Even though we strive to produce a healthy Bulldog, we can’t say if past generations didn’t have health issues. Please do your research before investing in a designer breed of dog such as the Bulldog and making a expensive mistake.
Bulldogs are prone to many heath problems. Good health care for your Bulldog requires a capable vet.
Bulldogs suffer from some health problems that are also common in other breeds. The most common health issue shared with many dog breeds is hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia occurs most often in large dog breeds. Because the Bulldog build, this breed also suffers from the crippling hereditary health condition eventually leads to limping. Obesity increases the risk of developing hip dysplasia in dogs. Treatments for hip dysplasia include treating the pain symptoms with anti-inflammatory medicines. Never give aspirin to your dog! Also, if your dog is overweight put him/her on a diet. This will help prevent other health problems besides hip dysplasia.
Bulldogs are susceptible to Brachycephalic Syndrome. This title refers to a set of health conditions that cause difficulty breathing, especially in heat, after exercising, or when becoming excited. This can lead to a collapsed trachea. A dog can suffocate from this medical condition. Great care should be taken not to let your Bulldog become overheated or to excited. Some symptoms of Brachycephalic Syndrome include excessive snoring, extreme sensitivity to heat, frequent gagging or vomiting that looks like foam and difficulty breathing especially when excited or after exercising. If your Bulldog exhibits these symptoms, he/she should be checked by a vet knowledgeable about care of Bulldogs. To evaluate for Brachycephalic Syndrome, a dog must be anesthetized. This leads to another set of problems for Bulldogs. Bulldogs are at high risk when being anesthetized. This is another reason why it is crucial to find a vet that is familiar with Bulldogs and their many health care issues. If your dog is diagnosed with Brachycephalic Syndrome, there are surgical options to treat this health condition.
Often Bulldogs become diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is common in many dog breeds. Hypothyroidism is caused by the thyroid gland not producing enough hormones. This causes low energy, weight gain, hair loss, excessive shedding, and cold sensitivity. Hypothyroidism is diagnosed with a simple blood test.
If you decide to breed your Bulldog, be sure to take him/her to the vet for care of the delivery. Bulldog puppy heads are much larger than most puppies. This can cause the puppies to get stuck in the birth canal. As a result, almost all Bulldogs have difficult births. In fact, 95% of Bulldogs require a Cesarean section.
Bulldogs are very prone to skin infections. These skin infections can be caused by bacteria or fungus, caused by moisture. There are several areas susceptible to these infections, the muzzle, wrinkles in the face, paws and underneath the tail. To help prevent these skin infections, don’t bathe your Bulldog unless necessary.
The muzzle, face, wrinkles and underneath the tail should be wiped clean daily with a cloth using a mild detergent. Be sure to clean out any loose hairs or dirt in the skin folds directly underneath the tail. During hot or humid conditions, powder the wrinkles and underneath the tail. Following this simple care routine will prevent many skin infections in Bulldogs.
Many Bulldogs get health condition called “Dry Eye”. This medical condition is caused by the tear ducts not producing enough tears to keep the Bulldog’s eyes moist. Other causes of dry eye are distemper and some antibiotics. Symptoms include eye irritation and a yellow discharge from the eyes. Specially formulated eye drops from the vet can treat the condition. If not treated, your Bulldog can get corneal ulcers or even become blind. “Cherry Eye” can also be a result of dry eye being left untreated. Bulldogs are prone to the eye condition, anyway. “Cherry Eye” occurs when the tear gland in the third eyelid prolapses. Then it becomes swollen and red. Sometimes there is a discharge from the affected eye. Care for this medical condition consists of surgery to reposition the tear gland. Removal of the tear gland is not recommended.
Other health problems that Bulldogs are prone to include and underdeveloped trachea, Von Willebrand’s disease, valve defects of the heart, Spina Bifida, cleft palate, elbow dysplasia,
cataracts, pinched nostrils, entropian/ectropion and comeal ulcers. Please see your vet for more information about care for these possible health conditions found in Bulldogs.