Grooming a French bulldog is not complicated at all. Read on and find out how to keep your sturdy little Frenchie clean, healthy and comfy.
Frenchies can be bathed when necessary, depending on your sound judgment. Still, for your little pet’s health and comfort, it is ideal to give him a bath once a week but not less frequently than every six weeks. Don’t bathe your Frenchie without first doing the following pre-bath regimen:
Use a low-velocity dryer to loosen dirt or dander from his skin and get rid of the loose coat.
Light carding is also necessary to remove undercoat and accelerate shedding.
When bathing your dog, pay extra attention to the skin between folds and wrinkles, especially on the face. Also make sure to choose natural, organic and hypoallergenic products to keep your pet clean and smelling great.
Facial Care For Your French Bulldog
Since the French bulldog’s skin is a bit loose and wrinkled especially in the face area, you should watch out for accumulated dirt hiding in between these folds. Pay close attention to the creases under his eyes, gently wiping them with a doggie wet wipe preferably every other day. Regularly inspect under your Frenchie’s sagging cheeks and snout, and thoroughly wash and wipe them clean after every meal. Owing to his short snout and an underbite, he can be a slobbery eater.
Grooming a French Bulldog is easy to do at home since it doesn’t need constant visits to the dog parlor for professional trimming. Because his short coat sheds only moderately, all it requires is a weekly brush to maintain health and shine.
Check your French Bulldog’s bat ears on a regular basis for wax and dirt buildup, which can potentially lead to infection. Use a warm, damp cloth to wipe the outer ears. Use either a cloth or cotton ball moistened with mineral oil or olive oil to carefully wipe the exposed inner part of his ears. This careful cleaning process should be repeated either on a weekly or monthly basis, as you see fit or as prescribed by your veterinarian. And never ever poke cotton swabs into your dog’s ear canal as these may damage his inner ear.
Be vigilant of ear infection symptoms, such as constant head shaking, red or sore ears, or smelly ears with discharge. Take your Frenchie to the vet ASAP once you notice any of these signs. If your dog’s ears are simply dry, gently rub with Witch Hazel Oil, which helps in soothing and healing the skin.
Starting from puppyhood, it is imperative that you take good care of your French bulldog’s feet. You should know that this particular breed doesn’t naturally wear down their toenails. Therefore, clipping them on a monthly basis is a necessity. Also take note that your Frenchie’s nails grow very quickly and thus require regular trimming using a nail clipper or a grinder to keep them from overgrowth, cracking and splitting.
Teeth Care For Your French Bulldog
Brush your dog’s teeth on a regular basis, ideally several times per week as needed, to keep ripe halitosis at bay. Keeping your pet’s teeth and gums in good health helps to avoid tooth loss when he gets older.
Following these tips on grooming a French bulldog is crucial in helping your pet live a healthier, longer and fuller life.