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English Bulldog Grooming – Daily Ritual (Part II)Ears

Check the ears next. Observe the insides of the ears and look for dirt, excess wax, or any redness that might indicate an infection. A healthy ear will have a damp smell, while an infected ear will have a bad odor.
To clean the ears, fold one ear flap up over the dog’s head so that the ear flap rests on his head. Dampen a cotton ball with witch hazel and, using your finger, gently swab out the ear, getting the cotton ball into all the cracks and crevices of the ear. Do not reach into the ear canal. You may want to use two or three cotton balls per ear, especially if the ear is dirty. Leave the ear flap up for a moment or two so that the ear can dry. Then repeat on the other ear.

Eyes

If your English Bulldog’s eyes have some matter at the inside corners, just wipe them gently with a clean, damp cloth. If there is a continuing problem with excessive tearing or swollen lids, the lids may be turned in, a condition called entropion. In these situations, the eyelashes are rubbing against the surface of the eye, and this may require surgical intervention. See your veterinarian if you suspect this might be the case.

Those Hard-to-Reach Places

The Bulldogs wrinkle-covered face is certainly his trademark. But this is a trade-mark that requires daily care to keep the dog comfortable. Use mild soap (a soap you would use on your own face), warm water, and a soft cloth to wash between the wrinkles. Then dry the areas.
If your English Bulldog has a heavy nose wrinkle, lift it carefully and wash underneath, rinse, and dry. If it is especially dirty and inflamed, treat it with a medicated powder, baby powder, or cornstarch. It may be necessary to wash the wrinkles more than once a day. Use care and caution with powder. Be sure not to get any into the dog’s eyes or nose and be sure it does not contain poisonous substances.
While you are cleaning the wrinkles on the dog’s face, there are two more areas that must be cleaned. Most breeds of dogs care for their own personal hygiene by licking themselves. The Bulldog’s stocky body makes it impossible for most Bulldogs to lick their private parts.
The female cannot reach her vulva to keep it clean. So after all the wrinkles are washed, wash Lady English Bulldog’s private parts, rinse, dry, and powder if inflamed. If there is inflammation, watch closely for discharge or odor. If this persists, a visit to the veterinarian is in order.
Mr. Bulldog cannot take care of his own personal hygiene, either, so check the inside of his hind legs. If there is evidence of dirt or discharge, wash thoroughly with soap and water, rinse, and dry. As with the female, if inflammation is present or a discharge has a foul odor, have your veterinarian check his condition.
Finally, one more area is a English Bulldog problem. If his tail is tight to his body, twisted and curled almost in knots, or is totally absent, then regular inspection and cleansing is the order of the day. Cover your finger with a soft, warm, soapy cloth and get under the tail. You will discover there is loose hair and flaking skin and other debris under the tail where it emerges from the body. Cleanse carefully and gently –  dry and powder using whatever you used for wrinkles. Follow this same procedure in the knots and twists. If there is no tail, there is usually an indentation where the tail should be. This indentation will contain dead hair, dandruff, and other matter. This, too, must be cleaned.
Keeping this area clean and dry will help to prevent infection. A severely infected tail may have to be removed, which is expensive and painful. Prevention may be a nuisance, but it is less expensive for you, and certainly less painful for the dog, than treating an infection.

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