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Admininstration Editor: Theo Koekemoer Based in South Africa Theo’s involvement with French Bulldogs date back to eary 1980’s He is a specialist Bulldog judge. email: To advertise contact Theo Koekemoer on Facebook or send an email to Rates: Cover: Free Double or Single Page: Free French Bulldog Magazine: July 2015 Page: 2

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Index 2 Administration 4 From the Editor 73 Allergies 79 Stud dogs 83 Puppies 89 Designers

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From the Editor

Theo K: Editor

I find it difficult to get time to manage two magazines and also work full time as a financial manager for a company. I therefore need all the support I can get! A big thank you to everyone who has once again supported the magazine with ads and or pictures. The ads are magnificent and so many beautiful dogs. We have a group of excellent designers. Please make use of their services! The deadline for the next issue is 25 August 2015 Congratulations to our beautiful cover dog from Canada, ZAR, owned by Bev Anderson. He became a champion this past weekend!


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Ear infections: Glen Kolenc Following on from our intro to skin allergies, the first thing to talk about in detail is ear infections. Ear infections in Frenchies are common and can sometimes be a frustrating thing to clear up. But does having an ear infection mean your Frenchie has a skin allergy? The answer is…..maybe!!! Here is all the important info you need to know on ear infections. Symptoms of ear infections: • Head shaking • Scratching at the head • Red, sore looking ears • A bad smell coming from the ears • One dog licking constantly at another dogs ears Diagnosing ear infections: Ear infections are fairly easy to diagnose based on the symptoms, and a vet looking down the ear. However they are not so straightforward to treat, because the actual infection may be caused by different “bugs”. Mites, yeast and range of different species of bacteria may cause an ear infection and each of these bugs require a different treatment. Sometimes there is a mixture of bugs in one ear, and if both ears have an infection in them, there may be a different cocktail of bugs in each ear. To determine which bugs are causing an ear infection, each infected ear should, by your vet, have a swab put down it, then rolled onto a slide and looked at under the microscope. This is called doing “ear cytology”. They will be able to see which bug(s) are present. If there are different species of bacteria present, or certain nasty looking species of bacteria seen, then a further test, usually sent off to a laboratory should ideally be performed. This test identifies which bacteria are present and tests them for the most suitable antibiotic(s) to use. This is called doing a “culture and sensitivity”.

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Ear infections: Glen Kolenc Treatment of ear infections: 1.Ear Cleaning Before considering treatment, we need to get the ears nice and clean and keep them clean. Most ear infections come with a buildup of wax and/or pus and other “gunk”. There are a variety of ear cleaners available from your vet and pet supply stores, however here are 2 natural ear cleaners: • Salt water (a teaspoon of salt dissolved in a small cup of warm water) • Raw, organic, unprocessed Apple Cider Vinegar (diluted 1 part ACV into 10 parts water). Regardless of what cleaner you clean the ear with, you should wet a cotton ball with the cleaning solution, squeeze a bit of the solution from the cotton ball into the ear canal and then massage the ear. Then with the cotton ball, “scoop out” as much mucky material as you can with your finger. You’ll be surprised sometimes how much muck comes out! Repeat this 3 or 4 times, or until the cotton balls start becoming clean. NEVER EVER place Q-tips or cotton buds down the ear. 2. Treating the specific bugs Based on the results of appropriate tests done on the ears, a variety of different medicated ear drops (and/or oral medication) might be prescribed. The duration of treatment will depend on how bad the ear infection is (a week to 2-3 months might be needed) but treatment should NEVER finish until repeat cytology is performed on the ear to check that all the bugs are gone.

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Ear infections: Glen Kolenc So, back to the golden question – is an ear infection a sign of an allergy? before I said maybe. The real answer is “not necessarily”. Dogs commonly get ear infections, as a one off, and respond well and fully to treatment if managed appropriately….and the ears stay good. However, if your frenchies ear infection is treated appropriately and it settles down, but then the treatment is stopped and the infection comes back….and you treat it again and it settles….and comes back again….and you feel like you are going around in circles…..thats when an allergy is almost certainly underlying the apparent recurrence! If this is the case – allergy testing and appropriate management are advised. Food allergies and environmental allergies can trigger off recurrent ear infections. SUMMARY OF EAR INFECTIONS • Red, sore, smelly, itchy ears alert you to the presence of an ear infection. • Appropriate swab tests should be done on the ears to identify which bugs are causing the infection. • Cleaning the ears and appropriate medication to kill the bugs (based on the results of the tests done) can then be started. • For frequently recurring ear infections, an underlying allergy should be suspected, and this should be tested for and managed. Without getting a nunderlying allergy managed, ear infections will always keep coming back • If your Frenchie has been diagnosed with an ear infection and is getting prescribed medication without any tests being done, please request that they do so. Ask them “aren’t you at least going to do cytology on those ears”….

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