Urinary Tract Infections in Bulldogs

I’ve had a few questions about urinary tract infections in bulldogs
recently, so I thought I’d post this informative article:

Canine Urinary Tract Infection – Is Your Dog at Risk?
By Laura Ramirez

It’s unbelievable to me that a canine urinary tract infection (UTI for short) -the most common health problem for dogs-is not something that most pet owners are taught to prevent. Since a bad infection can cause the kidneys to fail and your faithful, furry friend to die, it’s one of those measures, like brushing your dog’s teeth that you should consider part of your routine. In this article, you’ll learn why all breeds are at risk for dog urinary tract infection, what causes it and what you can do to prevent it.

What Causes Canine Urinary Tract Infection

Although an infection can start in any number of ways, the primary cause is bacteria in the bladder tube which can build up, especially in dogs who are left inside the house all day with no access to the yard. Since the urinary tract is made up of the kidneys, bladder and urethra, an infection in one area can quickly spread to other organs. If you’ve ever had an infection in this area yourself, you know how painful and life-threatening it can be.

Treating Dog Urinary Tract Infection

If you take your dog to a veterinarian, you will be given a prescription for antibiotics. However, just like in humans, antibiotics can have detrimental side effects. Obviously, if the antibiotics are worsening the symptoms or causing other problems, your dog cannot tell you.

As more and more human beings start taking their health into their own hands and seek natural treatments that have no side effects, increasingly, they want to do the same for beloved Fido. When looking for a remedy that will speed healing, look for one that can also be used for prevention. In herbal remedies, the following ingredients have been proven effective:

  • Arctostaphylos uva ursi – this is a tonic for the urinary tract which regulates pH levels.
  • Berberis vulgaris – restores the bladder.
  • Canthasris – helps soothe the bladder and promote healthy urine flow
  • Staphsagris – this remedy supports urogenital function (and is also a tonic for the prostate)

As mentioned above, make sure your supplement supports prevention and treatment. Since this is the most common problem in dogs, giving a daily dose to your dog could help extend his life.

If your dog has been diagnosed with a UTI and prescribed antibiotics, check with your vet before adding a supplement to ensure there will be no interactions. Of course, if you use a supplement to prevent dog urinary tract infection in the first place, you won’t have to be concerned about this.

Dogs are our loyal friends and are even more accepting of our flaws than people. There is a saying that beautifully expresses the adoration with which our dogs love us, “God, please make me into the person my dog thinks I am.” Although dogs never judge us, they do look to us to take care of them.

Now that you know that a canine urinary tract infection is preventable, take the steps to show how much you care.

Copyright 2008 by pet-ut-health.com.

Learn more about preventing and treating canine urinary tract infection by going to www.pet-ut-health.com.

Laura Ramirez is the author of the award-winning parenting book, Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting. She is the publisher of Family Matters Parenting Magazine and has been a pet lover all her life.

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Stenotic Nares in English Bulldog

Can stenotic nares be identified without putting a bulldog under anesthesia?
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Yes, they are readily visible in the nose,
I’ve attached two photo.  The bigger the
nares, the less air can come through the nostrils.

The second photo shows nares that are
blocking the nostrils and may be hampering breathing.
The first photo in my opinon shows normal bulldog nares.

If they are so big as to hamper breathing,
by actually closing the nasal opening,
some people have them surgically removed.

If they are not hampering your bulldog’s ability
to breathe, I would not recommend removing
them.  Any surgery on a bulldog involves risk.

There are a lot of vets who routinely recommend
removing nares and doing palate surgery, but I
think a lot of this is done for cosmetic reasons and
really don’t think for the most part this is necessary
since these are characteristics of the bulldog breed.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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My Bulldog is Panting A Lot

Jan,

I’ve noticed this past few days, she’s been panting more so than usual.
Since I live in Arizona, I always leave her inside with the air condition at 79;
which I think is not to cold or to warm for her until I get home.
Should I take her to the vet and have her checked out or is this normal?

Jessica

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Hi Jessica,

79 is ok for an English Bulldog that is just resting at home
while you’re at work, but it’s a bit hot if she gets excited
or runs around.

Heatstroke can occur in a bulldog at this temperature
if they run around too much and overexert.  It is very
difficult for a bulldog to cool down because they do not
have a normal nose, which provides cooling for a dog.

You could try setting the temp at 75 and see if she does better.
When you come home she gets excited and that can make
her pant more, especially when it’s hot.

If you turn down the A/C and she continues to pant, you could have
her checked out.  An underlying heart condition can make a
bulldog pant with little exertion.  But in your case, I suspect
it may be due to excitement at seeing you and nothing to worry about.
your bulldog pal,
Jan

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Folliculitis Hair Follicle Infection and Diet in English Bulldog

Hi Jan,

How are you?  I noticed that you have a new program on nutrition.
What would you recommend for Folliculitis?  Biggie has had a skin
infection and we treated it with antibiotics but it seems to be back
any suggestions?

Thanks,

Sherry and Rick

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Hi Sherry,

Did you read the material?  It’s free for all my clients and it
has a lot of useful information specifically about nutrition
and skin disorders.

One big problem for English Bulldogs is genetic weakness
in certain areas, especially the immune system that fights off
infection, due to inbreeding to meet AKC show standards.

This depressed immunity can plague many bulldogs with
skin conditions that a normal immune system can fight off.

So nutrition is very important to help boost immunity and
let your bulldog heal from within.

Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicules and is characterized
by small white or red bumps on the skin.  It looks similar to mange
and often in a bullie there are mites attacking the base of the hair
follicles.

The root of the hair follicle is under the skin and when it is damaged,
it becomes vulnerable to invaders.  It will often clear up on it’s own
in about a week, but with bulldogs with weak immune systems
drugs are often prescribed.

Folliculits can be caused by a fungus or bacterial (staph) infection.
I’m assuming your vet did skin scrapings to test for mites, and see
what fungus or bacteria might be present and is treating it with
the appropriate medication.

Folliculitis is also known as pyoderma or hot spots, so be sure
to read my section on those conditions in my Bulldog Health System.

If your vet did not do skin scrapings, go to a dermatologist specialty
vet who will because if it gets deep into the tissue it will become
harder to treat.

Once cleared, there are definitely some things you can do for
Biggie’s nutrition that will help.

First is diet.  I recall you are feeding Biggie a human grade food.
It’s important to rotate foods every 90 – 120 days so he gets a
variety.  You can choose from the ones on my list in the food
download.

Also, you can add some supplements.  Even though they
might be included in your food, you need to give him extra
Omega 3s (not 6 and 9), probiotics (because he was on
antibiotics), and also an enzyme formula.  See the Supplements
list I recommend.

I think in your case, you need to get the specific bacteria or
fungus identified and treated.  I’m familiar with this because
Vivy had it (she had most immune related disorders!).  With
proper specific treatment, it should clear up.  Then the good
diet and supplements should help his immunity.

You also should let Biggie get lots of direct sunshine (when it’s
not too hot or intense) because sunshine kills bacteria.  That
shouldn’t be hard since bulldogs love to lay in the sun!

You might also consider some of the suggestions in the new
book about adding fresh food to his diet.  Even the best kibble
is deficient because of the way it is manufactured.

And yes, I did get a new puppy, Archie, he’s two now.  I did
a huge amount of research into breeders so I could avoid a
lot of the helath problems I had with Viv.

He’s been really healthy except he’s allergic to chicken! which
is in most dog food.  That’s what led to my new book on “The
Miracle of Healing with Food”.  I feed him a base of
human grade kibble with meat and vegetables.

Keep me posted on how Biggie’s doing.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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My Puppy Keeps Biting My Hand and Pants Leg

Hi Jan;

My puppy is 14 weeks old now and continues to bite.  When we run in the park, she bites my pants instead of running after the ball.  What can I do to inhibit biting?  She has plenty of chewies and toys to keep her occupied….and I try to redirect her as soon as she starts to bite but nothing seems to be working….please advise.

Thank you!

Diana

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Hi Diana,

You must nip this behavior in the bud :-)
I have a few solutions you can try.

Biting is normal behavior for a puppy, but needs to be stopped.
Many  people say to yelp or say ouch loudly when your puppy
bites or to distract them.  But this doesn’t always work.

The current trend is to ignore the behavior and take away their
freedom.  Any type of attention given to bad behavior tends to
reinforce it, so you need to withdraw your attention.  Dogs want
to please you but don’t always know how so you need to train them.

Click this link to see a video on this method of training.

That being said, I trained my dogs the old fashioned way by putting
my hand into my puppy’s mouth and pressing on his gums.
Not too hard, my puppy never yelped, it’s just uncomfortable to have
my hand in his mouth. My breeders taught me to do this. This is unpleasant
for the puppy, and along with a command such as “no biting”, the association
will teach her that biting is not acceptable.

They also told me to flick him on the nose, with my finger, to startle him,
along with the same calm reprimand of “no biting” – no yelling.
I was skeptical but they had been doing this with him for a couple weeks
and it really seemed to work well.

Whatever you do, be sure you are consistent, and calm.  The alpha dog
never gets agitated, is just quietly firm.

To discourage puppy biting of furniture or rugs or your pants leg or
even your hand, anything you don’t want them biting, you can spray
Bitter Apple onto the object.  Available at pet stores.  Be sure to shake
the bottle before you spray to mix in the bitters.

If that doesn’t work, try putting some Ben Gay on the object – the only
problem with that is it smells pretty bad to us too!

I hope this helps.

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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Blood in My Bulldog’s Stool and Diarrhea

Jan, I have a question for you.

My 10 month old Enlish Bulldog (roxy) has been having a diarhea and a little blood in her stools for the past couple of days. We called our vet once we noticed it and he said that a little blood in her stoos is not uncommon and to try and give her pepto bismol tablets to see if that helps the diarhea issue.

We have been doing that for the last 36 hours and nothing has really changed. If anything, both symptoms have gotten a little worse. Roxy acts completely normal, plays all the time, and has lots of energy. Everything seems completely normal except for her stools.

We are currently out of town at my in laws house and my wife and I dont know what to do. We arent sure if we should just bite the bullet and go to the emergency vet (because it is on a Sunday). Has your dog been through this before? Any suggestions you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Ryan

Hi Ryan,

Blood in your bulldog’s stools is not necessarily an emergency,
and could indicate many things.

It depends what it looks like.  If it’s red and a little slimy, and stinky,
she could have gotten giardia or some other parasite.  These are
hard to diagnose because they come and go.  They do tend to
resolve themselves in time.

If it’s red and clotted, it indicates a more serious bleeding problem.
If it’s dark in color, it’s coming from further up the digestive tract.

She could have eaten the wrong thing and it’s irritated her stomach
or intestine.

Another thing that can cause diarrhea is food.  If your bulldog has
a food allergy, she could on occasion get bloody stools.

The main danger from untreated diarrhea, even if it’s not dangerous
diarrhea, is dehydration.  A lot of water leaves the system with diarrhea
and this is harmful to the internal organs.

Here’s a link to some useful information on different causes of blood in
a dog’s stool:
http://home.ivillage.com/pets/symsolve/0,,j6cd,00.html

My bulldog Archie had bloody stools off and on for a while.  He was
tested for all kinds of parasites twice and was clean.  The vet
said he could have irritable bowel syndrome, but I didn’t think that
sounded right.  It turned out to be a food allergy to chicken.
I changed his diet to exclude chicken and he’s been fine ever since.

My Vivy did have this but she was quite ill and was not acting normal.
She was also vomiting.  She was listless and uncomfortable as well.
It was obvious she was quite ill.
In her case it was pancreatitus which I think was caused by Rimadyl,
a nsaid she was given for arthritis.  This was an extreme case.

Personally, I always think it’s better to be safe than sorry with a bulldog.
If it doesn’t get better or resolve itself in the next day, or if she worsens
and starts to act uncomfortable or listless or vomiting, I would definitely
take her to the vet.  If she’s otherwise normal, you could wait until you
get home

You could try giving her some garlic, maybe half a clove crushed in her food.
It’s a potent short term immune booster.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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