French Bulldog Grooming Should Always Be Fun: Here’s How!

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Best French Bulldog Grooming & Care Tips To Keep Your Frenchie Healthy And Looking Their Fabulous Best!

french bulldog groomingWhen it comes to your French Bulldog care, it is to be respected and admired, all the hard work and effort that goes into keeping high maintenance breeds like Poodles and Shih-Tzus looking their best. Personally Speaking, when it comes to French Bulldog grooming I do not want to be the one doing all that brushing, combing and clipping!

Fortunately in the Frenchie you have chosen to share your life with one of the easiest dog breeds to groom. French Bulldog grooming  is literally “wash ‘n’ go”.

Even though they have a short, smooth coat, your Frenchie will still require some basic maintenance to keep them looking and feeling their best.

 Get into the habit of “checking your Frenchie out” at least once a week, if not more often. Not only will you be able to perform routine grooming maintenance, you’ll be able catch some potential health problems before they escalate.

As well as having the occasional bath, here are some great ways to keep your Frenchie looking and feeling Fab!

Frenchie Grooming: Coat Care

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Frenchies might not be heavy shedders, but they love a good brushing just the same

Grooming your dog is not just  about keeping their coat brushed and looking neat – use it as a great opportunity to create valuable bonding time. Most dogs love to be brushed and Frenchies are no exception.

One of the most popular grooming tools is really just a glove. When it comes to your French Bulldog grooming routine nothing could be easier. Your Frenchie will just love it and using it feels more like petting than grooming.

When brushing is indistinguishable from stroking

You will have a friend for life when you use these.

There are several varieties of brush which are suitable, but one the most popular  is like a glove with little rubber bumps on it. Those nodules massage the skin to loosen and remove dead hair.

Once you have used this on your Frenchie a few times don’t be surprised if they actually start jumping up and pawing at your hand to hurry up and rub them when you put the glove on!

Of course, you can also use a soft-bristle dog brush or a curry comb-like brush. Slicker brushes (the wire ones) are not necessary for the Frenchie’s close coat.

French Bulldog Care: Ears

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Poor neglected Frenchie with an infected ear growth

Those marvelous ears! They’re so much a part of a Frenchie’s personality and appeal, but they can also act as collection devices for every piece of dirt and grime imaginable. Proper ear care must be a major part of your French Bulldog’s grooming routine.

If your Frenchie shakes their head and carries it tilted to one side, they may have an ear infection. Do not delay-take her to the veterinarian immediately. The veterinarian will culture the ear and determine the best course of treatment. Ear infections can be either bacterial, yeast or viral and the type of treatment depends on the cause of the problem.

  • Do not attempt to just clean the ear.
  • Also, do not clean the ears prior to going to the veterinarian. They will need to take a sample of the infection.

An untreated ear infection can lead to deafness, horrible growths inside the ear and an awful amount of discomfort for your beloved Frenchie.

How to clean your French Bulldog’s ears safely

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Frenchies ears are their best feature, look after them well.

For general ear cleaning, purchase a good canine ear cleaner. (From the pet store or from your veterinarian and use it as directed).

Never use a cotton swab because the temptation is to dig down into the ear; use only a cotton ball and gently clean.

To clean and examine your Frenchies’ ears, it is a good idea to make a habit of it from the time they are a puppy.

  • Rub their tummy, get Frenchie relaxed and then gently squirt the ear cleaner into their ears.
  • Gently massage the outside of the base of the ears to work the solution down into her ears.
  • Another method is to squirt the cleaner onto a cotton ball and then swab the ear with it. This softens the dirt and wax that is in the ear.
  • Do not push or poke down into the ear canal. This method can push dirt and debris into the ear and cans more problems than you may expect.
  • Finally. use a different clean, solution-soaked cotton ball to gently swab the dirty solution and dirt out of her ear. Your Frenchie may never actually enjoy ear cleaning, but if you can make it tolerable, then it will not be such a chore.

Do not hesitate to consult your veterinarian if your Frenchie seems uncomfortable about ear cleaning. It could be a sign of an ear infection.

There is some thought that allergies and other immune system problems can manifest themselves in chronic ear problems in French Bulldogs.

Chronic, untreated ear infections can lead to requiring an operation that remove the entire ear canal, an expensive, painful and often very preventable surgery. Take ear problems very seriously-after all, those ears are one of the hallmarks of the breed!

French Bulldog Grooming: Eyes

Those big chocolate eye that melt your heart should be given special attention. There should not be excessive tearing or discharge. Frenchie eyes usually are relatively trouble-free, but be alert for any change in their appearance.

How to keep your Frenchie’s eyes clean and healthy:

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French Bulldogs eyes should be clear and bright

With just a little extra care, you can keep your Frenchie’ eyes clean and problem-free.

  • Once a week or so, maybe in conjunction with ear cleaning, get your Frenchie into a comfortable sitting position.
  • Hold your hand so that you have control of her head. Gentle, yet firm is the key here; if you control or restrain too tightly, then they will probably resist.
  • Using a moist cotton ball, gently clean around their eye and take this opportunity to examine their eyes for any swelling, redness, blue tint to the eye, etc.
  • The eyes should be clear, bright and free of any abnormal amount of discharge. Unfortunately, lighter-colored Frenchies can also have some tear staining. This can be a good time to clean their face with a specially formulated tear-stain remover and keep them fresh and bright looking.

Looking After Your French Bulldog’s Teeth and Gums

Teeth cleaning is best started from puppyhood.

Unlike humans, dogs rarely develop cavities. However, they can and do develop gum disease. Brachycephalic dogs like French Bulldogs can be particularly susceptible to oral problems so an important part of your French Bulldog care will be to ensure they have a healthy mouth.

Check for broken teeth and signs of inflammation or swelling at least once a week and pay special attention if your Frenchie’s breath starts to smell. This is may be a sign of some form of mouth infection.

Have your veterinarian check the teeth carefully during each annual exam. Plenty of dental chew toys can help prevent dental disease, but do not be surprised if your French Bulldog requires a professional dental cleaning on occasion.

As you may know there are wonderful doggie toothbrushes and toothpastes available for our Frenchies.

Toothbrushes come in regular toothbrush shapes  fingertip types that allow for a bit more control and even pads that are soaked in a tooth cleaning solution to make doggie dental hygiene even easier.

  • Only use a toothbrush made for dogs.  The bristles are much softer than even a child’s toothbrush.
  • Do not use human toothpaste, as it can upset your dog’s stomach and the ingredients do not work properly for dogs. Canine toothpastes are specifically formulated for canine dental hygiene.

How to get your French Bulldog used to Teeth brushing

It may take a bit of time and patience for your Frenchie to become comfortable with the entire dental hygiene procedure.

It’s a good idea to give them some time to get used to the toothbrush.  Let them play with it, bite it and mouth it before you actually brush their teeth with it. The taste of the toothpaste may also take a bit for her to become accustomed to, so don’t rush them.

Remember, this will be an ongoing part of your French Bulldog grooming routine. Something that you will be doing for your Frenchie their entire life, you want it to be pleasurable, or at the very least, tolerable for you both!

Dogs have more problems with broken teeth than you might expect, do not hesitate to take their to the veterinarian if you see a broken tooth or any redness or swelling of the gums.

Keeping your Frenchie’s toenails snipped and neat

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Don’t be scared to trim their nails – it’s easy when you know how.

This is probably the one area that is most uncomfortable for pet owners. It is critical to your Frenchie, however, to keep their nail short and stubby. If you get your puppy accustomed to having her feet handled and their nail clipped as a puppy, it will be easier for everyone as their mature.

  • Our dogs cannot wear down their nail close enough naturally, but a daily walk on concrete can help keep them a little closer.
  • You can have your veterinarian, the breeder or a professional groomer show you how to trim your dog’s nails. There are several types of nail trimmers available; use whatever is comfortable for you.
  • Keep a bottle of styptic powder handy in case you cut a nail too close. Keep in mind that the nail does bleed, and yes, it does hurt, but it is more like when you clip a cuticle too closely, not cutting the toe itself!

If you absolutely cannot bring yourself to cut your dog’s nails or if you have a dog that puts up a struggle, do not stress yourself and your dog. Take them to groomer or to your veterinarian twice a month (no less than once a month) and have them do it. It may well be worth it to all parties involved .

French Bulldog Care: Parts and Places

Because of the extensive way they have been bred, Frenchies are dependent on their owners to attend aspects of their personal hygiene that most other dogs are able to do for themselves. Part of your essential French Bulldog grooming and care routine will therefore involve keeping little bums, noses and dangly bits clean and free of dirt.

Keeping Frenchie noses happy:

Watch out for sore dry noses

A little petroleum jelly, mineral oil or baby oil on your Frenchie’s nose will keep the nose leather pliant and clean. Some Frenchies seem to develop a crusty film on their noses, and this will help eliminate that.

Your Frenchie’s nose wrinkles may need extra attention. I recommend using a baby wipe-type towelette to clean the wrinkles every day or so. If your Frenchie has any irritation in these areas, apply some baby diaper rash ointment into the creases.

This is best done right before you go to bed, and it will be a bit messy the first few times you do it until you get the amount down pat.

Keeping Frenchie bums happy:

Poor Frenchies cant lick their own bum

Occasionally, a French Bulldog has an “inverted” tail. which means the tail is almost back up inside the body. It will be impossible for your Frenchie to keep this area clean on their own, so you must help them.

Using the same type of baby-wipe towelette as you’d use on their face, gently wrap your finger with the towelette and clean around their tail. After cleaning, liberally apply more of the diaper-rash ointment around the tail area.

With their stocky bodies, Frenchies cannot twist and turn to attend to their personal hygiene. Once again, we must help them.

If your Frenchie is female, ensure that her vulva is clean and free of discharge. If there is an unpleasant odor or discharge, consult your veterinarian.

On your male Frenchie, check the inside of his back legs and the sheath of his penis for dirt or discharge; if present, clean him off. As always, if there is an odor or a discharge, consult your veterinarian.

Remember,  your complete approach to French Bulldog care should be one of mental as well as physical well-being. Grooming time should be fun, playful and a great bonding experience for you and your Frenchie. I hope you find these French Bulldog Grooming tips helpful – I am positive  your Frenchie will love you all the more for the care and attention you give them.

 
 

This website contains general information about canine medical conditions and treatments. Any information thus presented is not advice and should not be treated as such. 

  •  You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from a qualified veterinarian.
  • If you have any specific questions about any medical matter concerning your pet, you should seek professional advice from a qualified veterinarian .

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