Bulldogs are prone
to a number of health problems. It would be next to impossible to list
every possible problem; this is NOT to say that YOUR bulldog will have
all these problems, just that these are fairly common problems!
Stroke: Bulldogs are prone to heat stroke because they cannot pant well
enough to disperse heat. Provide your dog with plenty of water and
shade. Most dogs enjoy a child's wading pool during the summer months.
Fold Dermatitis: Some bulldogs have heavy wrinkling above the nose; these need to
be kept clean and checked often.
Eye: The tear gland of the third eyelid becomes enlarged, often to the
size of a marble. It would be on the inside corner of the eye.
hairs abnormally grow on the inner surface or the edge of the eyelids.
Entropian: The lower lid margins of the eye roll inward, causing hair to rub
Ectropian: The lower lid margins of the eye roll outward, rather than inward
like the entropian.
Thyroidism: An "underactive" thyroid gland; not enough thyroxin is
being produced by the thyroid gland.
Pyometra: All unspayed female dogs are prone to pyometra, but the bulldog
is particularly prone. Pyometra follows a heat cycle, typically
within 2-4 months.
Torsion or Bloat: The stomach becomes excessively dilated with gas. As the stomach
swells, it can rotate or twist on its axis.
Dysplasia: The ball and socket of the hips do not fit each other well. More
than 80% of bulldogs have poorly fitting hips.
Hemivertebrae: Defect in the bottom half of the vertebral body of the spinal cord.
Nares: Pinched nostrils.
Mange: There are 2 forms of this skin disease: localized and generalized.
Dogs with generalized demodex should not be bred.
Hypoplasia: Underdeveloped trachea or windpipe.
Soft Palate: Excessive tissue in the rear of the mouth.
Hemolatic Anemia: Immune disease where the dog's own immune system destroys its own
red blood cells.
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