When I think of the beloved English bulldog, I feel sorry for this breed as they are known to have many health issues. Many of these problems have evolved from man putting his hands in and interfering with the natural way of things, which often results in dog breeds such as the bulldog having medical issues. Man has reached his perfect-looking pet goals, but at the expense of his four-legged friend who is left to suffer. Humans in general can be very good at putting their noses where they don’t belong. Thank goodness there are people fighting for the animals rights such as caring veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and animal shelters. These animal rescuers aid in helping breeds such as the bulldog live a more fulfilling life with the least amount of pain and discomfort.
English Bulldog Health Issues:
If you are thinking of adopting a bulldog you should examine some of the common health issues they have before you decide if you are ready to take on this level of commitment. Many people will run out and buy a pet but soon find out that for one reason or another are not able to properly care for it and thus it ends up in an animal shelter. The English bulldog is a special breed that has a certain level of care that must be kept up with by the owner. It is wise to have your bulldog examined regularly by a veterinarian and vet tech. Here are some examples of certain care procedures as well as some health issues of the bulldog.
- Because the bulldog has wrinkly skin they are known to suffer from skin fold pyoderma this is caused when the dog’s wrinkles trap dirt, food particles, which causes bacteria to form. This will cause a painful skin infection for the dog.
- It’s very important that owner makes sure to clean the dog’s face each day, especially after each meal.
- Leg problems are common with this breed such as arthritis as well as being unable to swim due to their short stubby legs. Bulldogs also suffer from joint problems.
- Breathing problems are very common due to the flat face it makes breathing very difficult.
- Reproductive issues are very serious as a female bulldog is unable to give birth naturally due to the fact that the puppies’ heads and shoulders are too large.
- Allergies many health symptoms such as flaky dry skin or hair falling out can end up being the result of allergies. If you know your dog has some health issues going on, don’t try and play home vet. Instead, take your pet to get the proper diagnosis from a proper vet or vet tech.
Don’t Risk your Bulldog’s Life with a Home Diagnosis:
Many pet owners try and think of a home cure for their pets, which have in the extreme cases ended up causing their pet’s death or just added to their suffering. Bulldogs are a breed that you really should leave the medical work to the professionals as they already have enough health issues without you adding to them. You may for example see that your bulldog has dry skin; but you don’t think anymore of it, but it there is a good chance that it is just a symptom of something else such as allergies. You could be feeding your bulldog food with grains in it that he may be allergic to. This is why it is so important to take your bulldog to a veterinarian who will be able to give him the treatment he needs to get better. If you have any questions or concerns approach your vet or vet tech who will be more than willing to give you their advice and guidance in keeping your four-legged best friend healthy and happy!