Most common health problems in the Bichon Frises, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Bichon Frise

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Bichon Frise, you'll find my health care program very valuable.

It's called "11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy."

Raise your dog the RIGHT way, feed him the RIGHT food, give him the RIGHT vaccinations, avoid unnecessary veterinary expenses, and help him live a longer, happier, and more comfortable life.

If your Bichon Frise already HAS a health problem, I'm sorry to hear that. You should immediately begin my health care program, and you may be able to restore his good health – or at least make him much more comfortable. Let me help!

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Bichon Frise Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of Bichon Frise health problems

Chronic allergies cause horribly itchy skin in the Bichon Frise – the #1 health problem. Ear infections are common due to profuse hair in the ear canals.

Urinary stones can be a chronic issue in Bichons. Stones can be life-threatening in male dogs, who have trouble passing them.

Loose knee joints (luxating patella) cause pain and lameness and can require expensive surgery. Cataracts appear at a young age and can progress to blindness.

Other chronic health problems are pancreatitis, diabetes, Cushing's disease, heart disease, and epilepsy.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Bichon Frise have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases and luxating patella, your Bichon Frise has less risk of developing those conditions.

Other health problems can be prevented, or partially prevented, by the ways you raise your dog. If you're serious about doing everything you can for your Bichon Frise, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Bichon Frise puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways. It will help you be your dog's health care champion!


Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Bichon Frise puppy or adult dog:

Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Bichon Frise lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Bichon Frise
Food is the #1 foundation for good health. The best diet for feeding your dog is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, fish....these are not just "people foods" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Bichon Frise. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Bichon Frise
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Bichon Frise. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Bichon Frise puppy really need? Does your adult Bichon need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.


Information on spaying your Bichon Frise. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female dog.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Bichon Frise. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Assisi Loop Assisi Loop Review: How I Helped Treat Inflammation and Pain
Does your dog suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia, disk disease, colitis, a skin wound? My honest review of a veterinary device you can use at home to help reduce inflammation and pain.


Complete list of Bichon Frise health problems

The major health issue in the Bichon Frise is severe chronic allergies, which cause horribly itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).

Urinary infections and urinary stones are also a serious concern in Bichons.

Orthopedic health issues are led by luxating patella (loose knees) and hip dysplasia.

Ear infections are extremely common in the Bichon Frise due to profuse hair in the ear canals. Keep that ear hair trimmed short.

Cataracts can appear anytime between 6 months and 3 years old in the Bichon Frise and can progress to blindness. Other eye diseases include progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), corneal dystrophy, and entropion.

Four diseases related to the endocrine system have been reported regularly enough in Bichons to cause concern: pancreatitis, diabetes, Cushing's disease, and hypothyroidism.

Heart disease (patent ductus arteriosus) occurs in Bichons, and a serious blood-clotting disease (hemophilia B).

Neurological diseases include seizures (epilepsy) and white shaker dog syndrome.

A rare immune system disease called immotile cilia syndrome (or Kartagener's syndrome) can occur in Bichons. Symptoms include frequent respiratory infections.

Like many small dogs, Bichons are prone to harmless episodes of reverse sneezing. It's not a health problem, so don't worry about it.


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