Do you know that the life span of your French Bulldog depends on his overall health?
This is totally true!
The healthier your Frenchie is, the longer he lives.
You can hate it or love it but it is your responsibility as an owner to keep your Frenchie Bulldog’s health issues in check.
Maybe you’re a new Frenchie owner and you are quite clueless about how you should take care of his health and well-being.
I’ve been there and I totally understand.
To help you out, here are 7 ways on how to keep a French Bulldog healthy.
1. Expressing Love & Showing Affection
This is one of the most basic things you can do that will benefit your French Bulldog’s mental health.
In fact, you might already be doing this on a daily basis.
By expressing your love and affection towards your Frenchie, you are shaping his behavior to interact with others better.
However, there are ways you can show love and affection towards your Frenchie on a deeper level.
- Ear Rubs: When you rub your Frenchie’s ears, it releases pain-killing, feel-good hormones called endorphins. Endorphins relax your French Bulldog and are normally released when your French Bulldog feels like he being loved. This is the reason why it is common for your Frenchie to lean in more towards you when his ears are being rubbed.
- Saying “I Love You”: You probably don’t know this but your Frenchie can interpret the words that you use when you communicate with him. In other words, when you tell your Frenchie that you love him, he is able to understand what you are trying to express. This is a study done by Science.
- Hand-Feeding: When you feed your Frenchie, he naturally sees you as the food provider. To add on to this, many dog experts believe that you can build a stronger bond with your French Bulldog by hand-feeding him. Utilizing treats works too. Every time he displays good behavior, hand-feed your French Bulldog the treats that he loves. It’s a great way to show love and affection.
No matter how busy you are, find a way to get your Frenchie to exercise for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour daily.
If he doesn’t get the exercise he needs, he is more likely to gain weight and develop behavioral issues.
And you wouldn’t want any of that in your home.
What’s more, spending the time to exercise your Frenchie is also a great way to bond and build a stronger relationship with him.
Here are some fun outdoor activities that both of you can do together.
- Outdoor Fetch
- Strolling Around The Neighborhood
If it happens to rain, you can always bring the fun into your with these indoors activities.
- Indoor Fetch
- A Game Of Tug-Of-War
- Hide & Seek
- Learning Tricks
Vaccines can protect your French Bulldog against different types of diseases.
Dogs that are not vaccinated are more prone to be affected by dangerous diseases hence spreading them.
In fact, in the United States, it is compulsory for puppies to get their Rabies vaccination shot as early as 3 months old.
Watch the video by Purina Australia to understand vaccinations better.
4. Socialize Your Frenchie
After you get your French Bulldog vaccinated, it is safe to bring him outside.
When you bring him out, you are introducing him to different environment and atmosphere which will help him grow.
Your Frenchie will then be exposed to other people and dogs.
With proper socialization, he will learn to adapt and understand how he should behave around people and other dogs.
On top of that, socialization also allows you to take your French Bulldog to different places without having any issues.
This would then lead him to live a happy and healthy life.
5. Proper Nutrition
Providing your Frenchie with a well-balanced diet is essential for his health.
Depending on his age, condition, and allergies, he should be fed with quality dog foods that meet his needs.
These foods should contain nutrients that will be beneficial for them now and also in the future.
Below is a list of nutrients that a well-balanced diet should have.
- Vitamins: Even though consuming too many vitamins could have an opposite effect, it is still an important nutrient for your French Bulldog. It is recommended by ASPCA that vitamins should only be given to your Frenchie if it’s prescribed by the vet. Consuming excessive vitamins may result in poisoning, joint problems and other French Bulldogs health issues.
- Water: Water is an important nutrient your Frenchie needs daily. Because of this, you have to make sure that he has access to fresh water at all times even when you are busy. If your French Bulldog is not drinking enough water, it could lead to illnesses which might cause death.
- Proteins: There are many sources of protein in foods. Fish, chicken, and lamb are some example of protein-rich foods that you can fit into your French Bulldog’s daily diet. Proteins repairs and maintain tissues, organs, hormones and many others which is why it is an essential nutrient to keep your Frenchie in great shape.
- Fats: If you make a comparison between fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, you will learn that fats provide your Frenchie with twice the energy. Fats are as important as the rest as it helps to protect the internal organs. If your French Bulldog receives limited fats, the risk of skin issues may arise.
- Carbohydrates: Not only are carbohydrates a great source of energy, but it also plays a big part in keeping your French Bulldog’s intestines health. Grains like oats, barley and wheat are rich in carbohydrates. If you take a look at the ingredients listed in your dog’s food, you will notice some of these carbohydrates sources.
6. Proper Hygiene
Taking care of your Frenchie’s hygiene goes a long way in terms of his health.
With basic grooming and cleaning, not only will you be able to avoid expensive vet bills, but your Frenchie will also be able to avoid potential illnesses.
Let’s take a look at the steps you can take to maintain your French Bulldog’s hygiene.
- Grooming: You can keep your French Bulldog’s fur shiny with proper grooming. Grooming also removes bacteria and dirt stuck on his skin.
- Brushing: When you brush his fur, you will be able to notice any skin related problems that he has. On top of that, brushing your Frenchie will help improve his blood circulation.
- Cleaning Of Eyes: If you see any dust or dirt in his eyes, clean it up. Take note of the shampoo used to clean him, there might be certain chemicals that could irritate his eyes.
- Cleaning Of Ears: It is recommended that you clean your French Bulldog’s ears weekly. Dirt could cause an infection that spreads into his ears. If you notice him shaking his head excessively, consult the vet. If the infection and irritations happened to be serious, it might lead to the loss of hearing which is why you need to take precautions.
- Dental Care: Poor dental hygiene might cause tooth decay and plaques which would lead to gum and tooth-related diseases. One of the basic things you can do is to brush his teeth frequently using a toothbrush designed for dogs.
7. Getting Your French Bulldog Spayed Or Neutered
There are many mental and physical health benefits to spaying and neutering your French Bulldog.
Neutering reduces the risk of male French Bulldogs from getting prostate or testicular cancer.
On the other hand, spaying a female French Bulldogs lowers the risk of getting an illness called Pyometra.
Apart from illnesses and diseases, it also prevents them him from getting sexually frustrated for not being able to fulfill their sexual urges.
If your Frenchie is not spayed or neutered, he also has a higher tendency of displaying behavior problems.
Some examples of behaviors include territorial marking, aggression, and dominance.
Related: French Bulldog Neutering 101
As an owner, you have to accept the fact that keeping your Frenchies healthy is a top priority.
By simply keeping him in great shape, he will be able to live a long and prosperous life.
One of the ways that will benefit his mental health would be to express your love towards your him on a deeper level.
Get him to spend at least 30minutes of exercise daily to reduce the chances of being obese.
Make sure he receives all the vaccination shots that are compulsory and the ones that are recommended by your local vet.
Vaccines reduce the risk of contracting dangerous diseases.
Include essential nutrients like vitamins, water, proteins, carbohydrates and fats into your French Bulldog’s diet.
Make the time to groom your Frenchie at least once a weak.
Grooming and cleaning him increases the chances of you spotting infections that cause skin-related diseases.
Last but not least, getting your French Bulldog spayed or neutered benefit his health too.
Not only does it prevent bad behaviors, but it could also prevent the risk of getting testicular and prostate cancer.
Tell us, what do you do to ensure that your Frenchie’s health issues in check? Share with us in the comment section below!