Natural Tick Repellents for English Bulldogs

I do have a couple of questions. First is there anything preventative to
use for potential eye problems and then we need to start treating for ticks
right away as we live in a heavily wooded area in the northern US and I
think lime disease is prevalent here. With a puppy of 9 weeks, what do you
suggest that is a good medication without danger from the chemicals?

Thanks so much.


Hi Sherry,

I’m afraid there are no preventative measures for eye problems. A lot of it
will have to do with the breeding of your bulldog. Cherry eye is common,but
doesn’t appear at all in some lines. It is quite obvious when the gland pops
out. If one comes out, the other is usually soon to follow.

The eyelash problems are the same way,
some get them, some don’t. You will know soon enough if your puppy’s eyes
keep running and get red and do not clear up within a week or so.

I live in Colorado where we have very few ticks so I’m not really well versed
in tick treatment, but I can offer some advise.

You can ask your vet for the least toxic medication and ask about what
possible side effects there are, and at what time of year should you apply.

The following is a thread from one of the online forums about natural tick
repellents you could try.


[Bulldoggers] Natural flea repellents

You can also Google natural flea repellents as well. But here is what I found It will come in handy next year…

Here is what the website has:
* Two sources for natural products for flea and tick control:

* A growing number of pet owners use natural ingredient-based flea repellents and techniques in order to avoid using pest control chemicals and commercial medications for their pets. Some natural/holistic approaches that people have found effective include:

** Add a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to the dog’s water bowl.

** Put a drop of lemon oil or rosemary oil on the dog’s collar.

** Apply a dab of lavender oil in between the dog’s shoulder blades.

** Some dog owners have reported that garlic in small quantities can help repel doggie fleas by making the animal taste unpleasant to fleas. Grate a small amount of fresh, raw garlic into your pet’s food at mealtime, about 1/2 to 3 chambers of the clove, depending on animals size.

** Boil 6 cut in half lemons, then strain the solution into a spray bottle and spray.

And here is the website:


RE : [Bulldoggers] Natural flea repellants

Just a quick heads up.

My homeopath mentionned that natural oils can interfear with treatments. So if you are following a homeopathic or more natural alopathic treatment, it is important to speak to your vet before applying any natural oils.

Also, be sure your natural oil is diluted in a base oil before applying. If you have gone out a bought the good stuff that is the all natural extract, it can be to pure and very dangerous for your pets. Fro example, Tea tree oil when properly diluted can have wonderfull effects for many things on a dog, when not properly diluted it can proove deadly. The same goes for lemon oil and many other oils that are often recommended.

Now I use these oils often and know how wonderfull they can be… but I was warned many times over at how dangerous they can be and was told that when i doubt… DON’T use it.

I hope this helps… and GREAT post by the way.

— Susan

PS here are some very popular recipes used by me and many of my raw feeding friends.

– Garlic given to the dogs every day is a first step (protect from the inside out).
– using apple cider vinegar to wash and spraying it on the dogs is a great second step (for a disinfectant you can use vinegar or Coloidal silver).
– The following are a few recipes that I have accumulated.:

Natural Repellent Recipe

Repels fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, flies and also makes the van/car smell great. Spray dogs and blankets. Use before going into the show ring instead of those other sprays; no chemical smell spray. Stuff smells great. Dogs look great and gives an additional shine to their coat.

Ingredients are full strength oils:

Tea Tree Oil

Rosemary Oil

Sage Oil

Cedarwood Oil

Peppermint Oil

Orange Oil

Eucalyptus Oil

Citronella Oil

Pine Needle Oil


Mix 4-6 drops of each with 32 oz of any natural shampoo and now you have a natural flea shampoo OR Mix 2-3 drops each with 16 oz Water in a spray bottle. Shake before each

application and spray light over entire body.

Health food stores in your area sell the oils or you can purchase online here.

(My new S’pensive people shampoo contains Tea tree and peppermint and I see the difference for myself when it comes to the bugs)

If you feel uncomfortable spraying your dog with this (I know there are all kins of anti natural articles out there… but they mention cases where large quantities were used in concentrated form!), mix a more concentrated version and put it on the harness/colar.


One of the best natural insect repellents is made from the

clear real vanilla (not the grocery store vanilla extract which

is mostly alcohol). This is the pure vanilla that is sold in Mexico.

It’s cheap there if you know of someone that lives there or in

the US close to the border. If not, health food stores usually

carry it or can order it for you. I use it half

vanilla and half water and find that it works great for mosquitoes and ticks,

don’t know about other insects.


I hope this helps.

Your Bulldog Pal,



Coughing in English Bulldog

Hi Jan,

Please be honest, in your opinion if the dog is playful (chases my son the
cat) plays tug a war does the biting your hands (like a pup does) and my
sons pant legs….but does the hacking routine, not all the time but enough
(he did it pretty god after his bath this am) should i worry…. we go back
to the vet in a week, but i am just really guarded after what happen to the
last pup…..I really just want to cry every-time he coughs, it does not seem
to bother him, put hey he’s a bully no complaining is in his genes…..


About the cough. There are different types of coughs that mean different
things. Since he is active and eating fine, that indicates he feels ok.
But I don’t think it is normal to be coughing all the time. Is your vet
familiar with bulldogs? If he’s not familiar with bulldogs, I think you
should see a different vet, perhaps a specialist.

If he’s going in this week, I think you could wait,
but maybe you should call them and ask if they think he needs to be
seen sooner.

The hacking cough could be an indication of several things including
kennel cough, pneumonia, allergies, and even heart problems. Does he have a
discharge coming from his nose? if so, is it clear? a competent vet
should be able to tell you what’s going on with him.

If he has an especially long palate, it could be the source of his

——————-follow up——————————

I though I would give you an update….yesterday my husband and i thought
about what changed in our house since we got our pup….we started using
carpet freshener (spray) so we gave the pup some benedril and a bath and he
is doing better, we are shampooing carpets today to get ride of the
freshener…i spoke to a vet friend of mine she said he might have a little
viral cold since he has clear snot but he is so playful…..thanks again


So it may be an allergic reaction he’s having. When you shampoo the
carpets be sure to use a mild carpet cleaner without perfumes or
pet odor eliminator. They absorb a lot through their paws so you
don’t want any harsh detergents



Finding a Good English Bulldog Breeder

Hi Jan we have a question for you. We are looking for a reliable and honest Breeder here in Calif. We live in the bay Area. Can you help us? If so we would really appreciate it

thank you Anne—–Answer———

Hi Anne,

I’m afraid I don’t know of any breeders in CA, but I
would recommend you contact the Northern California
chapter of the Bulldog Club of America
and ask them.

Another great way to find a good breeder is to go to a local
Bulldog Show – it’s fun to see all the bulldogs and these are
usually the best breeders.

There are many spurious breeders out there so don’t rely on
the internet, but rather on referrals from reputable sources
such as the Bulldog Club of America

For people in other states, do a Google Search for “Bulldog Club”
+ “your location” and you should be able to find your local club.
If that doesn’t produce results, look in the closest big city.

Another way to find local English Bulldogs is to search in
under english bulldogs.

Your Bulldog Pal,


English Bulldog Grooming and Care

Grooming~Shedding~ Bathing~Basic Care…
from our friends at Bulldogs World

Bulldogs enjoy being groomed (except for the nail trimming), and most love taking a bath. The Bulldog has a smooth, short coat and is naturally a reasonably clean dog. Because of his short fine coat, many people think that grooming is not important, or seldom needed. This is not true!

To keep a Bulldogs coat shiny and beautiful it must be groomed about 4 times a week. The cost of having a professional groomer clip, pluck, trim or shape is an expense you will not have, but there is more to grooming than elaborate coat care.

Grooming should be routine and common, just as it is for you! Start when your puppy is young, get her use to a table or stand to be groomed on, it will make things so much easier for you both. You will also be checking for bare spots, skin lesions, scabs, infection, flaky skin, rough skin and other problems. If anything is not normal you will notice it right away, which is the best time to catch a problem. This may seem like a lot of work but in fact it will only take 5 to 10 minutes a day. Don’t forget to check between her toes for cysts or inflamed areas, look over her wrinkles and tail area while examining her.


Your dog’s coat is a good indicator of problems, it is the first sign for you when something is wrong. Is the shedding minimal or is it excessive? If it is not a seasonal change then it must be another reason- Stress? Worms? Fleas? Diet Change? All these and more can cause shedding, have your vet examine her if you feel this is a non seasonal excessive change is shedding. As a rule bulldogs don’t shed much. Daily care would be starting to brush her from the shoulder area and going back toward the tail. Always follow the natural lay of the hair. Use a quality brush, a slicker brush, hand brush, grooming glove or a tight rubber pronged brush. Any pet store has these for a few dollars. If you find that there is a doggie odor and its not related to a health condition or the smell is just slight and its not coming from the wrinkles, tail pocket or ears then you may spray a few squirts of a deodorizer made for dogs on the coat after brushing or a coat enhancer. Bulldog hair
seems to be hard to remove from furniture and clothes as its fine and small.


Check the inside of the ears good, if you smell a odor then you should have your pet examined by a vet. Clean the ears out with a warm water cloth and remove any debris and dirt. A cotton Q-tip may be used at the edge of the ear canal, A WORD OF CAUTION, don’t insert the Q-tip into the canal, if you can’t see the end of the Q-tip then its in to far and could cause some serious damage to the ears. You may also use some peroxide instead of water to help in the removal of debris.

If the canal is swollen, red or inflamed you should have her examined by your vet. Ear infections often take a long time to clear up if they are not caught early. Warm mineral oil will help in keeping the ear folds from drying out, only do this once a week and then just a drop. If your dogs nose is dry and rough then use some mineral oil on it.


A bulldogs face is covered with wrinkles and is his trademark for sure. That trademark requires cleaning, use a mild soap and water solution to clean. If your dog has a heavy nose wrinkle, lift it and clean, rinse and dry it well, the tail pocket should also be cleaned the same way. Many owners will also put some corn starch, medicated powder or baby powder in there when finished. You can use this to keep things looking good, if it is dry and flaky you may want to put a small amount of a diaper rash ointment in there like Desitan ointment instead of the powder or if the rash is severe. Remember to keep her vulva area cleaned (not inside, only the exterior part) with warm water as bulldogs need some help with that. Keep the male Bulldog clean as well. This is the last thing you should wipe and clean before your done.


Check the eyes to see that they are clean and normal. They should be well formed and bright. You will notice any changes if they occur. If there is excess drainage, yellow, green or a foul smell draining from the eyes see your vet.

Tear stains is a debated issue that has many possible causes and cures. The methods used to rid the stains varies from breeder to breeder and vet to vet. This is the price we pay for those beautiful sourmug faces, TEAR STAINS. Here is one formula that has been proven to work well.

To prevent this from happening wash the area daily with warm water and a wash cloth, if this fails and your Bulldog gets tear stains then try this:

Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and white milk of magnesia with enough corn starch to make a paste. Apply this mixture to the stained area 2 times a day until it is starts to go away(about 7-9 days), then apply once a day(for the next 1-2 weeks or until it is gone). You should see results starting in about 7 days. After the stain is gone stop using the mixture and just wash with warm water and dry to keep it looking nice.


There is many tooth brushes and products out there to use for brushing your Bulldogs teeth and it should be done 3 times a week and give a few crunchy treats to help aid in his oral care as well. If the gums are inflamed and red or irritated see your vet.


Most Bulldogs enjoy getting a bath. It is suggested that unless your dog gets dirty she should only have a bath about 1 time a month. Bulldogs are inside dogs and usually don’t get very dirty. Use water that is lukewarm and try to give the bath in the morning so the Bulldog can find a window with the sun shinning in to lay in front of it to dry. Bath your Bulldog in a gentle and mild soap, remember that a dog skin is more sensitive than your skin. Avoid getting water and soap in the eyes, ears and nose. Talk with your dog while giving the bath and positive words goes a long way with a Bulldog. Start at the shoulders and work back, rinse well and dry with a towel, brush the coat when your done and again when the dog is dry. Frequent brushing will do more good for your dogs coat and appearance than bathing will do. Bulldogs are beautiful!

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For more information on bulldog health and care, check out my Healthy Bulldog Guide.