A "Healthy" Overview of the Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a wonderful choice for prospective pet owners. This breed usually adapts well to family situations. Many would consider the Bichon to be a healthy choice when it comes to dog breeds however there is always a possibility of health issues. We will now go over some health complications that you may encounter during the lifetime of your Bichon Frise.

As with all breeds of dogs, it is vital to always maintain a very good and clean dental regiment. Most veterinarians highly recommend that your Bichon Frise's teeth be brushed every other day. There is also a plea by dog enthusiasts to avoid canned foods, although you should consult with your veterinarian. The reason that canned foods are frowned upon is that they don't provide the "cleaning" action of a dry dog food. Proper adherence to a brushing schedule will save costly bills due to early tooth loss.

Allergies affect all dogs and your Bichon Frise will be included in this statement. More often then not, the runny nose and sneezing will be associated with the changing of the seasons. Coming from a cold winter into a spring season of change, newly blossomed trees and grass will bring about irritants such as mold and pollen. These irritants will effect your dog's nasal passages and just bring about miserable times for man's best friend. Consulting with your veterinarian will allow you to plan out your best course of action to get ahead of your dog's uncomfortable situation.

This breed of dog is highly sensitive to fleas and ticks. Some owners have often said that their Bichon Buddies have often chewed themselves raw because of their intense scratching. A Bichon Frise needs to have attention paid to grooming and showering to keep a clean coat free of small bugs. A conversation with your veterinarian can also bring about certain types of medication to ward of the nuisance for your Bichon Buddy.

The Bichon Frise is susceptible to problems with their bladder. Infections and stones may lead to your dog being uncomfortable and have noticeable streaks of blood being found in the urine. Any blood in the urine, frequent urination and incontinence should be relayed to your veterinarian. A clean supply of water should always be on hand for drinking and no other drinks, such as beer or soda, should be given to any animal.

This breed falls within a group of smaller dogs that, more often than usual, suffer from knee problems. From dislocations to arthritis, careful attention needs to be taken with the movements and actions of these furry little daredevils. Jumping off furniture and excessive use of stairs puts a lot of wear and tear on the ligaments of the knees. Any limping or a favoring of a hind or front leg should be checked out immediately.

A Bichon Frise is a wonderful animal who is a joy to have around for adults and children. With a very limited amount of ailments to be found, these dogs have a high life expectancy and should enable them to be a part of your family for many years!