What health issues have you had to deal with your bulldog? Please tell me about the health issues you have encountered with your bulldog.
So you all might know that our oldest bulldog Canon. Has had some skin issues every since we got him. We have tried numberous medications, foods and remedies. Canon has now been on a medication call Atopica for quite some time now and has 99% success with the medication. He used to get cysts between his toes and sunburn like blisters all over his body. He has now not had any of these since a about a month after starting the medication.
Our bulldog George had Demodex as a puppy, which is apparently always on dogs, but is dormant. It sometimes wakes up if their immune system is weak. It causes them to lose lots of hair.He also gets puss-filled pimples on his face when he plays with rubber toys for too long. Nothing takes them away except prednisone and lots of washing.He's also had problems with his immune system - he had enlarged lymph nodes that had to be operated on when he was just little. I think we've paid for 2 more bulldogs with all his vet bills. BUT, we wouldn't trade him for the world. He's our little baby boy and we love him to death!
Our bulldog, Carl, has a large facial fold just above his nose. When Carl was a puppy I was able to keep the fold clean with a very weak solution of boric acid and water (excellent for cleaning bullie eye folds), then dusted with corn startch but now that he is one year old the fold no longer responds to this method of cleaning/drying. The fold pocket is very red, moist and smells yeasty. I noticed a few bullies on this website who also have this type of facial fold.Can anyone give me their solutions. I've also tried medicated soap and water, diluted hydrogen peroxide, as well as a weak solution of epsom salts and water. But these all seem to make the fold area more inflamed and I refuse to use any steriod based medications as we lost our first bullie at 3 years of age (to liver cancer) due to over perscribed prednisone use.
So you all know Canon and he gets these cysts between his toes. They are really nasty and they bug him when he does get them. He is on Atopica which a cyclosporine. He is now 100% better when he gets the medication. I would totally recommend this medication if your dog has skin issues. Be warned it isn't cheap about $100 a box of 15 pills. Pet Insurance would have been nice.
JoanneWed, 18 Mar 2009 14:02:31We use Zinc cream that is used for baby's diaper rash, works great and is economical to buy. Just wash out the fold with a mild soap, rinse well and dry, then apply the cream. Needs to be done a couple of times a week.
Ralfie has the big fold on his nose all i do is get a paper towel to absorb the extra moisture and have never had a problem but I like the idea of the zinc cream, the biggest thing is to keep it dry. He also had a cyst between his toes it would go up and down for a month it is now gone, a friend gave me some cream to put on it which worked great and can be bought at the drug store....will find out the name.
Recently Ralfie had either an allergic reaction to grass or.....I tried to change his food to Royal Canine English Bull dog food.....he had a rash and a bad one on his groin an under his arms. I finally changed his food back and it is gone, but what would anyone put on this? I used( and it worked great) preparation Hit helped stop the itch, then R7 ear powder to dry up the moisture.
My new buddy Tug is very headstrong & has told me no! I don't want eye or ear drops. The whole procedure has put a strain on our relationship. He looks on with suspicion when I cuddle up with him on his recliner because often that's when I slip the eye drops in before he can get up. Sometimes I can only accomplish one eye. Has anyone got a trick or two up there sleeve? Will be taking him to the Vet for his ears cleaned. Bonnie in Port Hardy
Hey Bonnie, Canon gets eye drops every day. He is a great patient but his eye lids close really really tight. My trick with him is have him stand or sit and sandwich him between my legs and this way I have both hands free to open his eye and put the drops in. Works like a charm :)
I love to cuddle with Tug, but he stinks so, so bad it's unbelievable. Just finished bathing him with "Pyoben" from the Vet. You have to leave it on for 10 min. which I spend massaging him, and that gets his mind off wanting to jump out of the tub. I don't squirt it directly on Tug's skin but rather put it into a bucket with water. Ok he is all dryed off and on his recliner, and he stinks just as bad. Hmmmmmm. Will go to the Vet tomorrow to have his ears done. Anyone else dealing with the smell, God love Bulldogs. Bonnie
have any of you tried a raw only diet? I'm considering this for my olde Lily, though she has no skin issues at this time, most raw food companies tout most allergy and skin issues will disappear on a raw diet.
Thank you Lenda for the recommendation for Carl's fold. I found that hibitaine(?) soap was all he needed. I wash his fold everyday, dry well and it cleared up immediately. For those bullie owners with hot spots or between toe cysts - our first bullie Rosie suffered with these and we found a wash with a mild soap (hibitain would probably work well), dry well and apply cornstarch. Also to releive a smell and clear up tear stains - add a teaspoon of vinegar to their water. Took about a week but it worked for Carl - apparently the vinegar helps balance their pH levels. And I use peroxide on the chins of both Daisy and Carl to clear up their pimples.
I found a great website!! BulldogsWorld.com excellent medical forum and lots of answers.
Hi,our bullie, Tater has environmental allergies (grass, wool, maple trees, etc). We're giving him allergy shots to try and build up his immunity. In the meantime, his flare ups are awful. I give him benadryl and when its really bad, we put him on predizone for a bit but he's licking the fur off his front arms. Anyone have any suggestions for stopping the itch and irritation while the allergy shots kick in (hopefully)?Thanks!
I want to say a big thanks to Melanie who helped us get comfortable with socializing our new dog ( a 2 yr old rescue) Stella. The most important thing I walked away with was about the importance of a doggie backpack! Melanie had everything in hers! The essentials; baggies, balls & treats. But what we never thought of was a water bottle and dish!! We have learned how easy it is for Bullys to overheat, it can happen so quickly!! Now we never leave home without our own "Stella" backpack fully prepped!!!
hi everyone,we just got our english bulldog puppy and were looking into getting pet insurance. does anyone have any advice/past experiences they can share? any info will be appreciated!if easier, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. THANK YOU!
Regarding cysts between the toes! Our breeder told us she takes her dogs for a walk along the Ocean, I have done that with John Wayne and his red toes clear up instantly almost. I have also heard of soaking their feet in epsom salts. Easier said than done. We are fortunate we are very close to Ocean and who does not love to go for a walk on the beach. He sometimes gets spots in his groin area and under his armpits or whatever they are called and I put an antifungal cream that has tea tree oil in it. Works like a charm. Another thing I have done, when he gets super hyper and can't settle down, I put some lavender Oil on my finger and rub that on his inner ears. He settle right down.
Greetings Bulldog Owners and Lovers!
I have learned so much here about Bulldog issues, and I Thank you all so much. You have saved me tons as I was running to the Vet every time and we all know that can add up fast even with Insurance. I have a question for anyone who can help. John Wayne has an allergy and we are not sure what it is. First thing we did was change his food, all this is under Vet care. We gave him Hypoallergenic and he never looked better, then we had him on Vegetarian and he looked even better, no rope junk, no acne, beautiful coat, and no tear stains, but he was hungry all the time and resorted to even begging at the table which is a NO NO!!. So we changed to Hypoallergenic Duck and he was happy but got tear stains back, so we put him on a Fish based skin issue Medical dog food and he got bumps everywhere. We have him back on the duck bases but he has tear stains back. Help! does anyone have a suggestion? I am thinking of mixing the Vegetarian and Duck Based hypoallergenic. When I get back from Europe I am going to do a raw diet trial but I am waiting until we are back. Anyway thanks for any suggestions email@example.com
I am looking for a good Vet in Victoria for my bulldog Matilda is 4 months old and she has two cherry eyes. We need to get her fixed everyone is saying 6 months??
I have a olde english 3 year old female named Tabasca. I currently live in Las Vegas, but am originally from Vancouver. Tabasca has very serious allergies and has been throughly tested and out of levels of 4 being the highest reaction, she has hit levels of 5 and 6 for every enviromental test there is here in vegas. Basically she is highly allergic to the desert. i was advised that the best thing for her is to move her north, away from the dry heat and all the cactus and palm trees. She is literally eating herself due to irratation. All her hair follicals become infected , so she is currently on 3 differnt kinds of pills and also a allergy serum, to try and contol her constant outbreaks. But all this barely helps her. The vets are referring to her as the" dog in the bubble" ( ref. The boy in the Bubble movie starring john travolta) They have said the 've never encountered a dog as bad as her. I would like to know if you know a place that would foster her up there, to see if a change of enviroment would reduce her suffering. And if it did, then I would consider re-homing her permantly so that she doesn't suffer any more. If there was no change, then I would take her back and continue to search for peace for her. I have tried ATOPICA for a year with her and it just didn't work. I would love any advice on how best to help her because it breaks my heart to see her so botherd all the time.
I live in Victoria, BC with my three bulldogs Canon & Relish & Monster