English bulldog Health
English Bulldogs are generally a very healthy breed, but they do suffer from a few common problems. The English Bulldog is not recommended for novice pet
owners because they do require a bit more care and attention than the average animal.
Here are some health tips to help you to detect any possible problems for your
1) Skin . healthy skin is supple and smooth. No scabs, cuts, growths, white flakes or red patches. The color should be pale pink except where spotted .
spotting is normal. Regularly check the skin for fleas, ticks, or other parasites. You can do this by rubbing the hair backwards and checking the
2) Coat . a healthy coat is shiny and flexible, does not have dandruff, bald spots or is very oily.
3) Eyes . clear, bright shiny eyes with a normal amount of clear mucus and discharge. The whites of their eyes must not be yellow and the pink lining of
the eyelids should not be swollen or have a yellow discharge.
4) Ears . the inside skin should be pink and clean with a minimal amount of yellow/brown wax. Any scratching or redness is a sign of problems.
5) Nose . a cool, moist nose being black, pink or self-colored with clear nasal discharge is optimal for a healthy dog.
6) Mouth, teeth and gums . the breath should smell good, the teeth should be white and the gums pink or black (depending upon the dog.s coloring). Foul
smelling breath, inflamed gums, or crusted teeth are all potential problems and could indicate a health concern. Brushing your dog.s teeth is an
important part of health care, just like brushing your own.
7) Temperature . 101 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 to 39.2 degrees Celsius) is considered normal. You should their temperature rectally; trying
to take it orally will probably result is an eaten thermometer.
8) Pooping and peeing . their urine should be clear yellow and poop should be brown and firm and have no worms. Dogs usually have one or two stools a
9) Weight . can.t say enough about the importance of this. Maintaining a healthy balance of diet and exercise will do more for your dog.s well being
than anything else. Whether overweight or underweight, both are bad for your dog and will result in additional health concerns.
Knowing what to watch for, the all telling first signs of illness, will often times result is a speedy recovery for your dog and a much smaller vet bill for you.
Symptoms of illness can vary greatly, so knowing what to look for is imperative to keeping your dog healthy and happy. The following are a brief list of illness
1) Loss of appetite for more than 24 hours
2) Drinking too much water
3) Listless, lazy or sluggish behavior
4) Bleeding from any where (mouth, nose, ears, feet, rectum, etc.)
5) Pain when you move or touch them
6) Cannot pee or poop and strains to do so
7) Constant scratching
8) Vomiting several times
9) Appears to be in discomfort, cries or whines In the next few chapters, we will examine some of the most common health difficulties faced by English Bulldogs, including:
Orthopedic problems (bones and joints)
Stomach and gastric difficulties
The information presented here will help English Bulldog owners anticipate and cope with health problems faced by their dogs. We will also present some practical home
treatments for some of these problems.
I hope you will be able to recognize these health issues if, and when they arrive. We are confident that the information provided in this will also help prospective English Bulldog owners decide whether this breed is the right one for them.