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English Bulldog - Common Health Problems (Part II)

Broken Bones

Support the bone that appears to be broken and take the English Bulldog immediately to the veterinarian. X-rays are usually necessary. What do you have about the house to use for a temporary splint? How about rolled-up newspapers, or a small, thin foam rubber pillow, or a wooden spatula or a ruler? Use your imagination and fasten the splint with adhesive tape, masking tape, or strips of old sheets, and take the dog to the veterinarian.

Choking

Reach into the dog’s mouth and try to pull out whatever may be choking her. Pull her tongue out to clear an airway. If whatever caused her to choke has been removed, she will probably be all right. If she continues to try to vomit, then she must go to the veterinarian.

Diarrhea

How long has the diarrhea lasted? If it’s just a one-time problem that does not recur in a day or two, you need not be alarmed. But if the stools are frequent for twenty-four hours or more, or contain blood, mucus, or undigested food, let the veterinarian make the diagnosis and prescribe the treatment. As time goes on, you will learn when to push the panic button and when to wait a little while.

Eye Injuries

If the English Bulldog has injured her eye or has something in the eye, wash it out with eyewash or warm tap water. Cover the eye if your dog is pawing or scratching at it. Prompt diagnosis and treatment by your veterinarian may prevent corneal damage.

Overheating

Bulldogs cannot tolerate heat. If your dog stops walking or playing and plops down on the ground, is panting heavily, feels hot to the touch, and looks very stressed, bathe her feet and underside with cool water or put her in a tub of cool (not cold) water. If this is not possible, place small bags filled with ice under her front legs, in the groin, and on her head. Wrap her in towels that have been soaked in cool water. If possible, turn a fan on her. Keep her quiet.
Do not give the dog ice chips or water unless she takes them willingly. As long as her gum color remains good (nice and pink; not pale pink or white) and her breathing is regular, she probably is not in grave danger. But this is your veterinarian’s decision to make, so give the vet a call.

Poisoning

In every home there are cleaning fluids, fingernail polish, bleach, and other poi-sons. Few Bulldogs would eat or drink these things, but no English Bulldog should have access to them. Store household necessities, fertilizers, insect sprays, and so on in secure cupboards and on high shelves.
Keep the poison control telephone number, your veterinarian’s number, and the number of the nearest emergency vet clinic by your telephone. Call these experts for their advice. There are too many chemicals and too many complicated formulas for the average person to know what action to take in an emergency. Sometimes the animal should be made to vomit, sometimes she should have a gastric lavage (washing out of the stomach), and some-times this action would be fatal. Only the professionals can evaluate the situation.

Vomiting

If your English Bulldog vomits just once, nothing needs to be done. However, if vomiting is persistent, or contains blood, mucus, or large amounts of undigested food, the veterinarian should be called. Your veterinarian will ask several questions, including, Did the dog get into the garbage, chew up a toy, or swallow a foreign substance? Does she have a fever? Take a good look at what your dog has vomited up so that you can answer those questions.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has a staff of licensed veterinarians and board-certified toxicologists avail-able 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The number to call is (888) 426-4435. You will be charged a consultation fee of $60 per case, charged to most major credit cards. There is no charge for follow-up calls in critical cases. At your request, they will also contact your veterinarian. Specific treatment and information can be provided via fax.
Keep the poison control number in large, legible print with your other emergency telephone numbers. When you call, be prepared to give your name, address, and phone number; what your dog has gotten into (the amount and how long ago); your dog’s breed, age, sex, and weight; and what signs and symptoms the dog is showing. You can log onto www.aspca.org and click on “Animal Poison Control Center” for more information, including a list of toxic and nontoxic plants.

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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.

Bleeding

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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