Ontario Breeders of English Bulldogs
Your New Bully Baby
You must remember that they are exactly that, babies.... Your baby needs
lots of sleep, play time, cuddling, good nourishing food and more loving.
Moving to a new home is very traumatic for your puppy and they will need
time to adjust as will you.
You may experience many sleepless nights with a crying baby. Your
easiest way to help your puppy to adjust is a schedule. Try not to change
his life and schedule around. Feed him at a certain time, play with him at a
certain time and try to get him on a sleep schedule as well as a potty
schedule. Do not change his food supplied by the breeder or you could
end up with more poop than you know what to do with and a sick puppy.
The puppy should visit the vet within the first week for a checkup and take
a fecal sample to check for parasites. Not pleasant but they can easily be
contracted by your puppy. Better safe than sorry!!!!
Your puppy needs a safe area of his own where he can lounge and sleep
in comfort and away from prying fingers of little children and danger. A wire
crate with a solid bottom is a must. Your puppy can stay safe while you are
not attending to him and have a nice place to sleep. He can travel in it and
visit friends, it also has good air flow. If you can not fit his crate in the car,
make sure that he is wearing a doggy seatbelt.
A puppy playpen is a good investment when visiting friends and family and
also if you do not have a fenced in yard. They are portable and come in
handy to train your puppy if you need to be away. Put his crate inside the
puppy pet and newspapers in one corner. He can use this for his toileting if
you are away.
Get your puppy used to having his nails trimmed on a regular basis from a
very young age. A nail grinder is a good investment.
A good idea when travelling with your puppy is to take water from home in
a large jug so he drinks the water that he is used to.
Problems and Treatments
The second best medical advice any one can give you is, "Find a veterinarian who knows and
likes Bulldogs." This is one of the reasons why it's a good idea to join your local Bulldog
Specialty Club. The members can usually refer you to a veterinarian who is familiar with
Bulldogs and who likes them. Believe it or not - some veterinarians don't like Bulldogs, and no
matter how good a veterinarian he is, he's not a good one for your Bulldog.
The very best advice is to know your Bulldog. Check the entire dog daily. Know if he isn't eating,
if he isn't playing, if he doesn't seem quite right. Know immediately if something is wrong so you
can take appropriate action.
There are several minor ailments you can treat at home. Remember that if a home remedy
doesn't cure the problem in two days, it's time to take the dog to the veterinarian. Do not keep
trying various methods of home medication.
The easiest way to give a liquid medication is with a syringe. You can get them from your
veterinarian or most drug stores. You want at least a 2cc size. Discard the needle. Pull the
proper amount of liquid into the syringe, open the dog's mouth and "shoot" the liquid onto the
back of his tongue.
Pills and capsules
Open the dog's mouth, push the pill or capsule as far down his throat as possible, then hold his
mouth shut and stroke his throat until he swallows. This has been known to work. Or wrap the
pill or capsule in a bit of ground beef or cheese and feed it to the dog. This usually works.
For minor upset stomach Pepto Bismol or a similar medicine works best. Dose is according to
the dog's weight. If there is hard vomiting or if the upset lasts more than 24 hours, take the dog
to your veterinarian.
Kaopektate is most usually prescribed for minor diarrhea. Dose amount depends on the dog's
weight. If the diarrhea continues longer than 24 hours or if there is blood in the stool, take the
dog to the veterinarian.
These are red, weepy, itchy spots. No one seems to really know what causes them. It could be
fleas, food, allergies, etc. Clean the area thoroughly. You can wash with shampoo, rinse and
dry. Or clean with Baby Wipes with lanolin and aloe. Then apply a medications such as
Panalog, Bag Balm, or 1% cortisone cream. Clean and apply medication daily. You should see
improvement by the second day, if not, take the dog to the veterinarian.
You won't find a Bulldog on the planet that isn't dysplastic to a degree. It's just one of the down
sides of the breed. Most will live long, healthy lives and only experience discomfort at a late age.
Hip replacement is only worth doing if the dog cannot function in a reasonably normal, pain free
manner, in my opinion. Give your dog glucosamine and msm daily for the rest of it's life. Also
keep stair climbing to a minimum..
This is another problem that no one seems to be sure what the cause is But you'll know one
when you see an angry red swelling pop up between the dog's toes. First examine the paw
carefully, especially the underside between the pads to be sure there is no foreign matter (a
thorn or such). If there is, take it out. Clean the area. Remedies include: (I) Soaking the paw in
warm water and Epsom Salts, dry and rub in Panalog. (2) Desenex foot powder. (3)
,Preparation H. If you start application at the first sign, this solution will prevent the cyst from
developing. With all these treatments, it's best to continue the treatment for two to three days
after the cyst is gone.
These are somewhat like hot spots, but they are not weepy. Be sure you clean away all the
"scabby" material. Wash the area and treat with Panalog, Keflex, or any good anti-fungal
ointment. You can use Demorex shampoo or a sulfur based soap for the washing.
Facial Acne or Eczema
Bulldogs are forever putting their faces into all kinds of strange places. Some are susceptible to
topical bacterial infections. The dog gets pimples on his face and chin. Usually you can clear
these up just by washing and rubbing in an anti-biotic ointment. Or you try peroxide) which you
can purchase at a drug store. If they persist, you will need to get an oral anti-biotic medication
from your veterinarian.
Dust, wind, pollen, the things that make your eyes burn and water have the same effect on your
Bulldog. You can rinse the eyes out with a solution such as Clear Eyes. If the eyes are badly
irritated, use a contact lens ointment such as Bausch & Lomb Duolube. For any other eye
ailment, take the dog to your veterinarian.
The gland which normally resides under the lower eye lid at the inside corner of the eye will
sometimes "pop" out. This is not as horrible as it appears to be and does not require
emergency treatment. It does require treatment at the earliest possible time by a veterinarian
recommended for "Cherry Eye'. The quicker the dog gets treatment the better the chance for
successful treatment without removing the gland. Removal of the gland often results in a "dry"
eye. My sister's Chinese Crested had a cherry eye and she tried all of the vet's eye drops and
they did not work so she tried natural eye drops D3 Euphrasia and voila" gone and has never
returned.....You can also gently massage it back in at times. If it requires surgery, NEVER...let
your vet cut it out as it will most certainly lead to dry eye. If you are located in Ontario I have a vet
that does a great job making a pocket and tacking it back in...
Some Bulldog's have their tail set in a pocket. If yours does you will need to make a special
effort to keep that pocket clean and dry. Wipe it out frequently. You may need to use cotton balls
rather than a wash cloth if the pocket is tight. Be sure to dry it thoroughly and apply an ointment
such as Panalog, or a drying powder.
You take his temperature just as you take a small baby's - rectally. Use a good rectal
thermometer, lubricate generously with Vaseline, insert gently, hold onto the thermometer dogs
have been known to "suck" them in!, wait about five minutes, pull out and read. Normal
temperature for most dogs is from 100.5 to 101.
Start giving your Bulldog pieces of ice to eat when he is still a small puppy so that he learns to
like it. Luckily, most Bulldogs do. This is a great way to cool down a hot dog. Blocks of ice make
a great summer time toy. A pan of ice in or on top of his crate helps keep him cool. A person told
me that they could not purchase a bulldog as they could not stomach forcing ice cubes up his
butt. I laughed... I suggest to you that you don't do this or you could have one angry bully....
If your Bulldog is stung by a bee or other insect, give him Benadryl (either capsule or liquid) and
watch him closely for the next half hour. You may also apply an ice pack to the area where he
was stung if you know where it is. If the area around the sting swells and hardens, if hives
appear, if he seems to have difficulty breathing - rush him to the veterinarian. This is no time to
dally, your dog's life depends on quick treatment. I was outside and my bully wandered up to me
with a very swollen face. The Benadryl worked thankfully....
Important Things To Remember
1) Bulldogs are like chewing machines. They will eat anything in their path when
teething or if they get bored. It is important to ensure their safety at all times when
not supervised. A puppy playpen(portable and wire) can be purchased at most major
pet shops. Your puppy will be safe in here if properly secured. They will also chew on
your fingers, your pant legs or your toddler. It is up to you to re-direct them.
2) House training requires patience. Your puppy will not be totally trained in a few
days, a few months or maybe even a year. They could still have accidents. NEVER
hit them for having an accident or for any other reason. Make sure that they can not
get into an area with carpeting until they are totally trained or bad habits may be
difficult to change. The best way to train your puppy is a crate. Put the puppy in the
crate and take him out every half hour. Give him the command, "Go Pee!" When he
does what is requested praise him a lot. He or her, can then go in the house to play.
You will notice when a puppy has to go to the bathroom, they usually put their nose
to the ground and start sniffing, often turning in circles. Grab them and run. Repeat
the process several times per day and you will have a trained dog in no time. If you
don't watch them and let them get in the bad habit of going all over your house, well
then you have a problem.
If your dog or puppy is peeing an abnormal amount of times, get them checked for a
bladder infection. I find that the odd time when they are peeing and low to the ground
they can pick up an infection from the dirt....
3) These dogs do not like lawn mowers, snowmobiles, etc. They will often chase them
which is a recipe for disaster. They can easily become overheated and drop dead.
Make sure that you do NOT allow them to run behind the lawn mower etc. Do not
leave them in your vehicle alone at any time.
BULLDOGS ARE PRONE TO HEAT STROKE AND HEAT EXHAUSTION ---ALWAYS
4) Most bulldogs can not swim but they love to play in a kiddie pool with a few inches
of water in it. Be very careful near the lake, pond or pool. Purchase a doggy life vest
for protection. I also find that a bulldog can wade into the water and paddle around
but the danger is being dropped into water over their head, they are usually
5) Diet- Do not feed your bulldog a cheap, garbage food to save money. It will cost
you money in the end when they have hot spots, allergies and poor bones and teeth.
Do your research.
6) Developing Stages-Limit strenuous exercise to avoid hip and leg problems.
7) Demodex Mange can be common in bulldogs and can be brought on by stress or
puberty. It is not covered by our guarantee.
8) Worms and Parasites-Dogs can get easily get worms or parasites. We do worm
our puppies regularly before they go but they can have parasites. This will need to
be treated by your vet. They will need a regular worming schedule as suggested by
Bulldogs are like having a baby. They are a big commitment and not an
impulse buy because they are cute. Know what you are getting into and you
will have a long time friend and member of the family. My puppies must
NEVER end up in the pound