Preparing for Your French Bulldog Puppy
Feeding Your French Bulldog Puppy
Your puppy eats 4 times a day, time is very flexible, but its usually around: first feeding around 8Am, second feeding around 12Am, third feeding 4pm, forth feeding 8pm. In occasions they can skip one feeding (not hungry yet). Making food available during specific intervals during the day will make bowel movements more predictable, because they typically poop within 20 minutes after eating. You can start to take away food earlier each evening to have less bowel movements over night. Here is how I mix food for one 8 week old French Bulldog puppy: to 1/2 cup of kibble I add 1 heaping tablespoon of canned food and mix thoroughly. The food is ready to serve. If you choose to add any additional supplements, just follow the packaging instructions. If your puppy doesn’t finish this portion right away, you can place it in the fridge and offer again later. If your puppy eats all of it and seems to still be hungry, mix them another portion. There is no need to measure or count calories at this point. Growing puppies need a lot of energy, just like growing children.
It’s common that puppies do not want to eat kibble by itself as it is not very delicious. If this is the case I highly recommend adding canned food from the same brand and variety as a topper and mix thoroughly, as mentioned above. I mix this thoroughly until there are no chunks left and the mixture is uniform (otherwise they will pick out the chunks and leave the kibble behind). Try not to mix other cooked meat into your kibble otherwise your puppy will never eat kibble without meat. If you are okay with cooking daily for your puppy, then by all means add cooked meat and vegetables into their kibble. I always have clean water available day and night.
If your puppy is experiencing separation anxiety and not wanting to eat kibble then you can offer some warmed goats milk. Goats milk is hard for puppies to resist, so save it for when he/she is not wanting to eat anything else. It will provide both hydration and calories. Your French Bulldog puppy should be kept on this diet for several months before switching brands of food or moving to a raw food diet, as changes from what they are used to can cause stomach upset and diarrhea.
As for right now your puppy eats Royal Canin Small Starter Mother & Babydog food https://www.chewy.com/royal-canin-size-health-nutrition/dp/34740. This food meets the needs of a mother and her puppies during gestation, lactation and growth. Kibble easily rehydrates to a porridge-like consistency that is great for the mother and her precious puppies. It is, however, recommended up to 8 weeks of age. Our next step and choice of puppy food will be Eukanuba Small Breed Puppy food https://www.chewy.com/eukanuba-small-breed-puppy-dry-dog/dp/118445
It is good quality food that receives the top of 5 stars rating by Dog Food Advisor's https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com and it is enthusiastically used at our home for raising young puppies and cover up nutritional needs of nursing mamas. We recommend at least a 7 day smooth transition period before you begin feeding the new food exclusively. Start by mixing 75% of the old diet with 25% of the new diet on Day 1 and Day 2. On Day 3 and Day 4, mix 50% of the old diet with 50% of the new diet. On Day 5 and Day 6, mix 25% of the old diet with 75% of the new diet. On the 7th day, you can feed the new food exclusively. This allows your pet’s digestive system to smoothly adapt to the new food.
We recommend to soak wet and mixed with added goat milk. Approximate amount of mix to feed is about 1/2 of cup per meal. If your puppy cleans his bowl in no time and looking at you and acting a little bit nerves-he probably needs more food. If there is some food left after 20-30 min, its probably a little bit too much for him. He will tell you exactly how much he needs to eat. We usually do not restrict growing puppies in amount of food.
If you want to be advanced and go even more above and beyond we will recommend kibble and canned food from the brand Farmina ND in their lamb and pumpkin variety. This food is not sold in PetCo, PetsMart or MubBay. So order online, or use their websites “find a retailer” function. https://www.farmina.com/us/
We are not sure which diet you will decide to feed your puppy, but we do encourage people to feed their dogs quality food, preferably raw and homemade. This way you know exactly what your puppy is eating. It was our choice. However, we understand that this is not suitable for everyone. If you feel like "do it yourself" puppy meal is not what you looking for, there is plenty of raw dog food on market, at pet stores they do have refrigerators with variety of names.
We personally recommend Primal http://www.primalpetfoods.com/Just scoop and serve! Dogs love it.
Primal raw food sold at local pet stores, not the big chain stores they don't carry it. You can find on-line a local pet store. Most stores have a frequent buyer program too, so after so many bags you get one free. Hope this helps!
Your puppy is not crate trained and used to free roam in their puppy room in large exercising pan and also used to use "training pellet litter" and pee towels pretty well.
Here is the list of things you need to have before your puppy comes home:
*Puppy pads for potty training (best value when purchased at Sam's Club or Costco, but can also be found at any pet store or can be ordered online (Amazon!)
*If you have carpet through your house, you'll need enzymatic cleaner for tidying up potty accidents. Found at any pet store or online
*Dog bed and/or blankets
*Food and Water bowls. Regular bowls work fine but if you would like to go the extra mile there are special bowls designed specifically for brachycephalic breeds which helps slow down eating and therefore swallowing less gas (and creating less gas and less chances for over eating and then throwing up) those can be purchased online. Raised bowls are an extra plus! Spending all that time bent over a bowl can be painful on the joints. A raised bowl will keep proper body conformation and promote correct position of joints. So the best bowl will be elevated, tilted, heavy and made from a material easy to clean and antibacterial
*Chew toys, your French Bulldog puppy is teething and will need lots of toys with different kinds of textures, materials, squeakers, and sounds to keep them busy and happy (and away from chewing your furniture/shoes). Choose durable toys and generally stay away from plushies as these can be easily torn apart and the fluff inside is easy to choke on. Edible chews are okay too, just no bleached rawhide as this is toxic. Instead try real raw bones or bully sticks.
*Gate, crate/kennel, or panels to keep your puppy in a safe area when not directly supervised and away from falls, drowning, chocking hazards etc.
*Fresh goat milk (not cows milk!) We wean our puppies onto water by 8 weeks old, however I do recommend to have a quart on hand during the transition period just in case. If not used, it can be frozen for later use or your can drink it yourself
*Supplements: These are not required, but you are welcome to purchase them if you want a booster for your puppy, since I get this question so frequently. Dogzymes Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes and an immune boosting supplement that I recommend to order in advance and have before your French Bulldog puppy comes home. https://naturesfarmacy.com/dogzymes-probiotic-max-10-billion-cfu-per-gram-live-beneficial-probiotics-prebiotics-and-digestive-enzymes-in-an-organic-whey-base/ It is called Standard Process Canine Immune System Support which can be ordered without Rx at https://www.smhomeopathic.com/store/standard-process-canine-immune-system-support.html
*Treats. I choose to have freeze dried raw meat treats or dried fruits. Vital Essentials is a wonderful brand that makes raw freeze dried minnows (tiny fish) that are full of healthy omega 3’s.
French Bulldog Puppy Hygiene
Your puppy does not need to be bathed unless visibly dirty. Over bathing can dry out skin and dogs do not produce oil the way humans do, so keep it to a minimum and focus the soap feet and bum areas. We personally used and liked Dermagic shampoo and conditioner https://www.dermagic.com/
Another good brand shampoo for baths is Skout's Honor https://www.skoutshonor.com/
Do not allow water to enter the ears! Frenchie ears are erect and open, so its easy for water to get in. In addition to this, ears are dark and warm (perfect for bacteria or fungus). Dry the ears thoroughly after each bath (and walks in the rain) and avoid allowing water near the head in general. For cleaning the ears on a regular basis (weekly or more frequently) I like to use cotton balls soaked in a specifically formulated cleaning solution called Ph Notix. https://www.vetoquinolusa.com/ph-notix
Clip nails monthly at a minimum. The more frequently nails are clipped, the shorter they will become. Puppy nails are especially soft, and even human clippers can be used, but once your puppy grows more and his/her nails become harder you will need specific clippers to cut them safely https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002RJM8C/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=nwfrenchies20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B0002RJM8C&linkId=82ef3d9d32542c46ec15a2b317e05842
But the best solution to keep nails in shape is daily walking on hard surface pavement as asphalt or concrete.
Your puppy's wrinkles may not be so prominent now, but its good to get into the habit of cleaning them too. As your puppy matures his/her winkles will get bigger and deeper. Its important to keep them clean and dry to prevent yeast/bacteria from settling in. Same applies to their tail pocket. Puppies don't typically have tail pockets, but as they mature this feature can develop. To clean these areas I use wipes https://www.chewy.com/earthbath-hypo-allergenic-grooming/dp/40505 or a wet washcloth. You will want to check in between your puppy's toes as well to ensure he/she hasn't developed yeast, bacteria, inter-digital cysts, dry, cracked, or otherwise irritated paws. I check this area with each bath, and completely dry the paws especially in between the toes after each bath and each time they get wet. If you notice redness between the toes, then it is likely yeast. There is a product called Phyto Vet CK Mousse https://www.amazon.com/Henry-Schein-PhytoVet-Antiseptic-Mousse/dp/B01JBHHBJK?ref_=ast_bbp_dp which works amazingly to kill yeast, just apply twice a day and DO NOT rinse off until paws are clean and white. I personally do not brush the teeth of my dogs, and have never had a dental issue. Providing large raw real bones for chewing will naturally clean the teeth and this is something that I give all of my dogs. However if you are keen on doing so, daily brushing will provide additional protection for your dogs teeth. There are special savory flavored tooth pastes just for dogs available to make this task more enjoyable for your puppy.
Your puppy will come home with his/her first set of vaccinations including parvovirus, parainfluenza, adenovirus, and distemper. I administer these vaccines at home in a single dose containing all four strains of virus. I use the brand name Nobivac and I special order these to be delivered via one-day-air on ice to ensure their viability. This initial dose is given once your Frenchie turns at least 7 weeks old. Please wait a minimum of 3 weeks to give the next booster vaccines. Your veterinarian may recommend additional vaccines to be given including leptospirosis (lepto). I do not recommend you give the lepto vaccines due to a high rate of adverse reactions, unless your French Bulldog puppy will be in frequent contact with wildlife or livestock. Rabies can be given once your puppy is a minimum of 4 months old. Also if you plan to board your French Bulldog at boarding facilities etc., a booster of Bordetella (kennel cough) as well as canine influenza vaccine once each flu season is recommended.
Here is few very important links for you to review:
Heart Worm http://snubnosed.ucoz.com/index/heartworm/0-137
Your puppy was several times dewormed with Pyrantel Pamoate and we have never seen any parasites or its eggs. The dates are in their health record. Simply due to the nature of puppies, I recommend you submit a fecal sample during your initial vet visit. I deworm the entire litter multiple times before coming home to you. But please understand that puppies are messy creatures. And incredible efforts on my end including baths, washing beddings/toys/food bowls/entire whelping pen, and constantly changing puppy pads it literally takes one stray poop to be stepped on and then walked around the pen and spread around. Puppies also put absolutely everything in their mouths including each others paws such a toddlers! So please understand it's very likely that you will need to continue one last treatment of dewormer when your puppy comes home, even if they are having solid poops. All of my mamma dogs are dewormed before and after having their litters as well to reduce exposure to internal parasites. Additionally I deworm all of my adult dogs twice yearly with a combination of metronidazole and fenbendazole, or drontal plus. Certain parasites like coccidia and/or giardia are extremely difficult to eradicate in our humid and wet climate. Giardia will live in the soil and water and can be spread through wild animals coming through your yard as well. Adult dogs with strong immune systems will develop antibodies to coccidia and/or giardia and will have no symptoms.
Fleas & Ticks
We do not have fleas to start with and we do not treat puppies younger than 8 weeks old for fleas and ticks. We personally have never had a flea or tick problem with any of our dogs in all years of breeding. Although I understand you might live in an area with a known problem with these external parasites or might be living on a farm where it will be necessary to keep them under control. There are many different kinds of medications that can be used but they treat different things, some are applied topically, some given orally, some work for one month and others up to 8 months, and some medications will also treat internal parasites in addition to external. So pay careful attention to which medication you use and please consult with your veterinarian for what might be the best choice in prevention. Personally my strong advice if you have to use flea preventative, do not use oral ones and give priority to topical. Here is link to all natural repellent. https://www.wondercide.com/collections/dogs-flea-tick-spray
Topical Advantage II has recommended itself from the excellent side https://www.chewy.com/advantage-ii-flea-treatment-medium/dp/102290
Heart worm preventative.
We do not use HW preventative at our house. Under no circumstances can we recommend using monthly HW preventative as we strongly believe that it will cause brain damage as seizures, tumors etc. Please, read carefully all side effects, short and long term of use of HW medicine you might be recommended by your veterinarian Dr. Please, do your research and consider to use natural/homeopathic repellents. Please, visit this page to read/understand more about Heart Worm: http://snubnosed.ucoz.com/index/heartworm/0-137
Here are a few very important links for you to check:
Worming with Diatomaceous Earth http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth.html
Eliminate fleas without poisoning your dog http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth.html
There are no fleas on my dogs!http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/theres-no-fleas-on-my-dogs/
Spay and Neutering
Please, take your time to thoroughly read and understand why it is so important to NOT spay or neuter your pet too early. We personally advise to wait to do so for female dogs after 1st heating season and for male dog 12-18 months of age. Early Spay/Neutering: http://snubnosed.ucoz.com/index/0-13
Favorite Products for French Bulldogs
French Bulldogs use harnesses, not collars because they are a brachiocephalic breed. While collars are okay to wear and attach an identification tag to, it is better to attach a leash to a harness for the purposes of walking. A wonderful brand that I have used and love for years is https://frenchiebulldog.com/ and they come in adorable patterns.
We sincerely congratulate you on your new addition and wish you to establish in no time a great bond with your fur friend and enjoy its company for many many years! Remember, please, this puppy has extreme value for both of us. If you ever need me, I am here for him and you.
Thank you for choosing us and trust in our dogs and puppies.
Michael and Jane Burgess