Maddie has sent me a blog about bulldogs-
Recently her family have welcomed two British Bulldogs into their family.
They were delightfully cute and cuddly, friendly little puppies who are now growing into bigger friendlier dogs.
Here are some observations from Maddie.
Bulldogs should only do a certain amount of exercise a day. Maintaining a healthy weight for your dog requires that you take your dog for a walk for at least 20-40 minutes of exercise a day and you should also make sure they are drinking plenty of water.
They are often considered to be ‘high maintenance’ dogs, particularly French and British Bulldogs, and both our puppies have already suffered from cherry eye.
Cherry eye is a swollen gland from the third eyelid. It looks like a cherry!
This is a condition when the eye starts to swell and pop out of it’s gland behind the eyelid resulting in a puffy looking reddish eye.
Younger dogs about one year old, often suffer from cherry eye and surgery is often needed to fix it. Read more here
Bulldogs should not be exposed to too much heat and they do not like changes in their routine, like a lot of humans, and while bulldogs look really cute and innocent, they are highly protective of their owners and family.
Other issues with Bulldogs could include the following:
Their teeth need to be brushed at least 3 times a week, as they can get serious dental problems.
Their deep wrinkles also need to be cleaned often and dried properly to prevent bacterial infections.
Both hips and elbows are at risk for dysplasia, an inherited disease that causes the joints to develop improperly and results in arthritis.
Distichiasis is a condition caused by extra hairs that grow inside of the eyelid and rub on the surface of the eye.
Entropion is a condition where the eyelid rolls inward, causing the eyelashes to rub against the cornea (surface of the eyeball).
This disease, also known as brachycephalic syndrome, affects dogs with a short nose, like your Bulldog.
Breeds with a large head and small pelvis are more prone to difficulties during the birthing process.
Your English Bulldog is susceptible to different kinds of skin infections and diseases. One of them is caused by yeast (Malassezia dermatitis).
Read more here for general health information on Bulldogs.
© gentlelifehacks.com| Author| Maddie| age 13 years.