HEALTH CARE AND AWARENESS

Cherry Eye:  This common problem in Bulldogs is due to the extrusion of a
gland that normally stays under the lower eyelid at the inside corner of the
eye.  It appears as a round, red mass.  It looks terrible and should be
surgically restored to its normal position.  (The gland should not be
removed, however, as doing so can result in “dry eye”, a painful and
serious condition.)

Tear Stains:    If your dog has white on his face around his eyes over time
you may find his face stained to red caused by the tears from the dog.  This
may be from the coloring in the dog’s food he is eating or in some cases the
dog itself will produce red tears.  It will happen on dark faced dogs also, but
will be less noticeable.  You can use baby powder or whitening (tear
removing) shampoos made for dogs to help remove the stains.  I suggest to
use Angel Eyes which stops the dog from producing red tears.  You put in
their food and it really works!

Entropion:  In this condition, which is common in Bulldogs, the lower
(usually) eyelid rolls inward and brings the lashes into direct contact with the
cornea.  It is very irritating to the eye.  Many dogs are born with entropion,
but it can also be acquired later in life as a result in corneal eye disease or
other causes.  One or both eyes can be affected.  Surgical treatment is the
only cure, but it needs to be done by a veterinarian experienced in the
procedure.

Distichiasis:  Stray eyelashes that are growing the wrong way inward.  
These may be removed with tweezers or surgically and permanently frozen
or removed.

Allergies:  Like people, dogs suffer from various allergies.  In most cases,
allergic reactions are annoying but not life-threatening.   Several treatment
options are available, ranging from avoiding the allergen, to administering
special shampoos and oils, to dispensing medications.  Check with your vet
to determine the best option for you and your Bulldog.

Elongated Soft Palate:  All Bulldogs have an elongated soft palate, this is
because of the shape of their heads (i.e.: brachycephaic-short-nosed).  In
most cases this causes nothing more than snoring, but in severe cases can
possibly cause severe difficulty breathing.  Heat and exercise will cause
loud gurgle breathing, (know as roaring).   The severity can range from loud
breathing when excited, to regurgitation of food to permanent breathing
difficulties.  The problem can be corrected with surgery.

Sore Wrinkles:  Bulldogs need care of the face area and the deep folds.  
Wipe their faces with an unscented cloth or baby wipes.  If needed apply
diaper rash medicine in between the wrinkles to help prevent and treat a
rash called “facial fold dermatitis.”

Bone and Joint Disorders:  Most Bulldogs, and indeed most dogs, will
develop some kind of joint disease during their lives that will usually appear
as they grow older.  The Bulldog grows very fast and it is very important
that you keep play properly managed in the first 9 months.  Hip displaysia
can be encouraged by outside factors such as slippery floors, jumping, and
rough play.  The majority of bulldogs do not have hips and legs that fit
together properly or what is called “loose joints.”  Just use common sense
with your puppy on what he should or shouldn’t do.

Demodectic Mange:  There are two forms of demodectic mange localized
and generalized.  This is a fairly common skin disease that most generally
affects puppies.  Bulldogs can have an outbreak due to puberty, stress or
possibly something they are allergic to in the environment where they live or
the food in which they eat.  A skin scraping can be made to confirm the
diagnosis.  It can be treated relatively easily.  

Giardia:   It is a microscopic organism that lives in water therefore also
food.  It is the most common internal parasite of dogs.  It attacks the
intestinal tract, causing diarrhea, pain, and vomiting.  Sometimes the
symptoms are so subtle the owner may not be aware their dog is infected.  
This can be diagnosed with a special fecal test and can be treated with a
three day dose of panacur or in some cases the antibiotic metramidazole
may have to be used.

Coccidiosis:  This is a diarrhea caused by a species of coccidian commonly
found in the feces of puppies and, occasionally, adult dogs.  It is an
opportunist and usually is caused by the stress of shipping or
overcrowding.  It can be treated with antibiotics such as Albon.

Diet:  I feed Diamond Naturals food.  I have done a lot of research on the
best food for Bulldogs and have found this to be at the top of the list.  It is
low in sodium, has no corn, wheat or soy (lessens chances for allergies),
has no by-products, it has natural fiber ingredients which is easy to digest
(for the sensitive stomach of the Bulldog), has glucosamine and chondroitin
to help maintain joint cartilage, highly digestibility for smaller stool volume, a
blend of omega fatty acids for a healthy skin and coat.  Your puppy will
come with a starter kit of Diamond Natural.   For more information go to their
website at
www.diamondpet.com.  You can buy it at feed stores and
Tractor Supply's.  There is several other good foods I recommend if you
can't feed Diamond such as:  Nutro Natural, Purina Pro Plan, Blue, Call of
The Wild and Royal Canine!!  Just beware of alot of the other top named
commercial dog foods and look at the ingredients if you see Ground Whole
Corn, By-Products, Wheat, Corn listed more than once and the actual meat
or meat meal isn't the top 2 ingredients you could be paying alot for nothing!!

Supplements:  I feed NuVet Plus supplements to my dogs and puppies.
Giving your puppy this supplement is a good insurance policy for their future
health.   This supplement will decrease or eliminate the devastating effects
of free radicals.  Free radicals have been implicated in over 50 diseases
including allergies, skin disease, arthritis, bursitis, cancer, heart problems,
arteriosclerosis and cataracts in animals.  For more information go to
www.nuvet.com

Water and Bulldogs:  Most Bulldogs love water and will appreciate a small
kiddie’s pool for them to lay and cool off.  However, most of them can’t
swim at least 75% of their total weight is concentrated in their heads,
shoulders, and torso.  So be cautious around ponds or swimming pools
with them.

Loud Noises:  Most Bulldogs don’t like loud noises such as lawnmowers,
four-wheelers, vacuum cleaners, etc. and will want to run away.  Be careful
around them until they become accustomed to them.

Overheated:  One of the most important pieces of information to learn about
Bulldogs is that they can become overheated easily.  The breed is very
intolerant of the heat.  Keep them in a cool environment with plenty of water
during the warm months of the year.  Don’t ever let them exert themselves
when it is warm or humid.  Many Bulldogs are lost each year to heat
exhaustion.

Thieves:  Bulldogs are very lucrative prey for thieves; never allow your dog
outside unless he is on a leash or under your watchful eye.  When outside
make sure they have a collar with identification on it.  Having them micro
chipped is another good idea.  Also beware of un-reputable people calling
themselves Bulldog breeders that will try and scam you on the internet with
fake pictures and a low selling price on a puppy.  They will try and have you
send a money order and will not even have a puppy to sale you.  


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BULLDOG WILL HAVE A HAPPY, HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP FOR YEARS
TO COME.  

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OTHER DOG WILL DO!!”