Archive for the ‘Health Tips & Safety’ Category

Here are some nonprofit organizations that offer financial assistance to pet owners. Like all animal welfare agencies these days, many of these funds are strained–so if you’re not in need of help, these funds are always seeking donations! AAHA Helping Pets Fund www.aahahelpingpets.org This arm of the American Animal Hospital Association provides assistance for emergency and non-elective treatment of abandoned pets and pets whose owners are facing financial hardship. Angels4Animals  [ Read More ]

Surgery on your dog can run into the hundreds or thousands of dollars, figures that cause many dog lovers to look at finance options. Here’s a look at several different options for paying those veterinary bills: Ask about vet payment plans. If you are hit with unexpected vet bills, it doesn’t hurt to ask about payment plans. Many offer affordable plans so you can split the cost of treatment over  [ Read More ]

Lilies Members of the Lilium spp. are considered to be highly toxic to cats. While the poisonous component has not yet been identified, it is clear that with even ingestions of very small amounts of the plant, severe kidney damage could result. Marijuana Ingestion of Cannabis sativa by companion animals can result in depression of the central nervous system and incoordination, as well as vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, increased heart rate,  [ Read More ]

Chocolate, Macadamia nuts, avocados…these foods may sound delicious to you, but they’re actually quite dangerous for our animal companions. Our nutrition experts have put together a handy list of the top toxic people foods to avoid feeding your pet. As always, if you suspect your pet has eaten any of the following foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at  [ Read More ]

Finding A Lost Pet

It’s every pet parent’s nightmare: Your beloved dog or cat has gotten loose, and you don’t know where he or she is. Don’t panic—there are many steps you can take to locate your little one. Swift action, coupled with major neighborhood networking, will increase the odds of having your furry friend back in your arms! The key is to get the information out to as many people and places as  [ Read More ]

Go Green For Pets

Go Green for Pets The green scene has gone beyond gardens—it now includes litter boxes and doggie treats. This Earth Day, you don’t need a green thumb to help the planet. If you have an animal companion who eats, sleeps, plays and poops, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to cut down on waste, raise your pet’s quality of life and color your corner of the world green. Spring Cleaning Empty  [ Read More ]

1. They are possibly the most flatulent breed on the face of the planet. We’re not talking one or two little farts per week, either – we’re talking about a constant miasma cloud of evil smelling gas that will hang over top of your Frenchie pretty much constantly. Not only that, but they tend to belch after eating, too. Also, they have no hesitations about doing this when you’ve got  [ Read More ]

Puppy proof your home before your new Frenchie gets there! Make sure harmful substances are kept well away from inquisitive little noses. All cleaning products, paint thinners, household chemicals, antifreeze etc. Secure electrical cords so they cannot be chewed. Puppies should only be given puppy toys to play with or chew. Never real bones, never shoes (they don’t know the difference between new & old shoes), never cow or pig  [ Read More ]

French Bulldogs & Heat Stroke The Frenchie has shorter airways than most dogs and this leads to less chance of the air which the dog takes in cooling and as dogs cannot sweat the only means they have of cooling down is by panting. There are other factors that can lead to heat exhaustion in dogs and particularly the frenchie, the dog’s physical condition, the age of the dog and  [ Read More ]

Disaster Preparedness Given what seems to be an increasing frequency of disasters, Frenchie owners should have emergency and evacuation plans in place for their animals as well as for their human family. First, make sure that your dogs are permanently identified (microchips or tattoos), and that they are trained (which makes them easier to handle in emergencies, especially if other people must help care for them). A basic “disaster kit”  [ Read More ]

Winter Holiday Hazards For your Frenchies Here are some tips for keeping your pets out of danger during the holiday season. AVOID Holiday Food Items That Could Cause Problems For Your Pet Alcoholic beverages Chocolate (baker’s, semi-sweet, milk chocolate) Coffee (grounds, beans, chocolate covered espresso beans) Moldy or spoiled foods Onions, onion powder Fatty foods Salt Yeast dough PLANTS Lilies that may be found in holiday flower arrangements could be  [ Read More ]

Allergies in French Bulldogs There are many dogs that suffer from different forms of allergies. French Bulldogs appear to have a predisposition as many of them have some form of allergies. The following article will outline the different types of allergies and their treatment options. Overview: The most common types of allergies in dogs and particularly French Bulldogs include atopy (environmental/seasonal allergy), food allergy and flea allergy dermatitis. In all  [ Read More ]

Frenchie Dental Care

A Letter To My Vet Hi! I’m a French Bulldog, and unless you are extremely lucky, you may not have any other patients of my rather rare breed. If that is the case, please let me alert you to some special health needs of Frenchies, as our friends call us. Though our Minimum Daily Requirement for human companionship and love is high, our day-to-day needs are simple. Petting keeps our  [ Read More ]

Activated charcoal has the quality of being able to absorb and therefore, bind, toxins found in the gastrointestinal tract. For this reason, it is often given to dogs that have been poisoned, dogs that have been given a drug overdose or simply, dogs that may have accidentally ingested toxins. Activated charcoal presents in various forms such as powders, granules or 5g compressed activated charcoal tablets commonly found in most pharmacies.  [ Read More ]

During the fall and spring our dogs coats tend to shed more than usual. When your dogs coat seems dry or you see that they are shedding, try a spoon of Canola Oil once a day in their food.

Sick Doggy Chicken Soup This is a recipe I make often in the winter for Hercules, especially when I see that he may be about to catch a cold, or after a long day of excursions, or as a special treat when he is bored of eating the same thing everyday. This is a great recipe for sick dogs that are on medication, because they refuse to eat or drink.  [ Read More ]

French Bulldog Temperament He’s been called “the clown in the cloak of a philosopher,” and this loveable little companion dog is exceptionally good-natured. He is particularly affectionate toward his master and the children, and can even be a bit possessive. They are excellent with children! He will need to be a part of the family and will want to be in close contact with you. Each “frenchie” possesses his own  [ Read More ]

5 TIPS TO HELP YOUR DOG LIVE LONGER Healthy Dog Food With vets and websites promoting everything from homemade dog food to the latest puppy supplements how can you weed out the valid advice? Nothing is worse than the feeling of losing a loved one, and for many people their dog is right up there. If you could easily extend a loved one’s life by five or ten years would  [ Read More ]

HOME MADE DOG FOOD

HOMEMADE DOG FOOD Most people want to make sure that their dog is well taken care of. This would not only include giving them adequate exercise and seeking any medical advice necessary for the health of your dog, it would also include making sure that they are fed well. Most people consider that buying your dog some of the best pet food available is giving them everything that they need  [ Read More ]

FRENCH BULLDOG DIET AND NUTRITION FACTS FACT #1: There have been 5300 dog food scares in 2006 and 2007, with over 3600 pet deaths. FACT #2: Many Commercial dog foods contain chemicals and bi-products such as Phosphoric Acid, Butylated Hydroxysanisole, Ethoxyquin, Sorbitol or Propylene Glycol (which is used in antifreeze! ) FACT #3: These bi-products and chemicals may lead to Cancer, Obesity, Heart Attacks, Kidney Disease or even Death. FACT  [ Read More ]

Before you leave: Traveling can be a traumatic experience for your dog. Bring a few of his favorite toys and blankets. Plan bathroom breaks. Be especially careful at rest areas, which can pose all sorts of hazards. Supplies to remember: •Flat collar, with ID tags for both his home address and any temporary address you might be using. •Leash •Paper towels and disinfect (in case of an “incident”) •Windshield cover,  [ Read More ]

Doggie First Aid Tips •Heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, bright red gums, unsteadiness, or vomiting may indicate that your dog has heat stroke. Act immediately. Move your dog to a shady spot and pour cool water all over his body. Get your dog to a vet! •Got a dog emergency? If your dog is bleeding, in shock, disoriented, lame, has any major injury, is bloated, or shows signs  [ Read More ]

Traveling with your pooch •The safest place for your dog to travel is in a crate in the far back, or in the back seat with a dog seat belt. Never have your dog ride in the front passenger seat. •Don’t let your dog stick his head out of the window. Even if your dog doesn’t get hit by an errant pebble, dogs do jump from moving cars if the  [ Read More ]

The key to teaching your dog tricks is a lot of repetition and rewards. It is important to reward your dog with praises and/or treats when he is learning how to perform a new trick. Positive reinforcement is key. Only practice tricks for a few minutes at a time, your dog may become tired or frustrated because repeating tricks over and over may cause your dog’s muscles to become fatigued.  [ Read More ]

Adjusting to the Collar If you are putting a collar on a puppy for the first time they will probaly be resistant to it for the first few hours that it’s on, but don’t take it off of him it will take time to adjust and before you know it will feel natural to them when wearing it. You want the collar to fit securely but not so tight that  [ Read More ]

Crating or crate training your dog is a great way to keep your dog from causing any trouble when he is not yet properly trained. Crating is also a great potty training tool as well. Dogs will tend to hold it in rather than soil their crate which is viewed by them as their personal territory and when let out of the crate they will go and relieve themselves after  [ Read More ]

Preparing for the new arrival Few things are as exciting as getting a new Frenchie puppy! But in the heat of the moment, don’t forget to take some advance precautions to insure that the new member of your family will be healthy, safe, and happy. FIRST: A TRIP TO THE VET Your sales contract should specify that you will have a vet examine your new puppy within just a few  [ Read More ]

French Bulldog FAQ

French Bulldog FAQ Do Frenchies bark a lot? Not more or less barkers compared to other breeds. Frenchies are not typically excessive barkers. Are Frenchies good watch dogs? Frenchies make good watch dogs and can become somewhat territorial and protective. Are French Bulldogs good companion dogs? They are fantastic companion dogs. They are fun, entertaining and loving. The French Bulldog is delightful, easy to groom and requires little exercise. How  [ Read More ]

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  The French Bulldog is a sturdy, compact, stocky little dog, with a large square head that has a rounded forehead. The muzzle is broad and deep with a well defined stop. The nose is black, but may be lighter in lighter colored dogs. The upper lips hang down over the lower lips. The teeth meet in an under bite and the lower jaw is square and deep. The round,  [ Read More ]