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Bichon Frise: Health and Care

In general Bichon Frises are considered to be a pretty healthy breed.They are an excellent choice as a family pet and for show alike. And like any specific breed there are certain things to keep in mind when caring for your pet. (see grooming)

With proper care your Bishon Frise can enjoy a life expectancy of 15 years or more.

Bichon Frises can live comfortably in apartments if they get enough exercise. They’ very energetic and active so playtime can take care of most exercise needs. But they love walks and running out in the open too.

Establish a relationship between your veterinarian and your Bichon Frise. You want to find out what vaccinations and heartworm preventive medications your dog needs. Bichon Frise and a It’s important to keep the face of your Bichon Frise clean and neatly trimmed. Eye discharge and mucus can easily accumulate in the hair in front of their eyes and lead to serious problems. Wipe away the tears in the eye area daily and consider using topical wipes or a saline solution.

Since your Bichon Frise has that lovely curly hair it’s important to wipe your dog's hind (anal) area with a damp cloth after each poop to keep it clean and prevent matting.

All Bichon Frises should be combed or brushed daily or at least 2-3 times a week and all tangles should be removed before shampooing.

Bichon Frises are very sensitive to fleas so be sure to keep up with preventive treatments. To discourage mites regularly trim excess hair from in between their pads on their feet and in between their ears.

Dental hygiene is important since Bichon Frises can suffer early tooth loss and are prone to gum infections without regular dental care. Daily or frequent brushing and avoidance of canned foods is recommended with a regularly scheduled professional cleaning with your dog’s vet.

Since the Bichon Frise is prone to bladder stones and infections be sure to give your pet plenty of clean, fresh water. Filtered water is desirable.

Provide your Bichon Frise with a good nutritional diet. (see diet)
If you notice any problems with your Bichon Frise’s knees be sure to discourage excessive climbing (stairs) or jumping off furniture to prevent further stress. Be sure to have your dog checked if you see limping or favoring of one leg over another.

Watch for signs of anything out of the ordinary or problems with your dog’s health and contact your veterinarian immediately when you notice anything amiss.

Since the Bichon Frise is graced with good health and a wonderful temperament they make an excellent choice for a pet. With plenty of love, a safe environment and proper care you can go a long way to ensure your Bichon a full, healthy and happy life.
 

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