Where Can I Get A French Bulldog?

Hi Jan,

I really want to get a female puppy from a quality breeder or rescue.
Do you have any suggestions?  I have looked at what seems like 10,000
puppies on the internet, tried to get as much information that I could,
I have taken all kinds of internet quizzes and really just want to make
sure I get a healthy wonderful little puppy.

Do you have a breeder you would suggest?  I would consider rescuing
one but really want to have my first frenchie be all my own you know.

How would you suggest I go about getting something like an eight week
old female pied with a cute little dot on the top of her head?  I know it
sounds specific, but man are they cute.

Thanks again,

Tim

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Hi Tim,

Do not get one on the internet – there are too many scams and puppy mills.
Start by going to the French Bulldog Club of America site, at this link:
http://www.frenchbulldogclub.org/

Look under events and see if any are listed in your area.  Then you can see
the dogs and breeders in person.  You could also go to a Bulldog show
because the bulldog breeders often know or also breed Frenchies.

If there are no upcoming events, look in their breeder directory at this link.
http://www.frenchbulldogclub.org/ht/d/sp/i/310/pid/310

You can also go to local French Bulldog meetup groups or local clubs.
These you can find by doing a google search for French Bulldogs plus
your city name.

You will be surprised how much information you can get from Frenchie
owners that you just talk to on the street.

Choose the breeder carefully.  Frenchies do have significant health issues
and can be costly if they become ill.

Jan

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Severe Constipation Leads to Intestinal Blockage in Bulldog

Good Afternoon,

I have a question to see if you have experienced this or heard of this with other English Bulldogs.

Our 5 year old threw up her food (several X’s same day). Next day did same so we took her to vet. They did blood work, x-ray of stomach. There was a mass noticed. To make a long story shorter she ended up and had to have surgery. It ended up she had a stool blocking part of large intestine.  She couldn’t keep down even small amount food. They carefully massaged intestine, put anti-inflammatory and antibiotic to help prevent infection.

She’ll be at vet’s for several days so they can watch her, be available for any added medications and watch stool. Said she would have to push so to speak to get it out and they wanted to be able to do what might be needed for her to pass stool hopefully without problem.

Have you ever heard of one having this. I’ve heard of them not wanting to grunt a you might say and she is one we have to watch as she seems to get tight stools once in awhile and we have to give pumpkin to keep soft enough. If not, she’ll not complete job.

They did not open intestine and remove as they felt danger of infection etc was to great etc to great. Rest of everything looked good. No other blockage or foreign object.

Needless to say I have been a basket case, but now we’ll need to be even more checkful of this area.

Any suggestion to help prevent this from happening again. And how do you know if they’ve gotten cleaned out.

Thanks
Mary

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Hi Mary,

I have heard of several cases of intestinal blockage but not from
food alone.  Usually they ate something that made the blockage.  And
I have not heard of a dog being so constipated that they could not
defecate.  It sounds like she’s absorbing too much water out of her
food as she digests so they become hard and stuck.  This leads me to
believe she’s dehydrated.

As for remedies, I think that diet could make a difference.  Dry kibble is very
dehydrating and can actually absorb water out of the stomach and intestines
and lead to very firm stools.  Maybe you should add some warm water to her
food.  Or switch her to canned which has a higher moisture content.  food.

Do you add the pumpkin at every meal?  It’s a good solution, perhaps you
should add more.

You could also try adding fiber to the food.  Psyllium is a natural fiber – it
needs to be given with lots of water!  You could also try adding some oil to her
diet in the form of fish oil or even olive oil.  Milk is another remedy if she can

tolerate it.

Finally fresh pureed vegetables added to her food may help her.  Vegetables
have lots of fiber.  They must be pureed to be properly digested by a dog.

Finally exercise is good for proper digestion.  Be sure she is getting enough
exercise.  Take her for walks a couple times a day or throw the ball for her to chase.

Your Bulldog Pal,

Jan

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