Ever wondered why English bulldogs are susceptible to a myriad of health problems?
The humble answer,
As human beings, we have bred them countless times with the effort of bringing forth, bulldogs with our own desired features.
That’s right! And the repercussions?
While making bulldogs more marketable with good looks, in disguise we’re creating unending health issues to them. Even worse, we’re creating for them a terrible life.
And in this post, we’ll discuss in details these health problems more so the English bulldog skin problems, their possible causes, the symptoms to look out for plus treatment.
To top it all, I’ll give you solid advice you can implement today to care for your bulldog successfully.
Let’s fire away.
Let’s admit it.
English Bulldogs are attributed to be a loyal, friendly, and courageous breed. They exclusively like their owners and are super stubborn. They’ll always do whatever it takes to get what they want.
The truth is, while these qualities may sound sweet, they in no way outweigh the fact that. It is an enigmatic breed predisposed to adverse health problems resulting from human interference.
Here’s what I mean.
Humans perceive the animal’s appearance comes first before its well-being. It’s evident as a culture we’re inclined to treasuring the bulldogs looks over their overall health.
For instance, today, Bulldogs have smashed faces to resemble humans, bigger heads which call for expensive C-section births, short muzzles which cause respiratory problems, and short legs that they can’t run as fast as you would want.
And it’s no wonder the new age bulldogs do not resemble their ancestors at all.
Going by this example, it is clear bulldogs can’t escape health problems. Other than the skin problems which are our main focus here, others range from respiratory, to heart, to head tremors and the list keeps expanding.
Without further ado, let's take a deep dive into these skin problems. Shall we?
To begin with, let’s remind ourselves.
In simple terms, an allergy is a body reaction that stimulates exposure. It could be something your bulldog inhaled, consumed or contact.
Here's what we shall do. We'll classify the allergy causes into 3 sections;
Below, let’s quickly explore the health problems brought about by each of these.
The point is.
While in his adventures, your bulldog is likely to inhale substances such as dust, pollen, molds, etc. In turn, this causes an allergic reaction towards his skin leading to a condition we’re about to discuss next.
Actually, Atopy being a non-parasitic infection is one of the most popular English bulldog skin problems. It results in itchy, dry skin with rough bumps or open sores.
Your dog’s likely to rub his face and eyes, lick and itch himself excessively with this skin problem especially around his ears and feet.
Where further infections develop resulting in odor and discharge. Your vet will diagnose this condition based on your dog’s skin history. Then he will recommend you the right dosage of medicine as it solely depends on your dog’s weight and his health status.
The skin problem can worsen more so during the warmer seasons giving birth to the following acute illness.
Let’s look at it this way,Aside from the aforementioned allergic factors, you may find your dog’s skin to be flaky or full of dandruff as a result of the following factors. A sure indication your dog’s suffering from dry skin problem.
Can we now find out the possible solutions for each of these?
Usually, your dog may be lacking healthy fatty acids in his system. Here, we’re talking of the essential and non-essential fatty acids. The red signs reveal themselves in the form of dry skin.
To combat this problem, you may need to consider adding omega 3 supplements to his diet. Better still switch foods altogether. And you’ll successfully give your dog healthy, supple skin.
Often, Bulldogs develop skin problems when they're subjected to poor environmental conditions. Humidity, for instance, should not be lower than average in your house.
What am I saying here?
Consider using a humidifier to create a conducive environment for your dog. Also, strive to increase your bulldog’s vitamin E intake for better results.
You know what?
The harshness and frequent use of these products entirely remove the natural oils present in your bulldog’s coat. You may over wash your dog convincing yourself you’re only grooming him.
In disguise, you’re depriving his skin the chance to restore its natural oils. If you must use a shampoo, consider oatmeal (homemade) shampoo in place of itchiness shampoos, not unless the itchy skin’s uncontrollable.
Let me say this straight. Factors such as the ones stated below require attention from your vet. He/she should advise you on the best medications to be administered.
Here are those factors;
That said about the inhalation allergy problems. Below let’s now discuss in details the potential issues associated with consumption.
The truth is.
Your dog may consume foods with ingredients that may cause allergic reaction towards his skin. With the increasing number of bulldogs poorly bred, such skin allergies will continue to rise.
In fact, if you’re wondering which foods specifically contain these allergic ingredients. I’ll share with you the popular one; soy, eggs, corn, and chicken. Don’t take my word for it though.
If you’re unsure, you can always follow a simple process at home to eliminate these foods. By carefully removing each meal at a time and it won’t be long before you discover which one your dog is allergic to.
Still, on food, it’s important to note the variance between allergy and intolerance. On the other hand, when your dog has a food allergy, just like what humans do when they eat some foods. He’s likely to itch and lick at himself.
On the other hand, if your dog has a food intolerance, like humans he’s likely to vomit when he consumes certain foods. Hope you see the difference.
Now, to treat skin problems associated with food allergies, switch to allergy-friendly ones. In a matter of time, your bulldog's skin will clear.
So far, let’s remind ourselves where we’ve come from. We’ve tackled the skin problems associated with inhalation and consumption. Without further ado why don’t we dive right into the third one?
Let’s get straight to the point.
These allergies are brought about by direct contact of a specific substance with the skin. For instance, allergic substances could be chlorine water or insect bite.
The point is.
When your dog engages in swimming activities, the chlorine water in the pool may cause an allergic reaction to his skin. It is essential for you to be on the lookout in the event your dog suffers from such.You may need to stop him from swimming as most pools are treated with this chemical component. If he suffers, as a result, worry not. What you’re supposed to do is to bathe him with allergy relief shampoo to rinse off the allergen.
What this simply means is.
Your dog may suffer from skin allergies when insects such as fleas and termite species bite his skin. There a few measures you can employ when this happens. Get rid of the offending insects in or around your house while you consult
Your vet may suggest medications such as Biospot, Advantix, and Frontline to get rid of those pests. It’s crucial to note these Insect bites if not treated, can result in skin conditions namely, hotspot and hives.
Now get this:
These round, itchy sores appear in multiple areas of bulldog’s skin. Most commonly around the ears. Your dog with such a problem is likely to develop ear infections as well. And as your bulldog continuously bites the area.
He exacerbates the development of lesions containing discharge and pus. Aside from the aforementioned allergic reactions, parasites, and anal gland problems can also cause these spots.
Treatment involves cutting the hair around the affected area. And cleaning the lesion with a drying or antiseptic shampoo for pets. Also, some oral antibiotics may be prescribed by your vet to prevent further bacterial infections.
The reality is:
These are allergic reactions which mostly affect both humans and animals. Bulldogs fall in the animal category, so they do suffer from these. Essentially, hives are itchy bumps causing your bulldog's coat hair to stick out.
You may also notice some swelling around the eyelids.
Hives crop up fast like within 30 minutes of being exposed to allergens. Aside from insect bites, hives can be the result of either topical medication or applications.
Treatment depends solely on the outbreak’s cause.
Consult your vet who shall recommend for instance antihistamine. With the effort of controlling the discomfort, hives bring plus the swelling. He may also suggest you clean your bulldog's coat with a shampoo called hypoallergenic.
After which you're to rinse it off thoroughly to remove any allergen left. Let’s jump ahead and discuss
Here’s the key.
They’re inappropriate immune responses towards usual foods and substances. Especially in your dog’s surroundings for instance pollen, fleas or mold.
Allergic dogs are said to have an immune system which is compromised. To mean it’s unable to distinguish between rivals like viruses and harmless substances like food.
By far, Canine allergies affect a part or the entire skin. Earlier we classified the allergy causes in to 3 sections namely; contact, inhaled and consumed.
We later described each of these causes and here’s what I’d like to add. If your dog has symptoms as mentioned, don’t jump into a conclusion that it’s an allergy.
There’re a couple allergy imitators that pose just like allergies and. It’s easier to treat these than it is to treat allergies themselves.
Here’s the thing. Yeast is a fungus present in both dogs and humans as their normal part of flora. The most popular types of yeasts that live on your dog’s skin are;
Candida and Malassezia. Even though they by far outnumber your dog’s body cells, there’s a way they can be disrupted. Genetically modified and processed foods,
Vaccines and drugs destroy the beneficial flora. Thus allowing the yeast gatherings to grow rapidly in large numbers. And with your dog, you’ll start noticing symptoms like;
But now, how do you combat this condition given the above symptoms are present?
Worry not. Here’s the solution.
How well you can manage yeast infections in your dog.
I believe with these at your fingertips, you’ll be able to battle yeast infection with confidence. Now let’s quickly switch gears and have a look at the other imitator.
In simple terms, leaky gut is similar to yeast infections. It’s just that the overpopulated yeast converts themselves into harmful fungi known as Candida and Malassezia.
They then proceed to attach themselves onto the Intestinal wall. This causes inflammation which leads to the leaky gut problem.
In other words, when your dog develops leaky gut, yeast and undigested proteins finds their way to the intestinal lining. And finally end up into your dog’s bloodstream.
So, it’s safe to say that yeast and leaky gut will occur concurrently - however not always
The symptoms and signs of leaky gut condition differ for one main reason. The chronic inflammation affects numerous organs. Nevertheless, they may include;
How can you excellently manage leaky gut?
I’m glad you asked. Well, Simple foods and supplements such as below restore bacteria and microorganisms’ balance in your dog.
They soothe inflammation and seal the holes present in the intestinal lining. And you know what? In disguise, these foods also treat yeast.
Here are some of the supplements that work hand in hand with the above foods;
In knowing that about allergy imitators causing skin problems, below we’ll explore other causes briefly.
Chances are, if you’re keen enough, you may notice a patchy or thin hair coat with your dog or the obvious loss of hair.
Hair loss sometimes is seasonal which isn’t a cause for alarm. But if shedding persists, consult your vet though in most cases it may be as a result of factors such as;
If not treated entirely secondary lesions such as papules, pustules may develop. And treatment depends entirely on the root cause.
So you need to frequently consult your vet for the right shampoos, therapy and also the right supplements to add on to your bulldog’s diet.
Odds are, Your English bulldog is disposed to developing acne. Acne’s mainly occurs when dirt enters through your dog’s skin pores.
They often appear on the muzzle, lips, and chin as pimples or blackheads. Allergic reactions also can contribute to this problem. Though Acne mostly affects the young Bulldogs.
Simply, this condition is due to sebum overproduction causing the skin of your bulldog to become overly oily. In some other cases, the skin may become excessively dry.Some bacterial or fungal infections contribute to this condition too. An infection may appear on the skin patches discharging a nasty odor. Thankfully, your veterinarian can treat it with the appropriate antibiotic
This enigmatic breed is prone to developing this skin problem just like other breeds around. Though, bulldogs with the white coat are the primary victims here.
How’s that? Skin cancer usually is caused by sun exposure where you’ll notice discoloration or wart-like growth on your dog’s skin.
The common areas to be affected are belly, nose and paw pads. And to avoid this problem refrain from cutting you bulldog’s hair short. For it protects him from the
Scorching sunrays. It’s also wise to get a sunscreen you’ll be applying on your bulldog’s skin when he’s sunbathing.
We all know that all bulldogs have loose skin. Sometimes this very skin becomes a major problem for him.
Let me explain:
The excess skin around his eyes may hinder his vision. Even worse, if stepped on, the excess skin can get wounded.
It’s sometimes uncomfortable as it rubs against the other skin. The friction caused generates heat on to the skin inside the fold.
Which is why you need to employ the measures I’m about to discuss with you. So you can implement them moving forward.
And better take care of your bulldog to prevent him from such infections. Before we go into that, let me ask you.
Do you want your bulldog to receive positive compliments about his skin complexion?
Stick with me here as I break it down for you the simple ways to achieve that.
Now, when we talk of care, you‘ve got to unconditionally shower huge amounts of love to your bulldog more so physically.
And what this means is:
To provide care for your bulldog’s skin, you need to adopt the following practices. And strictly follow them through with each passing day.
Yeah, it's true.
English Bulldogs have a myriad of challenges health-wise which if not correctly dealt with. Their life span’s bound to shorten.
But thankfully, you learned about these health problems above, more so the skin problems.
And you realize, you as the bulldog parent have the top mandate to prolong his stay by carrying his cross on to ensure without fail you supply him with proper nutrition for his health's sake.
Take care of his skin simply by following the measures as mentioned above and you’ll not only promote proper hygiene for your bulldog, but also, you’ll sure keep bacterial infections at bay.
Such a heavenly feeling any pet owner would wish to experience. Isn’t it?
In a nutshell, I know caring for your bulldog may sound like it’s too much of work and it is. The only sure way to get around it is to take each day at a time and trust me.
If you care enough, no challenge should ever stand between you and your sweet bulldog’s wellbeing. And because you care, The ball is on your side now.
Go ahead and make it happen. You can fix these English bulldog skin problems today
Does your puppy rest on sofas, grab objects, and chew them?
Even worse relieve himself only to keep you changing sofa covers quite often?
The truth is, if you encourage these undesirable behaviors, he's going to carry them on to his adolescence stage.
Up next I’ve compiled for you everything you need to know. Plus, the critical steps you can easily follow when conducting English bulldog training successfully.
Behaviors he should adopt. And you’ll realize training is not as complicated as many people perceive it. With consistency, positive results are attainable.
Well, let's dive right in.
You see, when you train your puppy, you not only promote his well-being, but also qualify to be a responsible pet owner. By teaching him, you'll learn to accommodate his needs better while you manage your expectations.
You’ll also stimulate him mentally thus making him jovial every single time. It gets even better when you include the early morning exercises for the sake of his physical fitness.
And for better results, introduce a training that’s reward-based to make your English bulldog to respond well to the lessons. You'll also improve your relationship with him.
The reward-based training discourages nasty behaviors. Where you’ll not offer any rewards if the puppy messes up. He’ll have only the option of maintaining good habits always.
Having that said. Next, we look at the right time to train you English bulldog.
To know your English bulldog is active certain times during the day. Try to monitor him closely to get to know these times.
Take advantage of this period to train him as he’s alert and can respond with a lot of energy. And remember, Bulldogs have a short attention span of about 15 minutes.
So when you’re training him, never exceed this limit else your efforts fall on deaf ears. Adhere to these spans throughout the day to see your training progress.
Together with those attention spans, your puppy will respond better to your instructions only if you inaugurate yourself properly on the onset.
You want your English bulldog to recognize you as the Alpha of the house. Openly letting you take charge and standing firm.
Let me explain in details:
After you set those boundaries straightaway, the next thing's to get these ‘tools of the trade’ as soon as you can. They’ll save you a lot of troubles as you delve into the training.
Let me guess.
You don’t want to be on all fours each passing minute tracing your tiny puppy. That’s why you need to get your puppy used to wear a collar and a lead.
A collar and a lead make it easier for you to grab your English bulldog when you need to. And you will always stay connected when walking together.Let me show you how.
Let me say this straight.
Your first walk together won’t be an easy one. Only you need to remember those first steps he’s making are the beginning. If you’re impatient, stop the lesson, take a break and try again later.
In no time he’ll get used as you two take trips to for example a bank, the shopping, the vet’s clinic etc. And forget not.
To attach an identification tag to the collar. When your English bulldog gets lost, this awesome tag will play a major role in bringing him back home.
As you’ve already got your hands on the training, your prayer now on will be, ‘may it run smoothly.’ And oh! The answer to your prayer might not be what you think.
You want your English bulldog to be reliable, listen, and do what you say each time.
First, get your puppy only if you’re available or have someone to teach him around. The grave mistake you'll ever make is to bring him home with no time for him.
Training your English bulldog should kick start as soon as day one; otherwise, he will develop some nasty manners you’ll find hard to pull out.
Now, develop a schedule you are going to follow throughout the training period. A schedule that corresponds with his active times as we earlier discussed.
A schedule that fits your family and hangs it somewhere in the house. It’ll drastically save yourself or other family members from knowing what activity follows next.
To help you visualize how it should look. Below I've drafted one you can ‘steal' and use right away or better still use it to come up with something better.
Morning - pick him up, feed him, and take him out,
Mid-morning - feed him, take him out, play with him
Noon - take him out, play with him, feed him
Evening - play with him, feed him, and take him out
Night - feed him, take him out before bed.
Puppies are small, and so are their body parts including the bladder. Meaning holding for long is impossible. With a schedule in place, your puppy will learn and discover control.
You realize in our sample schedule, there are several trips right? These’re necessary as your puppy will get used to moving out when nature calls often.
Do you know what you’ll be avoiding?
Correct! Accidents in your house. But please don’t get caught up in a schedule because your puppy will do what he feels like.
Your schedule should only act as a guide to ensure you stick to a strict routine. Real quick, formulate a comprehensive schedule that best suits your family and your puppy and
Like a glue, stick to it. Before you know it, your puppy now graduates to learn these essential lessons.
You don’t want to waste your time and energy teaching him a ton of commands. As they may seem interesting to you but not to him.
Some basic commands such as below will make your life and his a lot easier. Shall we explore them?
Your goal here's to get him to familiarize with his name and instantly respond when you call him.
When he gets used, try to call him with no treat. Instead, heap loads of hugs and praises on him when he responds. Want him to come?
So, you want to get your English bulldog to come where you are. To begin:
Practice this lesson during meal times, when walking together, for grooming sessions and you'll be happy with your puppy's response. Want to talk to him?
It’s important to let him sit when you want to offer him something or have a ‘talk.’ What you should do is:
Repeat this severally then end the session on a positive note. Some activity he's conversant. How about to discontinue?
This’s a less formal command you can use while you are leaving, e.g. the house. What you need to do:
You have to be patient here, and if you get mad, please don't pour all the feelings on him. Keep at it he’ll eventually ‘get it.’
Tip: Always finish on a positive note. If there's a command, he's not getting, go back to the one the already knows and let him have a break
English bulldog puppies are tiny, and so are their organs. For instance, we earlier learnt to formulate a schedule as their small bladder cannot hold a lot of urine.
That’s why at first, you’ll need to take numerous trips with him outside. As days go by, your puppy will demonstrate these surefire signs when he wants to relieve himself outside;
Please keep your eyes peeled for those gestures. And quickly take him to potty before he relieves on himself. Wait! One more thing.
Always reward him and praise him for obeying your commands, in this case, when he eliminates in the right place. Similarly, you can assist him in advance to go potty
After feeding him, playing or walking. Also, remove his water bowl hours before he takes the evening nap. And before he sleeps ensure he empties his bladder.
Tip: Always have treats on hand or stuff them in your pockets to reward your English Bulldog whenever he does you proud.
Here's the interesting.
Your English bulldog is going to develop certain behaviors as he grows up. Behaviors that if not controlled early on will earn your English bulldog a ‘naughty dog’ title.
Let’s delve deeper.
It is but not for this process.
Because when you don't give him, he'll beg today, tomorrow until it becomes his norm.
So, no matter how tempted you’re to offer him a piece of the chocolate. Please don’t. Let him wait for his turn if it will ever come. You can even play this other trick.
Intentionally eat your snack until you finish it while in his presence. I know it sounds unfair yet you're merely showing him to be content whether he’s given or not.
You’ll understand better why begging’s a nasty habit. When your family will be enjoying dinner together, or you host visitors in your house and your bulldog storms on stage. Hope you get my point.
Before you answer.
The brutal truth is, English Bulldogs aren't bouncy and jumpy. If your puppy does it, stop that habit for once. Let me explain why.
Yes, watching your dog jump for joy when you come home is a good feeling. Not until you’re well-dressed at the door ready to step out for an important meeting.
Of course, he'll be all over your cute outfit with his muddy paws, unknowingly shedding fur on it. That’s when you realize it’s no longer a good feeling. You can say you don’t mind him yet.
When you'll host visitors in your house, they’ll not find the excitement jump any funny. And you know what’s worse? With his accumulating weight?He could knock over a child or an adult causing an injury. Let me not labor my point anymore. Simply let everyone in the house ignore his jumps until he learns it isn’t funny.
I’d say, it solely depends on you.
Bulldogs aren’t diggers, but young ones still dig. Two options you can choose.
One, allow him to dig and be filling up those random holes while you wait for him to mature. You are ensuring to monitor the digging, so your puppy doesn't end up eating toxic tubers or.
Two, prepare his digging spot by clearly marking off the spot, add some sand or dirt and introduce it this way to your puppy.
Bury his favorite treat, could be some dog biscuits under the sand’s surface or you drizzle some bacon grease on the ‘digging spot'. Before you know it, your dog finds it a tremendous digging place.
Yapping isn’t cool.
Initially, teach him to maintain calmness at all times. Show him the polite way of asking for something without necessarily creating a scene. Wait! There’s a red flag.
If he barks continuously, panic not, ensure he’s not distracted. Either he saw people he doesn’t know, suffering from separation anxiety, noise from passing vehicles.
Or, could be the weather is too cold or hot for him. Calm him down by taking him for a walk, give him tons of hugs, play with him, and feed him. This should be your new distraction routine.
But what do you do if it doesn't stop him from barking? Don't despair.
This process might get into your nerves especially if you’ve never handled dogs. You’ll even feel like you were not cut out as a trainer.
Don’t beat yourself up too hard. Consider getting help no matter how small, or big the issue is. Truth is the longer it takes, the more the issue escalates to even serious problems.
And because you don’t want that to happen, Seek professionals in your local area or online to assist you. They’re readily available only if you seriously seek them.
If you think your puppy doesn’t get to play enough. The daycare should be your next available option where he’ll play with other puppies.
And Be taken good care of before you pick him up in the evening. Though I need not stress anymore how consistency and patience are paramount in this entire process.
In case you’re still trying to wrap all these tips we’ve covered around your head, let me summaries them for you quick.
I don’t want you to dive headfirst into the training and only to regret later. That’s why I’ve put all these basic tips you need to consider from the onset.
They'll prepare you mentally on what to expect and what to do you immediately commit yourself to the training process.
Imagine, owning an English bulldog. This time, you purchase a puppy with the little bucks you have. He becomes your companion everywhere you go, e.g. to the bank, shopping wherever.
Along the way, you even buy him a ton treats accompanied by huge hugs and cuddle. All because of the strong bond you both share.
Even better, he obeys each command you dish out to him because you religiously followed through the self-training steps I've shown you above.
And it’s not hard. With patience, persistence, and practice you should get positive results in a matter of time.
Do not wait for tomorrow that will never come. I've given you the necessary information you need to get started in English bulldog training. Change your mentality, Get an English bulldog and start training him right away.
Let's cut to the chase...
Are you thinking of grooming an English bulldog, you've come to the right place.
No fluff. No overwhelming information that sounds the same. No superficial content that won't help you learn how to groom a Bulldog
So, here's what we will do.
I'm going to answer common questions about an English Bulldog grooming. Give you a step by step guide, and the essential English Bulldog grooming kit you need.
You'll then take this information, start caring and grooming your English Bulldog
Then, let's get started?
Let's agree on one thing.
An English Bulldog doesn't have an elaborate coat or thick fur like other dogs right? And that’s good news to you because you don't have a lot of different types of dog brushes to clean your Bully's fur.
Truth is, either way, you’ll still need a brush for these three reasons:
And for these same reasons, you’ll need suitable items to effectively clean your English bulldog’s fur. Not unless you want to clean him for the sake of doing it. So, real quick let’s find out the
Basic items you’ll need;
Take your brush, start brushing from the nose to the tail. It’s important to note there’re certain postures which improve your bulldog brushing experience than others. For instance, reclining and standing.
If your Bully prefers not to recline during brushing, that's okay. You can let him stand instead. While you’re doing this remember to always have some treats available to calm him down.
That said, it’s important you review the following tips which will by far improve your bulldog brushing experience.
Yeah, I know most of you have a grooming table. But what I’ve realized, my bed does make a wonderful grooming surface as well.
It’s fairly high enough and so, I prefer to host my Bulldog on it while I brush him. Another reason I love to brush him on the bed, it provides a big surface area for my dog and I. So I comfortably sit on the
Bed and carefully attend to him. And what's more? It’s a soft place for my Bully to roll over as I continue brushing the other sides. Unfortunately, it would be impossible if I were to do it on a grooming table so
If you’re going to try this, ensure you lay a sheet on your bed before laying your bulldog there. After brushing, take the sheet outside and shake the hair before throwing it in a washing machine.
If you’re excited about this great tip, well it’ll work like a charm if you combine it with this other tip.
Did you know?
That most Bulldogs panic when there’re no surfaces to grip on during the grooming session? Which’s why you need to have a non-skid surface or a rubber mat for him to stand on and he’ll never
Slide or run away out of fear making it easier for you to brush him. Another note, Bulldogs don't have double coats as most dogs do. Meaning they do overheat.
That’s why every English bulldog needs special care and love during grooming. You might want to buy an English bulldog grooming kit, but that's not enough.
You see those cute little wrinkles on your Bulldog’s face, those you can't get enough of? They can develop serious infections if you don’t clean them properly.
Below we’re going to dig deeper to learn how best you clean your bully’s skin. And you’ll distance your bully from such infections.
Here’s the thing:
An English Bulldog tends to be more susceptible to skin problems than other breeds. These problems may range from dry, flaky skin to serious allergies.
Often, bulldogs with fleas may develop hot spots. And because you don’t want your bully to be infected with such skin problems. Up next we’ll discuss more about your
Bully's face wrinkles which need the most attention and care more than any other part.
The fact that wrinkles give your Bulldog that characteristic charming look. But those face folds need to be clean and dry always. You can clean them once a week or every single day and here’s the reason.
There comes a time the skin inside the fold starts to look reddish, raw, which’s a sure sign that his skin is undeniably infected. Also, if you draw closer to your Bulldog’s face and notice a strong odor or goop
Coming from the wrinkles, as quickly as you can, you need to wipe him well using the following items;
When you use baby wipes with aloe, it not only soothes his skin. But also moisturizes it giving your dog that cool yet refreshing effect. Alternatively, this’s what you can use in case you don't have the aloe.
Get a damp cloth to perform the task for you. You can also mix shampoo with a drop of warm water, and cotton balls to clean the wrinkles. The next thing will be for you to rinse those wrinkles to
Prevent further irritation. No matter what you use to rinse your dog's face, ensure you pat those wrinkles dry. At this stage, you can certainly apply some petroleum jelly in the deep wrinkles to
Soothe the skin. The humble reason why you should not use drying agents such as powders and cornstarch is this. I’ve used them in the past only to notice some clumpiness and irritation on my Bully's skin later.
But in case your Bulldog has raw or irritated wrinkles, use a general antiseptic or a diaper-rush ointment to treat the area. And because we’ve exclusively discussed brushing your bully,
Also how to clean his skin more so the wrinkles, can we quickly switch gears and have a look at what the tail hygiene dictates?
One question if I may:
Did you know your bulldog’s tail is a perfect ground that can easily harbor harmful bacteria? Before you answer that, let me explain something. If your bulldog has got a tail pocket, it means he has a thick fold
Surrounding the skin. And you need to make an effort of cleaning and drying that pocket. For those whom their English bulldog have a tight tail pocket, it’s advisable to clean it using a cotton ball or baby
Wipe. Forget not to dry it well and rub on it antibiotics cream for protection. Petroleum jelly’s also great as it moistens the area like it does for the wrinkles. If you suspect your bully’s tail could be infected or
Irritated tail, do not hesitate to see a veterinarian for further analysis. The most looked down part is the bully’s nails. Maybe because they’re only there for beauty purposes and while that could be it,
What much can be done about them?
You are lucky.
If you have a paved road or cemented sidewalks, because you may not need to clip or grind your Bully's nails. I mean the environment is usually clean but if you normally walk your bully to the neighborhoods
Like most of us do, you need to ensure your Bully's nails are short. To greatly reduce the possibility of your dog’s feet spreading causing him difficulties while walking by.
I know how scary it can be to cut your dog's nail. But imagine your bulldog will feel no pain unless you cut the quick (a long vein at the center of your dog's nail). The secret is to start trimming your bully
While he’s a pup so he gets used to having his feet handled as he grows up and like any other dog training lesson, You can hold his pawn and give him a treat. With time, your pup will associate paw
Handling with happy moments which’s a plus for you right? Let’s now take a dive right into the nail caring process with these easy ways.
First and foremost.
Buy a special nail clipper for dogs. If you’re unable to find one, go ahead and ask either your groomer or your veterinary for a perfect recommendation and you’ll be ready to clip his nails as directed below.
Ensure the clippers are sharp enough for you to cut the nails faster. You’ll save yourself both the time and energy needed in this process. Start by clipping each foot at a time and as you trim the nails, give
Your pup a treat, release him to play and repeat the same pattern with all the toes. The break session allows you to recoup between trimmings. In fact, this’s a great way, especially if you’re worried about
Cutting your dog's quick. If your Bulldog has white nails, chances are, the quick will automatically be visible to you. As it resembles a small, dark nail inside the actual nail and if your Bully'sails are black,
You’ll need to make an educated guess. However, the general rule is to never cut the nails past the pad of the foot. And the redeeming news? When you trim your Bully on a regular basis, eventually the quick
Will trim itself thus reducing the risk of you cutting it. Still on the quick issue, here’s the answer to the most commonly asked question.
What if you accidentally cut the quick?
Try Grinding Your Bulldog's Nails Instead.
You can always use a grinder to file and grind the nails away. And in order to get your Bully used to it, frequently turn on the grinder so your bully gets used to both; the grinder’s noise and the shaking tool.
As discussed in the case of clipping. Begin by grinding one nail at a time. Give him a treat, release him to play and repeat the same pattern with all his nails. Doing this regularly is a sure way to get your
Bully used to the grinding process. And you’ll comfortably carry this out in future stress-free. Let’s not forget about these other useful organs of your bully’s body. The ears and this is why you need to care.
Here’s the thing.
Where there’s no free flow of air like in the ears, infections develop at a faster rate than that of lightning. That's why it’s crucial to clean your Bulldog's ears to prevent potential ear infections and
All you need is, hydrogen peroxide and a ball of cotton wool to clean him. While at it, do not forget his ear flaps. Clean them gently. And unless you want to injure your Bulldog ever, never, I repeat never
Poke or push into the inner ear when cleaning it. To rule out ear infections, look out for the following signs. If your Bully keeps on shaking his head or scratching his ears continuously, you may need
To see a vet right away. That said, there’re a few notes for you if you care so much about your bulldog’s healthy teeth. Follow me for a minute.
Tooth decay’s not a common problem with dogs as it is with humans. But that doesn't mean your Bulldog won't experience tooth problem. On the contrary, bulldogs are susceptible to
Complications such as tartar (a plaque that hardens the teeth). And you can protect your dog from such periodontal diseases by religiously brushing his teeth. I know you’re wondering.
Why Brush the Bulldog’s Teeth?
And I’ll tell you.
As it seems, brushing your bully's teeth is the last thing you would want to do. But the statistics reveal 75% of all dogs experience periodontal diseases when they are 4 years of age. That means,
You need to start brushing your Bulldog’s teeth using the right products from his early years of life up to maturity. Your vet or groomer should recommend to you the best dog's teeth products. However,
These’re the products I’ve been using to brush my bully’s teeth so far;
Now let’s look at a case scenario where you may have used all these right products to clean his teeth. Yet no improvement on his teeth’s appearance. My humble advice?
Your Bulldog May Need These wonderful services
Professional cleaning services do involve, having experts remove the tartar buildup, clean and polish your dog's teeth. If you notice the following signs, purpose to seek these professionals.
Signs your dog needs professional cleaning
Your vet can recommend one for you. Remember, not all Bulldogs are the same. Some will need professional teeth cleaning services after 6 months others will live well without them.
Now to the part you’ve been longing for is finally here!
And to leave every stone turned, below I’ve put up a guide you can use to bath him the right way AND with the right products. He’ll enjoy bath-time every single time.
Similarly, you can make use of your bathroom to clean your bulldog in case you don't have a large laundry area. Do you have the right bathing essentials?
Any groomer will tell you getting your Bulldog to bathe is not an easy task. That’s why you’ll need to have the following items to facilitate this process a little:
Sure you’ve everything ready.
Now is it not time for you to run your dog through the water? It is, though you need to remember that, the water shouldn't be too hot. It needs to be warm enough to make your dog feel comfortable and if
You’re not sure about the water temperature, you can always cool it to your bulldog’s taste. By studying his reactions towards the water. It’s important to note, hot water may scald your dog's paws and cold
Water may shock Your Bulldog and causing him to panic. This brings us back to the essence of testing the water temperature beforehand. Then you can wisely call your Bully to bathe by either getting
A leash or lure him to come with you to the bathroom with a treat. After you both get into the bathroom, quickly lock the door. Otherwise, your dog may start wondering with suds around the
House and you don't want to keep chasing him. Do you?
Yes, you didn't sign up for it.
Like with any experience, grooming an English bulldog may seem difficult at first. But with the right attitude on the check, you’ll definitely get used to the grind in no time.
As we’ve discussed above, for you to get positive results, you need to exercise grooming since your bully’s tender age up until maturity. And you’ll experience easier grooming sessions.
Grooming an English bulldog also calls for special care and attention. And it’s the surest way to keep your little pup free from all manner of diseases and conditions.
With regular cleaning, you’ll extend your pup's lifespan by far. Which’s what many pet parents like you wish for their bulldogs right? And because you've got the information you need to turn that wish into a
Reality, now go on and get busy.