Bulldog Puppy with Urinary Tract Infection

Hello Jan,

First of all, I would like to thank you very much for all the knowledge we’ve gain from your emails.

I thought of you because me and my girlfriend is having problems with our baby Basha. Since she was 3 months old we have been giving her CANIDAE (Grain-free Salmon). She’s now 8 months old.

We just found out she has an Urinary Tract problems, which causes her to urinate in her sleep. So our Vet prescribe her antibiotic and said we had to change her diet to Prescription Diet c/d.

I researched on the ingredients of that dog food which contains whole grain corn, chicken by-product, soymilk meal, corn gluten meal, soybean mill run, and soybean oil.

I’ve learned that all these are bad for any dogs especially for Bulldogs. I wanted to ask you before we consult with another vet. Shouldn’t there be other alternative diet for our baby.

Thank you for your kind help. Have a great day.



Hi Ed,

Personally I don’t like those prescription diets and think their ingredients are not good for dogs long term.  Many vet schools are sponsored by Hills Science Diet and vets are trained to use these special diets.

Urinary Tract infections can call for reduced protein, some minerals and sodium. It’s possible that the grain free salmon was overloading her.  I’d just switch to a meat based diet like Prairie Lamb or Venison and see how she does.

It’s important that Basha be treated for this infection and once you start the antibiotics it’s advisable that you finish them.  You can add probiotics to her diet while she’s on them to help promote beneficial bacteria that antibiotics tend to kill with the bad.  Also you can add 1 Tbs of vinegar (I use Braggs raw unfiltered) to her water bowl when you fill it up and be sure the
water is fresh.  The vinegar helps neutralize ph and can prevent overgrowth of the bacteria that causes urinary tract infections.

Bathe her ‘private’ area at lease once a week in mild soap to keep bacteria from proliferating, walk her a couple times a day to encourage her to pee which will also prevent bacterial build up.

your bulldog pal,


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Notorious Droolers are Family Favorites

Bulldogs make an immediate impression. With a large head, shortened muzzle, undershot jaw and a strong, square build, bulldogs appear formidable.

Don’t be fooled. These drooling, heavy breathers are softies at heart and are one of the most popular canine companion choices in America. They are also on the AKC’s top 10 most-wanted dog breeds list year after year.

Bulldog History

Descended from the mastiff breed, the bulldog was bred to guard, control and bait bulls during the Middle Ages, using its wide lower jaw to clamp on to the bull’s nose like a vise. The bulldog’s short muzzle allowed the dog to continue breathing while clinging to the bull.

The bulldog is known to be dominant and courageous, with a seemingly high tolerance to pain, characteristics of which have been attributed to the breed’s fighting dog ancestry.

Bulldogs are Family Dogs

Bulldogs also have a gentle and patient nature, making them ideal family pets that notably behave well with children and other pets.

They rarely whine and usually bark only when there is a good reason to do so. While bulldogs are not very demanding by nature, they can be stubborn and will often not complain if they are injured, ill, suffering from thirst, hunger or cold.

As a result, bulldogs require attentive owners who can properly take care of them.

Chewing can be pronounced in bulldogs, so training is essential to curb this behavior.

Bulldog Behavior

Known as perpetual puppies, bulldogs reach maturity by 36 months of age, as compared to the average 12 to 18 months in most dog breeds. Although they may be particularly needy as puppies, don’t worry; bulldogs mature into calm adults.

Case in point: Bulldogs prefer to spend their days lounging as much as possible. You may never convince a bulldog to enjoy outdoor sports; a bulldog would rather exercise his jaws chewing on foreign objects. Chewing can be pronounced in bulldogs, so training is essential to curb this behavior.

Bulldog Breeds

There are a variety of bulldog breeds, although they share similar characteristics and health conditions:

  • Alapaha Blue Blood bulldog
  • American bulldog
  • Aussie bulldog
  • Banter Bulldogge
  • Buldoque Campeiro
  • Ca de Bou
  • Catahoula bulldog
  • Dorset Olde Tyme bulldog
  • English bulldog
  • French bulldog
  • Olde English Bulldogge
  • Olde Boston Bulldogge
  • Victorian bulldog
  • Valley bulldog

Common Bulldog Medical Conditions

While these may be common medical conditions, your bulldog will not necessarily develop any of those listed below.

  • Extreme sensitivity to temperature variations and difficulty breathing in hot temperatures due to a shorter muzzle. Good ventilation and air conditioning are essential with this breed.
  • Skin infections, hip and knee problems.
  • Abnormal dentition placement, number and development of teeth.
  • Brachycephalic upper-airway syndrome: Signs are noisy or open-mouth breathing, snoroing, panting, exercise intolerance, vomiting and difficulty eating. An exaggerated movement of the dog’s abdomen during breathing is commonly seen in more severely affected animals.
  • Distichiasis: This occurs when eyelashes grow in the wrong spot and cause an eye irritation even to the point of scarred corneas. Treatment options your veterinarian can offer include manual removal, electrolysis, electrocautery, cryotherapy and surgery.

As with any pet, be sure to regularly consult a veterinarian for routine care and medical advice for your particular four-legged friend.