French Bulldog

French BulldogThe French Bulldog is a stocky breed with large, prominent eyes. These dogs were selectively bred as lap dogs in nineteenth centuryEnglandand they continue to be great companion dogs. With an affectionate nature and gentle disposition, English Bulldogs are an easy-going breed and a joy to own.  They also make great low-maintenance pets because they require minimal daily exercise and their short coats need little grooming. These dogs respond well to firm, consistent training but if the owner is passive, they may become stubborn or snappish.

Due to their compact structure, French Bulldogs are prone to a variety of musculoskeletal problems such as patellar luxation and intervertebral disc disease. French Bulldogs are also often afflicted by brachycephalic syndrome and eye defects. Pet insurance may help you cover treatment and medications for these conditions.

Musculoskeletal Problems
Many small breeds are prone to musculoskeletal problems and the two most commonly affecting French Bulldogs are patellar luxation and intervertebral disc disease. Patellar luxation is a condition in which the patella, or knee cap, slips out of its normal position. Over time, this condition can lead to joint damage, pain and lameness. Intervertebral disc disease (IVD) is a condition involving herniated discs in the lower back which can be very painful, causing the dog to have difficulty moving. Surgical repairs are available for both of these conditions and costs range from $1,200 to $4,000 for patellar luxation surgery and from $3,000 to $5,000 for IVD surgery.

Brachycephalic Syndrome
The term brachycephalic syndrome encompasses a number of conditions including an elongated soft palate, stenotic nares and everted laryngeal saccules. Short-nosed breeds like the English Bulldog are especially prone to developing these conditions. An elongated soft palate is a condition in which the soft palate extends too far into the airway and stenotic nares are simply another name for malformed nostrils which make it difficult for the dog to take in enough air through the nose. Everted laryngreal saccules is a condition in which the tissue near the vocal cords is pulled into the windpipe during inhalation, obstructing airflow. Surgery is the preferred treatment for these conditions and the cost of procedures ranges between $1,000 and $2,000.

Eye Defects
French Bulldogs are prone to several eye conditions including juvenile cataracts and cherry eye. Cataracts are defined as a loss in transparency within the lens which can lead to partial or total loss of vision. This condition can be surgically repaired, generally for between $1,000 and $1,500. Cherry eye is a common condition in which the gland of the third eyelid slips out of place. The gland can usually be reduced by a veterinarian but more permanent, surgical solutions are also available to remove or reposition the gland. These remedies usually cost between $300 and $700.

Disclaimer: Symptoms, conditions, and costs may vary. Consult a licensed veterinarian to inquire about treatment options and cost of care for your particular situation. Check actual coverage and benefits for your dog to determine whether you will be covered by pet insurance.