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 Blue Gem Frenchies


Care guide for your new french bulldog puppy

Toys

Beware of Rawhide bones they carry dozens of chemicals, including beach for color. They break into small pieces and can become a chocking hazard. It can crack teeth and sucking marrow can cause pancreatitis. Stay away from leather/ hoof type of toy's as well.

Kong toys are the best! They are nontoxic, natural rubber and some have a hole for stuffing treats, food or peanut butter (keep them busy). Before purchasing a toy be sure to look for sizing guidelines by weight on packaging.

Nylabone Dura Chews are great too. Make sure you purchase the powerful chewers not the soft plastic, french bulldogs can break them easily.




Food

Your frenchie will be accustomed to eating 3 times a day about 1/4-1/2 cup by the time they go home (as they grow this will change). Once your French Bulldog puppy's gets older consult with your vet to determine the proper diet. We do not recommend leaving food out because bulldogs can eat and eat. It's essential to control their diet at an early stage, health issues like respiratory problems can arise. If you plan on changing the current food we advise in making the change gradually. This will prevent any irritation to the digestive tract, which may result in loose stool and diarrhea.



Bowls

Even though plastic bowls are cute & fun it will become your puppies chewing toy. Stainless steel bowls as shown below are durable, chew free and last a life time. Always maintain a bowl of fresh water at all times.



Nails

When your puppy arrives to your home he/she will be familiar to the grinder. We start filing as early as the first week of age.  From our experience nail grinder's are the best way to maintain healthy nails, plus you can do it yourself. We recommended FURminator or Dremel NOT Pedi Paws, its very tough and noisy. You can find it on Amazon.com for under $25 worth every penny.



Nuvet Plus

Nuvet was recommended to us a couple years ago and since then we can't live without it. It helps your frenchie bulldog in so many different ways. It give our mommy's strength and energy during pregnancy and throughout the whelping. It provides healthy, shinny soft coats and prevents heart disease and much more. We have an educational video on our Nuvet page.



Moreover, it's essential that your puppy receives their supplements for a healthy growth. When puppies nurse, they rely on their mother's colostrum (highly nutritious milk produced right after birth) for the antibodies they need to fight infection. However, the maternal antibodies effectiveness declines as the puppy's immune system begins to mature. By 8 weeks of age your puppy's immune system is at a vulnerable point and will soon be challenged on multiple fronts. When a puppy is moved away from its mother and siblings to live with its new family, the immune system is weakened by the stress of the adoption and exposure to bacteria and viruses in its new home. These are pathogens for which the puppy's body has not yet developed antibodies, and it is widely recognized that the immune system is less effective in times of stress. 


Nuvet is not sold to the general public only by referrals. By using order code 36570 you can gain access to wholesale prices. If you were to find the product in a grooming shop or veterinary office, they can be marked up an additional 30-45% from our prices. Order toll-free: 1(800) 474-7044 with Discount Code 36570 or go to www.Nuvet.com




Collars and Harness

Harness:


We get asked " Should we use a collar or harness on my French Bulldog?" Harness are recommended for leash activities especially if she/he pulls. It takes seconds for your frenchie to run full speed after a squirrel, bird, or even another pet then causing the neck to get yanked back (especially on retractable leashes) when the leash tightens up. Put yourself in their shoes running as fast as you can and being pulled back to a complete stop by your neck ..Ouch! The advantage of a harness is the gentleness to their body. It wraps around the bulldogs wide chest safely securing them as they pull. The bulldogs benefit from harness more than any other breed because of their predisposition to breathing complications and tracheal collapse.


Collars:


Bulldogs are susceptible to upper respiratory breathing issues, that being said, collars can cause bruising, whiplash, headaches, damage to trachea, skin irritation, and fracture vertebrae.


Beware collars can cause strangulation as well. See below.


Fence: This occurs when dogs are peering over, jumping over or digging/crawling under the fence and collar gets caught.


Play: When dogs play with one another, they typically with mouth at each others necks. The dog's lower jaw and teeth can easily get stuck on another dogs collar. While they try to free themselves, one dog may suffocate,whole the other is left with a broken jaw.


Crate: Unfortunately, its very common than you like for collars to get stuck in the bars of the crate. This cause strangulation and if not caught on time it could cause death.


Branch: Can easily snag collar and strangle the dog, or puncture his neck area.


Heating/cooling air vents: Like crate strangulation , the hanging identification tags can get stuck in air vents, and while the dog struggles, he end up doing more harm than good.


In conclusion, even though collars are cute, stylish and fun they can do much more harm to your beloved pet. If you use the collar as an identification purpose we recommend micro chipping. Why run the risks with your bully? Harness are the way to go.



Treats

Stay away from splintered poultry bones, jerky treats (from China), walnuts, macadamia nuts, avocados, grapes, chocolate and raisins these are some foods that should be avoided, very harmful to French Bulldogs. We give our frenchie healthy treats in stead of in store-bought snacks, which are high in fat and sugar. Try veggies and fruits like pumpkin, apples, eggs, green beans, cottage cheese, peanut butter, carrot, banana, sweet potato, and strawberries. We do not recommend giving your puppy any treats only until after 6 months of age when his/her immune system is strong and healthy.