Please take good care of me, I trust you, don't let me down, I will love you forever!
CARING FOR YOUR BICHON FRISE
Bichon Frises are very special little dogs. They are happy-go-lucky, smart, entertaining, friendly and affectionate. They love people and want nothing more than to be loved back. They have a way of filling your heart with happiness. They need to be regularly groomed, their nails need to be trimmed, and they need to be fed healthy excellent quality food so that they will flourish and be happy all their life. Most of all they need love, but here are some tips to continue in the care of your South Carolina Bichon Frise:
Use gentle shampoo and conditioner. Bichons have pink skin, which makes them tend to have a slightly more sensitive skin compared to dogs with darker skin. This also means that they should have enough coat, even in a puppy cut, to be able to shield their skin from the burning sun's rays.
Feed excellent, high quality human-grade food to your Bichon. The cost of such food is slightly greater than the grocery store brand dog foods, but many who take care to feed good food find that in the long run they save a lot more by feeding high quality food than low quality because they will see the veterinarian less. Also, top quality food will help prevent allergies in your Bichon Frise.
Preventing Worms and Fleas: "Worms? Oh no!" "Fleas?Yikes!" Please do not get too excited. Dogs can get worms and they can get fleas. It's as simple as taking them for a walk in the park where other animals have been, like bunnies, and rodents. Fleas jump off them and can lie in the grass and then jump on your dog when you walk by. No need to panic. There are a few options to help you control this. There are chemical options sold in pet stores, and chemical options sold in veterinarian offices, but there are also some natural remedies. A great natural flea-preventative is cedar oil spray. There are a few companies who sell such natural flea sprays. You could also make your own, but be careful! Know what you are doing before you attempt to mix your own solution. A little of a certain ingredient diluted in 98% water may be okay, but a 50/50 dilution can cause trouble, like vomiting! As for chemical options, there is always a chance that they can affect your dog's health, but you can discuss this with your veterinarian. If you choose to go the natural route, please take care to find out if heartworm is prevalent in your area. If it is, you want serious prevention. Because heartworm is nothing to be nonchalant about. You should also test your Bichon for heartworm about once every 6 months to 1 year. If it is caught in it's early stages, it can be taken care of properly and swiftly.