Olde English Bulldog versus English Bulldog

Jan,

I have an Olde English Bulldog. I am finding several differences
between the English Bulldog and the Olde English Bulldog. Even the
Veterinarian is confused about the two. Thanks!

Susie

Hi Susie,

My understanding is the Olde English Bulldog was one breeder’s
attempt to return the English Bulldog back to it’s origins and
make breathing easier as well as produce a healthier dog,
with more endurance than our breathing compromised English
Bulldogs.

They have an association and website:
International Olde English Bulldogge Association

I’m not sure what they mixed into the English Bull to get
this new “breed” but they do have some guidelines.

I hope your bullie is very healthy!

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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AAFCO – What’s Wrong With This Picture???

If you haven’t heard of the AAFCO, it’s the governing
regulatory agency that provides guidelines for pet foods.
You might think this is a good thing, but think again!

Here is a breakdown of approved foods for 2008.  It
makes me wonder who’s funding this group because they
recommend rice flour as their #1 ingredient to dogs
that are well known as primarily meat eaters.

This article came from Yes Biscuit, a blog devoted to
pet care.

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Pet Food Ingredient Breakdown – #2

By YesBiscuit!

Today, I looked at a new, AAFCO approved food on the market for
dogs. It contains all the usual advertising tags which make me
suspicious: “100% complete and balanced”, “No fillers”, “High
quality proteins”, etc. Here are the first seven ingredients
leading up to the first source of fat:

1. Rice Flour – This is the main ingredient of the only food you
want me to feed my dog – rice flour? Isn’t that better used for
making gluten-free baked goods or something? Flour comes in a sack
and it’s all powdery. My dog doesn’t want that as the main
ingredient in his dinner! And I question the quality of any flour
sold for use in pet food. I assume that like many other pet food
ingredients, it’s of lower quality than the flour sold for human
consumption in my local grocery store. Exactly how much nutrition
is my dog supposed to get from this pet food grade sack of flour?
The “no fillers” claim isn’t sounding so truthful right about now.

2. Chicken By-Product Meal – This is a euphemism for things such as
chicken heads, feet, intestines, lungs, etc. If you don’t know (or
won’t say) what exactly you are putting in this food, don’t expect
me to feed it to my pets.

3. Meat Broth – What kind of “meat”? A hodgepodge of condemned
carcasses that were covered in charcoal to distinguish that they
are unfit for human consumption? Or is it something else, just as
disgusting? Again, if you either don’t know or won’t tell – I won’t
be feeding it.

4. Wheat Flour – See my powdery complaint above.

5. Glycerin – I was reading an article about how excited the pet
food industry is about using glycerin – a waste product of the
bio-fuel industry – in their products. Me, I was a little less
excited.

6. Corn Gluten Meal – Another waste product obtained from the
manufacture of corn syrup – not an ingredient I’m inclined to
sustain my pet’s life and health on.

7. Corn Flour – Enough with the sacks of powder already – my dog
wants some real food!

Overall product ingredients review: 4 paws down! Despite claims of
“premium nutrition”, there is not one ingredient appropriate for a
dog’s main meal among the first seven ingredients. And the product
itself is far more expensive than many on the market. What exactly
are we buying?

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I don’t know about you, but that turns my stomach and I
would never feed my dog that kind of junk.  It’s a recipe
for skin problems and poor health.

To find out more about dog food and get a recommended foods list
and report on The Miracle of Healing Your dog With Food,
go to My Best Dog Food
fyi, it’s $29 but well worth the investment in my opinion!

your bulldog pal,

Jan

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Bulldog Puppy Scams – What to Look Out For

If you’re like me, you are always on the lookout for
English Bulldogs.  Whether you own one or want to own
one, this article reveals many of the most common scams
we bulldog lovers run across when searching for a
new bulldog, especially when we don’t want to
pay full price!

I ran across this on FrogDog, a blog devoted to French
Bulldogs, but it definitely applies to English Bulldogs as well.

There are several tactics these unscrupulous people
use to lure us in and steal our money and our trust, including:

  • Bait and switch puppy scam
  • Phantom Puppy Wire Transfer scam
  • Big Bank Draft Puppy Purchase Scam
  • The Lost Pet Scam
  • The “Adopt or Rescue a French Bulldog or English Bulldog” Scam
  • The Little Bit of Both Scam – “Shelter” needs donations, and has too many adorable puppies..

To read the full details, click here

And always remember that old saying “when something seems too good to be true,
it probably is” and don’t let your heart take over your wallet when looking for a Bulldog.
your bulldog pal,
Jan

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Bittersweet Story That Will Warm Your Heart

I just ran across this story about an English Bulldog that
came from a pet store – read that as puppy mill (I just can’t
caution people enough about this topic).

Anyway, an adorable bulldog named Brutus has a
loving owner who cares for him despite a crippling
genetic disorder due to irresponsible breeding.

And to make matters worse, she purchased him from
the original owner who unloaded him for ??? reasons.

Click this link to read the whole article and see
a photo:
http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/home_garden/19625844.html

It just goes to show how much we love our bullies and
the lengths we’ll go to for them!

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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Bordetella shots – are they necessary?

jan

I have an important question for you.
I just got a new bulldog puppy and the breeder said not to use the
intranasal kennel cough vaccine only injectable bordetella, do you
know why the intranasal is a risk for the bulldog? thanks

Melissa

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Hi Melissa,

I think it’s because it covers more strains, but it does require a booster shot to be effective.

If your puppy is not going to be going to day care or going to be in close quarters with unknown dogs or going to a kennel, I really don’t see any reason to get what I consider to be unnecessary vaccinations.

If you do get it, don’t do all the vaccines at once, spread them out. Bulldogs have enough immune problems without getting a lot of vaccinations at one time.

It’s my opinion that the bordetella treatments are really ineffective because there are so many different strains around. I got it for my Archie (the nasal one) because I had to in order to put him in a dog care facility when I left town and I couldn’t get a dog sitter. He wound up getting it anyway. It’s almost like the common cold for kids.

Dogs tend to get Kennel Cough because they get stressed in the kennel and a stressed dog will have a depressed immune system and be more prone to illness.

That’s my opinion on it!

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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Does My Bulldog Need Sunscreen?

It’s springtime! That means we go outside more with our bullies.
I walk Archie two to three times a day for about 20 minutes each.
And now that the days are getting longer and the sun is getting
brighter as summer approaches, it may be time to consider sunblock
for our dogs as well as ourselves.

I tend to take Archie before 10am and after 4pm so I don’t use
sunscreen for him or for me. But if your dog is going to be out
mid-day or lays in the sun a lot during the day, you might consider
sunscreen. If your bulldog is white or has thin hair, you can
apply it all over. But all dogs can use it on the nose and ears.

Do not use human sunscreen on your dog – it is too strong for them.
Personally, I have a hard time with most sunscreens over sfp 15
myself. I get a rash or my skin gets rough. A dog is more
sensitive to the chemicals than we are, so it’s best to get a dog
formula.

Doggles has come out with a new spray sunscreen called Pet
Sunscreen. It’s sfp 15. It’s available online and at select
retail outlets. I found it at a reasonable price at
http://www.naturalpets.com/petsunscreen.html but you could just do
a search for it.

If your bulldog goes out in the water, sunscreen is a good idea
since the water intensifies the effect of the sun’s rays. There
are some waterproof brands out there.

A word of caution: if your dog licks off the sunscreen, it is
probably not very good for him or her. If you notice any rash or
unusual symptoms develop after you use the sunscreen, stop use
immediately.

My best advise is to avoid the intense sun hours and limit your
dog’s time in the sun, since bulldogs are prone to heat stroke
anyway. But a little sunscreen every now and then for mid day sun
is probably ok.

There’s a good article on general dog tips for the upcoming summer
months at the AKC site:

http://www.akc.org/public_education/summer_safety.cfm

I don’t want you to keep your bullie in the house all summer.
Enjoy some sun with your bulldog – sun is really good for hair
growth and skin health. It’s a natural anti-bacterial. And it
provides needed vitamin D. Just 20 minutes a day in the sun is
beneficial for all kinds of skin conditions.

Your Bulldog Pal,

Jan

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My Bulldog has Little Bumps on Top of Her Head

Hi Jan,

My female bulldog (Sadie) has been getting these little bumps or sores on the top of her head and on her face, her hair falls out in these spot also, my Vet said theyy were skin tags, I disagree and was wondering if they were from allergies? We have her on good dog food that is for dogs with allergy problems, we have her on the Eukanuba Allergy formula. What should I do?

Kerri

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Hi Kerri,

They sound more like localized mange.  Sounds scary, but it’s pretty common in bulldogs,
especially puppies.  It is caused by mites which usually live peacefully on your bulldog,
but can proliferate when your dog’s immune system becomes depressed.

You didn’t mention her age, but it’s more common in young bulldogs.

It often resolves itself within a couple months, but you can treat it topically with benzoyl
peroxide ointment (available at a drug store) or Goodwinoil.  It may look worse before it gets better.
There is also a sulpher based ointment called Nu-Stock.

You could also add some vitamin c and zinc to her diet to help boost her immune system.

The only way to know for sure what it is would be to go to a skin specialist vet (I don’t think
your vet knows much about bulldog skin conditions) who would do skin scrapings and look
under a microscope.

If Sadie doesn’t get better in a month or two or if she gets worse and it spreads over her
body or if the sores grow and look infected, I would definitely take her to a dermatology
specialist vet.

Your Bulldog Pal,

Jan

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My Bulldog Puppy has a Hypoplastic Trachea – What is That?

Do you know anything about hypoplastic tracheas? I have a 3mo old bully who was just diagnosed.

Heather

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Hi Heather,

Yes I do. It is part of what’s referred to as Bracycephalic Syndrome.
This may sound scary but all bulldogs have this to a degree.
Bracycephalic simply translates into “short nose” and is what
characterizes the bulldog.

A hypoplastic trachea is part of the syndrome. Hypoplastic means
“underdeveloped”. Trachea is the “windpipe” In an English Bulldog
the trachea is always smaller than a dog with a normal nose.

The problem is the degree to which it is narrowed. If your puppy is
having severe difficulties breathing such that his gums and tongue
turn blue or he cannot tolerate exercise, then the condition is worse
than normal.

If your dog does not have severe difficulty breathing, but just makes
some noise and can play ok, then he may be normal. Many puppies
improve their breathing as they grow and mature.

I’m not sure how severe your vet has made this out to be. And I
don’t know what he’s suggesting you do about it. Some vet say
that all bulldogs should have palate surgery. I strongly disagree!
And I would advise you not to consider surgery unless this is life
threatening.

Your Bulldog Pal,

Jan

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English Bulldog Puppy with Parasite Coccidia

Jan, I am a new english bulldog owner of a wonderful 9 week old we’ve named Roxie.
I have read a lot of internet information, and have become somewhat of a
hypochondriac worry about her well-being.  We just took her yesterday for
her initial vet visit, and was informed that she has Toxicidia.  The vet put
her on a 10 day oral antibiotic.  He said that otherwise she appears to be
healthy.  I am going to order your book, in hopes that it will relieve some
of my concerns.  She is our second dog, but has absolutely captivated our
hearts in the short time we’ve had her.  Will stay in touch.

Eric

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Hi Eric,

I’m sorry to hear your english bulldog puppy has parasites.
Did you mean Coccidia?  It’s a parasite that’s found in soil and feces.
It’s fairly common along with other parasites that can infect dogs.
It usually affects puppies and is highly contagious from dog to dog.

From what I understand it is fairly common and often clears up on
it’s own, but with a bulldog or any puppy it needs to be treated
because they do not have fully developed immune systems.

Here’s a couple links to more information:

http://www.petsandparasites.org/dog-owners/coccidia.html

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_coccidia.html

She should recover fine from this but I’d be wondering if all the puppies
of this breeder are also infected.

And you should be careful to clean all bedding and any feces from
your yard so that she doesn’t get reinfected.

Glad to hear you’re ordering the book.  Bulldogs are great dogs and
you just need to know what to look for in their “special needs”.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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English Bulldog Gagging and Coughing?

I have spent a fortune at the vet this past month. My
Olde English is 1 1/2 years old. She has started gagging (like trying
to clear her throat or puke? Sounds like a bark) and coughing. This
goes on basically 24/7. The vet first gave her injections and benadryl
100 mg. 3 times a day. Now another steroid and hydroxizine 25 2x a day.
She is getting WORSE. I don’t know what else it is.

Amy

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Hi Amy,

Your english bulldog is being treated as if she had an allergic reaction to
something in her environment. If she does not have an allergy, steroids
and anti-histamines will have no effect on her gagging.

At a year and a half she’s just reaching maturity. She could have a congenital
problem with her elongated palate. Does her tongue and the inside of her mouth
start to turn blue? If so, she may be a candidate for palate surgery. This type
of surgery is not to be taken lightly but sometimes is the only way to cure this
condition. It’s called bracycephalic syndrome and the dog literally chokes on
her own palate and throat.
Here’s an overview of what is involved in this:
http://www.acvs.org/AnimalOwners/HealthConditions/SmallAnimalTopics/
BrachycephalicSyndrome/

Or she may be experiencing problems with her esophagus. There are two
conditions that plague bulldogs: megasopagus and esophogeal motility
disorder. You can read more about them on my Q&A blog:
http://bulldoghealth.wordpress.com/2008/01/11/bulldog-megasphagus-and-esophageal-motility-disorder/

I hope this helps. Please write with any more questions.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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Aspiration Pneumonia and Skin Infection in Bulldog Puppy

Dear Jan,

We have a 4 month old Bull.  When we got her, the breeder gave her a Bortedella shot the day we picked her up.  4 days later she contracted pneumonia.  We treated her successfully with antibiotics and a vaporizer.  A week ago, on a follow up visit. Our vet suggested that she get an intra-nasal dose as we were taking her to conformation classes  and would be exposed other show dogs.  4 days later,  she began to  experience lethargy, elevated temp, and lose interest in eating and or drinking.  immediately I returned to the vet and he gave her antibiotics and in 24 hours she was back to normal.We also are worried as she has gotten pimples and redness on her head and eyes that looks like a skin infection.  Any thoughts???

Sincerely,
Bob and Kathie

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Hi Bob and Kathie,

Poor gal.  It sounds like she’s getting aspiration pneumonia from the nasal dosing,
so I’d be careful about doing that again.

As for the pimples on her face, she may have a staph infection.  You can try to
treat it with Neosporin or another anti-biotic cream.  But it could be a parasite
or a fungus which would be treated differently.

Because of her young age, I would take her to a skin specialist who would do
skin scrapings and determine what it is so it can be treated properly.

Pups don’t have fully developed immune systems and when weakened by disease
(pneumonia in this case) they can get other opportunistic infections.  That’s what
happened to my Vivy.

I hope this helps.  Let me know how she’s doing.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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My Husband Has a Cold . . .

My husband is sick with a bad cold and cough can a dog get sick from a human?????

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Fear not, you dog cannot catch a cold from your husband.  It’s
a good thing because many a husband would be sent to the basement
if that was the case!

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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Food Allergies or Demodectic Mange?

Hi Jan,

I have a 3 year old English Bulldog. I take him to the vet about every week for his allergy shot. The vet says he has food allergies but no matter what food we try it does not seem to work. He is currently on Royal Canine. Do you have any suggestions for me, on what to feed him. He also has cysts appearing all over his body, shedding real bad and hair loss. Is this normal

Tracey

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Hi Tracey,

No that is not normal.  But it is common in bulldogs.  He may have demodex,
otherwise known as mange.  It is caused by a proliferation of mites that
live in the hair follicles of dogs.

The only way to know for sure is to have your vet do a skin scraping.
It is treated with a drug called Ivermectin.  Some vets recommend a
dip but I think this is very harsh and toxic for your bulldog.
You can also treat him with goodwinol topical cream.

But this could also be a symptom of food allergies.  So if your
vet has done a skin scraping and ruled out demodex or other
parasites, I would definitely suspect food as the culprit.

My belief is that these types of skin conditions are aggravated
by food allergies and can be treated effectively by simply
changing the diet in most cases (including mine!).

Centuries of inbreeding the bulldog line has led to some genetic
weakness that can cause a compromised immune
system which can leave them vulnerable to opportunistic diseases such
as demodectic mites that would not invade a healthy dog.

That said, there are many other things that can cause a depressed
immune system, such as stress, fighting an infection, and environmental
allergens.  And food allergies.

What sort of shots is your vet giving your bulldog?  I am not a fan
of prednisone shots because they only treat the symptoms and not
the underlying cause.  And they can contribute to weakening the
immune system.

I would suggest you switch your bulldog to a single protein source food
such as California Naturals or Canidae Lamb Meal and Rice.  The lamb
seems to be easily digested and the only other ingredient is rice.

Lots of people feed their bulldogs Royal Canin, but it’s primary ingredient
is chicken.  Chicken is one of the primary food allergens in dogs (along
with beef, soy, and fish) so I would definitely switch him off of that.

Take a week or two to switch the food, starting with just a small part of the
lamb and rice, then up the proportion slowly until it is all the new food.

I hope this helps.  Let me know if I can help you any further.

Your Bulldog Pal,

Jan

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Ringworm in Bulldog

How do you treat ringworm in bulldogs?

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Hi Sandra,

Ringworm is a fungus, not a worm, and is characterized by crusty sores
that make a circular pattern. It lives in hair follicles and the skin.
It can cause the hair to fall out around the affected areas of your bulldog.

Often it is spread by contact with cats, who seem prone to carry this fungus.
It can also be carried by rodents and even found in the soil in some areas.

The only sure way to know your dog has ringworm and not some other
parasite or fungus is to have your vet do a skin scraping and grow a
culture from it.

It can be treated with topical creams like miconazole (Tinactin) or clotrimazole
(Lotrimin) that you can purchase without a prescription. If it’s really
bad, it may need oral antifungals or a different medication prescribed
by your vet.

Be aware that it is contagious and can spread from your dog to you or
members if your family. It is not highly contagious, but be careful not
to touch the affected areas of your dog.

If your bulldog does have ringworm you and your family members
should wash your hands after contact with your dog.

This fungus thrives in dark areas like the hair of your dog. So when
your dog sheds it can leave the fungus around your house. It would
be a good idea to vacuum daily and change the vacuum bag every day.

You can also clean counters with a 1:10 dilution of bleach and water.
Sunlight is also a good killer of this fungus, so put dog beds and
even your dog out in the sunlight.

Here’s a detailed description and history of ringworm:
http://www.drgreene.org/body.cfm?id=21&action=detail&ref=756

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan
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My vet suggested a medicated dip for six weeks to treat this  fungus. Is that good for a bulldog?

Also, I can’t find Pinnacle dog food in the upstate of SC. Can I purchase it on line?

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Hi Sandra,

Does he have a particularly bad case with sores all over his body?
If so, the dip may be the best way to go.  It is made of lime and
sulpher.  It will keep the fungus from shedding into your environment.

I’d prefer topical treatment if it’s a mild case.  You could try

* Clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex)
* Miconazole (Micatin)
* Terbinafine (Lamisil)

any of which can be purchased over the counter.

There are also oral treatments if he has it all over his body.

Oddly enough ringworm usually goes away on it’s own after about 4
months.  And some dogs fight it off better than others, depending
on the strength of their immune systems.

I always try to treat with the least amount of ‘invasion’ to my dog,
so I’d try the topical first.

My bulldog Vivy got ringworm when she was a puppy.  She had little sores
all over her body and was treated with the oral medication Fulvicin.
Vivy had been ill and we were concerned that she might not be able to
overcome it without meds. The puppy that brought it into the
house got over it on his own.  None of us got it.

So it’s a tricky question as to what to do.   It depends on what you
are comfortable with.

Here’s another site with information on ringworm:
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ringworm.html

As for the Pinnacle, it’s made by Breeder’s Choice and is available
online.  You can shop online or search for a retailer on their site:
http://www.breeders-choice.com/

Good luck and let me know what you decide to do and how it
works out.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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Are Acorns Toxic for my bulldogs?

Hi Jan,
got another question for you.

We have read all about how walnuts and pecans can be fatal to our bulldogs.
We have acorns in the back yard and it is very hard to stop them from eating
them or at least chewing on them and the sticks.

They were outside, on leashes yesterday , but they always pick crap up,
well…to make a long story short, they were whiners last night and then this AM,
he had gotten sick in his cage, and then while I was gone for 1 hour to the dr. ,
she threw her breakfast up. …can it be the crap they are eating like the acorns?
Makes no sense.

Thanks for keeping in touch.
Laurie

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Hi Laurie,

Thanks for sending the photos. They are sooooo adorable!!

As for the acorns, I have read that they are toxic although not deadly to dogs.
This includes the buds and acorns. This is most likely why they both got sick.
Puppies do have a tendency to explore the world through their mouths and
test all kinds of things by chewing them.

A dog has a natural reflex to throw up undesirable foods, which is a good thing
because they are historically scavengers and eat all kinds of bad stuff. Chewing
the acorns probably irritated their stomachs.

The most common signs of plant poisoning are vomiting and diarrhea.
If they don’t get better within 24 hours, it would be a good idea to call your vet.
If they get woozy or seem disoriented, get them to your vet asap.

A safe guide to poisonous plants is to assume that any plant that has a
white or milky sap will be poisonous.

So I’d suggest you limit their exposure to the acorns or give them something
they like to chew more when they’re outside until they grow out of the puppy
chewing phase. Or confine them to a part of the yard where they cannot get
the acorns.

Here’s a link to an article on poisonous foods for dogs:
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1684&articleid=3283

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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Bulldog Head Nodding

Hi Jan,
I have a 18 month old boy called Boyce. Yesterday he started nodding his
head, well like his mouth was nodding, any Idea’s?

Thanks

Jackie

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Hi Jackie,

From your description I think that “nodding” could be low blood sugar.
Sometimes during a growth spurt (which happens in a bulldog at 18 months)
the dog experiences low calcuim and glucose at times.

There’s an easy way to find out.  Give him a little yogurt or Karo syrup or
even ice cream and he should stop nodding within a few minutes if this
is the case.

If this works then you know what to do the next time it happens.  This
should just be a phase he’s going through and he should outgrow it.

If it doesn’t work and/or if you are still concerned you should take him
to your vet for a full blood count to rule out other causes such as seizures.

I hope this helps.  Let me know if I can help you any further.

Your Bulldog Pal,

Jan

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How To Find a Good English Bulldog Vet In Your Area

Hi,

I was wondering if you know of any places I can find a list of vets
in Northern NJ who specialize in english bulldogs….
my bully is constantly sick and I don’t feel the vets in my area are
well read on the breed….
if you have any suggestions please let me know. Thanks!

Sincerely,
Renee

Hi Renee,

I’m sorry to hear your english bulldog is having so many health
problems.

To find a vet in New Jersey, I’d recommend you ask other bulldog
owners in your area. Ways to find them would be to find your
local chapter of the Bulldog Club of America: the Bulldog Club
of New Jersey
.

For those of you who read this and are located in other areas
go to the Bulldog Club site and look for your local chapter.
You can also do a google or yahoo search – just type in
your state + bulldog club

They should have a lot of bulldog owners in your area. And
I would just contact some of the officers or go to a meeting.

Another thing you could try is to find a local vet school. Vet
schools tend to be well versed in the latest techniques and
equipment. And most vets study bulldogs in school because
of their unusual breed characteristics.

You could also call your breeder if they are located in your
area and ask them where to find a good vet.

Finally, you could go to meetup.com and do a search for
an english bulldog group in your area.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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Bulldog Megasophagus and Esophageal Motility Disorder

Hi Jan,

Perceval has a neuromuscular disease called myasthenia gravis. He was diagnosed at the end of March of this year. It is the underlying cause of another condition called megaesophagus that has caused his esophagus to dilate and lose muscle tone. Food or water taken by mouth will not move down to his stomach, but instead sits in his esophagus until he regurgitates. There is a very high risk of aspiration into the lungs when this happens and that can cause pneumonia. He has already had two bouts of it – the first one almost killed him.

When he was first sick, they put in a feeding tube and he still has it. He is taking prednisone, as this is the best shot at putting the disease into remission. If and when that happens he should be able to start eating and drinking normally. Even after remission he can relapse, and I will always have to watch for signs of pneumonia, so there are no guarantees. He’s had some ups and downs but he has been doing well the past few weeks. He has gradually regained his energy, and is bright and always so cheerful. He never fails to make me laugh.

Lorna

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Hi Lorna,

Vivy had “esophageal motility disorder” which I think is the similar.
When I elevated her food to the two step platform I talk about in the book,
she never threw up again. It let gravity do the work of getting the food
down to her stomach. And although she did get pneumonia several
more times I got really good at recognizing the signs and she lived to be
12. I never had her on prednisone.

And no activity like running around or going for a walk for 30 minutes after eating.

I wish the same long life for Perceval.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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Hi Jan

This esophageal motility disorder is most interesting. I’m going to see what info I can find on it. I have read so much about megaesophagus so maybe I can find out more helpful info. I have a little platform ready and waiting for him once I get the go ahead to feed him by mouth.

When I got my German Shepherd I read that it was recommended to wait approx 2 hours after feeding before walking or excercising to minimize the chance of gastric torsion. I have always taken the same precaution with Perceval just to be safe. And by the way, despite all precautions I took, my Shepherd had gastric torsion 1 1/2 yrs ago. Thankfully I knew the symptoms and got him to the emergency clinic in time and he pulled through.

Very frightening thing that is.

Lorna

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Hi Lorna,

In Viv’s case, she would often throw up right after eating.
She would eat, then vomit, often coughing, and had a foamy
discharge. And she snored really loudly.

And she had aspiration pneumonia several times. I took her to
my local vet who suspected she had an esophageal problem
and wanted more tests to confirm. So I took her to the
CSU Vet School in Ft Collins (she was 5) and they did a lot
of tests – much cheaper than my regular vet.

They radiographed her larynx which showed it to be normal.

They did an esophagram using liquid barium and found that
“contrations of the esophagus were weak throughout its length.”
They found a diverticulum and that her esophagus stradded over
the thrachea in places.

They concluded she had a neuromcuscular dysfunction that
included diverticulum esophagus, poor motility esophagus, and
weak contraction esophagus.

They did not use the word megasopagus as I recall, but that
means an enlarged esophagus, which is what a diverticulum is
and sounds like a broad term for what she had.

They also tested for myasthenia gravis and did a thyroid panel.

It was my local vet who recommended I try elevating the food.
First step for front paws 4″, then food on second level 6″ higher.
At CSU they agreed I could try that and if it did not work I could
give her a medication before eating (Cisapride).

That simple act of elevating the food and letting gravity help
move the food down worked immediately and she never again
vomited after eating!

I hope this helps. Perhaps your case is similar.

Let me know how Perceval is doing.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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Hi Jan

There are similarities between Viv’s situation and Perceval’s especially what would happen after eating.
Although he is fed exclusively thru his PEG tube he has had some episodes of regurgitation and vomiting
but it is happening far less frequently now. He does have foamy discharge once in a while too. I take him
to a University veterinary teaching hospital and his next appt is in 2 weeks for a recheck.
Thanks for the info about Viv and what you did for her. I am happy to find out all I can. Although the
diagnosis is not exactly the same it is similar enough that I can use your experiences to try to help my
boy.
Thanks again Jan. I will keep in touch.

Lorna

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Bulldog Panting: Phlegm, Choking and Turning Blue. Heat Stroke?

This email series is taken from a much longer thread from one of a few
Yahoo Groups on Bulldogs that I participate in, called Bulldogfx.

It concerns a danger to your bulldog concerning the elongated soft
palate.  Unfortunately many bulldogs suffer health problems because
of their unusual palate.  Most problems arise when the bulldog gets
overheated, but as you will see it can just come on suddenly.
Hi All,

I had to rush Joe to the vet today because is really flemy he tried to vomit went through the whole motion and could not breath as he was trying to vomit he turned Blue then really white he fell over it was Very scary it seemed forever but was only seconds. I did not know what to do except to open his mouth and try to pull this egg white flem stuff out he never did vomit. The vet told me it is because of his pallet which he will be going in for I do have some questions for the vet I am waiting for him to call me I did not take him to my Bulldog vet today. Is there any specific questions I should ask I do not think this vet does Laser is that good or bad?? they gave me pred to give him prior to having this done 5 days worth. Any suggestions would be Great..

Jen

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Hi Jen,

I’m sorry to hear about Joe, but the good news
is current vet surgical techniques are really good.

When this happens you can squirt lemon juice in his mouth
to cut the phlegm and help him breathe. The lemon needs
to be full strength.

It works because phlegm has a lot of glucose in it
and the lemon is acidic so it separates it from the
other proteins in the phlegm.

I had this happen with Vivy a lot, usually when she
overheated from too much exercise. She had a very
loud snore which is a sign of palate problems.

The bulldog gets hot and cannot cool
down like a normal dog (through the nose) so they
start to pant harder in an attempt to cool off.

As they struggle to breathe the tongue goes back into
the airway because of the elongated palate. This produces
phlegm and inflamed airways, which cause more severe
panting and the cycle can turn deadly.

Blue lips means oxygen is not getting into the lungs.
It is definitely a sign of hyperthermia (overheating)
and is a very serious sign of upper airway collapse.

I never had the palate surgery done
because in those days it was knife only and many
bulldogs died from the post surgical swelling that occurs.

The laser surgery is much better because it cauterizes
while it cuts and there is less swelling.

Now vets have a lot more experience in this palate surgery.
And I don’t mean to say a surgeon who uses a knife is bad,
just that given the option I’d choose laser.

The prednisone does reduce swelling but it’s a steroid
and should be used as little as possible.

And I’d definitely have him under 24 hour watch because
the first 24 hours are the most critical.

Good luck, Joe should be better soon, and keep us posted.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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Hi All,

When Joe did this whole vomit thing he was sitting watching me take down the xmas tree along with Luci , Bill  he was not excited or anything just got up and started to get sick

Jen

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Hi All,

Joe goes in on Weds for his pallet surgery the vet told me to put him on pred Three days Prior to?his procedure. I know Pred makes them urinate more drink more hungrier and all that stuff But does it make them Sleepy Joe has been sleeping all day today and yesterday ?? I started him on it yesterday. I have used pred before But I do not recall ever having a dog so sleepy on it??

Jen & Bullies Houston Tx

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Hi Jen,

It usually has the opposite effect.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/medmaster/a601102.html#side-effects

But meds do work in unusual ways in some dogs.

I’d suggest you ask the vet to check to make sure Joe hasn’t contracted aspiration pneumonia when he had the ‘choking’ episode.  Pneumonia is slow to manifest and it would make him really tired when it starts to spread in his lungs.  The other symptom of it is he would have difficulty getting comfortable.

Since he wasn’t exerting himself when he had that episode, I also wonder if he had an allergic reaction to something that made his throat swell.

I always try to err on the side of caution with our bullies.

Keep us posted.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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Bulldog Butt Scooting: Anal Glands Need Attention

Hi Jan,

Recently, my 20 month old female bulldog , sits and drags her bum across a
rug. If we use a medicated wipe on it, it seems to help. Is there anything
else I should be doing?

Linda

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Hi Linda,

Yes!

Butt scooting is a sign of impacted anal glands that need to be “expressed”.
You can take your bulldog to the vet or you can remedy this yourself.

Warning: there can be an unpleasant smell associated with this procedure.

If you attempt this yourself and she shows any signs of pain be sure to call
your vet to have it done.

Anal glands are small glands to the left and right and just below a dog’s anus.
They normally secrete a little fluid onto the stools when she defecates.
They can become impacted and uncomfortable for your dog, so she tries to
relieve this discomfort by scooting across the carpet.

There are two ways you can do this yourself.

First put warm water on a washcloth and clean the anus area.
Put on latex gloves. Hold a tissue outside the anus to collect
the fluid that’s “expressed”.

Method #1:
Press the sides of the anal gland together by squeezing with your thumb
and forefinger. You may have to try a few angles on the gland to get to it.
You can use moderate pressure. You will know it’s worked when a foul
smelling brownish fluid comes out the anus.

Repeat for both sides.

Method #2:
Lubricate your gloved finger with vaseline.
Put your finger inside your dog’s anus and with your thumb on the outside,
squeeze the gland by drawing your thumb and finger towards the anus.

Repeat for both sides.

Here is a website with an illustration of where the glands are located
and instructions on this procedure:
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_anal_sacs.html

The anal glands normally express themselves with the movement of the
stools in your dog’s intestines.

There are a couple things you can do to try to prevent this from occurring again.

Be sure there’s enough fiber in your bulldog’s diet. Oat bran and flax and
raw vegetables such as carrots are good sources. Check the fiber
percentage on her food – you may want to switch to a food with higher fiber content.

Regular exercise is good to keep things moving and it’s good for her heart
too!

Your Bulldog Pal,

Jan

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