PREPARING FOR YOUR AKC FRENCH BULLDOG PUPPY
First of all, I want to say congratulations on your new fur baby. We appreciate you choosing one of our babies to be a part of your family. You may have already done enormous amounts of AKC French Bulldog research by now, but I wanted to provide you with some information to keep your baby safe and healthy. Thank you for taking the time to read my guide. As I am reminded and asked any other questions regarding care and preparation of our AKC French Bulldog babies, I will add to this literature for our families.
- Your AKC French Bulldog puppy is microchipped with an ISO chip, and his/her microchip paperwork is in her puppy pack. Please donât delay on registering your puppy with your contact info! French Bulldogs are one of the most stolen breeds in the world. They are also very small, and very quick! You may not see them bolt out of a barely open door!
- Frenchie puppies are gluttons, even with water. They eat and drink fast, and sometimes overeat/overdrink. Your puppy will be on kibble (sample in your puppy pack). Until they get older, it is best to supervise food and water times.
- Due to your puppy’s short muzzle, aspirating water (while drinking) is easy. Overdrinking can also cause your pup to belch up water through the nostrils. This can cause bacterial pneumonia (the risk lessens when they get older and eat/drink better). Keep a bulb nose syringe handy (the kind for babies). If you notice fluid/snot coming out of the nose, syringe the nose until clear. If you notice slight gasping (may have no other symptoms), your puppy may need to see a vet for antibiotics.
- French Bulldogs are not designed to swim. It’s not that they can’t swim, but it isn’t easy for them. If you own a pool or have a lake or body of water on your property, you may want to go ahead and purchase a life jacket to put on your pup for the days you are in and out of the home.
- Frenchies cannot tolerate extreme heat or cold. Only expose your puppy to heat or cold weather for short periods of time.
- Until about 12-16 weeks, your Frenchie’s ears may droop sometimes, and bat-eared sometimes. This is due to teething. If you notice his/her ears begin to droop, you can supplement them with a tablespoon of plain yogurt for calcium.
- Because your baby is an indoors baby due to temperature intolerance, there is a risk of rickets (vitamin A/D/E deficiency) and low pasterns (flat feet) due to inadequate sunlight coupled with growing/soft puppy bones. If you notice your puppy’s wrists/knuckles bending slightly or feet laying flat, supplement him/her with Sure Grow 100, raise their food and water bowls (high enough to have them almost on their tippy toes while eating/drinking), and try to get them in sunlight for at least 30 minutes a day. Also, temporarily switch your puppy’s food to a lower protein food. Your puppy’s food is currently 38% protein. You would want to find a grain free in the low 20’s (or lower) for protein content.
- Xylitol is a sweetener found most commonly in sugar free gum and candy. It is toxic to all dogs! It is deadly to small breeds. Please be aware of where you leave items like packs of gum, candy, etc. Frenchies are a determined breed, and if they want something they will probably get it. Here is a list of products containing Xylitol: Packaged Goods & Baking Mixes; Candies, Gum & Mints, Jams, Syrups; Condiments, Honey, & Raw Xylitol; Protein Bars & Powders; Flavored Waters & Drink Powders; Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Nut Butters; Dental Products; Human Medicines, Vitamins, & Supplements; Cosmetics, Body, Face, & Hair Products; Certain Brands of Athletic Clothing; Baby Wipes & Pacifier Wipes.
- Vaccines are age appropriate. When your AKC French Bulldog puppy goes home, he/she will have set one of their puppy vaccines. They are not protected until 48 hours after they have received their entire series (3 sets). It is not best to risk exposure to illnesses in public “animal heavy” places such as pet stores and dog parks.
- Be cautious with your puppy (even as an adult) around other breeds of dog known for “prey drive” or dogs that are not cat friendly.