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I adopted an English Bulldog a year ago. He is an adult, about 3 1/2. He is so loving and sweet, but his potty habits get worse the longer we have him. We’ve tried EVERYTHING. But, he is still going in his crate every single night. I cut out water two hours before bedtime. He goes out at 11:30 p.m., and I wake up at 5 a.m. to let him out, and he has still gone in the crate during that time. What can I do? The crate is the right size. Any smaller and he wouldn’t fit in it.
Dogs tend to do what they think they should do. In other words he seems to think it’s ok for him to pee in his crate. Have you tried giving him enormous praise and a treat when he pees outside? Alternate that with “quick quick” or a similar phrase that he’ll associate that with peeing.
And do nothing, no reaction when he pees in the crate – not even a sigh or anything. Because dogs respond to our attention whether it is good or bad.
He could also be suffering from separation anxiety and that can cause behavior problems as well.
This will take some patience, a regular routine (which it seems you already do) and enormous praise for proper behavior.
I have a 9 month old bullie, and it was a really hard decision to get her spayed because who doesn’t love puppies but just the thought of losing her made it the best decision for me and her. I’ll leave the breeding up to the pros. I love your site, the articles have been very beneficial to me and Raven.
I HEAR WHAT YOUR SAYING, BUT MY ATTITUDE IS,… THEY ARE GOING TO BREED THEM ANYWAY (BULLDOGS) AND I CAN GIVE AT LEAST ONE A GOOD HOME AND TAKE CARE OF HIM. WE COULD ALSO SAY THE SAME ABOUT CHILDREN…CHILDREN AND PETS IN THIS COUNTRY ARE NOT THE BIGGEST MONEY MAKERS IN THIS COUNTRY…(MOVIE STARS, I PODS VIDEO GAMES AND SEX ARE) WE HAVE OUR PRIORITIES MIXED UP IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT FOR NOW I CAN DO MY PART TO HELP…I CAN LIVE PEACEFULLY WITH MY BULL DOG AND KNOW I’VE KEPT ONE MORE DOG FROM BEING ABUSED. SOME PEOPLE ARE BETTER WITH KIDS AND THEY ADOPT, SOME ARE BETTER AT VOLUNTEERING AND THEY VOLENTEER…SOME HAVE MORE MONEY AND GIVE …..I PERSONALLY CAN SAVE 1 BULLDOG AT THIS TIME…THAT’S THE BEST I CAN DO FOR NOW.
(this is my first blog)
I have a problem with my puppy bully, he has respiratory problems, since the day we got him at 8 weeks
He was antibiotics for a chest infection, he got better for a week then it returned with a really bad hooping cough
And fluid on his lungs which turned into phnomonia, he went through loads of tests costing thousands
To which they discovered he also has hyplasia tracheal, (very narrow windpipe) so theres no way he can be sadated for proper tests or any surgery ever.
He is on loads of medication and will probably be on antibiotics for the rest of his life
He is now nearly 6 months old and although he has made a great improvement he still has the wheezing at night and morn
The specialist is dumbfounded really to why he has this fluid/wheeziness, but we are just glad to still have him
And it dosent seem to bother him as we really thought we were gonna lose him at one point
Do you have any ideas or suggestions as too what else we couold try???
Thanks for the info on tear stains. We have bucket loads of them, especially in the skin folds. Your advice about diet change helped a bit but pinning down the culprit foods is a bit hit and miss.
I never really wanted to go down the antibiotic route (eg angels eyes and angels glow) and besides they are illegal now in europe and most of the world. I have found a natural alternative that works- it is called Angels Delight from a company called bichon hotel. here is a link for you Angels delight tear stain remover .
They tell me that it works by oxidising iron deposits in the body before they can oxidise outside in the tears and bond with the bacteria which would otherwise be the basis of the enzyme that is the building block of the dreaded red yeast.
All i know is that it works. No more bull dog tear stains for us. Hurrah
We just took our 10 month old female bulldog to the vet yesterday after we noticed blood in her urine. They did the usual blood work, xrays and urine analysis. It was determined that she had a urinary track infection. They have her on a number of antibiotics and pain meds. We are not sure how she got this and the vets indicated that this is not uncommon. Can you give us any insight as to what may have cuased this and what we do going forward so we can prevent it form happening in the future. I know she does not drink alot of water during the day.
My bulldog hoagie regurgitates his food almost every time he eats. He always spits up if he is given a cookie/dog treat. I read what you told the other lady about elevating his food bowl and also the pumpkin in his food. Hoagie is allergic to chicken, he is 55lbs and he is unable to walk or play for longer than a couple of minutes before he is so out of breath it scares me. I think Hoagie has asthma….is this possible? He doesn’t have an elongated palate and the Vet plays his breathing off as oh that’s how bulldogs are. We are friends with many other bulldog owners and these dogs don’t have Hoagie’s breathing problems. I love Hoagie dearly and I want to do anything that can help him enjoy his life better. He snores very loud, loves to cuddle and is a total alpha male bullie.
Please offer any advice on his breathing, alleviating his discomfort after playing and his regurgitating. I don’t want the solution to be that he can’t eat, play or breath well. There has got to be more info out there.
Thanks so much for your time,
Hi there Jan.
My hubby and I own a beautiful, very sweet and loving bulldog named Dolly. She is just shy of 6mos old. It was about 8 days ago she started having “head tremors”. Like your book describes, her head will move in a very rapid, side to side motion. (Mouth to shoulder). It has been occurring just about every 36 to 48 hrs. Almost always she is sleeping and is awaken from these tremors. They have lasted as little as 30 seconds to 10 minutes long. She does stop the movement when we call out her name or touch her only to start right up again. She seems to be in no pain. I have taken her to two separate vet’s. The first vet was simply “stumped”. He told me to observe her eye movement during these tremors and I did so. There was nothing out of the ordinary with her eyes, hence the 2nd vet visit. With this visit, he performed a regular blood screening, which showed all to be fine with our little sweetheart. Then he performed a bile-acid test and this test showed her liver functioning well. Now what?
He says the next step is to have a full nero test done on her. He also states there is no rush for this testing. What do you think? Do u have any other insight? We are trying to stay calm during this time, but we are very worried and frustrated. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!
p.s. She is set up for a spay in about 6 days and we are very nervous having her “put under” for surgery when we are unsure of the cause of these head tremors.
Please can you help, i am writing for some advice to see if you have encountered any similar circumstances in your years of dealing with bulldogs. our local vets have not been too helpful and we have lost trust and are writing to see if you have known anything similar occur.
We have a bulldog we love to bits and she is now a year old. A few months ago she fell ill and could hardly walk, refusing to eat and walking very delicately on her back legs with a high temperature. we have read that bulldogs do encounter hip/joint problems as a result of growing pains so we went our to our local vet. after spending a fortune on full blood analysis many trips later and after a course of anti-biotics the vet couldnt confirm that there was anything wrong with her. After nearly a month she was back to her normal self thankfully.
Now she has started doing the same thing again unfortunately and without wanting to spend a month going backwards and forwards to the 3 vets we went to that couldnt confirm anything. She has been doing a fair bit more excercise than usual after receiving a new xmas toy.
Do you think she may have just hurt her hip? could it be a growth spurt ? or could it be something more serious ?
any advice appreciated
Many Thanks Dawn
All bulldogs have hip dysplasia to a degree. They also can have a condition called hemi-vertebrae where the vertebrae are malformed and can cause spinal problems and weakness in the rear legs.
Having either of these conditions could be confirmed with an x-ray by a good orthopedic vet.
Many bulldogs go through ‘growing pains’ and do come out of these orthopedic situations healthy and fine when they mature. Sometimes they grow too rapidly for their joints and it takes a while to catch up.
Why she had a fever is another issue in my mind, and would not be directly related to leg weakness. If she has a temperature again now, I’d suspect some sort of infection.
There are many things that can cause infection and I really couldn’t speculate on that. If she were throwing up I’d be suspicious of some foreign object in her stomach.
When a dog doesn’t want to eat, it is usually a sign of illness and should be checked. Especially if she’s running a fever at the same time.
I hope this helps. Please let me know how she’s doing.
Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan: My 11 month old female bulldog, who has been fixed, just recently developed what looks like an enlarged, inflamed nipple. It doesn’t really look infected at this point. I don’t really know what to do about it. It doesn’t appear to be painful when I inspect it. Have you had this happen before and do you know of any home remedies for it?
My one-year-old American Bulldog, Tank, has been limping off and on for the last couple/few weeks and I am not sure why. It’s odd to me that it seems to come and go. It seems to be worse in the evening and right when he gets up for a nap. He plays with our other dog just fine and when we go for walks he does not limp. I am afraid he possibly tore his ACL, but my boyfriend says he probably just twisted it playing with our other dog and that it will be fine. I told him about my concern of the ACL and he said Tank would not be able to walk on it at all if it were that. Can you let me know what you think it may be and if you recommend we take him to the vet? Your advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much Jan,
Hello we have an English Bulldog named Mack he is a year old. I have notice lately that he is losing interest in his dog food he was put on a special food from the vet purina EN because of his food sensitivity. other foods would give him diarrhea. he does get some table scraps now and then which he loves he used to eat twice a day dry food mixed with a little water now he eats once a day and he will pick at it all day long. Is he just getting bored with it or is he used to the table scraps which he does not get alot. I did notice if i add something to it he may eat better he loves vegetables and meat but i dont want him to give up his food all together. I did hear that adding yogurt or cottage cheese to his diet is good and also a hard boiled egg every other day is this ok to do. I also heard you could give them a natural diet homemade food say in the morning and then his regular kibble for supper but would this make him more likely not to eat his own food. I just want him to start eating again and not be looking for the table scraps all the time any suggestions on how i can change his diet to make it more appealing without changing the kibble too many sensitivities to other brands and he is allergic to chicken
Mack doesn’t want to eat it because it’s nothing a dog should eat.
In my opinion, this sort of diet leads to hair loss and general ill
health and does nothing to cure food sensitivity.
The only nutrition he’s getting is from the table scraps!
Vets do not get trained in diet, rather they are bombarded by
companies like Purina who push their products on them.
Look at the first 5 ingredients: Brewers rice, corn gluten meal,
whole grain corn, chicken meal, animal fat. A dog is primarily
a carnivore. Brewer’s rice is a by product of beer, corn gluten
is corn sugar, corn is not easily digested by dogs, etc.
Purina makes their dog food from corn because it’s cheap and
plentiful. No dog should eat corn or soy as a diet.
Many dogs are allergic to chicken, including my bulldog
Archie. We speculate this is from over-vaccination, the vaccine
being grown in eggs.
Here’s what I think you should do. If you’re going to feed kibble,
try California Natural Lamb Meal and Rice. Add probiotics,
yogurt is ok but human probiotics from a natural foods store
would be better, add Omega 3’s in the form of flax seed oil
or fish oil for dogs.
Better yet make some food for him. 30% meat, 30% oatmeal
or potato, 30% pureed vegetables (mixed frozen are easy) –
they must be pureed. Cook the grains, add the veggies,
add the meat last & minimally cook it.
Mix kibble & home made 50-50.
Let me know if this helps Mack.
HI, i have a 16 month old bully Daphne who i love to bits, 2 week ago she developed a limp on her back leg, after a few days of it not improving i took her to the vet, he said there was no localised pain and it was likely to be a sprain, he pointed out it could be her ligament but it isnt torn as she would be limping differently, after some anti-imflammatories the limping subsided within 24 hours and she started to come back to herself, albeit without the jumping, she seems against jumping off the sofa and so i was lifting her as to take it easy. So yesterday i took her on the field for the first time only for 10 mins as she seems to have lost the strength in the leg, she trotted along fine but wouldnt run, since we got back yesterday she has got the grumps and is laying about and seems a bit sore on the leg althought there is no sign of a limp. So the thing i am asking is- have i tried her too soon and how much rest should i give her before we start gentle exercise again? The vet said to go back if the limp didnt go off within 3 days but it did and it isnt back either she just seems lethargic? How long does it norm,ally take for an injury like this to heal and whats the best rest time?
Thanks – i know i do worry probably a little too much !!
You should give it a rest for 3 weeks, not days, and don’t let her
jump down from things ever again. This is a common injury for
a bulldog so preventative care is a must for you.
She’s probably a grump because she’s in pain, another reason
to have her take it easy (whether she wants to or not!)
Daphne sounds like a real trooper, gotta love our bulldogs!
Hello. I am in desperate need of some unbiased advice. I have a 2 year old bulldog who tore the ligament in his back left leg back in November 2008. The doctor confirmed this was what it was, though you can not really tell with x-rays and such. Well, we have been saving up the money for months so that he can have the surgery to repair it, but now, months later, he is no longer limping. He is running around seemingly as healthy as ever and his leg never appears to be a problem anymore.
Can a torn ligament eventually heal itself? Should I go ahead with the surgery or is it possible that he might not need it. I would just hate to spend so much money on his leg if it is fine. How do I know for sure? Thanks!
please help me, i bought a bull dog bitch in april and not sure what to do, we live in Germany as my hubby is in the british army. Honey our 5 month old has bad sores under her front arm pit area, they are sore and weep, she is under the vet but hasnt had any experience looking after bullies. She has laser treatment to dry them out twice a week, she has had blood tests which came back negative, i just dont know what to do next we feed her on junior select gold sensitive which is what the pet shop reccommeded for her bully. should i change her food, bed, i just love her so much and want to do the best i can for her, please any advice you can give me would be amazing,
worried bullie owner. xx
HI I ADOPTED MY ENGLISH BULL DOG ABOUT 6 MONTHS AGO, HER NAME IS MOOSE (IM CALLING HER MOSSIE LUCY) SHES A 2 1/2 GIRL..WHEN WE FIRST GOT HER SHE ATE ALL HER FOOD LIKE CRAZY TWICE A DAY..SHE RECENTLY GOT SICK VOMITING AND DIARRHEA, I TOOK HER TO THE VET AND GOT SOME MEDS BUT THEY JUST TOLD ME THAT SHE MIGHT HAVE EATEN SOMETHING AND TO RIDE IT OUT, SHE EVEN GOT AN X-RAY AND NOTHING WAS ON HER BELLIE…SHE GOT BETTER AND STARTED EATING AGAIN, BUT ABOUT 2 WEEKS AGO THE VOMITING AND DIARRHEA STARTED AGAIN AND SHE DIDNT EAT FOR LIKE 4 DAYS..WE WENT BACK TO THE VET, AND HE TOLD ME SHE HAD A FEVER, SHE GOT A BUNCH OF SHOTS AND THEY ADVICED ME TO FEED HER RICE AND CHICKEN FOR A WHILE AND AGAIN I GOT SOME MORE MEDS…NOW I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO SHE STILL WONT EAT, SHELL EAT VERY LITTLE AND JUST DRINKS WATER AND PEES ALL OVER THE HOUSE…SHE WONT LISTEN (SOMETIMES I FELL SHE DOESNT LIKE ME, AND I TREAT HER SOOO GOOD) WHEN WE CALL HER AND SHE JUST SEEMS X-TRA LAZY, I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO..
SUPER WORRIED MOOSIE MOMMY
Hi Jan! I just recently found your blog and thought you could help me. My boy Tank has a red ball at the end of his penis tha is about the size of a small grape. It doesn’t seem to be bothering him at all and it’s not affecting urination that I can tell. It’s been there for a while and doesn’t seem to be getting better. We live in the arctic and won’t have access to a vet till we go on vacation in November. Tank is otherwise very healthy. Additional details- He’s 19 months old and he’s fixed. Should I be worried?
Thanks, Tank’s Mom Morena
I would like to order the hard copy of the Healthy Bulldog book. All l saw on the website was the pdf format. How can I get just the book? I have three bullies and belive me we have experienced just about everything. I’m looking for alternative treatments for common conditions as my vet bills are astronomical.
I have a 2 year old bullie who appears to have allergies, in the form of interdigital cysts, mild hives, and patches of hair loss along his back. I suspect he is allergic to grass (he usually sneezes when going outdoors), but I also suspect food allergies. I cook for him, and supplement with omega 3 oil, digestive enzymes, and vitamins (he had been on antibiotics for a a surgery to remove a bacterial mass from his abdomen in April and then again when had his tail removed in July). His diet is roughly a third portion meat, a third brown rice, and a third veggies. According to your recommendations, I plan on restricting the beef and chicken to find out if either of those are a problem for him. I know you favor lamb (and that will become a staple), but I wanted to know if (thoroughly cooked) pork tends to cause allergic reactions. Also, is there any problem with giving him small portions of banana?
I have two 4 month old bulldogs and one of them was really sick last wed and we took her to the emergency vet. She was vomiting and diareaha bad. He diagnosed her with giadia and sent her home with some medication for both. The next few day she was fine. Sat she woke up and seemed fine but as the day progressed she acted like her back legs were hurting her she ate her food and all but all she has wanted to do was sleep. She got to the point where she didn’t even want to walk. I kept taking her out thinkin she was constipated. Finally she went and acted a lil better after that. Sunday she was eating and drinking fine and going to bathroom ok but she just isn’t moving really quick like she is in pain. I took her to the vet to day and he said she looked ok he said give her some time but I think something is really wrong with her. She walks around with her back picked up and when eating she lifts her right back leg. Any I ideas would be gretly appreciated!!! Thank you in advance!
I’d say if she isn’t improved by today or tomorrow, get her to a different vet!
perhaps a gastro intestinal specialist or at least a second opinion.
It sounds like there is definitely something else wrong,
I don’t know what, but any dog that acts like it’s in pain, usually is in pain. Giardia
is not a serious infection and she should have recovered by now.
She could have eaten something that’s not digestible or she could have another
A friend’s bulldog (they have two) ran at me when I walked through the door, jumped up excitedly (not in attack mode) and grabbed my hand with its mouth, really hurting me. (I was planning on watching them for 4 days while they were out of town.) Her owner acted surprise (though she knows they jump on people), but then the dog jumped up again and grabbed my hand again. She wasn’t attacking me I know that (no growling or any other signs of aggression) but I don’t get the open mouth thing. I’ve never had a dog do that. The owner seemed bewildered as well though she admits the dogs are not very well behaved and she and her husband are both frustrated with them. They are a young couple who just got these two bulldogs (one is 3 years old, the one that bit my hand (if you could call it that) is 1.5 years old–surprisingly hyper for a bulldog.) They admit they don’t know the history of the dogs either other than they came from a couple that was divorcing and who clearly didn’t train the dogs. Anyway, I went to Urgent Care and though no bones were broken, my tendon is extremely sore and bruised, making it very difficult to use my right hand. Needless to say, I did not take care of the dogs for them. What do you recommend this couple do? I told them they were lucky I wasn’t someone who was sue-happy and that they had better get their dogs trained or they will one day lose everything they have, not to mention have unhappy dogs since dogs need their humans to act like the Alpha and not be wimps!
They definitely need to get a trainer and stop that behavior. It may not appear to be aggressive but it is definitely NOT socially acceptable and needs to be stopped or the dog will continue to do it to others. Jumping behavior can be stopped with consistent training and the owners need to take the initiative. Biting behavior that probably started as a puppy and never got corrected will become more difficult to correct the longer it goes on. The dog is still a puppy really at 1.5 years and training would be very effective if done properly and immediately. And well worth the expense for a few sessions with a good dog trainer.
Thank you so much, Jan! I will relay what you’ve told me to this young couple–particularly the biting behavior aspect of it. I’m sure I can phrase it in such a way that they won’t think I’m criticizing their “parenting” skills.
Hi Jan. Just came across your website and love what I see. I have a question for you if you don’t mind. My 6 yr. old Bully named Betty had something going on with her eyes today. She was squinting like something was bothering them and also tearing. I am in the process of switching her from Nutro Max dog food to Professional the last 2 weeks. This morning I gave her only the Professional dog food and that is the only thing different about today. We are also noticing she has a lot of gas with this food. Could this be an allergy to the food? I have been wiping her eyes off and on today with cotton pads rinsed in cool water and tonight I put Refresh tears in her eyes to maybe rinse out whatever is in her eyes irritating them. Your thoughts? She has always had tearing issues so that isn’t new..the squinting is. Thank you*
The tearing and now squinting eyes are probably from a bulldog eye condition in which the eyelashes roll into the eyes and cause little abrasions. This is one of the by-products of the breeding of English Bulldogs to make their noses go back into the head. You probably cannot see these little eye lashes but they really irritate your dog’s eyes and the scratches can lead to serious infection and possible loss of vision. So I would suggest you take him to an opthamologist vet who will remove the misplaced eye lashes.
As for the food my personal opinion is Nutro is really terrible food. It is mostly corn and by-products of such low quality that it has been recalled several times. I’d suggest you switch to a higher quality food like Prairie or Innova from a specialty dog food store. If you shop at one of the big box pet stores try something like Royal Canin or Blue Buffalo. This will most likely solve the gas problem which results from inability to properly digest food.
I have an 10month old male bulldog called Brock.
Recently I placed a portable aircon on top of the dogs crate where he sleeps at night which has seemed to freak him out alittle and makes it very difficult to get him into his crate of a night time.
The aircon is not running during the night, it is for use during the day to cool the area down.
The crate is not used during the day but is his bed of a night time.
This has caused some agression in Brock not complying with his usual toilet then into bed routine. Agression is displayed as I give him his ususal command for bed with a prod and a poke.
It has ended up in me having to grap him via the scruff of the neck in Brocks protest and putting him into his crate.
It really bothers me as i don’t want to be at odds with my dog, I am the alpha dog in the house and believe that is not the issue.
I’m considering removing the aircon to put things back to how they have been as this problem has only happened since the air con has been introduced.
I guess with any new furniture bulldogs can get troubled etc I have thought after a few days it would all just settle down.
The easiest way is to just remove the aircon, is this a cop out with the dog, any suggestion would be a big help.
Dogs don’t like change, especially in their safe haven which is the crate. He appears to be terrified of the aircon and feels very threatened by it. So the easiest solution is to remove it. It doesn’t matter if you are the alpha, a terrified dog will become defensive (or aggressive as you call it) because he feels his safety is jeopardized. Dragging him into the crate will just increase his fear level and he won’t feel safe in his crate. If you keep forcing him in there he will become afraid of you as well. So I’d definitely suggest you remove the aircon and hopefully he won’t be too afraid to return to his normal safe spot.
your bulldog pal,
I, we have a problem with our bulldog… one of its front leg is crooked… she’s 6 month old…. one veterinarian told us that it might be one of the bone in the leg that has stop growing. He told us that it would cost a fortune for surgery so he recommand the euthanasia. We can not believe this… can you help us please??
I don’t believe that either. Did you go to an orthopedic specialist for a confirmation of that diagnosis? I’m going on very little information here but is it possible your bulldog has rickets?
How old was she when you got her? and where did you get her? When a young dog is kept in the dark as is the case in many kennels these days, it is possible for them to develop rickets which is a vitamin D and or phosphorous and calcium deficiency caused by improper diet and/or lack of exposure to sunlight. Many puppy mill kennels do not feed their puppies good diets nor do they let them go outside in the sun.
I do not want to cast suspicion on good breeders but this is a possibility worth investigating because it is treatable.
Other than this there could be a spinal malformation causing nerve damage and therefore stopping the growth. But a curved leg is one of the signs of rickets.
In any case I don’t see why you should euthanize her. Many dogs function well with some deformities.
You might consider taking her to one of the vet schools. There are several very good ones around the country and they tend to be up to date on all dog conditions and cost a lot less than private veterinarians.
Let me know what you find out.
Our Bulldog, Pearl, is 10 months old and she is having some sort of infection under her tail. We have taken her to the vet (which seem to all be young and unexperienced with bulldogs)several times and they seem to think that it is a fungal infection under her tail and around her vulva. It is a dark color and seems to come mostly off with baby wipes. They say it is caused from her having wrinkles, or a vulva that is located lower than normal. As for the tail part I was told it is because not much air gets under her tail and moisture is always there which causes the fungi to grow. They have given us wipes to use but do not help. Under the tail, the hair is dark (where she is almost all white), and there is abraisions that are slightly bleeding at times. We have used baby whipes and try to clean it as much as we can. Her tail is corkscrewed. We also are using a anti-fungal shampoo to clean her with and we use a washcloth to try and get most of it off. Nothing so far is working and she is scooting more and wants us only to scratch her butt. What is your recomendation and is a new vet that knows bulldogs a must for this problem?
Yes, you definitely need to find a new vet. It sounds like Pearl may have a more serious tail pocket infection that could include yeast fungus as well as staph, especially if it’s oozing. It is essential that the tail pocket be kept dry and free of infection. And it sounds like that is what you are trying to do.
Pearl may be a bulldog with a tail pocket that is very tight and not able to be adequately cleaned. She is obviously distressed so the current cleaning method is not working.
The bulldog screw tail is partially inside the dog’s body. If the bone rubs against the skin from the inside it can lead to chronic infection which can threaten a bulldog’s well being. For some bulldogs with chronic infections amputation of the tail is the only solution but you definitely need an expert to determine if this is necessary as the surgery does involve risks.
A vet who is more familiar with bulldogs or an orthopedic vet should be able to help you better diagnose what’s going on with Pearl.
I have some other posts on this topic if you put “tail infection” into the search box at the upper right of this page.
We took her to a doctor that is familar with bulldogs and he said that her tail is going to need to come off to get rid of the infection permenatly. He also said that she should only be eating 1 cup of food per day. She is 60lbs but needs to be about 55lbs. Does this sound correct for a full grown dog? It seems to be not close to enough food.
yes, according to the Bulldog Club of America guide to bulldog standards, the normal weight for an adult female bulldog is about 40 pounds and a male about 50 pounds. Of course, your dog may be a bigger bulldog but it is important to remember that an overweight bulldog is not long lived. You should be able to look at your bulldog from above and see a defined waist, and looking from the side a tuck in at the waist, and you should be able to feel the ribs under her skin (this is a bit of a challenge in a bulldog).
If she is overweight and goes under the anesthesia she could have complications because an overweight bulldog has more pressure on the heart and lungs. So I think you should take your vets advise.
I’m a proud new owner of a bulldog puppy, Lucy (she’s 13 wks old now). I absolutely love my snoring little girl, however I just experienced the scariest moment of my life. I have read a lot about bulldogs and have read in multiple articles to stay away from rawhides. Lucy ABSOLUTELY loves them and I checked with my vet that if I am very cautious with giving them to her then it’s okay for her to have them.
However today, she began choking so much so that she couldn’t even breathe. I tried sticking my fingers down her throat to pick it out but couldn’t reach it so gave her the heimlich. Luckily, Lucy is still happy and healthy even after this expisode. Needless to say, all rawhides will be removed from the house (if I can find all the ones she hid). However, I need a SAFE toy to replace them with.
I have a KONG toy that she doesn’t really play with unless I put peanut butter in. I’m looking for something that she can gum but NOT swallow. Any suggestions?
PS> I’d LOVE to send a picture of Lucy, she looks exactly like the puppy version of the bulldog that is your main picture on the site.
I have a english bulldog that is 1 1/2 years old. Every morning when we get up she has snotty looking stuff in her eye.It’s only in her left eye.I was wondering what is causing this and what I can do to prevent it.
It is probably caused either by an allergy or by eyelashes that are scratching her cornea and causing irritation. The best way to know is to have an opthamologist vet look at her eye.
Do you have the hard copy books in yet?. Last we spoke you didn’t have the hard copies, just the electronic version. I’m kinda old school and really want to get a copy. I have three Bully’s and we experience a lot of the same problems your other readers do. I’ve tried switching from Roayal Canine Bulldog formula to California natural on my oldest bully that has severe allergies, the problem is he doesn’t like it and will leave his bowl untouched all day until I “fix it”. If I add a couple drops of bacon grease he will eat (I know this is not good, especially since he’s over weight) but I want to give the new food a try and I’m not sure what else to do. He’s on a daily dose of Prednisone and has been for years, I would like to find a solution to the allergy problem.
my name is brian and me and my fiancee have a wonderful 10 month old bully named lucy. she is a very vert good dog with not much issue at all except that lately whenever she gets into a really good deep sleep with heavy snoreing she wakes up with the hicups which turns into projectile vomitting. is this normal or is there anything that we can do to make this stop? you can tell she feeks bad afterward watching us scramble to clean whatever peice of furniture she happened to pass out on.
Lucy may have something going on with her esophagus (throat). If this is the case, she is actually regurgitating bits of food that did not make it to the stomach. You can tell because they are pretty much whole and not digested.
Many bulldogs have either a little pouch in their throat or a condition called megaesophagus. So when she sleeps and wakes up suddenly she has a reflex action to get the food out of her throat. In Bulldogs this is considered a genetic (inherited) disorder and can vary in degree. Only a specialist vet can tell you her exact condition.
For more information on megaesophagus, you can read this article:
I have a couple suggestions. Elevate her food bowl so gravity can help get the food all the way down her throat and she may be less likely to throw it up later. This solved the problem when my Bulldog Vivy had this condition.
Also, when she does throw up it’s important that you do not show any reaction. She is probably far more distressed by your reaction and scrambling around than by the actual regurgitation. Stay calm and quietly clean up, preferably when she is not looking. You could put a towel under her when she goes to sleep. Dogs are very sensitive to the emotions of their owners and can get stressed when you do.
Jan, I have a 16 wk old bulldog puppy. This morning he vomitted a yellow vile. Right before he vomitted, it was almost like he was choking or dry heaving. My previous adult bulldog did this occassionally as well. Is this common in bulldogs? Thanks!
A bulldog puppy vomiting yellow bile in the morning is fairly common and not usually cause for concern. It happens because the dog hasn’t eaten for a while and stomach acids have accumulated overnight. These acids irritate the stomach lining and cause the puppy to vomit.
There is a simple solution. First, feed more often. If you are feeding your puppy two times a day, up it to three. If you feed three times a day, give him a little snack before he goes to bed. This should keep his stomach full and prevent the bile from building up.
You could also try giving him wet food with his kibble. And let his food digest a while before exercising him. In addition, be sure he is fed in a stress free environment so he can eat (or in the bulldog case, gulp) his food quietly.
If this cures him, or he only does it infrequently, then he’s fine. If he continues to vomit or he becomes lethargic or does not want to eat, you should take him in to see your vet. He or she may opt to give him antacids (the dosage depends upon his weight) or do additional testing if needed.
Hi, I was just wondering how I would go about introducing a new 9 month old male bulldog to our two and a half year old male bulldog. We are getting the 9 month old dog from a family that can’t take care of him anymore. Is it a good idea to have two males together or would it cause a lot of problems? Thanks!
Hi, I have a three year old female english bulldog (55lbs)with a torn acl. We have been doing endless searching for the best treatment options for her. We haven’t found any information on whats best for the bulldogs. Talking with several vets we are debating TTA vs. tightrope procedures. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
The type of procedure depends upon the particular injury. Many bulldogs have congenital deformities of the knee joint that require the TTA or TPLO surgeries to re-stabilize the knee joint and prevent further injury. The tightrope procedure is less invasive but in the case of a malformation may not be as effective, especially if you have a very active bulldog. It is a newer type of surgery. Recovery would be faster. I think you should get a few opinions from orthopedic specialists in your area. I’m going to ask some bulldog folks about what they think and add to this post.
We purchased an English Bulldog about 10 months ago from Ultimate Bulldogs in north Jersey. She seemed very healthy and she is a beautiful white bulldog with some color around the right eye. We started to notice some odd behavior and Maggie not being startled by loud noise like our pitt bull. We did some home testing and had her hearing tested by her vet. He said that she was most likely deaf from birth. My question: one of our main reasons for purchasing maggie was to breed her. Can we breed a deaf dog? What other problems can we expect to have due to the deafness?
Thank you for any advise you can pass along. Another question: What is the breeder responsible for in this situation? They did praise themselves on healthy, pure breed, show dogs. Thank you.
Deafness is more common in white bulldogs than the darker colors. There is a pigmentation gene in white bulldogs called the piebald gene that is associated with deafness. It is considered a congenital defect so your bulldog has a greater chance of passing on the gene and producing more deaf puppies. Bulldogs such as yours who are born deaf should not be bred. The gene is often recessive in dogs and can just appear in a puppy from an otherwise healthy male and female parents so the breeder’s responsibility may be limited to that particular puppy.
Hi Jan! I’m writing to ask about food for Tank. He’s 2 1/2 and has been on Royal Canine since we got him and doing great. We recently realised they have changed their Bulldog 24 formula and for some reason have added Oatmeal. Tank is allergic to gluten and is now suffering very itchy paws. I see under your ‘Diet’ category that you have recommended Canidea and Natura in the past but that was in 2008 I think. Just wonding if you still feel the same way.
We need a new food, please help.
The company that makes Royal Canin was recently purchased by Mars (think M&M’s) and the formula has changed. If your bulldog is allergic to gluten I’d suggest trying one of the grain free dog food diets from Instinct or Evo or Taste of the Wild or one of the newer small companies that you can find out about from your local small independent pet food store.
Hi we have a 7 month Bulldog called George and he has started to get a really snotty nose with bright green snot coming out of it, has he just got a cold or should I take him to the vet – does anyone have any advise or have experience the same thing?
Clear snot is ok and is just a sign of mild cold or allergy but green is a sign of infection and must be treated. Take him to a vet for evaluation now.
My female, English Bulldog has a UTI. What can I do for her until I get her to the Vet tomorrow. She is drinking a lot of water and urinating alot. I made her some pure cranberry juice, but I can’t get her to drink it. Any suggestions??
She probably doesn’t like the taste of the pure cranberry juice although it is effective against urinary tract infections. You could try diluting the cranberry or adding some vitamin c or a little apple cider vinegar to her water, but it’s most important that she be able to drink so she stays hydrated until you get her to her vet.
I was wondering if you have had any experience with Craniomandibular Osteopathy aka Lions Jaw in Bulldogs?
We have a purebred English Bulldog who has just turned 8 months. He was diagnosed with Lions Jaw 2-3 months ago when he had unexplained pain which led to Xrays of his skull. Thus far we are treating episodes with Metacam but he is still uncomfortable, drools heavily, and eats very little. We have gone through 2 episodes thus far and each last approx 4-6 days until he is back to normal. The last episode had us at a late night emergency animal hospital getting a sedative so as to control the pain and make him more comfortable. The weeks in between the episodes find him happy and being a normal dog..
His diet is strictly Royal Canine medium breed puppy food.
The breeder we purchased from was recomended to us, and so we brought him up from Kansas to our home in British Columbia.
We have done alot of reading on the interent but we are hoping to find any additional info.
Thank you for any info you may be able to pass on..
I do not hear of Lion’s Jaw (Craniomandibular Osteopathy) in Bulldogs, but found a few websites that may be helpful. It is a genetic disorder but may also be caused by a bout of distemper. According to Merck “Therapy is symptomatic and consists of aspirin or corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and discomfort, and a soft-food diet. Prognosis is good because bone proliferation ceases when the animal matures.” (Merck: http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp?cfile=htm/bc/91503.htm) It is generally treated with aspirin and steroids until the puppy matures.
You can read more at these sites:
I have downloaded and printed the book and I do receive all your emails- which I print and read while watching my bulldog run in the backyard.
Rebel,my english bulldog, has had problems with spots in between his paws-at first I was told that they might be in-grown hairs then I opted to have him allergy tested which did not help much. So last night I bathed him and noticed that he was limping so I sat him down to investigate further. Upon invesigation I saw a quater sized blister on the under side of his paw in between the pads- I then went on to notice that there was much debri in between all his pads- it was amazing how gunked up they were considering he is bathed regularly. I felt horrible because I had neglected to pay attention to this before. I cleaned the pads out the best I could then soaked his hurt paw in epsom salt which seemed to relieve some of the swelling and pain. My question is what do I do about the issue in between all the pads ? Should I clean them each night and if so what should I be cleaning them with ? My sister suggested that I find him shoes to wear outside-please help. Any suggestions would be taken to heart. I hate to know that being outside, which he loves, is causing him pain.
We have a 1 1/2 female bulldog who just began to limp on her hind right leg. We did not see her injure it, one second she was fine and the next she was limping. She wants to get up and move around. When she gets up, she does not put pressure on the leg. She does not yelp or seem to mind when we touch the leg or give her a massage. What should we do to help her heal and do you think we need to go to the vet?
Keep her quiet for a week or two and see if she gets better. No jumping
off furniture, no walks. If she’s still limping then you’d better get her to
an orthopedic vet for evaluation. She could have injured her knee or her
You can also check her paw to see if she stepped on something or has
a foxtail in between her toes.
See my comments in the orthopedics section of the blog
Jan, I saw a few similar posts to this, but wanted to ask about my 1 year old english bulldog Felix…This has happened twice now. He will just have woken up in the morning and starts acting as if he is chocking. He looks like he is choking and sounds like he is trying to clear his throat. As we anticipated a huge amount of vomit to come out, instead he stopped choking for about 5 seconds, his eyes rolled back in his head and he passed out, but barely for more than a few seconds. Then he was fine, a little dazed for a minute, but back to runnign around and eating within minutes. The second time, he did the same thing, same time of day and all, but he had gotten out of bed and went outside with me while doing this choking thing. We recently had a friend give him a huge rawhide bone which he has been chowing down on. I only let him have it while we are at home with him. Could this maybe be stuck in his throat??? Or does it sound more like a seizure of some sorts?
If a rawhide were stuck in his throat he would not be able to breathe at all and would definitely pass out and choke to death unless you did the heimlich maneuver on him. In your case it sounds more like he’s choking on his palate and passes out for a moment from lack of oxygen. Bulldogs have what’s called Brachycephalic Syndrome. Because the nose is pushed back in the head and the soft palate is elongated they often suffer choking problems. I recommend you take him to a vet that is knowledgeable in Bulldog breathing problems for an evaluation.
Hi i have a british bulldog called lola, she is 5yrs old.
She gets good walks and always have done. she really loves walking, i do take regular stops for half hr or so and give her a drink.
She is now starting to limp when she gets in after her walks, this may last for 24hrs to 48hrs then she returns back to normal. No limping!!!
She has a good diet no human food.
Do you think it could be a strain? or am i over walking her for
her age? I love her to bits.
Apart from that she is in very good health.
No breathing problems.
Please can you help.
It sounds like she has a strain that doesn’t have time to heal before it gets re-injured.
I suggest you let her rest for 2-3 weeks and then start walking her again. If she limps
after this time off then she may have some damage to her ligaments or knee and you
should take her to an orthopedic vet for evaluation.
Don’t let her jump up or (especially) down from furniture or the car. This can damage
You can also try giving her a glucosamine supplement, designed for dogs. These are
available at pet stores. In Clover makes a good one but there are many others available.
Glucosamine will help rebuild any damage to her cartilage in a her knees.
Hello, I have an English Bulldog,he has a cork screw tail he has and still has an infection in the pocket for more than a year with alot of cleaning and Dr’s visits I now have a bloody discharge along with the bad smell.
At this point it seems to be more irratatated than in the past
I am considering amputation of he tail
I just don’t know if that would be the best thing to do
If you have any sugestions I am open to doing what ever I can
It sounds like your english bulldog has a serious infection in his tail pocket. In your case the cork screw tail is so tight that cleaning is not a viable alternative. So you should consider amputation. I have a lot of comments about successful tail surgeries and their costs on a previous post that you can view here:http://www.askbulldoghealth.com/?p=106
Hi there…stumbled across your site so I thought I would check with you first. I have a wonderful 8 year old English Bully named Brutus who has been generally very healthy…just some recurring issues with ear infections and anal glands. He has never been one to drool at all, just frequent blowing out his nose..yuck..LOL…Anyways this morning I woke to find a huge wet spot around where his head was laying while he slept..wasn’t exactly sure what the reason was…he then moved to the couch and suddenly a new wet spot was forming…it seemed as if over night he has suddenly started drooling excessively. What would cause this to suddenly start happening in a dog his age?? Should I be concerned at all?? Thank you in advance for any advice you might be able to offer me!
PS..love reading through all of your posts, some great information about these wonderful animals to be found here.
HI, we just recived a 1yr old,old english bulldog who is male snipped and is very lovey in every way, he is good socially with other dogs shows no signs of agression but the prev owner was not truthfull with us about the “tug of war” issues. the last owner claimed he needed to find him a new home because of alergy issues with his kids. im begining to find out that it might have to do with this fixation with grabbing the leash or pant legs. if he was a puppy it would be easy to fix but hes 80lbs and low to the ground so he has all the advantages! ive tried stepping on the leash and he almost tipped me over and im over 200lbs ,ripping the leash out of his mouth, short SHOUT of “HEY” which gets him to stop and then i reward the stop but he just seems to take it up a notch to come at me again.I am most worried because he grabbed my sons pants and heis only 10yrs old and desided to take off with my child!!! my son couldnt stop him and the dog dragged him down the street by his pant leg , i couldnt get the dog to release. how do i STOP this grabbing the pants or winning at TUG OF WAR with an adult dog, i read soo much about puppies mine is not a puppy i need help
It sounds like your english bulldog is displaying normal puppy behavior that was not stopped or even worse was encouraged by the previous owner. Biting at the leash and pant legs is very common in puppies and it should have been discouraged when it started.
Tug of war is something that brings out the Bulldog’s instinctual and somewhat aggressive dominant behavior because he thinks of the tugging as a challenge and will try to win the competition.
Since he’s only one he can probably be cured of this unwanted puppy biting behavior through training. I would recommend you hire a professional trainer to help you with this. Some people use a squirt bottle with water (or water with a little vinegar) to stop unwanted biting behavior but again I think a trainer would help you in techniques to take command of the situation. Often we inadvertently encourage the behavior we are trying to stop.
I know lots of us use the word “hey” as a command and it does get the dog’s attention but a trainer would probably steer you in a different direction, having you make your bulldog sit or adopt some other calming behavior. And teaching him how to walk on the leash, taking long walks to work off his excess energy will also help.
hi need help my 2year old english bulldog was extremley healthy ate a nylon dog bone wich obstructed her stomach.she had surgery to remove obstruction.she now has become very ill wont eat excessive swelling of the abdomen dye test shows normal movment xray shows excessive fluid build up in chest and abdomen.protein levels are low any thoughts on what is going on
It sounds like she has an infection, perhaps in her kidneys or liver. Low protein is a sign of incomplete digestion which can be a sign of kidney disfunction. Fluid accumulation in the abdomen is also a sign of liver disease. She may be gravely ill and you need to get her to a different vet if yours does not think there’s a problem.
Regarding the Bulldog who suddenly started excessively drooling posted above. It could be a problem with the salivary glands or possibly periodontal disease or even something lodged in his mouth. It can also have something to do with his salivary glands. If he continues for more than a week I’d recommend you take him to your vet. Here’s an article on causes of hypersalivation: http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/dog-drooling-salivary-gland-problems
my english bulldg had 7 puppies 2 weeks and 2 days ago..two inforuntely died five are left. There all doing good and eating a lot. All except for the only male.He hardly eats and when he does not very long. Im surprised hes still alive.I bother him so he can suck.It works sometimes. I dont know what to do!!! Im worried and i want him to be healthy. HELP!!!
I’m not a breeder but I know that Bulldog breeding and whelping is a tricky process. Most are born by c-section and sometimes puppies are lost. If you are new to breeding bulldogs then you need some professional advice.
Bulldogs World has this to say about newborn puppies:
“The most critical period of a dog’s life is during the first week. The early care and environment of the newborn puppy are of the utmost importance. Early causes of death can usually be attributed to difficult whelping, congenital or genetic defects, environmental factors (i.e., too cool or drafty), carelessness of the dam, infection, viruses, toxic milk or insufficient nourishment.”
the rest of the article can be found here: http://www.bulldogsworld.com/breeding/care-feeding-and-supplies-newborn-bulldog-puppy
my 9 yr old english bulldog started limping and now she is walking with her front elbow bowed out. any suggestions how to fix this? she had a uti and we had her on antibiotics but she still can omly urinate in drops unless she is lying down
It sounds like she still has a uti and you should have her rechecked for this. If she can’t urinate properly and still has an infection it can move up into her kidneys and that is very serious.
As for the elbow, it sounds like she’s injured it and you need to take her to an orthopedic vet to have it checked out. She may need corrective surgery.
Hi I recently adopted a 1 1/2 year old Emglish bulldog who is fixed. Yet he occasionally humps air, or tries to hump legs. And he marks his territory. And yesterday he was wide awake and would not get out of bed for about 30 mins. (he normally follows me everywhere) He had an erec*tion and there was a clear discharge coming out. Once he got up the bed was soaked! Then today he got on the couch for maybe 3 mins and it was soaked as well. I’m not sure if he is ejacu*lating? Please advise me on any of this. I’m not sure what’s going on.
Be aware that if he was fixed just before you adopted him it will take a couple of months for his hormones to get out of his system. As for the air humping, that can be behavioral but it should also stop or slow down considerably. As the hormones leave his body he will lose the urge.
Hi Jan. Recently found your site and got some great information. I do have one problem. I am a proud owner of a 8 and 1/2 year old male english bulldog ‘Bubba’. We love him, but he has been expensive! Many vet visits and TWO TPO surgeries.
The problem I am having with him is what the vet terms as ‘red yeast’ on his front paws up to his forearms. He licks this area alot. IT stays red looking. I have tried white vinegar wipes on it, keeping it dry, cream from the vet and now a over the counter woman’s anti-yeast cream. Nothing is working. Bubba is on Eukenuba Lamb and rice and gets a few carrots and yogurt ice-cubes a day. I have just started adding Fish oil to his food, but at present the condition has not changed. Any advice???
Thank you so much
Try adding 1 Tbs Braggs raw apple cider vinegar to his water bowl each time you fill it
and see if that helps. It will change his ph balance and suppress yeast. You
can stop when he gets better.
I have an American Bull dog whos now 13 months old..Usually his eyes look cross eyed like there both facing outward but just today my mom told me his eyes were going cross eyed with eyes both looking in and he seems dazed a little bit…like not himself…I was wondering if I should be worried or if my mom is just overly worried??
If he continues to seem dazed and confused you should have it investigated. Confusion can be caused by many things including something involving the brain, something he ate, low blood sugar, or other disease.
I have English bulldog, Gertrude, now almost 4yrs, who suffers from flank alopecia. Her bald spots come out at the end of every winter and are full of hair again by the end of the summer. Our vet suggested giving her melatonin to help her hair grow in faster. Any other suggestions? I know it doesn’t bother her at all, but she looks so silly! Thanks.
Melatonin may help but generally speaking it’s a seasonal condition and there are not a whole lot of options for treatment. I do hear about it pretty regularly. It appears it is caused by the lack of sunlight in the winter months. When you can get him in the sun as it is a great source of vitamin D and helps produce natural melatonin. You can also add some fatty acids to her diet, like Omega 3’s in the form of fish oil (be sure it’s formulated for dogs) or flax seed oil. I’m assuming your vet ruled out other causes of alopecia like hormonal disorders, parasites, or fungus. And be sure she’s on a high quality diet.
We adopted a 7-year-old English Bulldog about 5 months ago. She is an absolute sweetheart an we’re crazy about her and she has fit in quite well with our 8-year-old Chihuahua rescue and our 10-year-old Labrador Retriever. My question is about her feet. She normally enjoys walks with the other dogs but occasionally she will consistently move to grassy areas and stop like her feet are bothering her. I treat her pads with a beeswax skin cream every day as well as keep her nails trimmed. I check her feet when she does this and can’t see any raw spots or anything. Is the cream I’m using making them TOO soft maybe?
Since her paw pads look ok, not cracked or raw, the first thing that comes to mind is that the weather is getting warmer. As you probably know Bulldogs have difficulty cooling off because a normal dog cools through the nose and the feet. Since she cannot cool well through her flat nose she may be headed to the grass because it’s cooler. She is older and this may be a factor as well.
Typically when a Bulldog heads to the grass and wants to stop or lie down it’s because she is overheating. If she drops suddenly to the ground that is major cause for concern as she is dangerously overheated.
An easy test would be to stop using the beeswax and see if it makes a difference.
Hi jan. I have a 1 year and 9 months female english bulldog. She had her “first time” last February. 2-3 weeks later, she showed signs of bleeding. She bled profusely. Then, until now, she’s still showing scanty bleeding. She lost her appetite, thus losing weight so much ( her stomach is like an empty pouch), she’s drinking too much water. I don’t know what to do. My vet told me it might be a UTI. I have to bring her urine sample for the test tomorrow. Please help!
I’m not sure what she has but she could be anemic from all the bleeding. And I don’t think an UTI would cause profuse bleeding. I’m surprised your vet has not done additional testing to see what is going on. If you don’t get an answer from him with the urine sample, I think you should get her to a different vet, perhaps a vet school, and quickly.
hello, my bulldog is 2 and he always used to love to go on walks and lately when I take him on walks he wont go he just stand there on the side walk and he wont budge one bit. He is a healthy and happy bulldog so I don’t know whats going on. I was just wondering if you could give me an answer. Thank you
Hi, we got 2 bulldog pups in November- 1 male, 1 female (she was runt & deaf). Since we have had them they have not been well. Male sounds congested often, both have had pneumonia , female had pulmonary infiltrate. Both regurgitate -male is worse. They just got off antibiotics – he had a clean xray Friday. Both were sick again this weekend (vomiting- slept all day-1 Sat., 1 Sun.) but both felt better in 24hours. However, male is not well again today. Was FINE this AM , then started acting sick and regurgitated breakfast (no retching). We have spent 2K dollars in vet bills. We paid a lot for male to be sure we didn’t have health issues like my 3rd female (allergies- 8yrs old). Do you have any ideas what could be wrong. On Natural Balance. THX
I have a 3 yr old English Bulldog. We have no small children in our home – everytime our Bully is near a young child, he acts very strange. He gets nervous and can’t stop trying to lick the child. Once he even liften his leg and urinated on a little girl! This is so embarassing, and troubling also! Does anyone have any thoughts on why he is doing these odd things?
Did your vet do a trans tracheal wash to determine what bacteria was at work to cause the pneumonia? If the particular bacteria is not treated the pneumonia will keep coming back. They probably have aspiration pneumonia which is caused by the Bulldog anatomy which can allow inhalation of tiny bits of food into the lungs which begin to fester and turn into bacterial pneumonia.
It sounds like they may have esophagus problems since they regurgitate so much. You can try elevating the food to let gravity help move it along. The only way to know if it is one of the esophagus problems is to have a radiograph and/or endoscope done.
I’d recommend you get them to a specialist who is familiar with Bulldog anatomy.
I have a five year old bulldog.
this morning he had diarrhea, i went out for a few hours and when i got home he had pooed in the house, again diarrhea, he has never done a mess in the house before and there was blood spots in it.
He pooed again 30 minutes later in the garden this time there was a lot of blood in it towards the end of his stool and it was very slimy. I took him straight to the vet, he has prescribed him, Buscopan, and diarsanyl plus paste and also given him antibiotics. and told me to not give him food tonight and only feed him chicken and rice for the next two days. this evening he has continued to have diarrhea with blood in it. the last time it is very slimy and fresh blood at the end, is there anything else i can be doing to help and any suggestion what could be causing it.
I’m sorry to say I just saw this post. I hope you took him back to your vet or to another vet. Bloody diarrhea can be a symptom of many conditions including the ingestion of a foreign object or it can be HGE, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, or a symptom of pancreatitis. All of these need medical attention. Severe diarrhea can lead to dehydration, shock, and death. If he shows signs of lethargy or will not eat or drink water you must get him to a vet asap.
we have a female Bullie 9 mo old and she has No tail whats so ever. Our male Bullie who is 3yrs tail is about 4inchs.
The female just has no Tail ! Is this normal or is it a birth defect and could it cause her problems later on ?
Is it possible her tail looks like a button, a small bump? Do not worry, that is ok. Both the button tail and a 4″ tail are within the range of normal. A Bulldog tail is actually partially contained inside the dog’s skin. Problems occur when the tail is tightly “screwed” so that it can get moisture or bacterial in the recesses that can become infected.
I was given a female enlgish bulldog yesterday because the mother had 7 puppies and the last two that were left have eye ulcers, I was told she was only 11 weeks old of course I don’t know what an 11 weeks old english bulldog looks like, so I took her home and I am going to take her to the vet for the eye care, needless to say I decided to look up images of what an 11 week old looks like and there is no way she is 11 weeks old maybe 11 months old, on top of that I notice her boobs are somewhat hanging down, not like the mothers that were pink and hanging, but hers are dark black tip and it just looks like to me that she has given birth already, can anyone tell me if that is normal in an English Bulldog or not?
I have a 3yr old Bulldog when he eats or drinks he is often sick but most of it is foamy white stuff. He is a very active bully and happy. He also has diarreha. I am feeding him on Royal Canine.
Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
My year old bulldog has recently developed red nodules under the folds near his nose. They look sore. We had him on Angel Eyes to clear up the darkness and tear stains but learned that was dangerous to his health and stopped. Any suggestions on what these nodules are and how to get rid of them and is Angel Eyes dangerous?
When would you recommend having a bull dog neutered? I’ve read its best to wait untill they are at least a year old? My vet says 6 months. I know my vet does not have alot of experience with bull dogs though.
We recently adopted an adorable 9 month old english bully female. The vet gave her a clean bill of health however recommends amputating her tail and folding the skin over to avoid future infections from moisture build up in the pocket around it. When we got her, I noticed her short tail, but was unaware that it was a breeding ground for moisture & bacteria. I am concerned about the risks of surgery & hesitant to go that far. I am bathing her backside & applying antibiotic ointment daily, however she continues to wear a diaper cover up while indoors to avoid anyting getting on my furniture. I don’t know what to do & would love any suggestions.
both my dogs this week had a mild seizure we just moved into a house on the lake and give them well water from the tap,could this change cause seizures ?
Hi Jan, your site is wonderful! I am getting a new bulldog puppy in about a week and I just wondered if you had any ideas on introducing him to my cat (7 months old).
Any homeopathic suggestions for arthritis? Our 9-year-old bully occasionaly favors her left front leg which has now swollen. The vet says there’s no break or sprain and that it’s not cancerous as she lets us squeeze & manipulate it. Although there IS limited movement. She’s been on Rimadyl for a couple weeks which helped but I don’t want to keep her on it regularly as I’m worried about long-term side effects. We’ve had her on the glucosamine supplement, Dasuquin, for a year now. We live in a multi-level home so stairs are a bit of an issue. I do my best to carry her up & down (especially down) and watch her very closely to prevent her from jumping off the couch. She’s on an all-natural diet. I trust my vet but am just wondering if you have any additional suggestion.
With arthritis it’s important to keep her moving and keep her weight down. Be sure she’s on a high quality diet. She might benefit from acupuncture. For homeopathic remedies I would recommend you take her to a homeopathic vet for analysis as there are different treatments depending upon her condition. You can give her a baby aspirin (81mg enteric coated) as long as she doesn’t have any gastrointestinal issues as aspirin can cause bleeding. Ask your doc if it’s right for her. I do not recommend Rimadyl due to dangerous side effects.
It will probably go well if they have both been around cats and dogs. If not the cat may run and hide or give the puppy a swipe on the nose which could be problematic. In either case you should introduce them slowly so the new puppy doesn’t intrude on the resident cat’s space too quickly. There are some great tips on the Humane Society’s web site here
I have a rescue American Bulldog. I believe him to be approx. 3 years old. He feet are horrible. They are swollen, webbed and bleed. I took him to the Vet and they prescribed antiboitics, inflammaton type medication and I was administring Benedryl. It seemed to have helped some but now they are just as bad as they were before. He doesn’t like the cold so I have a heat lamp for him outside and when I get home he is inside and through the night with me. Any suggestions???
Hi, I have a 3 year old english bulldog. She has had chronic ear infections for a long time. I do not want to keep her on predizone and I have put her on a hypoallergetic diet. What food would you recommend so I can purchase it without a prescription?
I have a 10 week old olde English bulldogge. He has been vomiting, at first it looked like he was vomiting food, but now its white foam, has a pudding type texture diarrhea, and is barely eating or drinking water. He is very sleepy, and this isn’t his normal self. He was fine running around one minute and then all of a sudden he started vomiting and then went basically down-hill. I’m not sure what to do, should I take him to the vet, do some at-home remedies first, call the vet and see what they say, or something else?
Hello, i have 2 white English Bulls…. Mugzie 10, Beluga 6. Beluga usually has break outs or red whelps 3-4 times a year due to season change? or bc she is just a bulldog? Mugzie now has TONS of hairless patches on her back, while Beluga looks better than she EVER has.
We removed Carpet and installed Bamboo floors. I change their bedding once a week, i use Tide and OxyClean in the wash. Bounce in the dryer. They are both on Sweet Potato and Bison from Natural Balance for about a year now… as we took them off Royal Canin-Bulldog food due to advice from a friend in the dog world. She can’t figure out the bumps and now Mugzie looks like death warmed over.
the Vet… says she will need a $2,000 skin test and put on Anti-Rejetion Meds bc Mugzie is REJECTING HER SKIN. Really?? Rejecting her skin?? I am on contract with said Vet and in 4 weeks will be going elsewhere….
BUT, what can i do? I give her Benedryl when she quivers and itches, we use the diaper rash ointments that seem to help… but its as if the spots go thru a stage…
First, a bump under the fir, then it becomes red, blotchy and hair falls out of the spot… then after meds and a bath… NEW hair is all coming back… but so many spots are still bald and starting the whole phase again. Its so weird. Has anyone seen this before.
I have a ten month old named Earl.. His issue is that he is spinning and it appears he is trying to itch his bum.. He has been a very finicky eater in the last month and a half. I had him on wellness and he lost interest so transitioned him to taste of the wild now he has lost interest in that and just sniffs it and walks away.. My vet says he is just being stubborn.. As for the spinning issue I just had his anal sacs expressed today, the vet said they were moderately filled.. But still spinning trying to scratch something. His energy and attitude is normal. Any suggestions on food?
My wife and I are having our first baby in a few months and we were wondering if having a bulldog around a newborn is a good idea. If you could give me any advice on whether bulldogs are in general good around babies or we risk to have a big problem.
Thank you very much
If your Bulldog has a nice disposition, gets along with dogs & people, especially infants, and has not shown territorial aggression, you should have no problems. In general Bulldogs are very good with families.
Keep in mind your Bulldog has probably been the center of attention in the house and now will have a “sibling” come into the pack. He probably knows something’s going on because of your excitement about the upcoming birth.
There are ways to introduce them to ease any stress the new baby presents. Be sure to give him the usual attention, keep the routine as normal as possible including meal times and walks, praise him for being good. If he’s currently well mannered and obedient things will be easier. Be sure to stay calm since he’ll pick up on your behavior and supervise him.
“An infant is the ultimate wild-card for a dog,” says Jennie Willis Jamtgaard, owner of Animal Behavior Insights and instructor at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
“It is a big transition for everyone and preparing ahead of time is really the key — when a baby comes home, that is not the time to start to work with the dog,” Jamtgaard adds.
Beaver and Jamtgaard agree there are not one, but two important transitions that occur when a baby arrives: first, the initial introduction, and, second, when the baby becomes mobile.
While toddlers tend to antagonize their pets out of healthy curiosity and can set the stage for the most severe accidents, more tension tends to be associated with the initial introduction. Experts say it is best to begin training the dog as soon as you know you are expecting.
Make sure you work on the basics, such as sit, stay, not barking or pulling on a leash before the baby comes into the picture, says Jamtgaard. “If the dog is not behaved without the baby, of course it’s going to be more difficult once the baby is around,” she says.
Here’s an article written by one Bulldog owner on how they did it: http://vivyland.com/articles/bulldogandbaby.htm
I am thinking on getting a bulldog and have been doing a lot of research. It seems that finding a good breeder is very important so my first question would be if you have any suggestions? I live in California and I’m pretty much willing to drive all through out California or to a near state.
Also I am wondering if by your experience you know if bulldogs have a lot of health problems (assuming that the owner takes perfect care of the puppy and goes to the regular vet check-ups) I used to have boxers before and they had several health problems, so I am assuming bulldogs too, but to what extend? If I do get the puppy I will take care of him and pay anything that is needed for his/her care, but I would hope I don’t go broke for paying a lot of vet bills. I am able to afford regular check-ups and any emergencies if they occur, I am not sure if I can afford a lot of constant vet trips, so your opinion would be very appreciated!
Thank you so much!
PD: I will probably write back if I do end up getting the puppy (which is highly likely I will, I fell in love looking at the bulldog puppies)
Jan I have a 4 yr old female English bulldog when I got her she was shedding bad and had a sore between her shoulder blades now she has multiple sores on her back and around her neck and the bet says its from anxiety attacks. Is there any info you can give me plz
We have a english bulldog that we noticed had diarrhea. After a few days and not changes we took her to the vet. The vet said she may have some kind of infection and put her on antibiotics. Now after a few days of the antibiotics she now seems to be having trouble urinating and going to the bathroom at all. When we take her outside she squats like she is urinating up to 4 times but doesn’t seem to be going to the bathroom at all. She also has been urinating all of the sudden in the house which was never a problem at all. She has also been chewing again on things she shouldn’t be. Any ideas what is going on. Our vet has told us she looks and seems fine. I don’t think they are right though.
We have an 8 1/2 month old female english bulldog named Gracie. Sunday at around 11:30pm she vomited some white foam and a few pieces of food. I didn’t think anything of it but then on Monday morning around 9am she vomited at least 8 times in less than 10 minutes the same white foam. She acted like something was caught inside and kept trying to get it up. She was having trouble breathing so we rushed her to the vet. They gave her oxygen and took x-rays. She had so much saliva coming out of her mouth. They came in and said we had to get her to a more advanced animal clinic an hour away. She would pant vigerously to get air while saliva was spilling everywhere. They said she was stable to make the trip but 25 minutes into the drive she strated to quit breathing. Her neck tighted and she couldn’t get any air. We made it to a somewhat more advanced clinic where they started and IV and oxygen. They started anibiotics and steroids. All the x-rays came back fine and they have no idea what it was. They think she may have possibly asperated something into her lungs. I am wondering if maybe it was an allergic reaction. We have had her home for 2 days and she is still hacking a bit and breathing heavy with the saliva still coming out. She is much better by far but I don’t want this to continue forever. Her breath is really raspy and when she eats the soft dog food she acts like it is hard to swallow. I don’t know what to do and am considering taking her to another specialist to find out what is wrong. When she yawns I can see her back of her mouth is very red. Anything will help me at this point.
Hello Jan –
Early October we adopted a 2 year old American Bulldog. She was a stray so we have no idea where she came from. Needless to say she is a wonderful addition to our family but we are having a hard time getting her shedding under control. As of late, she has been losing the hair around her eyes and also on the bridge of her nose. Approx. 1 month ago I switch her to an all-natural salmon and sweet potato wheat free food and also her treats are all natural gluten free veggie based. I use a very mild tea tree and aloe shampoo and conditioner but she still sheds like crazy. We have the furminator which she hates, so I try not to use it on her. Do you have any other suggestions?
It will take some time for a good diet to improve her skin issues. Try adding 1 TBS of olive oil to her food, or Omega 3 fish oil for dogs. Since she’s been on the streets she is probably not accustomed to being brushed. I’d suggest a natural bristle brush or just rubbing with a towel until she decides it feels good; then you can move up to the furminator.
i have an american bulldog and he suddenly started to show signs of confusion,shaking while going up the stairs and being disoriented moving towards the wall to guide him as well as painful yelps while being patted on certain parts of his body. Is there any reason for the way he is acting now? At one point he did throw up a foamy white mucus and then completely fell over then became exhausted!plz plz plz help
It could be neurological or gastrointestinal. Disorientation combined with white foamy stuff can also indicate over heating. I’d recommend having him checked out, especially if he’s still doing it.
Hi guys I am from the uk and have got a english bulldog male about 10 month old and 29kg….and sadly he is demodex positive …more than two legs are effected…and mainly on hes chest…shows up allready black coloured areas as well…anyone knows please what I should do with him …the vet gave him some oral liquid but doesn’t work at all…I feel really bad about him because I have no idea what can I do…many thanks for your replay!!!
Demodex (also known as mange) is caused by mites fairly common in young Bulldogs and I have several posts on it here: http://www.askbulldoghealth.com/?s=mange&sbutt=Go
The black colored areas could be Seasonal Flank Alopecia, a subject that you can read about here:http://www.askbulldoghealth.com/?s=seasonal+flank+alopecia&sbutt=Go
Hi, I have a 3 years old english bulldog dealing with multiples allergies. He’s on a hypoallergenic diet and it reduced a lot of rashes, hair loss, paws licking, infection and ear infections. It was all good for a year but now it’s back and my vet told me that my bully may be allergic to something in the air like humans can be for pollen for example. Now, he’s on a “new” stuff called ATOPICA at 100mg a day and I also give him 5mg of cortisone (in pills) per day. Is it harmful if I use those two drugs and what to you think of ATOPICA and the long term effects? My vet told me I can eventually reduce the ATOPICA at 100mg or 200mg a week once he’s used to it and that it will also be possible to completely get rid of cortisone wich I know is really bad on a long term use. Thanks!
For allergic reactions the only drug I recommend is Benadryl: 1mg per pound or 2 capsules for a 60 pound dog. In extreme cases a shot of cortisone can relieve symptoms of allergies and kick-start healing. I do not like long term use of cortisone and drugs like Atopica because the dog can develop side effects and/or the drugs start to lose effectiveness. Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory that can help relieve symptoms but masks the underlying problem. Read this about side effects: http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/steroid-treatment-long-term-effects-in-dogs/951 Atopica is a very powerful immunosuppressant: it suppresses the dog’s immune system so it does not react to the irritant.
I’m not sure which hypo-allergenic food you are feeding but if it’s primary ingredient (first listed on ingredients list) is soy I would definitely recommend you switch to a limited ingredients diet like duck and sweet potato or similar. Read my posts on food allergies: http://www.askbulldoghealth.com/?cat=3
An often overlooked source of skin irritation in dogs is environmental irritants that cause contact dermatitis. Do you clean your carpets with harsh detergents and spray with pet smell eliminator products or carpet guard products; these are all very irritating. Do you use harsh floor cleaners? Switch your laundry detergent to a “free and clear” brand. Do not over bathe him as shampoos can cause allergic reactions as well as dry out the skin.
Finally there are some hormonal imbalances that can cause severe skin conditions. Has your bully been tested for hypothyroidism or Cushings or similar hormonal disfunction. A Thyroid Panel test would determine this.
I have an eight year old female bulldog that has injured her right shoulder jumping off stuff. Her vet has treated it for four weeks,then she sent her to a vet specialist. After running test, doing a CT and taking cultures he thinks it is arthritic. But since he saw some unusual cells it could be cancer in the right elbow joint. He wants to do a biopsy and then suggests removing the right leg.. I am very upset and need help. She is in lots of pain and the medicine is slow in helping, but just can’t understand his suggestion. Is there anything you can suggest I do?
Bulldogs are well known for joint problems due to their inbreeding over decades. Joint damage can lead to arthritis. If possible you need to keep her from jumping up and especially down from furniture to reduce further damage. If she has arthritis, keeping her quiet will help. As for the biopsy, first of all wait until you find out the results. It may not be malignant. If it is malignant I’d suggest you get another opinion before any surgery. There are many different kinds of cancer and many treatment options available. If you live near a vet school you might consider taking her there. I live in Denver and have taken my dogs to the CSU vet school many times. They have cutting edge facilities and treatments that are lower cost than specialist vets.
Thanks. I live near UGA Vet school.I will consult them.
good luck! let me know what happens with her.
Hi I have a 10-11 year old English bull dog/Boston terrier over the past 2-3 weeks she has been throwing up nightly this past week it been 2-5 times a night she eats a regular amount of food daily but she has been a lot less energized sleeps all the time and likes to stay under our stairs if she is called she won’t come I dont know if this is a sign of something I am getting really concerned! PLEASE HELP
take her to the vet IMMEDIATELY. Throwing up causes dehydration which can quickly lead to organ failure and death. It could be an intestinal blockage. The fact that she stays under the stairs and won’t come means she feels really bad.
Yeah and starting yesterday she began to have bloody diarrhea we made and appt. with the vet for tomarrow
Thank you for your help Jan sadly we were to late she had kidney failure and it has been happening for about 1 1/2 there was nothing we could have done still THANK YOU SOOO MUCH
I’m so sorry to hear about her. I feared the worst given the symptoms and her age. If it’s any consolation she did live a long time for a Bulldog. My thoughts are with you.
Hi my 3 year old bulldog Maybull has been throwing up bile at night around 3am for two nights now we feed her twice a day should we take her to the vet please help were really worried .
This is usually a sign of an empty stomach. It’s excess digestive juices that remain in the stomach. Try feeding her later in the evening or giving her a little food before she goes to bed. If this doesn’t work you could take her to your vet.
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