Our care instructions and recommendations
Feeding & Vitamin supplementation:
What is not eaten immediately, place in refrigerator until ready to eat again. Increase food intake as they continue to grow. They receive unlimited water. It is normal for your puppy/dog to lose his/her appetite during his transition to his new home, but it is imperative your puppy/dog eats.
To help stimulate his/her appetite you can purchase Nutri-Cal and give a finger tip of the paste by mouth, at least 3-5 times a day. Also give him/her their NuVet immune booster supplement once a day (for life), which can be ordered with this link http://www.nuvet.com/60540 – I will be providing families with samples. You can crush the tablet and put it into his/her food or you can purchase it in a powder form. NuVet also offers great skin care products!
In addition, we provide our puppies with Sure Grow 100 supplement, its an addition calcium, phosphate supplement for fast growing puppies (can be given up to 11 months old). Once your puppy turns 1 years old, you can also start giving him/her the NuVet Joint Support. We want to make sure you have all the essentials for a healthy, strong puppy with healthy bones and joints.
Last but not least, we also provide our puppies with Omega Fish Oil and Organic Coconut oil (can be added to food). Products are available at your local pet store or Amazon; please purchase these supplements in advance before you receive your baby.
To change his/her food, each day simply feed a little less of the previous food and a little more with his new food until you’re feeding your new food exclusively. Please make sure the food is of high quality, grain free, no artificial colorings/flavors, and no fillers.
Register your Microchip:
Register your puppies Microchip once you receive him/her. Please be sure to look in your folder for his/her registration card.
Crate training is Highly Recommended once you receive your puppy/dog. A crate is a safe haven where your puppy will feel safe and secured. Never use the crate for bad behavior.
We recommend the IRIS puppy playpen for safe and secure playtime. The playpen has additional pieces that can be ordered to expand the playpen as large as you want.
Crate size recommendations for a Frenchie is 30” or 36” for a bulldog.
The Modern Puppy apartment is Highly recommended, it is the same as a crate but bigger with separate compartments for sleep and potty, Here is their link http://modernpuppies.com/ Use coupon code DB33351.
Frequent walks before and after each feeding is essential. I am a stay at home mom so our puppies and dogs are accustomed to going outside to play every 2 hours for about 25 minutes at a time (under supervision and considering hot/humid weather). First potty break is by 6:30am and last potty break is around 10:00pm. Encourage and reward good behavior.
Please keep your puppy from jumping onto beds, couches, or jumping up to of down of a high object/place, etc… keep in mind they can easily injure themselves. You can purchase pet steps/stairs to prevent jumping. Puppies love to play all the time, so encourage “good” play and be sure to remind them not to nip on anything but their toys. Being firm and consistent is the key to training any pet.
Keeping your puppy groomed:
Although your baby may not be a longhaired dog, she/he still needs daily maintenance. Brushing is essential to removing any excess hair and dander. Bathing with hypoallergenic or All Natural Apple/Oatmeal Shampoo, and cleaning ears with Davis Ear Wash with a gauze. This should be done once every two-three weeks. Combing your pet using Sleek Ez is amazing, and reduces shedding tremendously.
Wrinkles should be cleaned daily to prevent any moisture or odor build up; we recommend Duoxo Chlorhexidine 3% PS Pads. You can also apply a small amount of Organic coconut oil to the nose when it starts to get dry, and can be applied directly to any scratches or dry skin.
His or her eyes should be bright and clear. If you notice discharge from the eyes, clean with pet eyewash like Clear Eyes for dogs or rinse with saline solution.
Nails should be trimmed bi-weekly with either a pet nail clipper and or a Dremel, to prevent nails from overgrowing and to prevent any anxiety when needing to trim their nails.
Keep ALL your pets up to date on all vaccinations and deworming:
A puppy should receive at least three sets of DHPPv (Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 1 (Hepatitis), Adenovirus Type 2 (Respiratory Disease), Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus; 2 sets of Bordetella (Canine Bordetella Bronchiseptica aka Kennel Cough), and his/her Rabies inoculations by the time the puppy reaches 16 weeks of age.
Then their yearly booster vaccines for all of the above at one year old and over. Please check with your veterinarian as your state may have different vaccination requirements.
Be sure when searching for a veterinarian in your area that you are looking for a licensed veterinarian with experience and knowledge with the Bulldog & French Bulldog breed.
Introducing your puppy/dog to other pets:
If you have pets already, please make sure all your existing pets (including exotic pets) are up to date on their vaccinations, has been dewormed (with a negative fecal screen by your veterinarian), and is healthy. They should not be introduced to any dog (friends dogs, dog park, etc.), until your puppy has been fully vaccinated (around 16 weeks old). Just like newborns, they are susceptible to catching any sickness from other pets, including but not limited to viruses, parasites, etc. When introducing adult dogs, make sure they are supervised and allowed to greet each other under supervision.
Socialization (recommended once puppy is up to date on all vaccines and deworming).
Expose your dog to different people and settings regularly. The more your dog learns of the world, the more comfortable he will be in it.
The AKC Canine Good Citizen® program (http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/index.cfm) is an excellent resource for socialization and training. CGC is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. Training will enhance the bond between you and your dog. Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with-they respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life.
AKC also offers several other unquie programs such as the AKC Therapy Dog Program, visit this link for more information http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/akc-therapy-dog-program/?_ga=1.222772507.1218876627.1482020770
Puppies can begin receiving their heartworm preventatives by the time they turn 8 weeks old. Please see your vet to start your puppy on heartworm prevention. Heartworm Disease comes from a mosquito bite.
For more information on Heartworm Disease and prevention, please go to this link http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/circulatory_system/heartworm_disease/overview_of_heartworm_disease.html.
We recommend Revolution OR Trifexis, These products cover heartworm prevention, intestinal parasite, flea’s, and more. Ask your veterinarian for more information.