Archive for September 3rd, 2011

English Bulldog - Bath Time

English Bulldogs do not need frequent baths, but instead need bathing when they are dirty. Frequent brushing will do much more for a healthy, shiny coat than bathing.
Most English Bulldogs really enjoy a bath, though. If your Bulldog is introduced to bathing when he is a puppy and is allowed to have fun during the process, he will enjoy the bath throughout his life.
Use baby shampoo or a shampoo made for dogs. A dog’s skin is more sensitive than yours, so do not use harsh shampoo, medicated shampoo, or flea shampoo unless directed by your veterinarian. Be careful, and avoid getting shampoo in his eyes, ears, or nose. Wash his face as you do each morning and bathe the rest of the dog starting at the shoulders and going to the tail. Rinse well.
Let the dog shake off the water, then lift him out of the tub and finish drying him off with a towel. I don’t like using a hair dryer, because the heat tends to dry the coat.

How to Get Rid of a Tick
Although many of the new generation of flea fighters are partially effective in killing ticks once they are on your dog, they are not 100 percent effective and will not keep ticks from biting your English Bulldog in the first place. During tick season (which, depending on where you live, can be spring, summer, and/or fall), examine your dog every day for ticks. Pay particular attention to your dog’s neck, behind the ears, the armpits, and the groin.
When you find a tick, use a pair of tweezers to grasp the tick as close as possible to the dog’s skin and pull it out using firm, steady pressure. Check to make sure you get the whole tick (mouth parts left in your dog’s skin can cause an infection), then wash the wound and dab it with a little antibiotic ointment. Watch for signs of inflammation.
Ticks carry very serious diseases that are transmittable to humans, so dispose of the tick safely. Never crush it between your fingers. Don’t flush it down the toilet either, because the tick will survive the trip and infect another animal. Instead, use the tweezers to place the tick in a tight-sealing jar or plastic dish with a little alcohol, put on the lid, and dispose of the container in an outdoor garbage can. Wash the tweezers thoroughly with hot water and alcohol.

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