What Should I bathe my French Bulldog with?

What Should I bathe my French Bulldog with? The French Bulldog of Colorado Blog

Just what should I bathe my French Bulldog with? That is a great question you should be asking as Frenchie lover. Why is this so important you ask? Did you know cancer is the primary cause of death in dogs over 2 years old and 95% of those cancers are caused by environmental factors? Minimizing your Frenchies exposure to environmental factors is critical. One way to do this is through the grooming products you place on their skin.

Your French Bulldogs’ skin is three times thinner than yours. This means that the products you place on his skin are easily absorbed into his system. Your little Frenchie then has to work overtime to detoxify the toxins you’ve placed on him. Unfortunately, many manufacturers make it difficult to find truly difficult to find safe options for your Frenchie. They use greenwashing and greenmarketing (a practice of marketing products as natural when they are not or worth more by highlighting the benefits and charging more).

You will not want to use grooming products with ingredients such as these on your Frenchie….probably not on your either.

Proprietary blend of coat and skin conditioners and moisturizers. Don’t know what’s in the bottle.
Artificial fragrance Some synthetic ingredients linking to cancer & reproductive/developmental toxicity.
Pthalates See fragrance on the label it’s likely to have phthalates present which bond fragrance to the other ingredients. They are hormone disruptors resulting in endocrine issues.
Artificial colors Synthesized from petroleum. Linked to organ damage, cancer, birth defects, and allergic reactions.
Formaldehyde preservatives: Bromopol, Doazolidinyl urea, DMDM Hydantoin (often mis-typed on dog shampoo bottles as DHDH hydantoin), Imidazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-7, -15, -31, -61, and Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate.  May trigger an immune response like burning, itching, blistering, or scaling of the skin.
Isothiazolinone preservatives: Methylisothiazolinone & MethylchloroisothiazolinoneSkin irritants associated with allergic reactions. May also be a neurotoxin.
Paraben preservatives: butylparaben, methylparaben, or propylparaben.  May be stored in the body and have a cumulative effect causing estrogen disruption, cancer, and reproductive issues.
Cocamide-MEA High risk of being contaminated with nitrosamines which are thought to be carcinogenic, reproductive, developmental & organ toxicity
TriethanolamineHigh risk of being contaminated with nitrosamines which are thought to be carcinogenic, reproductive, developmental & organ toxicity.
Mineral oil Used to help skin retain water with its protective barrier over it but also keeps the skin eliminating toxins and  its own natural oils. Hydrocarbon made from crude oil that’s a toxin and potential allergen inducer.
SD Alcohol 40: isopropyl or SD-40Drying to skin and hair. Enhances skin absorption meaning toxins have an easier time entering through the skin. Watch out for ear cleaning products.
Polyethylene glycol (PEG) Humectant-retain skin moisture. Skin irritant, penetration enhancer (carrier for other chemicals to cross through the skin and in the bloodstream). May be contaminated with dioxane and ethylene oxide.
PEG-40 Lanolin Polyethylene glycol derivative of lanolin and may be contaminated with dioxane and ethylene oxide.
Propylene glycol Penetration enhancer. Suspected immune system toxin, neurotoxin, reproductive toxin, and skin toxin.
Sodium benzoate preservativeWhen mixed with vitamin C or ascorbic acid they become benzene a cancer causing chemical.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)May cause eye irritation. Penetration enhancer.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate High risk for contamination with 1,4-dioxane (dioxane), a known carcinogen, and ethylene oxide – also a known carcinogen, developmental toxin, immunotoxin, and allergen. Derived from coconut oil and labeled as all natural plant based & vegan.
Ammonium Laureth Sulfate May be contaminated with dioxane and ethylene oxide. May cause skin irritation.
PolysorbatesTreated with ethylene oxide and if not totally removed it’s contaminated with a known carcinogen.
Cocamidopropyl betaine Mixed with other chemicals that if remaining in the final products can form nitrosamines under high temperature or acidic pH.

What should I bathe my French Bulldog with then?

As Frenchie lovers and breeders, we know how much you love your Frenchie and want the best for him or her. Sometimes it just takes a little education to help make the right decision to know what to bathe my French Bulldog with. There are several great companies making clean and safe products for your Frenchie out there. We love Aroma Paws products and highly recommend your order the whole grooming kit for your Frenchie. They work great and smell great! Use the code FRENCHIEFAMILY10 to receive 10% off at www.frenchiesnaturally.com

How Often Should I bathe my French Bulldog?

How Often Should I bathe my French Bulldog? The French Bulldog of Colorado Blog

I have this questioned asked often, “How often should I bathe my French Bulldog?” One thing I’ve realized is the more care we give our Frenchie the more we feel better about the care we give them even if it’s not in their best interest. I believe we need to ask ourselves what is in the best interest of our Frenchies not what is in the best interest of our mindset.

My Frenchies do not have allergies and I contribute that partially to the fact that we do not overbathe them. There are other factors in play as well. But let’s consider a few things. Have you ever seen a dog rolling in the dirt? This is a an evolutionary adaptive behavior for its overall health and wellness. There are microrganisms, bacteria, and fulvic and humic acids in the soil that have evolved over time alongside our four legged friends. Dirt is necessary. Just think about going to a spa for a mud bath for yourself. There’s a reason for it and there’s a reason why dirt on your little Frenchie prince or princess is best for their overall health and wellness.

When should you bathe your Frenchie?

First, the first bath your Frenchie will receive is before he joins you. At you pick up, your Frenchie will have experienced his first bath. We recommend bathing your Frenchies no more than once every two weeks. That being said, I prefer one bath monthly for my Frenchies. Sometimes it’s longer. In between baths I use the Aroma Paws essential oils sprays. When they need it I apply the nose butter and use the in between cleaner to clean their folds and wrinkles around the nose and tail pocket and under their eyes.

When should you bathe your Frenchie more than once every two weeks?

There are always exceptions to the rules. You may need to wash your Frenchie more often than once every two weeks if they:

  • Potty or poo on themselves during potty training.
  • Think they are little piglets and take a dip in the mud.
  • Have fleas, follow the treatments instructions.
  • Develop little bumps that need to be treated with a special shampoo. Follow the bottle or vet instructions.
  • Rolled in something gross.

How often should I bathe my French Bulldog? No more than every two weeks or if you meet one of the exceptions. Next week we will discuss what to look for in ingredients that are safe for your Frenchie. We love Aroma Paws products as they are safe, effective, and smell great. Don’t forget if you are picking up your little one soon we will have these ready for you if you decide they are for your little one and you can enter the code FRENCHIEFAMILY at checkout to receive 20% off. For others enter FRENCHIEFAMILY10 to receive 10% off. You can see the complete grooming package here or can order individual products here.