English Bulldog Health
Due to the Bulldog’s short coat, grooming is fairly simple. Having some pet wipes handy will make this process a breeze. Clean skin folds daily to avoid infection Coat should be brushed weekly Teeth should be brushed regularly Nails should be trimmed to avoid overgrowth and cracking Ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris, which can result in infection.
A majority of well-bred bulldogs are healthy. All breeds are prone to different health issues. Because of the Bulldog’s brachycephalic (short-nose) build, bulldogs frequently have breathing difficulties relating to their elongated soft-palate blocking their airways. A simple surgery can correct the blockage should this develop into a chronic problem. Other health issues for bulldogs are skin infections which can be treated by cleaning skin folds regularly. Good breeders utilize genetic testing to reduce likelihood of disease in their puppies.
The modern Bulldog can weigh up to 50 pounds. They are sweet, mellow and enjoy curling up in your lap. Don’t mistake their easygoing personality for laziness though! They enjoy walks and need regular moderate exercise to stay trim. The Bulldog’s short snout can make breathing difficult in heat and humidity, so walks on a blazing summer afternoon are not the best idea.
You will want to feed your dog a formula that will cater to their individual digestive needs throughout the various stages of their life. Work with your veterinatian to determine the best diet to increase your Bulldog’s longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.