french bulldog breed information

common health issues

Hemophilia A is a bleeding disorder due to a deficiency in a specific clotting factor. The deficiency in Hemophilia A is of factor VIII, and it is much more common than the more serious Hemophilia B. Dogs with Hemophilia A may experience few or no clinical signs but may require periodic treatment.

Distichiasis is a condition in which extra hairs grow out of the area of the eyelashes. These hairs can be thick and stiff and can irritate the eye, resulting in painful corneal ulcers. There are several options for treatment, but the most common is cryosurgery to freeze the eyelid margin where the extra hairs are. Even with treatment, this condition can recur.

Entropion describes the inward rolling of the eyelid, often causing the eyelashes to come into contact with the eyeball and cause irritation and often ulceration. Many affected dogs will require surgical correction and severe cases may require multiple surgeries.

Brachycephalic Syndrome is a collection of conformational issues specific to short nosed pets, including narrowed nostrils, elongated soft palate, and a narrowed trachea, often resulting in respiratory problems. Clinical signs of this condition can be managed conservatively, but often surgery is needed to allow the dog to breathe easier.

Cataracts describes the transparency of the lens in the eye.While cataracts are a common finding in older dogs, many breeds, including Cavaliers, have a genetic predisposition to juvenile cataracts, i.e., occurring in young animals. Hereditary cataracts can occur as early as six months of age and progress to complete loss of vision by two years old. The good news is that most affected lenses can be treated surgically. Cost of treatment: $1,500 to $3,000 per lens.

The French Bulldog (or “Frenchie”) originated as a companion dog and remains one to this day. They were selectively bred in France from early Bulldogs into a “toy” Bulldog and are known for their characteristic “bat” ears.

These adorable dogs are small and muscular with an affectionate, even disposition. Frenchies are excellent companions and are not overly boisterous like some other smaller breeds. Their play may be slightly rough, so appropriate supervision should be maintained when they are playing with children. They require minimal exercise and due to their short fur, little grooming.

Although they are a muscular breed that requires minimal exercise and grooming, French Bulldogs are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family vacation budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses French Bulldogs are prone to include:

1. Respiratory problems, such as brachycephalic syndrome

2. Eye issues such as entropion, cataracts and distichiasis

3. Bleeding disorders such as hemophilia A

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Frenchie inherits his father’s bad eyes or his mother’s breathing problems, you’re protected.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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