Help – My French Bulldog Puppy is Deaf.

hi jan

i’ve been speaking to you here and there   you’ve been helping me out  with lots of questions etc  well now  this  weekend  we  just found out that our new little puppy is totally deaf  help  ouch  what do we do about this
i’ve been looking around on the computer etc  and i see that there are  books and lots of information on this so i am not so scared seems as though we may be able to do this  i hope  are we panicking  or what  i’ve notified the breeder that we purchased him from and i haven’t heard back from him yet  because the computer also said to be sure and to notify the breeder so i guess maybe that they would stop breeding that female i think is what it said so i did notify them and mention all of this to them so we’ll see what they come back with.
have you ever had a deaf dog   have you ever trained one  i’m seeing  on the computer that there are hand signals so guess that we will go to that  what info can you give me  thanks  g  maybe just don’t panick and educate huh hand signals take care keeping in mind that he cannot hear be very careful etc gosh i am scared
thanks g

Hi G,

I’m sorry to hear your little guy is deaf but it’s not as bad as you may imagine.
Dogs approach the world primarily through smell, then sight, then hearing.  He
will look to you for direction so you just need to use consistent hand signals.
One of my dogs went deaf when she was older and we didn’t know it for a long
time because I had trained her by voice while using my hands.
In fact I try to be as quiet around my dogs as I can as then they will be calmer.
I use hand signals to sit, come, stay.  It’s not as scary as it seems – he will
learn right away.  Again, consistency is very important: use the same signal
for each command each time.
The main problems arise when he’s outside.  He won’t hear cars coming, but
then dogs are not the smartest about cars.  He will still pick up the scent of
everything around him.
There are many books on the subject although I do not have one in particular
to recommend.  What I would recommend is you find a good trainer who can
help you with this.
Deafness in bulldogs is not especially common but it does occur with more
frequency with all white dogs.
I hope this helps.  Please let me know how it goes.
Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan
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Bulldog Puppy with Weakness in Back Legs

Hello

I just wanted to get your opinion on my bulldog Bitzy(Bo Bo).  She’s about 7 months old and has already been through her first heat.

For the last few months(4 or so) we noticed she babies her hind legs quite a bit, mostly when she gets up from sitting, and she doesn’t like for us to touch her hind legs,but mostly down towards the bend of her legs. She doesn’t yelp if we do touch them she just kinda pushes/licks our hand if we do. She also tends to lick and bite at her legs out of the middle of no where as if something has bitten her.

Once she’s up if there something she wants to stay up for like playtime,eating or to go to bed, then she stays up, but if she just gets up to go outside or to wonder around the house then she usually will sit down not much after getting up.

Although she has no problem running around the yard at full speed pickin on my twice her size old english buddy, or chasing the garden hose when it on. For a while we thought she was just being lazy maybe,or maybe overweight, but now as the time has progressed and she’s lost a little baby puppy pounds and we’ve noticed how she sometimes just want to lay and sleep were thinking it’s probably something a bit more serious. if you have any idea in what could be wrong with our bitzy bo bo please let us now asap.

thanxs very much.

Hi Dawnette,

English Bulldogs go through growth spurts at certain ages. During growth some
orthopedic symptoms can appear that will take care of themselves as she grows.
Since this has been going on since she was a puppy, there could be other causes.
There are some spinal conditions in bulldogs that could be affecting BoBo’s hind legs.
If she is showing weakness in the legs, I think you should take her to an orthopedic
vet for evaluation.
She may be biting at her legs when she gets a twinge of pain.  It’s often difficult for
us to tell when a dog is in pain because they are very stoic and do not like to show
any pain or weakness.  This is an instinctual response to pain left over from when
they lived in the pack in the wild.
Because of their breeding, all bulldogs have hip dysplasia to a certain degree.  That’s
the source of their charming “rolling gait” where their hind end sways when they trot.
Some bulldogs may even have their joints come out of the sockets.  Most show no
serious problems related to this but some can have pain.
There is also a spinal condition that can cause some nerve damage that can cause
weakness in the hind quarters.  It is also a genetic condition due to over breeding.
Sometimes they can get sore muscles like the rest of us but since she seems to have
had this for a while and she appears to be getting worse, she may be in pain.  Some
x-rays may be in order to rule out anything serious.
your bulldog pal,
Jan
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French Bulldog Paw Licking and Allergies

Hi Jan,

My French bulldog is 13 months old.  We have been battling some skin issues with her since she was 5 months old.  It started with a yeast infection in her right ear.  Since then she ahs had 3 infections in the same ear.  We try prescription washes and solutions, with little help of preventing the situation or solving the issue.

She also has a severe paw licking issue, and gets a pimple looking rash on the hairless part of her belly.  We feel bad for her and want to resolve this issue for her sake. I started her as a pup on the Whole Pet Diet, then moved onto the B.A.R.F. diet, and now per my vets request Royal Canine Hypo- Allergenic Hydrolyzed Protein dog food. The same symptoms have persisted.

We have had snow for about a month and I noticed that my dog wasn’t liking her paws as much.  I am starting to believe that she is allergic to grass. The second the snow melted away and grass appeared, her belly broke out in a rash again and the paw licking started up again.

My husband wants to treat her with the allergy injections, but it is costly. What would you recommend for your frenchie?

Thanks, Sara

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Hi Sara,

I have a couple suggestions.  First, do not feed her that Royal Canin formula, it’s soy and I don’t think dogs are meant to eat soy.  Feed her something high quality (raw or other) that is not chicken based but rather venison or duck or salmon, etc.

Next, her condition could be contact allergies since she’s better in the snow when her paws get cleaned off. Be sure you are not using any harsh chemicals anywhere she walks.  Clean her bedding once a week with dye and chemical free detergent.

You can give her the allergy shots and she will look better for a while. But they are steroids and have very bad long term effects.  I do not recommend them except maybe for a very short time to get severe allergies under control.

Try giving her dye free children’s dose of Benadryl (pink box) instead.

For her ears, be sure you keep them dry.  Yeast thrives on moisture. Try using an ear cleaner like Oti-Clens several times a day until her symptoms subside.  It’s available at pet stores, follow directions on box.

Do not over bathe her, it will only increase allergic problems.

I have a lot more suggestions on how to treat allergies plus food recommendations in my French Bulldog Health System.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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