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French Bulldog Vaccinations Guide

Our pet’s health is one of the most important aspects to which we must pay close attention. Just like humans, dogs can also be prone to certain diseases and health problems.

French Bulldogs are characterized precisely by suffering from more health problems than other breeds of dogs.

French Bulldog Vaccinations Guide

That’s because they are brachycephalic canines, meaning they have small noses and short, flat faces. These physical traits not only cause breathing problems but also make these dogs more likely to suffer from diseases.

For this reason, it is essential that we know which vaccines we should apply to a French Bulldog and the most appropriate time to do it, regardless of whether we are first-time or experienced owners.

Vaccination of French Bulldogs

The vaccination process consists of introducing a weakened form of a particular virus into the puppy’s body with the aim of strengthening its immune system, which will create antibodies. These antibodies will be responsible for protecting the canine’s body against a specific virus.

The recommended vaccines for a French Bulldog puppy are to combat Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza and Rabies. We can also consider optional vaccines against Bordetella, Leptospirosis, Coronavirus and Lyme disease.

Vaccination Schedule of a French Bulldog Puppy

AgeRecommended and Optional Vaccinations
6-8 weeksDistemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Bordetella
10-12 weeksDistemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease
12-14 weeksRabies
14-16 weeksDistemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Lyme disease
12-16 monthsDistemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease, Rabies
1-2 yearsDistemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Lyme disease, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Coronavirus
1-3 yearsRabies

Distemper

It is a serious and contagious disease that is caused by a virus that usually attacks the gastrointestinal, nervous and respiratory systems. Generally, this virus is spread through the coughing and sneezing of an infected dog. The most common symptoms of this disease are:

  • Nose and eyes discharge
  • Cough
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Seizures
  • Diarrhoea
  • Paralysis
  • Spasms

There is no cure for Distemper. However, it is possible to prevent secondary infections and control certain symptoms such as seizures or vomiting. The French Bulldog will be able to fight off the virus as long as it has survived the symptoms.

Hepatitis

It consists of a viral infection that is very contagious. This disease primarily affects the French Bulldog’s lungs, kidneys, liver, eyes, and spleen. Many people think that canine Hepatitis is the same that attacks humans, but it is not.

The most common symptoms of this viral infection are congestion of the mucous membranes, jaundice, fever, an enlarged stomach, pain around the liver, and vomiting. If your dog has mild symptoms, it may be curable, but the most severe form of the disease could cause death.

Parvovirus

This disease can attack all French Bulldogs but puppies under 4 months of age are more likely to get it. There is no cure for Parvovirus, so it is important to control secondary symptoms in time and keep the canine hydrated at all times until the immune system defeats it. This virus attacks the canine’s gastrointestinal system.

The symptoms that a French Bulldog can present are:

  • Extreme dehydration (it could cause the death of the canine)
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bloody diarrhoea

Parainfluenza

The immune system is the main target of this virus. It is considered one of the most common pathogens of infectious tracheobronchitis. Parainfluenza can cause hair loss, dry cough, fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, nose and eye discharge, and lethargy.

Rabies

Rabies is not a disease that we should take lightly. It invades the central nervous system of the French Bulldog causing the following symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Excessive drooling
  • Headache
  • Hallucinations
  • Paralysis
  • Afraid of water
  • Death

An affected dog can infect a French Bulldog through a bite. This disease must be treated quickly, so it is important to take the dog to the vet immediately in case it is infected.

French Bulldogs Optional Vaccines

Bordetella

It is an infectious bacteria that is considered to be the main cause of kennel cough. Bordetella causes vomiting, coughing, seizures, and in very rare cases, death.

Leptospirosis

It is considered a zoonotic disease, that is, it can be transmitted from animals to humans. It is caused by a bacterium and is difficult to prevent since canines may not show symptoms, so we would not be able to know if the dogs our French Bulldog spends time with suffer from it.

The symptoms are:

  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Lethargy
  • Jaundice
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle pain
  • Renal insufficiency
  • Infertility

Coronavirus

The Coronavirus is characterized by affecting the French Bulldog’s gastrointestinal system, although it could also affect the respiratory system. Keep in mind that the Canine Coronavirus is not the same virus that usually causes COVID-19 in people.

We can suspect that our French Bulldog suffers from this disease through the following symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Loss of appetite

In some cases, the help of a veterinarian will be necessary to keep your French Bulldog hydrated and free from nausea.

Lyme Disease

This infectious disease is caused by a bacterium called “spirochete”, which is transmitted when an infected tick bites the canine.

This disease is quite serious as it can affect the heart, joints, and kidneys. In more severe cases, it could cause neurological disorders. An infected French Bulldog may have swollen lymph nodes and may suffer from lameness, heat, and loss of appetite.

Vaccination Cost for French Bulldogs

Theoretically, vaccination costs should be the same regardless of dog breed. However, they may vary depending on the area where you live. For example, a veterinarian from a small town will charge less than one who lives in a major urban area.

The average cost of basic vaccines during the first 16 weeks of life is between $75 and $100. The rabies vaccine usually costs about $20.

If you got your French Bulldog from a shelter, it has probably already been vaccinated, so you should only invest in the vaccines your pet will need in the future.