bichon frisee

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vicchan-and-yuuri submitted:

Here is a doggo for you. Her name is Gracie and she gets nervous and pees when you leave her. Her sister Peipei is very weird. She sounds like she was raised by sheep. They are both Bichon Frises and they were on a tv show.

oh my godddddd!!! look at this beautiful doggo!! i have been blessed

also omg she gets nervous when u leave her ;-; what a smol bab

so much floof and adorableness. protect her

anonymous asked:

I know you have a lot of these lined up, but would you please be willing to do a post on the Bichon Frise?

The Bichon Frise is a small fluffy dog that’s not as popular as the maltese x shih tzu mixes, but I still see a fair few of these dogs and their crosses in practice.

Before I go too far, these posts are about the breed from a veterinary viewpoint as seen in clinical practice, i.e. the problems we are faced with. It’s not the be-all and end-all of the breed and is not to make a judgement about whether the breed is right for you. If you are asking for an opinion about these animals in a veterinary setting, that is what you will get. It’s not going to be all sunshine and cupcakes, and is not intended as a personal insult against your favorite breed. This is general advice for what is common, often with a scientific consensus but sometimes based on personal experiences, and is not a guarantee of what your dog is going to encounter in their life.

Originally posted by ay-lee

Certainly the most frequent reason for me to see a Bichon Frise in the clinic is for an ear infection. Floppy, hairy ears are more likely to trap moisture and predispose to infection. While many of these dogs may have little issue with their ears through their life, once they get an ear infection it can be more challenging to get rid of it.

I also see these dogs regularly for dental disease, and for most of them even regular chewing of bones hasn’t helped them keep their teeth. Daily brushing by the owners does help, but not every owner achieves this and many of these dogs have needed more than one dental cleaning in their lifetimes.

Allergies and Atopy also seem to be very, very common. It’s especially common to see these otherwise perfectly white dogs with their feet stained brown from licking them constantly. Owners vary in how much they are willing to treat this.

Cushing’s Syndrome (Hyperadrenocorticism) seems to be a bit more common that average in this breed too. It can be harder to notice because this breed typically doesn’’t go bald on the body, at least not until very late in the disease progression, due to their particular coat. The for on the body may seem thinner and more brittle though.

The Cushing’s Syndrome may possibly be linked to liver disease, which many of these dogs seem to get to some degree in their old age. It also wouldn’t be unexpected to see some type of liver shunt in young bichons, particularly any that are poorly grown or runty.

I’ve seen a few very impressive bladder stones cut out of this breed, and they were quite large so the dogs must have been carrying them for a while.

And luxating patellas are relatively common, though not as much as in tiny breeds we end up doing surgery on these dogs relatively frequently.

Those coats definitely take some maintenance though, and it should not come as a surprise to any potential owners that these dogs require grooming.

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why tho

headcanon: pets

Hanzo is 100% a cat person. When he was small, he was given a tiny black kitten as a gift from his father, and he fell in love immediately. With the wisdom and unique talent of a four-year-old, he called her Kuroneko (black cat), a name which stuck and which Hanzo insisted upon keeping. The cat was his companion for many years, and he was devastated when she died at the ripe old age of eighteen. It’s one of the best memories he has of his father – kneeling on the floor together, playing with Kuro and laughing at her antics.

Quite a few of the agents at the base have pets – Morrison has a giant golden retriever he picked up somewhere and takes for a run every morning, Lucio has a cage full of hamsters, Zarya has an improbably tiny bichon frise, and Satya has a white cat with eyes like blue jewels who is almost as elegant as she is. So when Hanzo is out picking up supplies and sees a small, scruffy brown cat in the window of a pet store, he doesn’t even think twice.

McCree is enamoured with his gift. “She reminded me of you,” Hanzo says, amused, as McCree gently approaches her until she lets him pick her up. He laughs softly, holding her gently and nuzzling her with his beard. She seems to enjoy that, and reaches out a paw to bap him on the face.

“Darlin, I love her,” he says, his voice full of emotion. Hanzo grins widely as McCree deposits her on their bed and lies down next to her, stroking her with a hand which looks huge in comparison. “I probably should have mentioned that I’m allergic, though.”

Hanzo’s eyes widen. “What? I’m sorry! I’ll just–” He reaches over to pick the cat up, wondering if he can ask Satya if she can stay with her, but McCree stops him.

“No, it’s –” he sneezes loudly, making the cat startle – “it’s okay! I’ll deal with it!” He sits up, sneezing several more times and scratching his arms. “I’ll just go see Angela and pick up some – achoo! – antihistimines.”

McCree always loved animals, cats in particular. He’s never had a chance to have a pet before, and always consoled himself that he’s allergic so it’s probably a good thing. He’s not giving little Tumbleweed up anytime soon, though.