Bulldog Dry Crusty Chapped Nose – a Solution

Hi Jan,

regarding the bully nose, I noticed that it gets very dry
so i started to put vaseline on it and now it seems as
though his nose is shedding itself and black parts of
his nose are peeling, do you have any suggestions??


Interesting you should ask about the dry nose.
I just tried this great product that contains shea butter, (NO petroleum
products like vaseline) and it works great.  You only need to use a small
amount.  The difference in my bulldog’s nose was significant in only one
week’s use!  Here’s a link to the product: http://tinyurl.com/yg3427l

Can Water Cause a Urinary Tract Infection

Hi Jan,

I was just wondering if well water can hurt or give dogs bladder infections? We just moved here the end of November and we give Lucy water from the faucet that does not have a purifier on it. Should we give her bottled water?? We didn’t know if she is urinating more because of the water or her tail problem. I know you’re not a vet but I trust all of your input. We have just bought her Precise weight management dry dog food. She seems to like it.

Talk to you soon,



Hi Cathy,

I think if the well water is ok for you to drink it’s fine for her.  If you filter it, then give her filtered as well.  Bladder infections don’t usually come from water.  Bad water may have parasites and bacteria which would cause problems for you as well as her.  And bacteria is what usually causes a urinary tract infection.

It’s possible that her tail infection has caused a urinary infection.  A UTI starts with bacteria on the outside of the urethra that proliferates and then moves up the urethra to the bladder.  And it could be the same type of bacteria in the tail infection.

You might want to try adding a tablespoon of natural apple cider vinegar to her water bowl (Braggs makes one).  This will help change the ph balance of acid in her system and can help suppress some of these bacteria.  Give her fresh water daily in a ceramic, glass or stainless bowl (no plastic).

Did your vet check her for a urinary tract infection?

Signs of urinary tract infection are not always obvious but include increased drinking of water, and frequent urination often with little urine produced.  It’s best to test with a urine sample – you might want to have it checked just for peace of mind.  Since he’s seen her recently your vet may let you bring in a sample.

When our bulldogs get one infection, it takes a toll on the immune system and a suppressed immune system can lead to other opportunistic infections.  Keep her calm and safe.  It may sound strange but dogs can pick up our energy and she can tell if you are upset so try to treat her as if everything is normal.

Keep me posted.

your bulldog pal,



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!


Anthony and Shelley


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,



Bulldog Breeding

Hi Jan.

Would like to ask a couple of questions please..:

Q1; Just like to enquire if you have any recommendations for best breeders?

Q2; Also which age is best for a female pure breed English Bull Dog to get pregnant?





Hi Bailey,

I think the best way is to go to the shows and meet the dogs and breeders,
you can see upcoming shows here:

The Bulldog Club of America has a reference list for breeders on their site:


As for breeding your bulldog, in my opinion she should not be bred before
the age of two and she should have a complete physical to check for any
health or bulldog genetic abnormalities to be sure you are not passing on
heartbreaking bulldog defects.

your bulldog pal,