Stand the English Bulldog puppy on a bench or table, or any flat surface that is the best height for your comfort. Assure the puppy that he isn’t being punished and this is a special time just for him. Note the sheen in his coat. Check for any bare spots in his coat or skin lesions. Are his eyes clear and free of discharge? Is his nose soft and free of crust? Are the insides of his ears smooth or is the skin rough, flaky, and inflamed? Note his feet – are they swollen, especially between his toes?
This seems like a lot of checking, but before you realize, it will become a regular habit to observe all these points, and you will immediately be aware of any abnormalities that can indicate potential problems.
English Bulldogs enjoy grooming because they are people dogs and enjoy anything that involves attention from those they love. Grooming is an exercise in observation and prevention, providing a healthy, happy, clean dog. I have recommended daily grooming, but if your skills of observation are keen and your dog does not have any problems, it is no sin to reduce the frequency to two or three times a week.


The next step in the daily grooming ritual will be brushing. How much and how long will depend on the condition of the coat. Your dog’s coat is a good barometer of his health. Is the shedding minimal or is it excessive? If the shedding is not seasonal excess, then there must be another reason – stress, worms, fleas, diet? All these and more can cause excess shedding, and only your veterinarian can make an accurate diagnosis.
Only seasonal shedding will subside on its own. Excessive loss of hair for other reasons must be treated. Excessive shedding leaves English Bulldog hair on the furniture, on your clothes, in fact everywhere. And Bulldog hair is difficult to get off, because it sticks.
A small pumice stone (two by four inches) helps remove the dead hair during heavy shedding. Brush with the stone in the direction of the hair growth. Complete the grooming with a slicker brush (a brush with many fine, slanted wire teeth) or a grooming glove (a cloth glove with textured pads on the palm), both of which can be purchased at a pet supply store. When the shedding is normal, a daily brushing with a slicker brush or grooming glove should be adequate. Loose hair, dandruff, and dirt will be removed, leaving the coat bright and shiny and the hair follicles stimulated.

New Products in the Fight Against Fleas
At one time, battling fleas meant exposing your English Bulldog and your-self to toxic dips, sprays, powders, and collars. But today there are flea preventives that work very well and are safe for your dog, you, and the environment. The two most common types are insect growth regulators (IGRs), which stop the immature flea from developing or maturing, and adult flea killers. To deal with an active infestation, experts usually recommend a product that has both.
These next-generation flea fighters generally come in one of two forms:
– Topical treatments or spotons. These products are applied to the skin, usually between the shoulder blades. The product is absorbed through the skin into the dog’s system.
– Systemic products. This is a pill your dog swallows that transmits a chemical throughout the dog’s bloodstream. When a flea bites the dog, it picks up this chemical, which then prevents the flea’s eggs from developing.
Talk to your veterinarian about which product is best for your English Bulldog. Make sure you read all the labels and apply the products exactly as recommended, and that you check to make sure they are safe for puppies.

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