Bulldog Puppy with Weakness in Back Legs

Hello

I just wanted to get your opinion on my bulldog Bitzy(Bo Bo).  She’s about 7 months old and has already been through her first heat.

For the last few months(4 or so) we noticed she babies her hind legs quite a bit, mostly when she gets up from sitting, and she doesn’t like for us to touch her hind legs,but mostly down towards the bend of her legs. She doesn’t yelp if we do touch them she just kinda pushes/licks our hand if we do. She also tends to lick and bite at her legs out of the middle of no where as if something has bitten her.

Once she’s up if there something she wants to stay up for like playtime,eating or to go to bed, then she stays up, but if she just gets up to go outside or to wonder around the house then she usually will sit down not much after getting up.

Although she has no problem running around the yard at full speed pickin on my twice her size old english buddy, or chasing the garden hose when it on. For a while we thought she was just being lazy maybe,or maybe overweight, but now as the time has progressed and she’s lost a little baby puppy pounds and we’ve noticed how she sometimes just want to lay and sleep were thinking it’s probably something a bit more serious. if you have any idea in what could be wrong with our bitzy bo bo please let us now asap.

thanxs very much.

Hi Dawnette,

English Bulldogs go through growth spurts at certain ages. During growth some
orthopedic symptoms can appear that will take care of themselves as she grows.
Since this has been going on since she was a puppy, there could be other causes.
There are some spinal conditions in bulldogs that could be affecting BoBo’s hind legs.
If she is showing weakness in the legs, I think you should take her to an orthopedic
vet for evaluation.
She may be biting at her legs when she gets a twinge of pain.  It’s often difficult for
us to tell when a dog is in pain because they are very stoic and do not like to show
any pain or weakness.  This is an instinctual response to pain left over from when
they lived in the pack in the wild.
Because of their breeding, all bulldogs have hip dysplasia to a certain degree.  That’s
the source of their charming “rolling gait” where their hind end sways when they trot.
Some bulldogs may even have their joints come out of the sockets.  Most show no
serious problems related to this but some can have pain.
There is also a spinal condition that can cause some nerve damage that can cause
weakness in the hind quarters.  It is also a genetic condition due to over breeding.
Sometimes they can get sore muscles like the rest of us but since she seems to have
had this for a while and she appears to be getting worse, she may be in pain.  Some
x-rays may be in order to rule out anything serious.
your bulldog pal,
Jan
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Bulldog Tear Stains and Puppy Limping

Hi Jan,

First off, thank you again for your extensive knowledge that you pass on to us other bulldog owners!

Well I have 2 questions, the first; My wife and I have noticed our little guy, Travis, who’s 8 months occasionally limps when he runs hard or plays rough; the leg that is affected is the back left leg. Due to some excitement, he slipped on our tile and he started to limp again. I put him on his back as if i was going to rub his belly to inspect his leg. I stretched it out and it sounded/felt like I “pop-ed” it back in place. What can you recommend? He walks fine, but when he starts playing again, he starts to limp?

my last question is, he currently has those dreaded tear stains, which in turn became infected. I clean off the area 2-3 times a day and rub some triple antibiotic and its starting to dry out and heal fine. Can I start to use the over the counter tear stain removal pads even though the open wound hasn’t healed yet?

Thank you again for you time and generosity!

Cheers,

Anthony and Shelley

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Hi Anthony & Shelly,

It sounds like your bulldog Travis has two common bulldog conditions that I write about in my book The Healthy Bulldog, both of which will need vet attention to remedy.

The limping and popping of Travis’s leg is an orthopedic condition found commonly in bulldogs where the knee socket is malformed.  It is a genetic problem and bulldogs with this should not be bred.  It requires reconstructive surgery to correct.

There is a chance that it could resolve itself as he reaches maturity but ususally it does not.  You should consult an orthopedic specialist to find out exactly what it is.

Your description of Travis’s tear stains sound like he has one of the bulldog eyelash conditions which are quite common.  If his eyes run constantly they are probably being irritated by errant eyelashes.  If so, you need an opthamologist specialist to look at him.  They usually permanently remove the eyelashes.  This will stop the tearing and therefore stop the tear stains and infections.

Triple anti-biotic will not work on tear stains and you must be careful not to get it in his eyes as this can cause eye damage.

Unfortunately our bulldogs can require expensive procedures at times, especially when they have these genetic conditions.  That said, both are ‘fixable’ and Travis should live a full healthy life if you have them properly cared for.

Your Bulldog Pal,

Jan

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9 Year Old Bulldog with Arthritis on nsaids

Hi Jan,

Thank you for your regular and most helpful information that we receive on a
regular basis.

We have a Bulldog who’s name is Gilbey, and he’s almost 9 years old (see
picture attached). We have had Gilbey since he was a pup and he has always
been in fairly good health. However, he has developed a rather severe case
of arthritis as he has become older and has come to the point now where he
can hardly walk sometimes. Other than this he is in very good health and
although he gets regular exercise and we watch his diet (currently weighs
around 30kg) it is sad to watch his mobility and lust for life be eroded by
this awful disease as time goes by. We have him on the Hill’s F/D Diet and
we supplement this with a product called Mobiflex to assist with the
deteriation of his joints. We have heard that magnets can help with
arthritis but we’d like to find out what we can do to make life a little
better for Gilbey. Can you possibly assist in this regard?

Kind Regards,

Sam Taylor

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Hi Sam,

Congratulations on a long lived bulldog – he looks like a real love!

You can give Gilbey a dog supplement with Glucosamine and
Condroitin.  Cosamine DS or In Clover’s Connection
http://inclover.com/connectin_dogs.html

You can also give him a baby aspirin instead of the Mobiliflex
(ask your vet first).

Mobiliflex is a nsaid anti-inflammatory drug with some powerful
side effects such as nausea, dizziness and even pancreatitis.
My Vivy nearly died after being put on Rimadyl – another drug
in this class of anti-inflammatory.

I’d suspect the nsaid if he has become less active after being on it.
It is possible he is feeling bad from the side effects:
http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/100001713.html

Be sure your vet tests his liver function when on the anti-inflammatory drug.

Exercise is good for him so keep him moving.

I would also say that Hills is not a very high quality food and I’d
suggest you switch him to something from one of the very high
quality brands like Innova or Nature’s Variety (Prairie).

I don’t know about the magnets, have not tried them but have
heard of people using them with success.

One other option you could try is acupuncture – it is known to
work really well on dogs with arthritis.

I hope this helps.  Please let me know how Gilbey does.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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Glucosamine Condroitin for Limping Bulldog

Hiya Jan,

It’s been a little while since I emailed ya last. Hope your New Years has started off fine.

I wanted to ask you your opinion. I spoke with you in the past about Brutus and Nupro
and a supplement. He is on the Gold now and I had asked about putting him on the
silver when he turned a year old. We decided against it because he was doing so well.

Now at 19 months old. he had his first issue a little over a week ago. I think he pulled
a muscle while jumping his short stout 61 pound ass off our bed. He limped for a day
or two, didn’t have or show any pain, after some cool compresses and massage it
started to come around, he favored it a little for about a full week. Now all is well
and he is back to normal.

So we are thinking now to start him on glucosimine/conjointin and msm daily tabs
and also when the time comes to order the nupro we will switch to the silver.
What do you thinks? He sure does throw allot of weight around on a short stocky body.

Thanks for your info/input. You have always been a help as well as the material
we purchased from you.

Thanks Again!

James, Patty & Bru

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Hi James,

Happy New Year to you too!

The glucosamine & condroitin helps with joint deterioration, and Bru
is still pretty young, so I don’t think it’s really necessary but it won’t
cause him any harm.  Usually it’s an older dog that needs it, like
5 or older when they start to show stiffness in the joints.

The Nupro Silver can help rebuild the cartilage in his shoulder
joint if he injured it.  If it’s just a pulled muscle it will not do anything
for that.

I’m assuming Bru was limping on the front leg.  You should try
to keep him from jumping down from the bed.  You could get him
a ramp or lower the bed.  Most dog injuries come from jumping
down.

Always good to hear from you – let me know how he’s doing, if
he has a recurrence.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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Should I Amputate My Bulldog’s Tail To Keep It Clean?

Jan,

I’m thinking about having my bulldog’s tail amputated, because I think
it would be easier to keep clean and free of infection.  Do you know if
this is routine, and roughly how much something like this should cost?

Thank You
Nick

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Hi Nick,

This is not routine although some people would make you think so
(along with palate surgery).  The bulldog has an inverted or screw tail,
meaning that part of it is inside his body, which is why it is so short
and called inverted.  Sometimes this causes deep folds where it
emerges and can be a challenge to keep clean.

What a lot of people do not understand is that this may seem like
a simple surgery, it can have complications and some dogs die
after surgery.

The tail is part of the spine which is an extremely sensitive area
in terms of surgery.

So I would not recommend tail amputation unless your bulldog has
chronic infections in the tail area or if he has part of the tail bone
emerging in a raw wound that abscesses, and the pocket is so
deep that it is not cleanable.

A far better alternative would be to keep the tail pocket clean and
dry.  It is moisture (often from bathing your bulldog) that causes
the yeast and smell.  If the tail is kept dry, in most cases little
cleaning is required.

Here is a good description of how to clean a tail pocket by a bulldog
breeder:

You have a bulldog with a deep set, tight “cork” screw tail.  It is a built in recessed chamber that is constantly damp, moist with bacteria and yeast that can cause skin irritations and infections.

I have seen plenty of these over the years with my bullies.  My recommendation is to clean it daily with warm water on a soft wash cloth and mild soap; rinse (damp cloth) with warm water; then carefully dry the same area. Then get the “Gold Bond” ointment in the squeeze tube and apply a small amount using your finger.  Work your finger round and round following the path of the tail until you get into the recess of the tail.

This will cause a little reaction from your bullie due to the slight stinging sensation but will dissipate within a few minutes.  This procedure keeps the bacteria,yeast, and infection under control.  Once you get the bullie use to this cleaning procedure they won’t fight you as much as at the beginning.  After a period of time you can change your cleaning to every other day.  Just stay on top of the cleaning and treatment.

It is critical to stay on top of this “screw tail” situation and if you do it is very manageable and becomes routine after a period of time.

I do not know what the surgery would cost.

If he does have an open wound or deep chronic infection that is
oozing and could compromise his general health, then surgery
should be considered.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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Sprain or Torn Ligament in Limping Bulldog

Hi Jan,

It has been a while since I have written you.  My “grand -puppy” Lucy has grown to be almost two years old.  Her facial folds are so much better since I convinced my son to change her food!  She has not had any injuries since the one I wrote to you about below. Now she has her first real casualty and I have a few questions:

She was in the ER last night with a right hind leg injury ( from jumping off the couch)
She will not put any weight on it. I know from your email that you have had some injuries in your girls.
If it is sprained only, how long does it take to heal? If it is torn, how long is the recovery time?

Need your wisdom.  The ER vets are excellent, but the vet that my son and daughter in law take her to normally is so so in my book. ( Your friends agreed).

The ER vet is guessing that it is a torn ligament and will need surgery.  How do we know? I don’t think that ligaments show up on an x-ray.

I also know that special care has to be taken with the anesthesia in Bulldogs. What questions do we ask the vet?

Anything else we can do in diagnosing this problem?

Gratefully yours,
Marie

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Hi Marie,

Jumping off the couch is often the final straw for a bulldog’s
malformed knee.  I would guess that she does have a torn
ligament, but here’s the usual test.

Keep her confined to walking only for a week.  That means no
jumping on or off the couch, no running around, no walks – as
little activity as possible.

If she is still limping in a week, it’s a pretty sure sign of a torn
ligament.  It’s important to take care of this injury as additional
injury can occur with movement and this can lead to arthritis.

It’s true that a torn ligament will not show up on an x-ray, but
a malformed knee joint will.  This floating kneecap or luxating
patella that I write about in the book is a common genetic
disorder of the bulldog and results in a torn ACL (anterior
cruciate ligament).

I would wait a week and then if she’s still limping or starts to
limp again, take her to an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation.
Find a good orthopedic surgeon in your area or take her to
a vet school if there’s one near you.  Do not let your regular
vet do this surgery!

The recovery time from surgery on a young dog can be
fast.  Lucy may start putting weight on it right away, but she
will have to be restricted from vigorous activity for at least
three weeks.

As for anesthesia, be sure the surgeon is familiar with bulldogs.
They have very small trachea and esophagus and need to have
smaller breathing tubes that most dogs.

I hope this helps clarify.  Let me know how she’s doing.  I went
through this twice with Vivy and both times she had to have
surgery to correct her malformed knees.  The surgery definitely
improved her quality of life.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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My Bulldog Puppy is Overweight – What Should I do?

Hello,

I enjoy your emails and helpful hints for my bulldog.  I have a problem.  My bulldog is 6 mos old and weights 52 lbs.  My vet has put him on a diet.  2 cups twice a day.  I started feeding him Royal Canin 32.  It has 32% crude protein and 18% crude fat and 3.6% fiber.  His muzzle and feet are red and the inside of his ears are broke out.  He is allergic to grass, the best I can tell.  He stays inside and only goes out on a leash.

I have now changed his food to Nutro Chicken meal, rice and oatmeal  it has 26% crude protein, 12% crude fat, and 5% crude fiber.  It has been 2 weeks  and his muzzle, feet, and ears are still red and itchy.  What can I do to help him lose weight and help with his skin.  Now that it has cooled off her in GA, we are taking him for walks and he runs around the yard playing with our outside dog 2 to 3 times a day.

Has has weak hip muscle (vet said due to his weight) and will drag himself before he will actually get up on all 4s to walk.  Is there a supplement he can take?

Thanks for your help
Susan
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Hi Susan,

You need to feed him less than the recommendations for his weight,
so 3 cups instead of 4.  My adult Archie is 52 pounds and only gets 3 cups a day.
He’s trim and fit and very active.  Excess weight puts stress on a dog’s joints.

Also Nutro is not the best food, it was involved in the recall, and it has all kinds
of ingredients that can contribute to bulldog allergies.  It’s not so much the amount
of protein but more what ingredients are making up the protein.  Grains have
protein but they are not the best source of protein for a dog.  Dogs need their
protein to come from meat.

Try switching him to Canidae or California Natural  lamb and rice.  They have
limited ingredients which are very high quality. Many dogs are allergic to chicken
formulas so the lamb and rice could make a big difference.

Switch slowly, adding 1/4 new food to old and each day up the new food
to make the switch over a week.

You could also add Omega 3s to his diet in the form of fish oil or flax
seed oil for dogs.  These will help his overall health.

Diet and exercise will help your puppy with his hip problem too.  Many
bulldogs have growth spurts that can affect their joints but they can
grow out of them.  It’s really important to keep him active and keep
him slim.  You want to be able to see his waist.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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Dangers of NSAIDS and Rimadyl for Limping Bulldog

We recently acquired another bulldog after losing ours this summer.  My hairdresser told me about a girl in her shop that wanted to find a good home for her bulldog since they felt they didn’t have enough time to devote to the dog.  “Lola” is one and half years old and a wonderful bulldog.  She is very healthy.

She takes these spirts and runs as fast as she can around the house – – but after doing so she started limping.  My husband and I felt she had probably pulled a muscle.  The vet gave her Rimadyl which is an anti-inflammatory.

Have you ever had any dealings with this drug? Has this ever happened to any of your bulldogs?? Lola has been very healthy and I was very hesitant to give her any drugs.  I don’t know whether it was simply coincidence or not but after a few days of this drug she broke out in hives.

The vet said they have never had any allergic reaction from this drug before.  In our area of Ohio, ragweed is extremely high right now and a lot of dogs are experiencing symptoms from that.  Her belly has been broken out and very pink.  What do you think??
–Marcia

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Hi Marcia,

I’d take her off the Rimadyl immediately!!!!!

My bulldog Vivy almost died after being given a Rimadyl
shot.  Most of the reactions are gastrointestinal and can
be fatal but hives is one of them.

Rimadyl side effects include loss of appetite, wobbling, vomiting, seizures, dark or tarry stools, increased thirst and urination, lethargy, incoordination, behavioral changes, and severe liver malfunction. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to this medication can include facial swelling, hives and rash.
Pfizer manufactures Rimadyl

Here’s a couple links to more information:
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_rimadyl.html
http://www.srdogs.com/Pages/rimadylfr.html

In fact, nsaid anti-inflammatory drugs in general have
similar side effects.

Rest should help her if she has a pulled muscle.  If she
has a torn ligament she should have it corrected sugically
for the best result.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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My English Bulldog Throws Up a Lot . . .

Hi Jan,

I was wondering if you could help me? Gracie my bulldog seems to throw up alot.
Is there something I can do?
Do you think there is something wrong with her?
I am very worried about her..
Thanks so much,
Janice
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Hi Janice,

It depends on what sort of vomiting.
There is a difference between vomiting and regurgitation.
If your dog is simply throwing up food right after eating,
food that has not been in the stomach, it is probably simple
regurgitation.

Bulldogs tend to gulp their food and sometimes eat so fast
that the food can’t get down the esophagus properly and
so they throw up.

There is a condition common in bulldogs called esophageal
motility disorder, where the normal constrictions of the
esophagus don’t work properly and cause the bulldog to
not “swallow” properly and often regurgitate.

There is a simple way to alleviate this condition that I
recommend in my book.  Elevate your bulldog’s food
dish.  This lets gravity take over and help get the food
down her throat.

To soothe an upset stomach you can feed her a little
canned pumpkin with her food – be sure it is pure
pumpkin and NOT pumpkin pie mix which is loaded
with sugar.

There are, however, other things that can cause vomiting,
including food allergies, metabolic disorders, ulcers, or
even obstructions in the throat, or if she has something
lodged in her stomach like a rawhide bone or teddy bear.

If you suspect she has eaten the stuffing out of a teddy
bear or a similar item, you can withhold her food for
about 7-8 hours.  Then give her some white bread with
the crust cut off.  It’s really gooey and can catch
what’s clogging her and pass it through.

Be sure she gets small amounts of water frequently
or sucks on an ice cube to keep her from getting
dehydrated.  Then give her a couple pieces of white
bread, broken up into small pieces.  This will bind with
the stuffing and allow it to pass through.  If she throws
this up as well, call your vet immediately.

Vomiting is characterized by the dog heaving for a while
before the stomach contents come up.  When they do, they
may also come through her nose.

If your dog has been vomiting blood or bile, you need to
take her to the vet right away.  Vomiting is dehydrating
which is very dangerous long term.

Throwing up can be an indication of serious illness in
the liver or kidneys or pancreas.  Your vet should be
able to do some simple tests to determine this.

If your bulldog has been “vomiting” for several days,
if she is still doing so, I think it advisable to take her to
the vet to make sure she does not have anything lodged in
her stomach or esophagus.  And make sure it is not a more
serious illness.

I hope this helps.  Let me know if you need some clarification.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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English Bulldog Limping For a Few Weeks

Hi Jan,

I have an 5 year old English Bulldog that I have spoke to you before and after purchasing your book. Your book is very interesting but I still have a few questions. Bridgette (our bulldog) is on Glucosamine & Chondroitin with MSM and Meg3 Fish Oil EPA-DHA for her joints and she has been experiencing a limp off and on for the last few weeks, I was wondering if there is something else we could try? She doesn’t seem to be in pain, she is just walking with a limp.

Any suggestions?

Thanks Maureen

Hi Maureen,

It sounds like you’re doing the correct supplements for joint
health and they do work for certain types of cartilage problems.

If she’s been limping for a few weeks she probably has injured a
ligament, possibly torn her acl. I would suggest you take her to
an orthopedic specialist for evaluation so you can proceed with
a proper diagnosis.

Bulldogs are very stoic and do not yelp when in pain, but this
does not mean she hasn’t suffered some damage. And if her
joint is damaged, she will be walking with bone on bone and
that could be crippling in the long ter.

You can leave her as is but as she gets older she may
get arthritis and her quality of life will be impaired. My personal
opinion is to do corrective surgery if it’s called for rather than
have her medicated with nsaids which come with their own
set of health concerns.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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Arthritic Bulldog Does Not Want to Walk

Hi Jan,

I’m trying to get Winston to walk. He lights up when I play ball with him (he loves pushing his basketball around with his nose and could do it for hours. The second I get him outside, he forgets that he walks – unless I drag him, it takes forever to get him to move past my driveway.

If I pull him or force him, sometimes it can bother his leg, so I don’t force it (he wins, whether he is faking or not…still not sure) I am wondering if they can give him something to help make him more comfortable or walk normally — it is sometimes a struggle when he gets himself to stand up…Anything you can offer, as always, I welcome….

Nancy
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There are a couple things I’d recommend for Winston’s leg. He probably has arthritis.

There are two important treatments: diet and exercise. Keep his weight normal, so you can see his waist when you look at him from above, and you should be able to feel his ribs under his skin. Weight adds discomfort to an arthritic knee simply because he has to lift more.

Exercise seems a bit of a challenge for you in terms of getting him to walk. If you try to drag a dog, they have an instinctual reaction to resist. So it’s better to entice him with a tasty treat to get him moving. Some dogs just don’t like to walk so you can look for alternatives to get him moving.

Since he loves his basketball, you should capitalize on that by throwing it so he’ll chase it. This is pretty good exercise for him.

You can give him a baby coated aspirin (enteric coated 81mg aspirin) daily to help his pain from the arthritis. The coating is a delayed release so it won’t irritate his stomach.

If you take him to a vet they might recommend you give him something like Rimadyl or another NSAID. DON’T DO IT!!!

Vivy nearly died from a Rimadyl shot my vet gave her without my consent. It resulted in 4 days in the ICU and $3000! So I DO NOT ever recommend giving these to a dog. There are too many side effects that can result in death and they are not well reported.

You can also give him a glucosamine and chondroitin supplement – you can find them online at a place like PetEdge.com I like the Osteo Bi-flex brand. Vivy and I took them for a while and it helped both of us! Glucosamine helps grow cartilage and it stays there once it’s grown.

To get him to take his pills you can try putting them in a glob of peanut butter or soft cheese. I think you can also find these in liquid form if that would help.

your bulldog pal,

Jan

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Luxating Patella (Floating Kneecap) in Young Bulldog

guess what i bought some seatone for my bully is name lennox
he is two but we are having trouble with back leg to which
we are told he has arthitis can u believe two my god well
lets hope these work for him he is so fabulous
joanna

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Hi Joanna,

I haven’t heard of using Seatone as a supplement for arthritis – you might want to try
glucosamine supplements.

This could be what’s called a “luxating patella” or floating kneecap- a common genetic disorder in our bullies.
Unfortunately this type of injury can lead to arthritis even in a young bulldog because the loss of cartiledge
can lead to bone rubbing on bone.

He may need surgery to correct this and help prevent him from becoming lame and/or
suffering more arthritis.

Your can read a little more about it here:
http://www.bulldoghealth.com/bulldog-orthopedics.html

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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Hip Dysplasia in English Bulldog Puppy

Hi Jan,

I have some bad news regarding my 6 month old Bulldog Biggie, it seems he
has hip dysplasia, when he walks or sits the hip joint makes a loud popping
noise.

We are devastated considering he is from Champion bloodline from a breeder
with 40 years experience. What do you know about it? Do you have
advice regarding going back to the breeder, our goal was to show our dog and
to breed we have been considering starting our own line eventually after a
learning curve of course. From my understanding this malady would most
likely occur with backyard breeding and such. I am anxious to hear what you
think about it. I know we will need to get him neutered and most likely he
will eventually need a hip replacement, but ANY and all preventative
measures since it is early would be greatly appreciated.

I have really enjoyed the videos you have sent. Thanks for all of your
help.

Sherry

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Hi Sherry,

I’m sorry to hear that about Biggie. This definitely does not sound good.

Unfortunately all bulldogs have hip dysplasia to a degree because of their
specialized breeding. It is not exclusive to back yard breeders although they
would not be as careful as reputable breeders.

Championship breeding lines don’t guarantee your dog won’t have genetic
disorders. There are only so many bulldogs and they are very inbred.

The good news is Biggie is still young and some bulldogs grow so fast they
their joints can’t keep up with their bones and will manifest some hip problems.
When they mature the hip ligaments strengthen and the problem goes away.
This may resolve itself with time, or it may stay the same, or it may get worse –
only time will tell.

I would definitely tell the breeders about it because they need to know which
of their dogs passes this on. It is a genetic disorder and any dog that’s passed
on this gene should not be bred. It is possible that both parent dogs did not
show any signs of dysplasia and it was a recessive gene that was passed on,
so the breeders would have no idea this would happen.

A couple of suggestions about him would be to be sure you are not feeding him
too much because if he’s growing too fast the problem could worsen. Also,
don’t let him jump up and down on the furniture, car, bed, etc.

If he’s in pain there some medications you can give him, but be sure to consult
your vet before giving them to him.

You could also try acupuncture.

Here’s a site with some good information on hip dysplasia:
http://www.petshealth.com/dr_library/hipdysp.html

I hope you don’t give up on the breed because of this!

Your Bulldog Pal,

Jan

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Hi Jan,
Thanks so much the information you gave me is so helpful.  I feel more
adamate than ever that I would like to comit my life to breeding HEALTHY
bullddogs.  I am so in love with the breed that I cannot imagine having any
other type of dog.  They are high maintence though!  This gives me hope, I
am feeding a little more than the suggested for his wieght and I will take
it down to the minimum amount, but a wieght control diet wouldn’t be
suggested for a puppy would it?

Thanks again,
Sherry

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Hi Sherry,

A puppy does tend to eat a lot, about 3 cups, but if he’s chubby, I’d
cut it down.
You always want to see his waist when you look down on him from above.
You should be able to feel his ribs under his skin – this takes some practice
on a bulldog!

A puppy can get overweight because they are always hungry and we have
trouble denying them.  But a lean dog is always healthier, especially in terms
of orthopedics because too much weight stresses a dog’s joints.

A lot of people thing a puppy should have a belly but I disagree with that
philosophy.  They should have a contoured body.  An overweight puppy
will be an overweight adult.

The puppy food has the extra calcium and nutrients a puppy needs when fed
in normal amounts.  You don’t need to feed him more than the recommended
for his weight.

That’s my opinion!  I keep my guys lean and I exercise them every day.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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