A few weeks ago, I found what appeared to be a red hairless raised lump on Tuna’s neck. It was small at first and I thought it was a bite. Tuna tends to have sensitive skin so I didn’t really think much of it. As the weeks went by, I started to see that the lump would get bigger and start protruding out more and still hairless. It started to look like a skin tag and I thought at that point since it was getting bigger, it might be time to get it checked out.
Come to find out that it could be two things, a Histiocytoma or a Mast Cell Tumor. A Mast Cell Tumor is a cancerous cell and when I heard the work cancer I flipped. It was too small to test, they were afraid that if we tested it the result would come back inconclusive because of the size. He is too young for a skin tag, so that was ruled out. So I crossed my fingers and hoped it was a Histiocytoma not a cancerous tumor.
Most commonly histiocytomas are found in young dogs and appear as a small, solitary, hairless lump, although Shar Peis may be predisposed to multiple histiocytomas.They are most commonly found on the head, neck, ears, and limbs, and are usually less than 2.5 cm in diameter.
I had to make the decision at that point to get it removed. If they removed it they could send it in to get checked out and I would find out the results of the biopsy in 3 business days.
We were very lucky to find out that it was infact a Histiocytoma, a benign tumor. Phew!
I wanted to share this with you all because it was probably the most traumatic thing to happens to us do far. Tuna is 15 months old and the thought of cancer just broke my heart. I never knew what a Histiocytoma was or that Tuna could get it. So if you see a hairless red lump on your little pooch, take them in immediately to get it checked out. Tuna is finally feeling better and I can breath again. :)
I can across this site Fab.com which is great! Theres a ton of art pieces among other things created by local artists. Fab.com features daily design inspirations and sales of up to 70% off retail. There, I found this gem:
This vaguely embarrassed French Bulldog is aware that his grunting and wheezing isn’t very attractive, but he’s not sure what to do about it. This signed print is based on an original painting by New York City artist and comedian, Christopher Rozzi. His Tiny Confessions series captures the innermost thoughts of our loyal companions … and even a few monsters. $16
You might have to sign up with Fab.com to get to this but I thought it was adorable and us frenchie lovers know the grunting sounds and smells all too well.
Cats & dogs produce lots of allergenic particles called dander. Quick Bath Pet Wipes make it easier to wipe dander and dried saliva off your pet’s coat so it doesn’t get into the air you breathe. The easy-to-use pet wipes are specially treated with safe, gentle cleansing and antiseptic agents. Plus Quick Bath softens and moisturizes the animal’s skin with Vitamins A & E and Aloe Vera. Reducing pet dander c ouldn’t be easier!
My review: I love these bath wipes. They come on two sizes, smaller wipes and larger towel wipes. I like the larger towels to use on T (hes about 25 lbs so it literally cleans him all over) after he goes on a long walk or hike with me. They are a good for a quick cleaning in between baths. I use them a lot!
You can find them at any pet store or online at the link provided below.
long sleeve SUPER soft sweatshirt has been hand silk screened in our studio using non-toxic inks onto an alternative apparel sweatshirt, a mix of recycled poly, organic cotton and rayon. Has a raw-hem edge around neck, dancer style neckline, kangaroo pockets.
THE SOFTEST and MOST COMFY SWEATSHIRT we have found…
FRENCHIE design called “pant…pant…pant…LETS PLAY!” available in the following color and sizes. please reference BOTH the color and size in the notes section.
BLUISH GREY: small, medium, large, xlarge
small fits modern size 0-4 (is roomy for a size 0) medium fits modern size 4-8 large fits a modern size 8-12 xlarge fits a modern size 12-16
Totally cute and super comfy…what more could you ask for?
French connection. These adorable French bulldogs are hard to resist. Printed on sustainable and durable coir—a material made from the husk of a coconut—the Frenchies Doormat is perfect for high-traffic entryways.
• 100% coir.
Tear staining is most obvious on dogs with white or light color coats and especially dogs with heavy wrinkles like our beloved frenchie.
Tuna is cream so we have had this problem. More so when he as a puppy. He looked like a sad sad clown.
Tear staining is caused by excessive tearing. Excessive tearing will cause the area and folds around the eye to stay damp which will then cause bacteria and yeast growth. it’s always important to wipe the area an clean them with baby wipes or toilet paper on a regular basis.
What cases the excessive tearing is what needs to be found out or the problem may always persist, but this may not be the case with frenchies. It sometimes is just part of the breed and genetics. I was told that if the tears persist I could surgically removed Tuna’s folds, which makes no sense since those wrinkles are why we love their little faces so much. That was not an option.
Most people will suggest Angel Eyes. The problem with Angel Eyes is that it is an antibiotic which will only work temporarily. Your body will get immune to it. We’ve also tried Eyemunity along with the wipes, and Eye Envy.
We’ve tried many home remedies like Desitin Cream and Triple Paste Rash Ointment. The rash cream will keep away the bacteria and yeast which is good but it does not remove the tear stains or prevent them from returning. The thing about tear stains is that it comes from within. Topical creams aren’t going to fix it permanently.
We started putting a few drops of Apple Cide Vinegar in Tuna’s food and after a week his tear stains were gone. By mixing in the food or water of your dog, apple cider vinegar will restore the acid/alkaline balance of his digestive tract, getting rid of the brown spots in the lawn along. A correct PH balance also helps keep away the fleas, black flies, ticks, and other external parasites. Your dog will have less chance of getting ringworm, staph infections, streptococcus, and manage tear stains.
The approximate amounts recommended :
1 teaspoon - dogs up to 14 pounds 2 teaspoon - medium dogs -15 to 34 pounds 1Tablespoon - large dogs-35 to 84 pounds
Excerpt from the “About Frugal Living” website:
Vinegar for Pets and Animals, Part Two From Pat Veretto, Your Guide to Frugal Living.
Fleas, fish and tear stains
We add apple cider vinegar to our goats water all year around. It seems to repel flies in the summer and causes the water not to freeze as fast in the winter. We only add about an eigth of a cup to each 5 gallon bucket. Some people told us that this would give the milk an “off” flavor, but we have yet to find that. Maybe it would if we were giving them white vinegar. Anyhow, the bonus is that our goats LOVE it!
For reducing swelling on a horse (or any animal), wrap the leg in a rag soaked in apple cider vinegar. Wrap in plastic and then bandage to hold it in place - leave on for 4 or more hours.
I got a new puppy just covered in fleas. The store bought flea killers were for older puppies. We used apple vinegar to dip him in and rinsed him off with water. It did the trick.
I had a completely white bulldog with black spotted skin. He had dark tear stains running from his tear duct area down. I tried a few of the tear bleaching products sold for dogs but none worked (besides being expensive). I also tried some suggested home remedies (e.g. hydrogen peroxide, etc.) and those were not effective either. A vet told me the tear stains were caused by the acidity in the dogs system and if I neutralized his system, the stains would go away.
His suggestion was to put vinegar in the dogs drinking water! He suggested putting just a “tiny” bit of vinegar in the drinking water for a few days (I interpreted that as about 1/4 of a vinegar bottles cap full) and then increase the amount of vinegar added until I was adding about a teaspoon to the drinking water each day (I would estimate his drinking water bowl to contain about 5 cups of water.) Each time I changed or added water to his bowl, I also added the vinegar. Within a few weeks, the tear stains were gone for good!
Years ago, I put vinegar in my two dogs drinking water. I had never seen a flea. Start with only a little, so they will get used to the taste. I am now doing it to my Siamese cats. No fleas. Put a tablespoon of vinegar in your dog’s drinking water every day and you will no longer have those brown spots in your lawn from the dog’s urine.
For flies, you can mix 1/3 Vinegar (any type but Apple Cider smells better), 1/3 water, and 1/3 Pine Sol (and scent but I like Orange). Mix in a spray bottle and it makes the greatest fly spray for horses (and other animals — dogs, goats, etc.) as well as barn spray to keep flies down. I live in Texas where the flies are monsters and this REALLY truly works!!! The three vets I have talked about it with said it was 100% safe and the Pine Sol contains less powerful and harmful chemicals than actual fly spray! The 1,000’s of horse owners that have used it (I got the recipe off a very popular horse website) have used it with no ill effects what so ever for years now. This will save you a ton of money and less yucky chemicals!
Bonjour, my name is Tuna and I'm a french bulldog...
French Bulldogs make one of the best companion dogs in the world. They are small, easy to handle and are generally well behaved around new people and other animals. Frenchies have a reputation for being mischievous and clownish, stealing attention whenever and wherever possible. This little dog adores people and craves constant attention and companionship. They don’t need a lot of exercise, but love to chase balls and play (indoors or out) during the day, and at night are more than happy to curl up and relax on the sofa. This breed makes an excellent companion for the elderly, but they can fit in well with families of all sizes and ages. French Bulldogs may have faces only a mother could love, but to know a French Bulldog is to love a French Bulldog.
French Bulldogs need a couple of 15 minutes walks every day to maintain their physique, and a few sessions of playing ball to keep them entertained. Their size and activity requirements make them good apartment dogs, but they are just as happy in a big home or on a farm with lots of wide open space. Frenchies don’t care so much about the size of their home, as they do the size of their owners heart.
French Bulldogs should not be exercised too hard in the summer months, as they are prone to heatstroke. Swimming pool owners should be alert – this breed can not swim and falling into a pool could be life-threatening to a Frenchie.
French Bulldogs can be a training challenge. They are stubborn and quickly lose interest in repetitive activities. Training should be conducted in short sessions, and the routine should be mixed up to keep the Frenchie’s interest. Showering a Frenchie with affection and treats when training is the best way to get results from him. Discipline, punishment and yelling will cause this dog to stop listening all together.
House training is a long, drawn out process with a French Bulldog. It can take six months to fully train them, and many breeders recommend crating a Frenchies for that period of time.
French Bulldogs are people dogs and don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time. People who work long hours should not commit to a French Bulldog, as they can easily develop separation anxiety. This usually means uncontrolled barking while alone, which can alienate neighbors in close quarters.
Frenchies snort, snore and grunt 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are also prone to flatulence, which can bother some people, but most French Bulldog owners get used to the noises quickly and find them to be an endearing part of the Frenchie personality.
Healthy Spot is great. What you’ll learn about me is that I’m a helicopter parent and a worry wart so I won’t just send my Tuna anywhere. I first got T groomed at around 6 months. I wanted to make sure he was going to be safe, staff was friendly, and they would do a good job.
I took him to Healthy Spot in West Hollywood and loved it. The place is very clean and open. Everytime T gets groomed he comes back spotless and its not overpriced at all. I highly recommend it. They also have a ton of treats they rotate for your pup to try which I love. There’s a great range of collars to choose from, more than most places I’ve been to. The bed selection is great as well. I hope you love it!
Hi internet land! My name is Julia and I am a gigantic frenchie lover! I have one of my own. He’s 14 months now. His name is Tuna and the best little man you’ll ever meet. We live in sunny Los Angeles right by Runyon Canyon. Tuna’s cream and 25lbs. His parents were on the smaller side so my little T is tiny as well. He’s got the best personality. He’s easy going, loves to play with everyone from great danes to poodles, and is extremely curious. He never speaks, only when asked. He loves chicken and will die on command (BANG!). He’s a mama’s boy and daddy’s little man. Tuna comes to work with us everyday. He’s rarely ever alone and goes with me everywhere! I could not imagine my life without him in. I am thankful for his unconditional love every minute of every day.
Well I hope other frenchie lovers will find that this is a great place for everything frenchie with the occasional Tuna photo of course.