Blue French Bulldog Spine Care
Like all other purebred dogs, Blue French Bulldogs have genetic conditions. A lot of people are aware that Blue Frenchies have issues with heat, heat stress, breathing, and sensitive tummies. The less obvious issue of spine abnormalities is something that many parents are unaware of.
We are drawn to Blue French Bulldogs because of their stout stature, muscular yet chunky body, and flat face, but these characteristics are also likely to be the root of their spinal abnormalities. Due to their small size, Blue French Bulldogs are regarded as having dwarfism or chondrodysplasia, two conditions that are common in small breeds. In its literal sense, the term “chondrodysplasia” refers to abnormal cartilage growth, which causes disproportionate dwarfism. Dachshunds and Basset Hounds are two other breeds that have this.
The abnormally shaped vertebrae associated with dwarfism are referred to as hemivertebrae. In the spine, these vertebrae frequently don’t line up properly with their neighboring bones, giving the appearance of scoliosis (on an x-ray) in people. It’s simple to miss hemivertebrae. You may never be aware that your Blue French Bulldog has had this condition. Hemivertebrae, however, can result in very serious, even fatal, complications, such as paralysis.
What causes a misaligned vertebra to cause paralysis?
It’s because having a condition like hemivertebrae can cause the intervertebral discs, which serve as a dog’s intervertebral shock absorbers, to age prematurely. Intervertebral discs can harden, rupture, or protrude into the spinal cord if they begin to degenerate, resulting in excruciating pain and possibly paralysis.
Lameness in the front or back legs, loss of bladder control, constipation, and stiff neck are all signs of degeneration. Treatment options range from anti-inflammatory prescription drugs to surgery, depending on the severity. It is safe to assume that your Blue French Bulldog has a spine abnormality because breed surveys show that 95% of Blue French Bulldogs have one.
Preventative measures include:.
Unexpected bursts of play are common in Blue French Bulldogs. Although it’s crucial that they do, keeping an eye on how much and how long they move around can help to avoid developing serious conditions.
Do not allow your Blue Frenchie to repeatedly run up and down the stairs like a young athlete.
Jumping out of bed, performing forced jumping drills, or jumping in excitement to grab a treat can all hasten problems. Keep jumping as minimal as possible, especially while young (up to 18 months). Instead of uncontrolled sprinting, your Blue Frenchie can stay fit by taking short walks. Your Blue Frenchie will stay in shape and the muscles supporting their spine will function more effectively with short, controlled WALKS. Injury risks can rise during rough house play that has your Blue French bulldog twisting and turning or even during prolonged frisbee or fetch games.
Control the weight of your Blue French Bulldogs. Their spine may experience pressure and pain due to excess weight. Under the right conditions, playing tug-of-war is acceptable. One of the dogs always caves in when your Blue Frenchie engages in this game with other dogs. We, as parents, choose to give in when we play with our Blue Frenchie. Recognize how long you allowed the game to continue with you and possibly another dog. Spinal injuries may result.
The best friend of your Blue Frenchie is a harness. The pressure is dispersed over a sizable portion of their body with harnesses. The neck region of the spine may be stressed by a collar. Omega 3 fatty acid-rich diets help to prevent degeneration and inflammation. Both tuna and sardines contain them, which have potent anti-inflammatory properties. Give your Blue Frenchie this kind of food a few times per week. Consider giving your Frenchie treats that contain hemp. For joint pain and spinal problems, hemp and CBD oil are effective. It is well known for its anti-inflammatory and muscle-relaxing properties. I personally give my Blue Frenchie Healthy Treatz, and she has made significant progress. Never forget to support your Blue French Bulldog’s spine when holding him or her. Teach any kids who are living with you or just stopping by how to hold them properly. When you pick up your Blue French Bulldog, a serious condition may be indicated by head tilting, lameness, or crying. Bring your Blue French Bulldog to a veterinarian who is familiar with the breed so that the problem can be handled effectively.