Health

Here at Stonehill, I take as much of an all-natural approach as possible when raising my dogs.

French Bulldog vaccine schedule

10-12 weeks
Distemper + Parvovirus
14-16 weeks
Same as above
6 mos. – 1 year
Rabies
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (optional = titer)
1 year after the initial dose:
Rabies, killed 3-year product (give 3-4 weeks apart from distemper /parvovirus booster)

Perform vaccine antibody titers for distemper and parvovirus every three years thereafter, or more often if desired. Vaccinate for Rabies virus according to law, except where circumstances indicate that a written waiver needs to be obtained from the primary care veterinarian. In that case, a rabies antibody titer can also be performed to accompany the waiver request. Remember, Rabies is the only vaccine required by law. Antibody titers are recommended. Leptospirosis should never be given to any French Bulldog at any time due to adverse reactions.

Flea and heartworm

I do not use any form of insecticide on my French Bulldogs. I believe it is putting poison on my dogs.

There are many, many all natural ways of preventing fleas and ticks. I do use home-made and or store bought all natural sprays. I also use human grade Diatomaceous earth. Nematodes are a great option for the yard.

Heartworm

Heartguard is given 3 times a year for the summer months. Yearly heartworm testing should be done.

In bathing your Frenchies, I use only natural organic shampoos. I bath every – 6 weeks, maybe more in the summer months. Nails should be done every 2 weeks or so. If you hear your dog’s nails clicking on the floor your dog’s nails are too long. Most people do not realize there are many health issues that can arise from nails being too long.

Feeding your French Bulldog

I feed and recommend a raw diet. It best meets all your dog’s nutritional needs.

There are many options for raw feeding. It is not difficult or time consuming once you start. I have grandchildren that play with my Frenchies after eating raw and have never had an issue. Preparing raw food for your dog is no different than preparing and handling raw meat for yourself or family. It’s simple wash your hands, bowls and counter tops. They now have packaged raw or there are freeze dried meals you can add your own raw to.

Dogs Naturally Magazine is a great place for info.

You may also home cook your dog’s meals. You may also add freeze dried to cooked meat as well. When feeding cooked meals you are depleting some of the vitamins and minerals however. Any food that is not kibble or dry dog food out of a bag is a better option. I choose to have my pets live as long and as healthy lives as possible, so this is the reason I chose to feed raw. It’s natural and I know what is in it. Processed foods ingredients make me shudder.

Puppies of any breed should be crated at times. It helps with potty training and keeps them safe. It is also a great safe place for them to be when you have children. They should be able to go to their place and not be bothered.

Never put a harness on your French Bulldog. If he/she pulls and chokes himself you should take to an obedience class so they learn to correctly walk on a leash. French bulldogs are very smart and easy to teach. Retractable leashes are a no-no for any dogs also. Please read Dr. Becker’s 10 reasons Not to Use a Retractable Leash

Please feel free to ask whatever questions you may have about raw diets.

Some Health Issues

Heat stroke, Drowning, Brachycephalic airway syndrome, Intervertebral Disc Disease, Degenerative Myelopathy, Allergies, Hypo plastic Tracheas or Tracheal Stenosis, Elongated Soft palate, Patellar Luxation, Cataracts