Dental and health checks are not exclusively essential for just humans, but for Frenchies as well. This is borne out of the growing concern that Frenchies are more prone to health issues and it is in their best interest to receive medical care to stay healthy and fit.
Some of the regular vet checkups include vaccinations, diet, dental and health examination, grooming and injuries or ailments treatments. However, a lot of people are left with the puzzling question as to how often they should take their French bulldog to the vet in a year.
Look no further as we will provide you with the important details you need to know about taking your Frenchie to the vet
- The Age Factor
If you buy your Frenchie that is within 0 – 12 months, it is ideal that you take him for vaccinations once every 3-4 weeks until he is 16 weeks old. At this point, your vet will enlighten you more on their physical development and dietary problems.
If the Frenchie grows up and is within the age of 12 months to 7 years old, it is advised that you take him for bi-annual check-ups or at least annually. If he is above 7 years old, it is advised that you take him for a bi-annual checkup at a minimum.
- The Risk of Infection
When you first bring home a Frenchie, the first thing you should do is to take him to the veterinarian regardless of the certificate of good health issued by the seller. In this case, the vet helps you carry a thorough check on him to know if he has any physical or dietary defect.
At 16 weeks, the Frenchie is due for heartworm and flea and tick prevention vaccination if around 6 months of age he has not been neutered, the vet will carry out the necessary steps to have him neutered.
You can also bring your Frenchie’s stool and urine as samples to conduct a test for intestinal parasites and detect the kidney, liver, and thyroid hormonal levels.
- Your Own Volition
Owning a Frenchie means that you are solely responsible for its well-being and in taking this responsibility you have to ensure that you put his health into consideration at every time. On this note, if you notice any change in his feeding, movement, or any deviation from his daily activities, you have to take him straight to the vet for assessment.
Don’t risk putting your Frenchie’s life on the line by being negligent of the signs you are noticing. Your Frenchie does not deserve to go through more pain than they need to.
- Creating a Healthy Meal Plan
Visiting your vet will help you know the exact meal plan you should get your Frenchie on that is healthy and nutrient-filled. This is beneficial to new breeders that own a Frenchie for the very first time. If you are an old breeder, you should not lose sight of the fact that you may be doing something wrong when it comes to feeding your Frenchie.
It is important to know the extent you can go in changing your Frenchie’s diets and the kind of treats you should introduce to their meal plan which should not be more than 10% of the daily calorie intake as more can cause an unbalance in their diet.
You can visit your vet to find out how often you can brush your Frenchie’s hair and the steps involved (if you are a newbie). If you notice any skin fold dermatitis while cleaning the folds of skin around your Frenchie’s face, you have to take him to the vet for treatment.
You should clean the skin folds regularly with damp cotton wool pads but always make sure that you dry his face thoroughly after cleaning.
When you take your Frenchie to the vet it is a good idea to help it form a positive relationship with your doctor rather than a negative association. If you succeed in building this relationship, this will make every other trip to the vet office easier. You can reward your Frenchie with treats and the vets can reward them so.