Why do I need to take my French Bulldog puppy to the vet? The French Bulldog of Colorado Blog

In case you were wondering we are so strict about taking your French Bulldog puppy to the vet within 48 hours of pick-up, we will discuss it here. Our puppies are first seen by the vet on their first day of life when they are born via c-section. We then have them checked out again between 7-8 weeks old. After they pass their puppy wellness check, then you are able to pick-up your Frenchie at 10 weeks old in Colorado. You are then required to maintain the health guarantee to take your puppy to the vet within 48 hours. If it is the weekend, you have an additional 48 hours to do so. Taking your puppy to your vet is an important step to make sure your vet agrees or disagrees with our vet.

We receive this question often, “I can’t get my Frenchie into the vet until a time outside the time frame can I still pick him up?”  We completely understand how much you want to have your baby home with you as soon as you can possibly get your hands on him. There are two main reasons why we cannot approve this.

  1. The longer you have a puppy in your home, the more attached you become and the harder it will be to return if your vet does find an issue that would require returning.
  2. If you wait outside the time allotted and your puppy comes down with an illness caused by a virus or bacteria we will not know if the exposure came from us or when the baby was in your possession. We will likely presume the latter.

What should I do if I can’t my French Bulldog puppy to a vet appointment within the allotted time frame?

Yes, we understand that sometimes it is only a week out when you know the date of pick-up and this can be tricky. Here are a few options for you if your vet doesn’t have a time available within the 48 hour time window.

  1. Reschedule pick-up date.  
  2. Find another vet that does have an available appointment. You can then return to your regular vet for follow-ups. You can also ask to be on the waitlist for your regular vet just in case an opening occurs.

Please let us know ahead of time if you are needing to reschedule your pick-up date. We are typically flexible in our schedules for pick-ups and are happy to schedule a time that works within the guidelines of the health guarantee.

What if I live out of town?

If you are driving from out of town, you may want to consider taking your puppy to a local vet in Colorado Springs before returning home. We have had families go to Petsmart vet before returning home and we’ve had them drive back home to see their regular vet. It’s completely up to you, but keep in mind that you are responsible for the return of the puppy if required. Fortunately, we do not have many returns. These are just things we want for you to be aware of.