Should you get pet insurance for your French Bulldog? (And the top 3 health risks for Frenchies)


Jade Poole from I Write Words


We discuss the health risks of Frenchies, the benefits of having pet insurance for your precious pooch and what pet insurance cost

Why we love French Bulldogs

It’s no secret that French Bulldogs are fast becoming of the most sought after and popular dog breeds out there.

Just one look at their cute little faces will make you want to get one, and who can blame you?

While French Bulldogs are best known for their adorable faces and characteristics, fun personalities and relatively easy care, they do have with some increase health risk as a breed in general.

The cost of owning a dog

Being a paw parent can come at quite the price. Have a look at this blog post on the real price of owning a pet.

Basically, for any breed of dog, there are a number of medical costs you have to factor into account:

●        Sterilisations

●        Vaccinations

●        Routine care

●        Checkups

●        Dental care

●        Deworming

●        Tick control

And then there are the unplanned costs such as accidents and illness. When your dog comes down with a condition or is hit by a car, then you end up having to rush him to the vet and you could end up paying in R10 000 or more out of your own pocket. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

With this in mind, it makes a sense that paying a small premium every month for your pet insurance will help in ensuring you are not left having to put vet care bills on your credit card and will allow your dog to receive the best possible care when he needs it most.

So many pet parents are left in a horrible situation when their dogs are injured or in a medical emergency, they simply can not afford the vet bills and are left to opt for euthanasia as their only option. Pet insurance will make sure you never have to be in this horrible situation.

In any case, French Bulldogs, as wonderfully cute as they are, come with their own set of health risks and potential issues that may arise in the future. Many of which could cost you a great deal in medical bills.

The health risks of French Bulldogs

Did you know that the cost of a French Bulldog ranges from R20 000 to R70 000?

For that cost alone you might want to look into getting insurance for your dog.

But in getting back to the point, here are some of the health risks associated with French Bulldogs…

If you are already the proud owner of a French Bulldog, then you are most likely on a first name basis with your vet. And, if you have been thinking about getting a Frenchie, then you should most certainly take into consideration the vet bills you are likely to have.

As a breed, Frenchies tend to have more health issues than others.

Here are the top 3 health concerns associated with French Bulldogs: 

1. Brachycephalic Syndrome

This term refers to dogs and breeds with shortened snouts - meaning they have a short nose.

This causes a number of issues related to breathing due to the fact that their respiratory tracts do not easily allow for the free flow of air in and out of their lungs.

All the cute little snorts and snuffles your Frenchie makes are actually just him trying to get enough air to breathe.

Some Frenchies need to have surgery to correct breathing issues in their snouts, which can be very costly.

2. Intervertebral Disc Disease

The short and block-like form of a Frenchie with no tail is actually due to a spine that is slightly deformed, this means your dog will be susceptible to various back issues.

Intervertebral Disc Disease is when the discs between the vertebrae herniate or bugle into the space of the spinal cord, this can lead to severe pain, nerve damage and even paralysis.

3. Ear/skin issues

A Frenchie has a host of skin and ear issues that require daily maintenance and in some cases, an expensive diet and constant checkups.

The case for pet insurance

You can start to see why it is a good idea to make sure you Frenchie is insured to save you from the financial stress of vet care - which will be a regular thing if you own a French Bulldog.

If your Frenchie is already a few years old, then you can still get pet insurance, as long as he is younger than 9 years old.

And, if you are planning on getting a Frenchie puppy, then make sure you get him insured ASAP (you will thank us later).

Yours in paws,


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