Our French Bulldogs are naturally reared and raw fed. We follow a minimal vaccine protocol, for the life long health of your French Bulldog.
Vaccines and your pet
We follow Dr. Jean Dodd’s revised vaccination schedule. This method of innoculation is widely considered to be less impactful on a dog’s natural immunities, allowing them to develop a natural level of antibodies. As noted, it is particularily recommended for breeds such as Frenchies which are prone to immune related diseases.
Our puppies receive their first set of shots at 9 weeks. This is in contrast to old fashioned vaccine protocols, which sometimes gave first shots as early as four to five weeks. Giving this first set of shots later allows the puppy to remain protected by the natural antibodies which they inherited via their mother’s immune system.
We do not vaccinate for leptospirosis, as it is not common in our area, and it is one of the shots which puppy’s have the most frequent – and severe – reactions to. We also do not vaccinate for Bordetella.
Rabies is given at six months, but is not given at the same time as any other shots. At one year, the dog receives their rabies booster. After this, unless your area requires it by law, we suggest giving a once every 3 to 5 year rabies booster at the most.
We’ve only ever had one or two puppy buyer’s veterinarians express concerns over our policy on vaccinations. As time passes, more and more breeders and pet owners are beginning to doubt the necessity for annual vaccinations. In fact, Current Veterinary Therapy by Kirk, the textbook bible for veterinarians in general, has an article on canine and feline vaccines by two researchers. Near the end of the article is a paragraph called Annual Vaccinations. It states “The practice of annual vaccinations lacks scientific validity or verification. There is no immunological requirement for annual vaccinations. The practice of annual vaccinations should be considered of questionable efficacy unless it is used as a mechanism to provide an annual physical examination or is required by law.”
We ask our puppy buyers to request that their veterinarian adhere to a minimal vaccine protocol – aka the Dr. Dodd’s vaccine protocol. Read more about Dr. Dodds’ protocol here, including a printable version which you may bring to your veterinarian.
Flea and Heartworm Control
We adminster Revolution topical Flea, Tick and Heartworm control to our dogs in June, July and August. We are in a cooler zone, so do not have issues with year round fleas. Unless you live in an area of year round fleas, we ask that you give flea and heartworm meds only during the summer months.
All of our puppies are microchipped before leaving. Contrary to one or two reports, we do not believe that a link has been proven between microchips and cancer. Please read this excellent article de bunking the ‘risks’ of microchips by Terrierman Patrick Burns.
We know personally how important microchipping can be, because we’ve had a dog returned to us because of one – a dog that, without a chip, we’d still be wondering about and searching for. Plain and simple – microchips bring dogs home.
Your dog’s chip will be registered in our name and your name. As well, it’s registered to the Canadian Kennel Club, who have been diligent about tracking down owners of lost CKC registered pets.
Finally, CKC guidelines require that all dogs be permanently identified before leaving their breeder’s home, and the only two options available are tattooing and chips.
Feeding Your French Bulldog
We feed – and recommend – a raw diet. We prepare a home made raw diet for our French Bulldogs that includes raw turkey necks, hearts, livers and kidneys, ground muscle meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, yogurt, eggs and cider vinegar. Owners wishing to continue feeding raw will be given an instruction sheet on preparation of this diet.
Since we realize that not everyone is prepared to feed their French Bulldog a raw diet, we give our puppies one meal per day of high quality, grain free, organic kibble – specifically, Orijen puppy food. We do this to acclimate your puppy to eating dry food.
We have prepared a sheet listing the dog food brands that we personally recommend, and have fed to our dogs. You’ll find it here.