I became a bulldog lover the first time I laid eyes on 8 week old Vivy in 1994. She was my first bulldog and she had so many health problems that I became an expert in bulldog health. In fact, I finally wrote a book about English Bulldog Health called The Healthy Bulldog, available from my website BulldogHealth.com

On this blog you will find additional information intended to expand and update the information in The Healthy Bulldog. Here you will find articles I’ve written or collected from bulldog experts. It is intended to have the latest information on bulldog conditions, especially where allergies and skin problems are concerned.

It will also contain answers to questions I receive through my website.

Although I attempt to provide information that is accurate and helpful in solving your dog’s diseases, there are often conflicting views on how to treat bulldog disorders. This blog is to be used for informational and entertainment purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by a qualified veterinarian.



  1. bbarona
    June 17th, 2007 | 1:23 pm

    Hello Jan, My baby is 6 and he has not yet been neutered, but we are seriously considering the surgery so that he does not develop any prostate problems in the future. The vet is recommending that we also do the soft pallete surgery at the same time. We live in manhattan and are very confident in the care that he will recieve, but I am nervous about the anesthesia and the recovery time. Are the benefits to the surgery worth it? How long does this combo surgery take? What can we expect when he comes home?

  2. December 31st, 2008 | 5:49 am

    I was going to try Canidae for my two English bulldogs, as we have had to change their diets many times due to allergies. Our female has food allergies, male has seasonal alopecia with severe hair loss, but I also think he has food allergies (he has not been tested, she has). It has been a struggle balancing the two. We finally found a common ground with their food, but they are no longer selling it in our area. I was going to order the Canidae, but recently read on consumer affairs the product ingrediants have been changed and there were numerous complaints! What would you recommend? I was leaning toward California naturals. This is not a product of Nutra is it? We tried the wellness super 5 mix with the lamb, but they would not eat it. Should we try this again. We bought I believe Natural Choice as a last minute rescue and my dogs have been vomiting more and seem to be itchy and their skin is flaking. Please HELP!

  3. Nick
    March 4th, 2009 | 1:04 am

    About 1 Month ago i switched my bulldog over to a large breed dog food. Because of that the kibble is about twice the size of the food he was on previously. Over the last two weeks he has gone from 58lbs down to about 50lbs. For the last three days he has been vomiting atleast once a day. The vomit mostly consists of undigested kibble and is in a large chunk. The vomiting does not occur at a regular time and sometimes happens as much as 12 hours after he eats. I took him to a vet last night who took x-rays that showed there was no blockage, just lots of stool and food in his stomach. He has not had any dhiarea or problem being regualr. In fact he seems to be going more times a day with less stool at each time. I am switching his kibble back to what he was on before but am not sure if this will help ease his digestion. He does not seem to be in any pain and still has the same energy. Last night before he went to the vet was the first time he did not eat. He ate this morning fine though. The vet believed that his intestines stopped working so she prescribed a medicine for that. I am worried about my big guy and hoping the ease in food will help without having to do surgery. Any advice on things I can do to clean out his system or just overall get him better would be great?


  4. June 15th, 2010 | 2:42 am

    I love my girl so much she is my child. Once you meet a bulldog you never go back.

  5. Murphy
    December 31st, 2010 | 12:38 pm

    Hi Jan,
    I have a year and half female and a five month old male english bulldog. My eldest, Mattie Mae, has been great accepting Murphy Stout. My problem is that Murphy continues to pee/mark his/Mattie’s “bed”(they each have beds.) I have potty trained him vigilantly via the crate, taking him out every two hours, then four, in his crate, etc… now he knows to “make” outside, but always pees/marks his & Mattie’s bedding. He sleeps in a dog bed, uses the pee-pee pads & signals to relieve outside. What is making him pee & sleep in his urine? I assume this is a territorial thing, but it is odd that he will sleep in his own urine. Help.

  6. Jan
    January 2nd, 2011 | 7:18 am

    This is a behavior issue. Is he a timid dog living in the shadow of the older female? He may be feeling insecure and protecting what he feels in his territory. You could benefit from a rigorous training regime where you walk him and assert your leadership. I’d suggest you hire a trainer to help you with this. Here’s a good article explaining this marking behavior: http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_Marking.php

  7. Mattie & Murphy
    December 31st, 2010 | 12:52 pm

    Both of my english bulldogs are on Nature’s Valley Prarie Lamb & Oatmeal… they are showing signs of allergies. Biting of the foot, licking the paws and red eyes… They have been on Orijen & all natural products…What can you recommend?

  8. Jan
    January 2nd, 2011 | 7:24 am

    I think you should try a different protein source such as venison or duck. Lamb is fed so often now that is becoming a source of food allergies. Based on the fact that they are both showing symptoms it’s possible they could be having seasonal allergies or a reaction to something in their environment. Red, runny eyes (like allergies in humans) are not a normal allergy symptom for a dog and that makes me think there’s something else involved. Did you just clean the carpets? Are you using a new floor cleaner or detergent?

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