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English Bulldog - Common Health Problems

Your English Bulldog may never come down with any of these problems, but it’s a good idea to be aware of them just in case. If, at any time, your feel your dog is sick, call your veterinarian for guidance.

Animal Bites

If your English Bulldog has been bitten by a dog or another animal, clean the wound with soap and water (preferably with an antiseptic scrub) and call your veterinarian. Check the status of your dog’s rabies vaccination, as well.

Bee Stings and Spider Bites

Some English Bulldogs are allergic to these bites. Quick treatment is required if the dog’s head, face, and feet begin swelling and respiration becomes labored. You can give your dog Benadryl (an antihistamine). Give two 25-mg tablets for a fifty-pound dog. Then call your veterinarian right away.


Apply pressure and an ice bag to the site of the bleeding. The extent of the injury and the amount of bleeding are the criteria for the need for speed and professional treatment. If the blood is spurting, put pressure on it and call your veterinarian immediately for guidance. Never put on a tourniquet unless told to by your veterinarian, as this could result in the loss of the limb.
Vomiting blood, blood in the urine, and rectal bleeding all require an accurate diagnosis before treatment can begin. Take your dog to the veterinarian right away.

Bloat and Torsion

When a English Bulldog bloats, the stomach enlarges. Although it often happens after the dog has eaten and then drunk some water (which causes the food to expand), it can also happen when gases in the food expand. If the stomach is greatly enlarged, it can twist or turn, cutting off any avenue for the food, water, and gases to escape from the stomach. This is called torsion.
A dog in the midst of bloat will pace or act restless, may bite or paw at the abdomen, may have a swollen abdomen, and may attempt to vomit. Bloat alone can be life threatening, and torsion definitely is; the dog will go into shock shortly after the stomach turns. Veterinary care is needed immediately!

Why Spay and Neuter?
Breeding English Bulldogs is a serious undertaking that should only be part of a well-planned breeding program. Why? Because dogs pass on their physical and behavioral problems to their offspring. Even healthy well-behaved dogs can pass on problems in their genes.
Is your English Bulldog so sweet that you’d like to have a litter of puppies just like her? If you breed her to another dog, the pups will not have the same genetic heritage she has. Breeding her parents again will increase the odds of a similar pup, but even then, the puppies in the second litter could inherit different genes. In fact, there is no way to breed a dog to be just like another dog.
Meanwhile, thousands and thousands of dogs are killed in animal shelters every year simply because they have no homes. Casual breeding is a big contributor to this problem.
If you don’t plan to breed your dog, is it still a good idea to spay her or neuter him? Yes!
When you spay your female:
– You avoid her heat cycles, during which she discharges blood and scent.
– It greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer and eliminates the risk of pyometra (an often fatal infection of the uterus) and uterine cancer.
– It prevents unwanted pregnancies.
– It reduces dominance behaviors and aggression.
When you neuter your male:
– It curbs the desire to roam and to fight with other males.
– It greatly reduces the risk of prostate cancer and eliminates the risk of testicular cancer.
– It helps reduce leg lifting and mounting behavior.
– It reduces dominance behaviors and aggression.

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