French bulldog breeders tips: questions to ask at your puppy's first vet appointment
Bringing home a puppy for the first time is fun and exciting. You have a new addition to your home that will bring all kinds of new fun, experiences, and responsibilities. While we often think about the fun and playtime with a French bulldog puppy, it's not uncommon to look past the responsibilities at first. There's plenty to be done before you bring your puppy home and more still after. One thing your French bulldog breeders should recommend is getting your puppy to the vet.
Taking your pup to the vet shortly after getting home is a great way to ensure your dog is healthy, up-to-date on all vaccinations, and get acquainted with the vet. Although, a first-time dog owner might not know what to ask the vet during that visit. At Royal Empire French Bulldogs, we can help get you started with a few questions we believe you should ask.
How much should I feed my puppy?
French bulldog puppies have tiny tummies, which means it doesn't take much to fill them up. However, it also means that they can burn through the calories from that food rather quickly. It's recommended that a 17-pound Frenchie gets between one and three-eighths cups and one and a half cups of food daily, depending on how active your puppy is. That allotment can increase by one-eighth of a cup for about every two pounds of growth. You should also split that total amount of food in half, so half is served in the morning and the other half in the evening. It's also important to give your puppy water throughout the day.
Which vaccines does my puppy need?
Every puppy needs to get vaccinated to ensure it's safe from potentially deadly infections they can contract. You should be sure to vaccinate your puppy, even if it's an indoor dog, because you never know when it will sneak out of the front door or have to go to doggy daycare.
The essential vaccines include:
- Bordetella bronchiseptica
- Canine distemper
- Canine hepatitis
- Canine parainfluenza
- Kennel cough
- Lyme disease
While the list might seem daunting, many are combined into a few shots, so your puppy doesn't have to get poked more than is necessary. Your vet will also help you schedule them out for you, so you don't miss any doses.
Do I need to puppy-proof my house?
Puppies are naturally curious. They like to explore their environment by sniffing around, pawing at new objects, and sometimes chewing on them. Like a toddler, they want to learn as much about their surroundings as possible, which means it's always a good idea to puppy-proof your home. Make sure shoes have somewhere they're put away, so the puppy doesn't chew on them. Have a home for plastic toys that can shatter when chewed on. Those plastic shards can be a hazard to your puppy if it chews and swallows them. Make sure doors stay closed to rooms it's not allowed, and all outside doors are latched firmly, so the puppy doesn't push them open and escape.
Get in touch for more.
You can learn more about what you should be asking your vet on your first visit by reaching out to us at Royal Empire French Bulldogs. As your French bulldog breeders, we care deeply about the well-being of the pups we send home with new owners. Give us a call today at 714-306-8656, or send a message using our online contact form.
We look forward to speaking with you and providing you with advice regarding your French bulldog puppy.