Frenchie Health

Below is some information about French Bulldogs based on my experience. I am not a vet, nor am I giving you medical advice. I am simply sharing my experiences and information I have come across with you. Please do your own research and check with your vet for any concerns about your pet.

French Bulldogs are a unique breed. They have amazingly cute personalities that will keep you smiling and warm your heart more than you could ever imagine. Before owning a French Bulldog there are a few things you should know about the breed to ensure a healthy happy lasting companionship.

Feeding your French Bulldogs can vary. We have tried several styles and types of food and find they are the healthiest when they are eating a limited ingredient kibble. Their stools are solid with perfect texture and color. Their coats are shiny. The kibble I use is made by Taste of the Wild and it’s called Prey, it comes in three flavors, angus, turkey, or trout. Your French Bulldogs will eat just under two cups of this food daily and it will cost you about $12 a week to feed one French Bulldogs this high quality kibble. I’ve only been able to find this at Chewy. I also add a 1/2 tsp of food grade diatomaceous earth to each feeding with a little water. This helps keep them healthy inside, free from parasites and with a beautiful coat.

One of the most important things to know is that they overheat easily. Due to their short snouts and squished faces French Bulldogs find it difficult to cool down. Don’t walk them in hot weather, which for a French Bulldogs,  is anything above 80 degrees. It’s important to make sure they have access to water and a place thats cool. My French Bulldogs love ice cubes which is a fun and cool treat. To help cool them down you can also put cool water on their chest and under their armpits.

French Bulldogs cannot regulate their body temperature. They are very sensitive to cold weather so when its cold they may need a coat. They need a warm environment to play and live in. They should not be in extremely cold conditions.  We make a luxury faux fur lined leather coat for French Bulldogs, if you would like to order one for your French Bulldogs please call me.

French Bulldogs cannot swim. The way their bodies are designed they will likely drown if in water that is deeper than they can stand. If you have a pool or bodies of water they could drown in, make sure they don’t have access without a life jacket.

They have large open ears that can easily get dirt or water in them so it’s important to clean their ears regularly from dirt and debris and keep them dry, to avoid ear infections. I use a vet recommended flush once a week you just squirt into the ear, rub the base of the ear for half a minute and then remove wetness and debris with a cotton ball until clean. If my puppies get a rash we rub a little coconut oil on the rash to heal it.

French Bulldogs have wrinkles on their face called folds. These folds get wet and need to be kept clean and dry. We clean them with a little water, soap if needed and then dry with a soft cloth. It doesn’t take much time and will keep them clean. We also put a little coconut oil in the wash to keep them smelling clean and free from bacteria.

We manage fleas naturally, for the best health of our pups other animals and humans. My French Bulldogs are bathed weekly with Dawn dish soap which kills fleas and if any larvae is left behind or hatches it’s removed the following week with the next bath. We wash their heads with a washcloth to limit the amount of water near the ears. This will help avoid ear infections from water in the ear. After every bath we apply geranium infused coconut oil to their feet and legs and a little on the coat which is a natural flea deterrent.

A common eye issue in the French Bulldog is called the “Cherry Eye”.  It can be a little unsightly but it does not hurt them. It can correct itself but sometimes surgery is needed. A cherry eye is the result of the third eyelid detaching, usually from an injury or possibly overeating. I’ve experienced this and was able to use warm and cold compress and gently rub under the eye so it slipped back into place on its own. If left exposed it can cause issues that can affect tear production and be uncomfortable as it may become to enlarged to return to its proper place. It was very small and I was able to put it back in place promptly each time and it rarely presents itself. Again, I am not giving medical advice, simply sharing my experience. You should always consult your vet and do your own research.

French Bulldogs are at risk for developing a slipped disc. There are some things you can do to help prevent this.

  • Keep your French Bulldog at a healthy weight and make sure they are getting daily exercise.
  • Provide ramps up to furniture, avoiding flights of stairs, and using a harness on walks will also help minimize some of the risk of an IVDD event.
  • Minimize jumping from high places. 

4 thoughts on “Frenchie Health

  1. Mirna Estrada

    Hi Rosie, I would like to tell you last night I only got a three hour sleep but I did not mind one bit. We are so happy with our puppy , he is precious!! Thank you for making this transaction easy to completed, and specially thanks for all the info on this page, I am following all your advise so his transition gets easier for him too.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mirna,

      You are welcome! Thank you for choosing one of my Frenchies and it warms my heart to know how happy you are and that he’s going to have a wonderful family.

  2. mrs doubtfire

    YOU’RE******** not your.

    But also all of this advice sucks and should not be taken as medical advice. Please do not ever try to “replace” a prolapsed third eye lid without a medical professional.

    1. admin Post author

      Thank you for the grammatical error catch. You’re certainly entitled to your opinion about my info and I appreciate it. Seems you missed the first paragraph of the post, where I clearly state I am simply sharing my experiences with you. I am not giving medical advice and you should always consult your vet and do your own research. Your message prompted me to put that in bold lettering and add it to the bottom so no one misses it. My experience with the “cherry eye” treatment was vet recommended and it was a minor injury. I have seen some that look very bad, unlikely this would work for that type and completely agree that a medical professional should be consulted. Are you a licensed veterinarian? Do you have any helpful info you would like to share?


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