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Advice and guidance needed - New French Bulldog Puppy

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Sid Crayton, Apr 4, 2014.


  1. Sid Crayton

    Sid Crayton PetForums Newbie

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    Hi

    We have recently bought a new French Bulldog puppy and all seemed well until the second day of having him. We noticed after eating food or drinking he would uncontrollably throw up foamy watery stuff from his mouth which would also come out of his nose. It's not food coming up so it's not vomit. After reading u some more we saw more and more write ups on elongated palates - after a trip to the vet and a perfectly normal looking X-ray the vet did mention he has a slightly elongated soft palate which could be the reason behind the food and water not going down too well and getting stuck.

    Sid is getting increasingly distressed everytime this happens and it's so uncontrollable it really frightens him - and us!

    It can be projectile and sudden and can be quite alot at a time.

    He's 18 weeks old and still very little - we appreciate surgery isn't an option just yet but the vet also mentioned pneumonia risks and now I'm in complete turmoil as Sid is already so precious to our family I can't bare to think of life without out - even though we've not even had him a week!

    Can anyone offer any guidance or support - and obviously shed any light on own experience ..?

    We are in the process if finding the best food options and we've had great tips on how to feed him / ie, raising bowls, 6 very small meals , little teaspoons of water every hour and not with food ...

    Currently desperate for reassurance and any advice

    Thanks in advance
    Aimee
     
  2. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    I am so sorry that you and sid are going through this. I know you have done a certain amount of research into elongated soft pallet itself, but sometimes Frenchies can have other airway problems too and elongated soft pallet can lead to further problems with the Laryx and trachea. Not sure if you researched more into this too but a very goof website that explains it and Frenchie specific is the one below.

    Brachycephalic Syndrome - Flat Face Breeds

    Exercise and heat tends to make bracycephlic airway syndrome worse, it can also cause further restriction of the airways and breathing problems so its important that you know about that too.

    Management of Brachycephalic Breeds in Hot Weather

    Because all brachycephalic breeds have varying degrees of the predisposing anatomical features of airway obstruction, even if it is subclinical, it is appropriate to treat all brachycephalic breeds as having the potential for upper airway obstruction. It is worth remembering that with the shorter face, the less the air will cool before it reaches the lungs.
    Predisposing Risk Factors - Heat, humidity, exercise, excitement can all increase panting as the dog attempts to loose heat and cool itself – this excessive panting in turn can produce local swelling (oedema) and further airway narrowing, increasing anxiety and body temperature; creating a vicious cycle.

    Treatment - If panting hard, cool the dog all over by hosing the dogs down in a bath or a wading pool. Pay particular attention to the head, throat and belly. Do not attempt to make the dog swallow – ice packs placed along the belly, under the throat will help cool the dog – keep going for a minimum of 10-15 minutes, until the respiration rate slows down. If the dog is still having problems, get the dog to the veterinarian as soon as possible. Keep the car air conditioned with the cold air directly in the face of the dog.

    Prevention – be aware of the temperature on a daily basis, weather forecasting generally will give a ood idea well ahead of hot weather. Place your dogs on extra electrolytes in their food – this can help them cope with the heat better. Keep your dogs in cool conditions with plenty of through ventilation. Extremely hot weather – the more affected dogs may need to be kept in air conditioning. Fans, wet towels on the floor etc can all be useful items to leave out on hot days.

    French Bulldog Health

    Its probably also a good idea to check out the French Bulldog club of great Britain too as there is lots of helpful info and advice on there for health and caring of French bulldogs too. There are also contact details where you may be able to get help and advice about his problems and things you can do to help.

    General Health Info - French Bulldog Club of England

    Hope this may be some help, especially if they are links you haven't seen before.
     
  3. Sid Crayton

    Sid Crayton PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you ever so much - we have looked into it but I haven't seen those particular sites so will give them a whirl also... Happy for any additional info at the mo... It's our first ever time owning a Frenchie and although we knew it was going to be a challenge it's hard enjoying him as I think he's so fragile (even when he is bounding around the house like a crazy dog and chasing the cat!!)

    We have changed his food from royal canin to a different more natural variety gradually and he has had a much better afternoon!

    We didn't have time to get his pet insurance set up and I'm now wondering if because we had to visit the vet the day after getting him and they've looked into a particular issue - how will we stand in getting him insured?! I do hope a high level of insurance will cover him even after his vet visit if this problem persists or gets progressively worse... . :-/
     
  4. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    With pet insurance anything previously noted on the medical records or associated with the problems already diagnosed are not usually covered.
    They also dont cover you for any thing that occurs in the first 14 days once you have taken out the policy either. Anything prior to it becoming fully valid is usually a pre exisitig condition and they wont pay out. If you get him insured once the 14 days are up, then anything new that developes or unrelated to the conditions already previously noted would be covered.
     
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