How to Keep Your French Bulldog Healthy
By Space Coast Daily // May 3, 2021
If you’ve recently adopted a french bulldog, you’re probably looking for as many ways to keep them as healthy as possible.
Now that they’re a part of your loving family, you want to work as hard as you can to make sure they live a long and healthy life. Here’s how to make that happen.
Like other wrinkly dog breeds, French bulldogs require monthly baths to help clean the debris out of their folds and wrinkles. They can develop matted hair if they aren’t bathed frequently.
However, French bulldogs are also nervous around water, as their large chests make it harder for them to swim unaided. Make sure to help your dog throughout the process to feel less nervous while in water. Take things one step at a time to make sure they don’t feel anxious.
Keep Them Cool
French bulldogs overheat easily, so make sure that your house is kept cool. Use an air conditioner or have multiple fans going to circulate the air around. Your dog will love relaxing in cool temperatures, and overheating may make them breathe heavily and become dehydrated.
Of course, French bulldogs love being outside, but you have to keep in mind how easily they overheat. They can’t stay in direct sunlight for too long, so if they’re going to be outside for a long period of time, make sure there’s a nice shaded area where they’re able to relax. You’ll also want to bring along plenty of water.
French bulldogs can be overfed very easily, as the breed loves to eat. If there’s food in front of them, they won’t stop until it’s all gone. However, obesity can lead to several health conditions for French bulldogs, especially leg joint pain.
When searching for the best food to feed your puppy, pick out food that is formulated with a small percentage of fat and omega-3 fatty acids. Make sure the food has some carbohydrates to keep them energized throughout the day, but not too many.
They don’t require a lot of exercise, but they do require short walks and playtimes daily. If your French bulldog gains too much weight, it can be harder for them to lose it when compared to other dog breeds.
Brush Their Teeth
Dental issues are common amongst French bulldogs, so buy a toothbrush and toothpaste that are formulated for dogs. For the best results, you should start brushing your dog’s teeth when they’re still young to ensure that they get comfortable with the process.
If you’ve adopted an older dog you should still brush their teeth, it just may take a little while for them to get used to the routine.
Routine Vet Care
And of course, the best way to keep your bulldog healthy is to schedule yearly examinations with your veterinarian. They need to see a vet at least once a year to make sure they’re up to date on their shots. The vet will also check to make sure everything else looks good with their health.
Having a vet is important, as you can also bring them in for checkups with something that seems off. If your bulldog seems sick or lethargic, that’s probably a good excuse to bring them to the vet.
Give Them Love
Make sure that they have all the love and care that they require. An uncared-for dog is an unhappy dog and a destructive dog. If you aren’t able to give your dog the love and care that they deserve, you should consider not adopting until you’re ready.
Dogs are a lot of work, and you need to make sure you’re ready to care for them for years to come before you adopt.