Bathing English Bulldogs

June 10, 2007

Hello Jan
How offen do I bathe the puppies? and how about when adults?

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Hi John,

Some people bathe puppies as much as once a week.
I’m not a strong believer in frequent bathing. I only
recommend once a month unless they get really dirty.

Bathing often can lead to dry skin and can promote
allergic reactions. The natural oils in a dog’s coat
provide protection from parasites and bacteria.

When you bathe, be sure that you do not get any water
in the ears or nose fold as this can lead to yeast infections.
Moisture is a perfect breeding ground for yeast so you
want to be sure to keep the ears, nose folds, and tail
pockets dry.

I recommend brushing your bulldogs at least every few
days. This will help keep the coat healty and clean.
And the bulldogs love it.

If you do bathe them regularly, you could consider adding
an Omega 3 supplement to their diet. Omega 3s (from
flax or salmon oil) provide essential fatty acids and also
help boost your bulldog’s immune system.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

Nail Trimming and Fleas

June 10, 2007

Hello Jan
One of the puppies doesn’t like her nails trimmed and she growls and bites me as I trim them and tires
to escape! Also Should I use a Tick and flea spray coz there are many at the Quarantine station!
–Thanks Aloha John

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Hi John,

Nail trimming is not the most pleasant thing for many dogs. I don’t trim very
often as they usually wear them down on their own. But when I do, I always
give a treat afterwards so she’ll look forward to it.
Here’s a link to a detailed ‘how to’ on nail trimming:
http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/nailtrim.htm

And about the fleas, I’m really not very well informed because we do not have
fleas in Denver (lucky us!). Some flea treatments are harsh and should and
should not be used on puppies, so I’d recommend asking the vet about using
them.

Vinegar can be used directly on your puppies’ skin to get rid of them
and it’s non-toxic. I’m just not sure how often you’d have to use it. To use,
put straight White vinegar on a cotton ball and keep it away from nose and eyes.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

Jan,

Hello I have a few quesitons for you about your book. I have 2 bullies a
male 2yrs. old and a female 1yr. old. My male has had problem after
problem. Now we have skin problems. He his going bald on both sides like
where he scratches. he has had this 3 times before each time my vet was
able to somewhat say what it was (each time a different problem or was it)
we would treat it and his hair would come back. this time has been
different. He was daigonased with ring worm @2 mths ago. we went through
the treatments and they also treated my female since it can be spread and
she also started to loose hair they have been retested and the tests came
back negative, but their hair has not grown back and the area where they
have lost the hair is really sensitive to touch. Now my vet has nothing
left up his sleve he wants to send us to a dermotoligist. Will you book go
over issues and give maybe some at home suggestions to try before you head
to the vet. It seems like i live there sometimes and just sounds strange to
me that she also just started having problems at the same time as my male (
I just dont see allergy). also do you know how many pages it is if you
download the pdf file. I am trying to decide weather or not to buy the book
or download it.

Thanks,
Sue

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Hi Sue,

Allergies take up the largest portion of my Bulldog Health System book and cd. I also have a lot of additional information in the bonus materials. The book is 84 pages.
The printed version comes with a cd that includes all the bonus materials.

As for your dog’s condition, I think I may be able to help you with it.
I’m not sure where you live, but the first thing that comes to mind is that
your male has seasonal flank alopecia, a condition where in the winter
the hair falls out symmetrically on both flanks. Here’s an article on it:
http://www.vivyland.com/articles/sfa.html

Because of the ringworm (a fungus) both your dogs have lost some
hair and it may not return until the spring when the days get longer.
The sensitivity could be from the treatments – what were they?

There are other conditions that bulldogs get that can lead to hair loss,
and a dermatologist can do skin scrapings to determine what it is.

I hope this helps. Let me know.

Your Bulldog Pal,

Jan

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Hello,
I ordered your book and I just love it. Wondered if you have any
sugesstions on a problem i am having with my 1 1/2 year old female bully. I
just weened her over to a new food and i noticed saturday morning that her
belly was bright red. I applied some hydrocortizone cream on it the redness
has toned down but has not gone away it is also under her front legs. she
also has been rubbing both eyes. thinking it was an allergy to the food i
stopped feeding her that food. Her skin is still the same and she has no
energy and sometimes shivers when she is sleeping. I do have an appointment
with the vet but was just wondering if you had any idea what i may be
dealing with.

thanks
sue

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Hi Sue,

It sounds like it could be some sort of allergic reaction. The red on her belly
could be hives. I have a few questions.

What was she eating and what did you switch her to?

That’s a pretty dramatic reaction to be just food. Providing good food
helps with immune function that in tern helps keep many problems at
bay. Year 1 1/2 is when there’s a large growth spurt – the shoulders
bulk out very rapidly. And that can tax the system a bit.

It could also be a hormonal thing. Has she been neutered?

It’s worrysome that she’s not eating and that she’s shivering. Those are
both signs of illness. And there are many possibilities. So taking her to
the vet is a good idea. He will ask more questions and probably do some
blood tests and a skin scraping if it looks like she has a yeast infection.

Please let me know what he says.

Your Bulldog Pal,

Jan

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Hi Jan,
Just wanted to let you know the update on Roxy. My vet said he thought
it was an allergic reaction most likley from the food (royal canin bulldog
food) funny! Her symptoms were pretty bad on that Saturday her eyes were
real swolen, belly bright red, shivers and not eating the new food. Of
cource my vet was not in so i stopped feeding her that food. By Monday when
i could get her into the vet the swelling of the eyes had gone down and she
was eating IAMS dog food. She did have a slight feaver and the bright red
belly when I took her in but she gets so excited at the vet that he said
that her temp could be a little high due to her being so excited. To play
it on the safe side he did some blood work and put her on an antiobiotic.
The blood work came back with no problems. And within a couple of days her
belly was back to normal. Thanks for your sugesstions.

All better,
sue

Hi Sue,

Great news! Such a simple fix – it’s a great testimony to how important diet
is for a bulldog. It’s weird that some react differently to foods that others
have no problems with.

Thanks for keeping me informed! And hugs to Roxy.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

Cherry Eye

June 10, 2007

Hello Jan
I just purchase your Download!
I have a question! I purchase two girls They are in Quarantine here in Kauai Hawaii! They are 11 weeks old! One of the puppies developed cherry eye and the vet wants to do surgery by tacking it back behind eyeball this will require putting the dog a sleep! They tried to push it back in but it just rolled back out! Can you give me some input! I just want to make sure I am doing the right thing! The vet said if this doesn’t work it will have to be removed!
Aloha John

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Hi John,

Cherry eye is very common in bulldogs because of the lack of room in their
heads. Breeding the nose back into the face makes things a bit cramped.
Cherry eye in one eye is usually followed by the development of it in the other
eye, so you might want to wait and see if the other eye ‘pops’.

These are tear glands and they should be sewn back into the eye by an
opthomologist vet. It is not necessary to do the surgery right away. Your
puppy will be fine for some time as long as she doesn’t run into anything
and damage the gland and if it stays moist.

I actually had this with my bulldog Vivy and we waited a month or so and sure
enough the other gland popped out. Then I had them both sewn back in with
no problems thereafter.

You definitely want to have the gland sewn back in because if it is removed
your dog could develop dry eye and possibly go blind. Dry eye requires eye
drops be placed in the eyes daily.

Personally, I would not recommend surgery on such a young dog. This is
not a life threatening event and the puppy is probably already stressed
from being in quarantine. You could wait at least a month without ill
effects.

Cherry eye surgery is not major surgery but does require anesthesia. And
a young puppy is more at risk than an older dog during surgery. It seems
to me it would be best to let them settle into their new home before this
surgery is performed.

Here’s a link to more information on Cherry Eye:
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=567

I hope this helps. Please email with any more questions.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

Biting Problem

June 4, 2007

I need help my bulldog loves to bite everything when does this habit stop thank u

Answer:
Hi Andy,

I am not an expert on training, but I can give you some advise.

A puppy bites at you because he thinks you are a member of
his pack and wants to play with you. You must establish yourself
as the alpha to stop this playful behavior that can lead to more
serious biting. One of the best bonding experiences you can
have with your bulldog is walking him at lease a couple times a
day.

Is your bulldog a puppy? If so, you can train him not to bite by
flicking him with your fingers on his nose. This works best if done
at a very young age. This is what the breeders of my dog did when
he was a puppy and I had to stay on top of it as well.

I also hired a trainer when he was young so I could get control
of him before he got too big with too many bad habits. You can
also take him to puppy classes for socialization which would help.

Also be sure he is getting enough exercise and playtime so he
isn’t too restless and doesn’t get the idea he can just jump on you
and bite at any time. Young dogs have lots of energy and it needs
to be channelled into positive activities.

If he’s older, it has become a habit and may be more difficult to
stop. You can try yelping “ouch” to him and ignoring him when he
nips at you. Or try squirting his nose with water and saying “no bite”
when he does this. And you can offer him an alternative toy.

Here are links to a couple articles on biting:

http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/our_pets_for_life_program/dog_behavior_tip_sheets/puppy_nipping_and_rough_play.html

http://dogs.about.com/cs/basictraining/f/biting_nipping.htm

I hope this helps. Please write with any more questions.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

hi, really enjoyed your healthy bulldog guide. full of useful information.
i do have a question about anesthesia. my 6 month old bulldog otis is due
to get neutered and i am extremely worried about his breathing while under
anesthesia and may cancel the surgery altogether. am i overreacting or is
this a concern that is shared by many bully owners?

any help in this subject would be appreciated. thanks

Answer:
In my experience with hundreds of bulldog owners, I have never heard
of any complications from anesthesia during neutering surgery.

Anesthesia is always a concern with a bulldog, especially if yours has
breathing problems to begin with. But the neutering surgery is simple
and quick, so in most cases it is not a problem.

There are a few areas where you can be vigilant. Be sure you have a
surgeon who is familiar with bulldogs and uses appropriate anesthesia
and the minimal amount. Be sure the facility is meticulous with their
sterilization of instruments. And be sure that the facility is not too warm
as he could overheat if placed in a pen at the top of the recovery room.

–Jan

Aloha Jan,

We purchased your book and now have a problem that we are researching – and
can’t really find the answer anywhere.

Our female bully, Pudding is about 7 1/2 months old and has recently started
rubbing her butt on the floor and spinning in circles. This is associated
with some really strange growling/painful sounds also – making us worry
something is wrong.

I did see a Q&A about it being possible that there’s some bacteria or yeast
under her tail there that is causing problems – but we can’t find any
redness or any other sign to indicate this is the problem (but will still
try the Gold Bond powder in case).

Our suspicion is that it could be related to her first heat………as we
heard 7 months is the normal time to begin and she hasn’t yet. Do you think
this is possible OR it’s a medical problem that needs attention? We’d love
to read more about dealing with her heats & breeding, as can’t really find
any bulldog-specific information on that. Can you recommend anything?

Please let us know your thoughts asap as we are getting worried.

Thanks so much!!!!

Anitra

Answer:
Hi Anitra,

It doesn’t sound like this behavior would be associated with her
going into heat although she is old enough. When she goes into
heat the first sign is a swelling of her vulva. Here’s a link to more
information on this topic from reputable breeders:
http://www.bulldogsworld.com/BREEDINGWHELP.html

And if it were her tail, you would probably see some infection deep
in the tail pocket, and it would smell yeasty. She could also be
agitated when you touch her tail.

This sounds like it could be her anal gland sacs need to be “expressed”.
This is a common occurance in dogs in general. To check, lift up her tail,
when you look at her anus, these two anal sacs are located at the 4 and
8 o’clock positions. If they appear swelled (they will be firm and feel
like grapes) and there is some odor, this is most likely what she has.

You can treat this yourself if you want to, but it can be really smelly
and pretty gross. Your vet can tell you if that’s what it is. The anal
sacs release a little odor onto a dog’s stools and that’s what dogs
sniff for. They can get blocked when their stools are too soft and
don’t put enough pressure on the sac to release a drop of oil onto
the stool.

I’m attaching an article about this.

There are other conditions that could be going on, like an infection
in her anal gland sacs or something else around her anus, so I think
a trip to your vet would be in order.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan