English Bulldog Sings Opera!

Can your Bulldog sing?  Archie only sings when he hears a Spiriva drug ad, not sure what he finds so appealing about it.  And I’ve never been able to capture it on tape.  This bulldog Fred can belt out opera with the best of the tenors as you can see from this video:

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Happy Bulldog Valentine’s Day

A Happy Bulldog Valentine’s Day to Bulldog Lovers everywhere

This image is part of my Bulldog design collection that I created
to be put on custom t-shirts, mugs, mouse pads, and more.
you can see all the designs here

I happy to report that Archie’s on the mend, getting better every
day.  He’s on a bland diet and some meds as he still has some
intestinal upset. Thank you for all your letters of concern.

your bulldog pals,
Jan & Archie
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Lump on Young Bulldog’s Neck

I was wondering, I know you have been through alot with your Bulldog Archie and I was wondering if he has ever happened to have a lump under his neck by where his collar would hang?

My fiance had noticed this lump on our mini bulldog Tuffy’s neck. He said he first noticed it about a couple of months ago and since has gotten a little bigger but tonight it looked like part of it was a scab & started to come off, so he cleaned it off with peroxide since it was bleeding.

We haven’t noticed a change in his personality or demenor but I have never seen or heard of anything like this. This is the only thing that could possibly be a genetic defect or something along that line as the only issue he has had was an allergic reaction to a flea medication.

He has been a really good & healthy dog but this worries me & we have an appointment for him on Monday but I was told that maybe it was a cut that got infected or a cyst that has gotten irritated. I guess basically I am hoping you might have heard or seen this before & can maybe put my mind at ease. Attached is a picture of what the lump looks like. I greatly appreciate any help or advice you can give.

sincerely,
Jen

Hi Jennifer,

That could be a histiocytoma, a benign tumor of the skin cells and is usually found on young dogs.  If that’s the case you do not need to have it removed as it will resolve itself on it’s own.  I think that peroxide might irritate it because it is quite drying.

My Archie had one on his upper neck when he was young.  It was quite gruesome looking especially to other pet owners.  My vet advised me to leave it alone and it went away after a couple months.

It’s still important to get a proper diagnosis from your vet.  Here’s a link to more information on histiocytomas:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Histiocytoma_(dog)

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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Bulldog Vomiting and Diarrhea – Extreme Danger

My Bulldog Archie has just come home from a couple of days in the doggie
ICU. Here’s what happened.

Sunday night he vomited – no I don’t think it was the Superbowl ads :-)
This is not out of the ordinary in a dog’s life. But then he vomited again at 1am, 3am and 5am. This was not ordinary.

At first I thought he had ingested a foreign object – he does like to chew.
And dogs have a reflex at the back of the stomach that will make them
vomit up something that’s trying to move through to the intestines.

But there was nothing in his vomit. By morning he was clearly not feeling
well. He wouldn’t eat or drink and was lethargic. Definitely bad signs.
Knowing that dehydration can be life threatening for a dog, I gave him
some water by pouring it in his mouth.

I called my vet and took him in. There are some things that you just can’t
take care of at home. They did x-rays and didn’t see any objects in his
intestines but did see an enlarged area.

They said I could take him home and monitor him but because of the danger
of dehydration I decided to let them put him on an IV drip in the ICU.

Boy am I glad I did because they called that evening and said he had vomited
two more times and then overnight he started having bloody diarrhea.

Luckily his blood work was “perfect” except for a high blood protein level
consistent with dehydration.

The vomiting stopped but the diarrhea went on for the next day and then
he gradually started to improve.

They thought he had a condition called Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis HGE
which is a fancy name for bloody diarrhea from inflamed intestines.

Now he’s back home and resting (a lot) comfortably.

The lesson here is that if your dog vomits more than once and especially if
it’s accompanied by diarrhea and lethargy and no interest in food, it’s
imperative to get him to the vet immediately.

When a dog dehydrates (this also applies to overheating that can lead to
Heat Stroke) the blood starts to thicken and he goes into shock. The thick
blood will start to make small clots and lead to organ failure and death. If
this clotting starts it is irreversible.

If you want to read more about HGE, the Whole Dog Journal has a very good
article on it at this link:
http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/12_7/features/Dog_16136-1.html

Yes, it was expensive and I do have pet insurance which I’m hoping will
cover it. And yes, it could recur. But if I had waited a day to see if he would
get better he probably would have died. And that would have been tragic.

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Dog Toxic Xylitol in Many Foods and Drugs

The dangers of chocolate for dogs are well known.  But not so well known is the extremely toxic sweetener known as xylitol.  You may have heard of it as a sugarless gum sweetener but it is also becoming very popular in many food and liquid drug items.

Dr. Khuly explains:  “xylitol is a menace to dogdom…How menacing? A few sugar-free breath fresheners, a pack of gum, a spilled tin of mints, a sugar-free dessert cup. It takes only a little of this toxin to send a dog into hypoglycemia-induced seizures, and just a little bit more to bring on liver failure.

Xylitol is a great product. It’s a natural extract from the birch tree, and it takes only a little bit of this stuff to sweeten a whole lot. It’s therefore less expensive than other sugar substitutes. And it happens to taste better than most of them. Diabetics everywhere can rejoice! The tooth fairy, too.

The human versions of drugs, especially the children’s elixirs, are now being formulated with xylitol for greater pediatric palatability. Unfortunately, the lower doses in the kids’ meds are exactly what some of our smaller animal patients require.”

You can read the entire article here:
Dog toxic xylitol in gums, mints, desserts … and now drugs | PetMD.

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Reverse Sneeze Often Occurs in Bulldogs – video

If your Bulldog has ever had a reverse sneezing episode you know that it can cause panic in the viewer.  My  English Bulldog Vivy had them fairly regularly which I attributed to her elongated palate.  When she did this I would hold her head up and stroke her throat from the chest area up towards her head and she would usually stop.

Here’s a good explanation of a reverse sneeze and a video demonstration.

“Reverse sneezing” occurs when a dog feels a tickling sensation in the back of their throat. It is somewhat equivalent to a person clearing their throat. However, when dogs reverse sneeze, the symptoms appear ridiculously overly dramatic. They assume a stiff posture with head and neck rigidly extended forward. This is accompanied by forceful, noisy inhalation and exhalation that can last for several seconds, even minutes. Check out the example of reverse sneezing in the video below.

Here are some examples of other behaviors/symptoms that should prompt you to grab your cell phone and shoot some video (if you can think of others, please let me know):

1. Weakness
2. Trembling
3. Incoordination
4. Falling down/collapse
5. Episodes of pain
6. Symptoms associated with passing urine or stool
7. Making odd noises (in this situation audio taping is a must along with video)
8. Coughing (again, adding audio is great)
9. Labored breathing
10. Limping/lameness
11. Odd behavior

Videotaping for Your Vet « speakingforspot.com.

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Dr Khuly’s 7 Favorite Home Remedies

Dr Khuly is a pet advocate and vet who is very passionate about animal rights and proper dog care.  In this blog post she writes about her favorite home remedies for pets.  I’ve used some of these on my Bulldog and even learned about some new ones.

  1. Epsom salts for swelling
  2. Chamomile tea as natural disinfectant
  3. Petroleum jelly to help move unwanted stuff through the intestines
  4. Canned Pumpkin for constipation or diarrhea
  5. Borax powder for flea control
  6. Oatmeal Cereal bath for itchy dog
  7. Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda for odor control, including skunk

To read details follow this link:
My top seven favorite home remedies | PetMD.

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