Frenchie could be itchy. Not all Frenchies will have issues with being itchy. Please do not worry if you’re waiting on your very own Frenchie pup. This article is for those who want to prevent itchiness and help those out whose Frenchies might be itchy. I have found what is usually good for the earth is good for our us and our Frenchies. It’s a fun, interesting journey of discovering the best health and wellness pieces to add for optimizing our two and four legged family members health.

7 Tips to Help Your French Bulldog Puppy Adjust to His New Home.

7 Tips to Help Your French Bulldog Puppy Adjust to His New Home.

For many new and repeat puppy parents it’s an exciting time to help your French Bulldog puppy adjust to his new home. Your Frenchie will love coming to live in your new home and being the center of attention. Realize this is all new to him as he’s only live about 10 weeks of life. Everything will be new. Just as humans have different personalities so do Frenchies. Some are naturally adventurous loving all the new experiences. While some are more reserved and want to take all of these experiences slowly. Learn your Frenchies personality and adjust accordingly.

Tips for helping your French Bulldog puppy adjust to his new home.

  1. Choose a potty spot. It’s a good idea to choose a particular spot indoors on a potty pad or outdoors that you’d like your Frenchie to potty at. Also choose your command such as “go potty” and stick with it.  Praise your puppy each time.
  2. Introduce your Frenchie to his new home. This does not mean introduce him to your entire house the first day. It means introduce him to a small area. This can be a crate  surrounded by a playpen or an area blocked off by a baby gate. Let him familiarize himself with the area.  Show him where his food and water is.  Then introduce him to the areas of the house that are not off limits. We like these rollable crates.
  3. Introduce your Frenchie to his new family members. When you pick-up your Frenchie he will likely have met many of the family members. When at home introduce him to the rest of the immediate family crew and any pets. Realize he is learning the rules of the new house. Your other four legged family members will likely have their own rules as well. A growl is ok as that will be how they teach the puppy that it’s crossed the line. Biting and snapping at them is more of a concern that may need corrected.
  4. Provide appropriate chew toys. Frenchies like to put things in their mouths. That’s how they learn and we say they are like toddlers in this area. Provide them with plenty of chew toys to keep them entertained. The water buffalo rope toy is one of our Frenchies favorites.
  5. Keep a close eye on your Frenchie. Overuse his area the crate/playpen to keep him safe and help with potty training. This means if your Frenchie is not in your vision, place him in his crate or playpen. They are like toddlers and safety must come first.
  6. Teach your Frenchie where it will sleep. You can choose to crate your Frenchie or allow him to sleep in your bed. Just realize consistency is key. If you allow your Frenchie in your bed, he will likely expect it for the rest of his life. We love these rollable crates you can roll around the house as you can easily bring the crate in the bedroom at night.
  7. Begin enforcing rules. Anything that will not be cute when an adult at 20+ lbs should be corrected as a puppy. This means if you don’t want him chewing on your hand or foot when older don’t let him do it now. I made the mistake on one of my first dogs as an adult in letting her run from me as a puppy. I’d chase her and scoop her up. Let’s just say it wasn’t so cute as an adult when she could faster than me. Be sure to praise your puppy for good behavior and avoid yelling or frightening your new puppy.

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Why do I need to take my French Bulldog puppy to the vet?

Why do I need to take my French Bulldog puppy to the vet?

In case you were wondering we are so strict about taking your French Bulldog puppy to the vet within 48 hours of pick-up, we will discuss it here. Our puppies are first seen by the vet on their first day of life when they are born via c-section. We then have them checked out again between 7-8 weeks old. After they pass their puppy wellness check, then you are able to pick-up your Frenchie at 10 weeks old in Colorado or Missouri. You are then required to maintain the health guarantee to take your puppy to the vet within 48 hours. If it is the weekend, you have an additional 48 hours to do so. Taking your puppy to your vet is an important step to make sure your vet agrees or disagrees with our vet.

We receive this question often, “I can’t get my Frenchie into the vet until a time outside the time frame can I still pick him up?”  We completely understand how much you want to have your baby home with you as soon as you can possibly get your hands on him. There are two main reasons why we cannot approve this.

  1. The longer you have a puppy in your home, the more attached you become and the harder it will be to return if your vet does find an issue that would require returning.
  2. If you wait outside the time allotted and your puppy comes down with an illness caused by a virus or bacteria we will not know if the exposure came from us or when the baby was in your possession. We will likely presume the latter.

What should I do if I can’t my French Bulldog puppy to a vet appointment within the allotted time frame?

Yes, we understand that sometimes it is only a week out when you know the date of pick-up and this can be tricky. Here are a few options for you if your vet doesn’t have a time available within the 48 hour time window.

  1. Reschedule pick-up date.  
  2. Find another vet that does have an available appointment. You can then return to your regular vet for follow-ups. You can also ask to be on the waitlist for your regular vet just in case an opening occurs.

Please let us know ahead of time if you are needing to reschedule your pick-up date. We are typically flexible in our schedules for pick-ups and are happy to schedule a time that works within the guidelines of the health guarantee.

What if I live out of town?

If you are driving from out of town, you may want to consider taking your puppy to a local vet in Springfield, MO or Colorado Springs before returning home. We have had families go to Petsmart vet before returning home and we’ve had them drive back home to see their regular vet. It’s completely up to you, but keep in mind that you are responsible for the return of the puppy if required. Fortunately, we do not have many returns. These are just things we want for you to be aware of.

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What can I do to help my French Bulldogs ears stand up?

What can I do to help my French Bulldogs ears stand up?

I have heard this question often, “What can I do to help my French Bulldogs ears stand up?” First, let’s have a little review. Most of the time we see Frenchies ears stand up between 5-10 weeks old. If you notice in the weekly pictures that your babies ears are not upright but the siblings are, there is no need to fret. Every Frenchie matures at a different rate just like a human baby. Chances are you will see them pop up before they come live with you. You may also notice they were up and the next week they flopped down. That is also normal.

What should I do to help my French Bulldogs ears stand up?

Sometimes their ears need a little help standing upright. There’s some very simple things for you to do.

  1. Make sure you are giving them their daily scoop of multivitamin you received at pick-up. You can also order here. Calcium is in this mixture and may help with getting those ears upright.
  2. When you are snuggling with your puppy massage its ear and hold them upright. Or tie each ear with a ribbon hair tie. Do not tie them too tight or use hair ties that will cut off circulation.
  3. Attach bandaids at the base of each ear pointing them up at a 1 and 11 o’clock position. It may take one-two bandaids per ear depending on the size of the ears and bandaids. Do not leave your puppy with another dog as the ears may now look like chew toys. You can leave the bandaids on for a 1-5 days. Repeat as necessary.

You can view the video how to help my French Bulldogs ears stand up via the Frenchie Membership Site: All Things French Bulldog. For those who have purchased a Frenchie from us, you will receive 3 months of free membership. Just sign in like you were signing in for the Prep for Your French Bulldog Course.

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