Hi Jan,
I’m so glad you e mailed this, as a matter of fact my husband is responcible for purchasing our bullie. I had just lost my 14 yr old companion, an Old English mastiff, and was needless to say heartbroken. I took a little vacation to visit a friend, to help take my mind of my loss, only to discover when I arrived home this little bundle of cuteness awaited me. Being a dog lover since birth, at first I was angry at my husband, but after a day of sharing my space with this adorable creature, I was once again in love. Now if it was me purchasing a dog, I would have really investigated the breeders. Jim purchased Spike from an online breeder, I did some snooping, and although I get thousands of complements on Spike’s looks and friendliness, I am now dealing with some of the issues you mentioned in your  email.  He has terrible stains in the folds below his eyes, I am now treating this with medicine from the vet. I have also had his nostriles operated on because his snoring and breathing was so bad.  He is passing gas all the time, so bad that we have to leave the room. And I have noticed he vomits alot, I thought it was from me tugging his leash against his short throat. He is fed a product called Innova “puppie” which the pet shop in my neighborhood reccomended as it is all natural and suppose to be one of the best ( I say that with tongue in cheek) as I am a sceptic with all the commercial dog food products. I am a business owner and ashamed to admit I don’t have the time to cook for my family let alone my Spike. I have hunted the internet for any and all articles on bulldogs and I’m happy that I stumbled upon yours. I will go to all lengths for my animal, I’m happy that I can afford a purebreed and all I want is to give him the love and care that he returns to me everyday with his anticks and personality. THe bulldog is one funny critter, I can’t tell you the joy he has brought me. Owning a Mastiff was a very expensive endevor to say the least, he had skin issued, allergies, ear problems. So I know now how important preventitive care is. I could have put another child though 8 yrs of college with what I paid in vet expenses. I look forward to your reply and I want to thank you for your time to send me your emails. I was very impressed with your interviews and your knowledge.

Thank you again,

Rosemarie Tinsley

Hi Rosemarie,

I’m not familiar with that breeder – did a quick search on the internet, but didn’t learn much.
Many breeders do their breeding for looks and for the money.  And many of them love the
breed but don’t really know what they’re doing.  Usually when I hear from someone, it’s
because they are having problems.

The problems you list are common, although in my opionion, they can be bred out of the
breed lines by conscientious breeders.But you love your bulldog so now what you need
to do is cope with what you have.

The eye problems are probably caused by eyelashes that are irritating Spike’s eyes.
I recommend you take him to an ophthalmologist who can treat them.

The gas can often be cured by elevating the food and feeding 3x a day instead of

The vomiting is another thing that may be cured by elevating the food, but can also
be a more serious issue known as megasphagus.  You can read about that on my

I think Innova is the very best brand.  It is rich and can cause some digestive things
like gas and soft stools.  But it is particularly high quality.

I hope this helps.  Let me know if I can help you any further.

Your Bulldog Pal,



Entropion in English Bulldog

February 11, 2008

what do you know about entropion i ordered your book and would like your input about entropion while i wait to receive your book is it common is it from a bad breeder or is it just another common no fault problem with the breed?


Hi Mary,

I think it’s just one of those common to the breed things.  The bulldog has many
eye problems because of the nose being bred back into the face.  It just doesn’t
leave a lot of extra room even for glands, hence the cherry eye.

With entropion, when the nose was pushed back, not only did it widen the face
and stretch the eyes, it also added extra skin that can hang over the eye, hence the
tendency  for the eyelid to curl inward and the eyelashes irritate the cornea of the eye.
It must be corrected with minor surgery or the bulldog may go blind.

Here’s a link to a diary of the entropion surgery:

So I’d say that unless it is really severe, in which case the dog should not be
bred, it is not the breeder’s fault, it’s just one of those things.

I’m sending you a link to the downloads page so you can get started reading
the material while you wait for your book.

Thanks for ordering and feel free to write anytime.

Your Bulldog Pal

Do you know if Vaseline with boric acid in a 10/1 solution is good for tear
stains? I have always read to keep the wrinkles dry, Vaseline doesn’t seem
like the best thing to keep bacteria at bay, but then again the eyes are
always wet with drainage when there are tear stains anyhow. A breeder told
us about this for our dog. What is your opinion?


Tear stains are a natural occurrence caused by trace minerals in the liquid
of the tears, primarily copper. The copper stains the hairs.

I have always thought the best solution was to treat the
cause of the tears.

If your bulldog has any of the bulldog eyelash problems, I would recommend
they be taken care of by an ophthalmologist vet.

If the tearing is caused by allergies, that’s a bit more difficult to remedy.

I have heard of various tear stain remedies ranging from hydrogen
peroxide (which I wouldn’t do) to rolaids.

Here’s some suggestions from one of the bulldog groups:

tear stain remedies:

Dermalone Ointment (Panalog) for tear stains also under the
nose roll. Works great.


use a chewable supplement made by legacy for life called companion. It
works great. really brightens and whitens.

dealing with tear stains is different with every dog. I think
food is probably the biggest culprit. In my experience, my bullies
have had fewer tear stains with food that do not contain any copper,
and if they contain beet or beet pulp, it is way down on the
ingredient list. Of course, daily wiping on the face is a big help…I
try and stay away from using chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide
around the eye..I think it irritates the eye and may cause more
tearing, thus more staining…

I have one dog that it doesn’t matter what she eats..she will have
tear stains, however, given one plain Rolaids (not the flavored ones)
with her food daily eliminated her tear stains totally. (we only gave
them when she was showing)

I have two dogs that changing their food to one with no copper/no
beets cleared theirs up in a matter of about a month. Keep in mind,
they need to loose the stained hair under the eye…you can speed this
up by trimming the hair down and letting new hair grow back..(as a
foot note–these 2 are related to each other–hummmm)

I have one that neither of the above worked, however, someone
suggested benedryl, so she got a benedryl every 3rd day (when she was
showing) and it cleared up the stains..(and this one is not related to
the other 3)…


Our dogs only get distilled or filtered water(PUR waterfilter) .
We were told the minerals in well water would cause them, thus
no spring water either….

We also use tetracycline when showing regularly. I’ve been told
the beet pulp is the main culprit in food and makes sense when
you compare the color of tearstains to beets.

I have not heard of the boric acid, but it sounds like it could really irritate
Biggie’s eyes worse, and I don’t think Vaseline would help either.

One thing is certain. If you can remove the source of irritation, whether it
is from eyelashes gone astray or from allergies, there will be no more tears
and then the stains will go away.

In my opinion it is not normal for a bulldog to have these stains. You need
to figure out why his eyes are running and then treat that. Otherwise you
are just covering up the cause with cosmetic measures.

You can read more about bulldog eyes in my book The Healthy Bulldog

I do have a couple of questions. First is there anything preventative to
use for potential eye problems and then we need to start treating for ticks
right away as we live in a heavily wooded area in the northern US and I
think lime disease is prevalent here. With a puppy of 9 weeks, what do you
suggest that is a good medication without danger from the chemicals?

Thanks so much.


Hi Sherry,

I’m afraid there are no preventative measures for eye problems. A lot of it
will have to do with the breeding of your bulldog. Cherry eye is common,but
doesn’t appear at all in some lines. It is quite obvious when the gland pops
out. If one comes out, the other is usually soon to follow.

The eyelash problems are the same way,
some get them, some don’t. You will know soon enough if your puppy’s eyes
keep running and get red and do not clear up within a week or so.

I live in Colorado where we have very few ticks so I’m not really well versed
in tick treatment, but I can offer some advise.

You can ask your vet for the least toxic medication and ask about what
possible side effects there are, and at what time of year should you apply.

The following is a thread from one of the online forums about natural tick
repellents you could try.


[Bulldoggers] Natural flea repellents

You can also Google natural flea repellents as well. But here is what I found It will come in handy next year…

Here is what the website has:
* Two sources for natural products for flea and tick control:

* A growing number of pet owners use natural ingredient-based flea repellents and techniques in order to avoid using pest control chemicals and commercial medications for their pets. Some natural/holistic approaches that people have found effective include:

** Add a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to the dog’s water bowl.

** Put a drop of lemon oil or rosemary oil on the dog’s collar.

** Apply a dab of lavender oil in between the dog’s shoulder blades.

** Some dog owners have reported that garlic in small quantities can help repel doggie fleas by making the animal taste unpleasant to fleas. Grate a small amount of fresh, raw garlic into your pet’s food at mealtime, about 1/2 to 3 chambers of the clove, depending on animals size.

** Boil 6 cut in half lemons, then strain the solution into a spray bottle and spray.

And here is the website:



RE : [Bulldoggers] Natural flea repellants

Just a quick heads up.

My homeopath mentionned that natural oils can interfear with treatments. So if you are following a homeopathic or more natural alopathic treatment, it is important to speak to your vet before applying any natural oils.

Also, be sure your natural oil is diluted in a base oil before applying. If you have gone out a bought the good stuff that is the all natural extract, it can be to pure and very dangerous for your pets. Fro example, Tea tree oil when properly diluted can have wonderfull effects for many things on a dog, when not properly diluted it can proove deadly. The same goes for lemon oil and many other oils that are often recommended.

Now I use these oils often and know how wonderfull they can be… but I was warned many times over at how dangerous they can be and was told that when i doubt… DON’T use it.

I hope this helps… and GREAT post by the way.

— Susan

PS here are some very popular recipes used by me and many of my raw feeding friends.

– Garlic given to the dogs every day is a first step (protect from the inside out).
– using apple cider vinegar to wash and spraying it on the dogs is a great second step (for a disinfectant you can use vinegar or Coloidal silver).
– The following are a few recipes that I have accumulated.:

Natural Repellent Recipe

Repels fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, flies and also makes the van/car smell great. Spray dogs and blankets. Use before going into the show ring instead of those other sprays; no chemical smell spray. Stuff smells great. Dogs look great and gives an additional shine to their coat.

Ingredients are full strength oils:

Tea Tree Oil

Rosemary Oil

Sage Oil

Cedarwood Oil

Peppermint Oil

Orange Oil

Eucalyptus Oil

Citronella Oil

Pine Needle Oil


Mix 4-6 drops of each with 32 oz of any natural shampoo and now you have a natural flea shampoo OR Mix 2-3 drops each with 16 oz Water in a spray bottle. Shake before each

application and spray light over entire body.

Health food stores in your area sell the oils or you can purchase online here.

(My new S’pensive people shampoo contains Tea tree and peppermint and I see the difference for myself when it comes to the bugs)

If you feel uncomfortable spraying your dog with this (I know there are all kins of anti natural articles out there… but they mention cases where large quantities were used in concentrated form!), mix a more concentrated version and put it on the harness/colar.


One of the best natural insect repellents is made from the

clear real vanilla (not the grocery store vanilla extract which

is mostly alcohol). This is the pure vanilla that is sold in Mexico.

It’s cheap there if you know of someone that lives there or in

the US close to the border. If not, health food stores usually

carry it or can order it for you. I use it half

vanilla and half water and find that it works great for mosquitoes and ticks,

don’t know about other insects.


I hope this helps.

Your Bulldog Pal,


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


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

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:

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

Your Bulldog Pal,