English Bulldog Care

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This is a huge topic! We’ll start the article with the subject of Wrinkle Care, but you may want to click one of the highlighted topics below to zoom directly to that article. Oh, and keep in mind we wrote this page not only for the English Bulldog Lovers, but for French Bulldogs, Mini Bulldogs, American and Old English Bulldogs also.

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English Bulldog Care

English Bulldog Care…Let’s Get It Right!

Edit: At some point the Top 9 became the Top 12, but who’s counting lol

You don’t have to have a degree at Harvard to figure out English Bulldog hygiene is far more demanding than for the typical German Shepherd. Bulldog’s are not a “set it and forget it” breed and every owner should have a few effective methods of care stashed under their sleeves.  Arguably, the most challenging condition in English Bulldog Care is facial fold infections.

English Bulldog Facial Folds

One of the most obvious and desired characteristics of the English Bulldog is their wrinkles. Most would agree, the nose-rope, deep wrinkles on the face and folds canvassing his body are what make the Bulldog unique.

Sure, the wrinkles are attractive, but they may certainly pose a significant problem if they aren’t kept clean. It can be easy to forget to clean them and if you wait too long, you’ll get a smelly reminder.

How to Clean Bulldog Folds

We use these True Blue Safe and Sure Eye Wipes 2-3 times per week as a preventative measure, but they do way more than just preventative care. They deodorize and sweep the wrinkles and deep crevices free of debris which promote harmful bacteria. We really like them because they have a ton of natural ingredients like Witch Hazel, Cucumber and Chamomile and they’re tear free. They’re our go-to wipe for basic cleaning and they’ve proven really great at helping clear away any redness and swelling on our Bulldogs’ skin. Amazing at preventing tear stains too; but for deep, black, tear stains that have dominated the area below the eyes for a long time I encourage you to use the at-home remedy listed below.

When bathing your bulldog, make sure to get your hands soapy(tear free shampoo) and run them between the folds. Let the soap sit for a minute or two if possible. Gently flush the soap out with a clean damp cloth and dry thoroughly. Avoid getting water in the ears.

If you feel that the folds are already quite tender to touch, use something less abrasive like a make-up remover pad to soak up moisture. Don’t rub already irritated skin, but gently press the pad into the fold and let sit for a moment.

Wrinkle Infections Are The Worst!

A yeast infection is first developed when a Bulldog’s facial folds, ears, or tail aren’t cleaned on a regular basis.  Yeast infections are easy to detect because of the gnarly smell coming from the infected areas. Sometimes you might find a yellow goo in between the folds.

Wrinkles that have been continuously neglected will become swollen, red and eventually begin to bleed!  Ewww! Let’s hope notYou may also notice your Bully rubbing his face from one side of the floor to the other in an effort to alleviate the pain. At this point dermatitis has probably set in and cleaning in between the wrinkles is suddenly a lot more important than you ever knew.

Baby Wipes Don’t Work For Infections.

The most popular and effective tool shared among Bulldog(french,olde,english,mini) owners for cleaning the wrinkles once infection sets in is a medicated cleansing wipe like these MalAcetic Wet Wipes Baby wipes do visibly clean the area, but a medicated wipe is needed to sanitize filthy wrinkles and relieve painful discomfort caused by infection. 

Click Here To Read Reviews On Malacetic.

Malacetic wipes can also be used for a quick dry bath. They work by harmonizing your Bulldog’s PH on the surface of the skin while sterilizing germs. Regular wipes only include aloe vera and scent in the ingredients.

Smelly + Bleeding Wrinkles = Real Pain In The Face!!

We were pointed to Malacetic Wipes (Active Ingredient:2% acetic acid, 2% boric acid) by our Veterinarian some years ago. By experience, I can say Malacetic wipes are awesome! It’s sad most people are never told by their breeders or pet store about the cleaning regiments their Bulldogs would require, so when asked by new Bulldog owners, “how do I clean the folds”, we feel obliged to share our insight.

Bulldog Yeast Infection on Face

How Dermatitis/Yeast Infection May Look. Depending on the type of infection, the color may be red, white or yellowish.

A yeast infection above the nose rope is depicted at left. Although the most troublesome area on the Bulldog face is between the nose and the nose rope, sometimes infections form above the nose rope.

As we already discussed, infections like this can occur because of poor hygiene, but can also be brought on by excessive tear staining. If this is the case, it’s important you address the excessive tears as well as the now existent infection in the folds. You can bet all other fold infections are directly related to less than perfect hygiene.

Here’s an Easy Home Remedy For Tear Stains!

Between our three Bulldogs, it takes us just over 2 months to go through a 100 wipe canister and it keeps the dogs free of any redness, swelling or nasty yeast infections.  There’s just no way we could care for our Bullies properly without them.  

Even if we haven’t detected an infection in our dog’s folds we still use a wipe a week as a precaution. This canister contains 100 medicated/Dry Bath wipes and the positive reviews on Amazon are through the roof! 

Bulldog Owners Have To Have These! We use these wipes to clean my english bulldog’s face and tail pocket almost on a daily basis. The  wipes are great in helping to avoid infections from popping up. I definitely recommend these wipes to anyone looking for a dry bath product with professional strength.

Bulldog Q&A Visitor Asks: ” Know any home remedies for cleaning the Bulldog wrinkles/folds?”

Can’t believe how nice they smell and how well they work! These are real thick and good quality. Better than a lot of wipes we’ve used in the past. Definitely will be getting more for our bullies. 

- Malacetic Users

English Bulldog Coat/Brushing and Bathing

Brush your bullie’s coat twice a week to help spread his natural oils and remove the loose hairs. Pick a brush worth your while. There’s nothing worse than spending a ton of time at the pet store looking for a dependable dog brush only to find it’s bark is bigger than it’s brush! Our logic is to find a good one and be done with it!

Just in case you’re in the search for an awesome brush, we found one you should try! This The PRO Quality Dog Brush grabs a ton of hair with each stroke and is built to last! The best part is it’s built with an automatic cleaning button which makes the hair fall right off the brush when you’re done! We just hold it over the trash can and press the button.

I couldn’t get my bulldog to sit still for even a second when brushing. Not a problem with this brush so far. I think he likes the feel of the bristles or something. Absolutely love the push button for removing the hair on the bristles. Very sturdy and efficient little brush I think will last a long time.

- Slicker Style Brush User

Wrong Shampoos Can Feel Like Acid On Your Bulldog’s Skin!

Bath your Bully 1-2 times per month at the most. Bathing more frequently will dry the skin and wash away protective oils possibly resulting in itchy skin and dandruff. Don’t pour water over his head. Use a warm damp cloth to clean his head. If you’re afraid you might accidentally pour over the head, first put cotton balls in the ears and avoid getting water in the ears.

Make sure to use a shampoo that is specifically designed for your Bulldog’s sensitive skin. Many times people think it’s ok to use regular shampoos that are intended for human use not knowing that they are almost certainly making their dog uncomfortable or even harming them. Your bulldog’s skin is more delicate than ours and can’t stand up to the more harsh chemicals used in something like head and shoulders. A shampoo that has a neutral ph is needed to ensure the quality and health of your Bulldog’s coat.

Best Shampoo Recommendation For English Bulldogs.

Use an Oatmeal Based Shampoo  like the one by Oxgord we shown to the right. I absolutely love the feel and smell of this shampoo. It’s scent is sort of addicting actually, but it’s probably most popular for it’s organic ingredients like aloe, jojoba( Jojoba oil has anti-microbial properties and contains iodine that prevent harmful bacteria growth), oatmeal, shea butter and rosemary. The power to soothe and calm with this shampoo makes it worth every penny.

Coconut oil is also included on the ingredients list! You have to read about the incredible impact coconut oil can have for your English Bulldog! This shampoo is a winner on all counts. We like it because it is extra easy on the skin, it’s tear free and has a neutral ph.

For those of you whose Bulldog may have developed Mange, Excessive Scratching, Seasonal Skin Allergies, Yeast Infections or Ringworm, we’ll point you to a More Potent Shampoo like Malaseb to be used until symptoms ceaseThis specially medicated shampoo may indeed be a bit more hard on the wallet, but when used correctly(in amounts the size of a quarter) it lasts the average person at least a year. A life-saver when your bully has non-stop itching brought on by allergies and bug bites. This shampoo shouldn’t be used with every bath, but it’s definitely an important tool to have on hand should your bully get into something that irritates his skin.

One last thing I want to recommend you pick up for those baths. The Zoom Groom brush made by Kong is just perfect for lathering up your bully after you’ve wet his fur and applied shampoo. The way the rubber bristles massage the skin and loosen up dander is just magic! Our Cally will sit in the tub all day if we keep rubbing her with that zoom groom.

This Malaseb is like the one our english bulldog’s dermatologist told us to get. Sadie always has issues with her skin allergies and likes to lick between her toes and around the ankle because of the constant irritation. Only after a week we’re seeing a vast improvement. Watch the eyes carefully when using. We got the smallest bit into one of them and she was in pain for the next half hour even after flushing. Other than that I recommend malaceb completely.

- Malaceb User

Hotspots

Bulldogs commonly struggle with hot spots(moist eczema). A hot spot usually develops from over scratching, itching or licking. The initial itching is usually brought on by allergies to food, pollen, insect bites or an infected wound. Even a poor quality topical flea treatment can cause a hotspot.English Bulldog Hotspots

Not all symptoms are caused by over scratching and itching though. Lots of hotspots develop around the back of the neck or on the chest-places a Bulldog can’t reach. Appearing as a red, oozing, eventually hairless area, hot spots can become extremely painful and tender in a short amount of time. Hot spots are also characterized by a harsh smell.

How to Treat a Hotspot

If your Bulldog has hotspots, one form of treatment is to carefully clean the area with peroxide and remove the bacteria. Apply a bit of hydrocortisone to relieve itching and cover with a bandage if the affected area is hairless. It’s crucial you prevent your Bully from licking or scratching the hotspot. You may have to trim some of the hair away for more effective cleaning.

For advanced cases of hotspots you could benefit by using a more aggressive care product. Vetericyn is a non-toxic, non-irritating, topical, hydrogel that can be applied to hot spots to kill bacteria and cleanse the wound. I prefer the Vetericyn over the use of peroxide because it doesn’t irritate the skin. This treatment is easier. Just dab the hotspot until dry and spray a liberal amount of the Vetericyn twice a day. This stuff clears up hotspots quick and it’s absolutely painless.

In any case, it’s recommended you first clean the area, then apply one of the above listed medications 2-3 times per day until the wound is healed. In most cases, once treatment is administered the hotspot will drastically improve within 12-24 hours.  You may want to consult your veterinarian if symptoms persist or do not improve within a few days.

Bulldog Tear Stains

If you’ve got a Bulldog you may know more than anyone tear staining can be a big, annoying issue! Usually tear stains are reddish brown in color and are very noticeable on dogs with white faces. Tear staining can be caused by an overactive tear duct producing too many tears on a consistent basis or just as a result of not cleaning the folds below the eye.

You Don’t Need a Vet To Get Effective Products For Tear Stains.

Before we discuss treatment, it’s important we consider what may be causing the tear staining in the first place. What kind of food are you using? Remember, the most expensive food is not always the best. Avoid Wheat, Soy, anything with the word Corn in it and By Products of any kind.  Many of these ingredients must be left out of your dog’s food as they likely will cause an allergic reaction such as overactive tearing.

Natural Tear Stain Remedy For Bulldogs

There are few products out there that do a great job at preventing and treating mild tear stains like the ever popular True Blue Sure Eye Wipes. True Blue wipes are seriously the only wipe, that comes in a cannister, and is still all-natural. With continuous use, they will get rid of tear stains whether they’re black, reddish or brown.

Sometimes though, for really stubborn tear stains, you need to start with a stronger remedy before going to the wipes. Let me share with you a simple routine you can add to your Bulldog’s existing cleaning regiment.

Do you have any peroxide in the bathroom cabinet? Grab some and apply a bit to a cotton ball. Start near the eye (don’t get in the eye) and rub down a couple of slow firm strokes. Let sit for 10 seconds and then with a new cotton ball, clean the area. Repeat this process two times per day until the tear stains have gone. Once your Bully is clear of noticeable staining you should continue this routine once every other day or as needed.

Replacing your tap or well water with bottled or filtered water can also do wonders in reducing or eliminating your bully’s tear stains. On average, city water contains around 1,500 PPM sediment in every serving. The numbers are way higher in well water. Often times that brown staining is caused by the iron in your water. Bulldogs naturally tear to clean their eyes. These tears run down the folds bringing iron with it and the iron actually rusts on the face leaving a brown color. So you see, switching your bully’s drinking water to a purified form is well worth a try!

Bulldog’s Shedding Way Too Much?

There are a number of things that can cause your Bulldog (or any dog really) to over shed his fur. The first thing I ask people is what kind of food they’ve been feeding to their Bully. Most foods, even the high end, expensive ones, are primarily made up of a whole bunch of useless or even harmful fillers. These fillers can really interrupt your dog’s coat and skin health. Listen, if your dog food has any corn, wheat, soy, or by products of any kind you had better find something better. For years these ingredients have been known to cause allergic reactions and even death. The good news is that if you are indeed using a dog food with unhealthy fillers this could be an easy fix! Just change the food and maybe that hair will start hanging on a bit longer.

Nothing Influences a Bulldog’s Health Like His Food!

Related: Which Food Is Best for Your Bulldog?

Best Food For English BulldogsJust as a side note- We use to go with Blue Buffalo which is an awesome food, but we found it to be too expensive. For the last few years we’ve been giving our Bulldogs Diamond Dog Food(chicken&rice). There are no dangerous ingredients and our bullies like it just fine. Find Diamond at TSC or Menards. Their coats shed normally and we’ve had no problems with skin irritation or allergies. Also, this food is easy to find if you’re close to a Menards or TSC. You may want to avoid the Lamb&Rice formula as one of our Bulldogs didn’t prefer it.

Surprising to hear it, but we would recommend you stay away from certain formulas like Eukanuba, Nutro Max, Royal Canin for Bulldogs, Science Diet and any other foods with the above mentioned ingredients. Just because these foods are expensive doesn’t mean they’re anything special. One more thing about the food…. it’s never a bad idea to supplement your Bulldog’s diet with another form of protein like chicken breast. The supplemental protein is beneficial because no matter how nutritious, most dog foods fall short of an appropriate amount of protein.  Our ever popular article,  The Best Food for Your Bulldog + The Worst, will help you determine which foods to avoid and why.  

What’s Your Bulldog’s Bathing Routine Like?

Keep your Bulldog’s coat and skin clean with a consistent bathing schedule. If your Bulldog’s coat and skin become too dirty it can cause irritation which promotes scratching and premature shedding. On the other hand, if you’re bathing too much you may be causing the skin to dry out removing the dog’s natural protective oils, again making way to unhealthy skin. Ask your vet about how often to bath your dog. For Bulldog’s we recommend 1-2 times a month, but depending on how active your bully is, you may need to bath him a bit more often. It’s very important to be sure you’re applying flea treatments as you should. Fleas will quickly degenerate your dog’s healthy skin into a very irritated skin base and even bring on infections and disease. Any sort of stress on your Bulldog’s skin is going to be no help in fighting excessive shedding. If you feel you’ve got all of these things under control and can’t seem to gain any ground on all the shedding we recommend you consult your veterinarian.

Bulldog’s Nose is Dry + Cracked

snout soother for dry nose

Snout Soother

Your Bulldog’s sniffer should typically be cool and wet to touch, but if it’s warm and dry it’s no sure reason for alarm. Light discharge is normal as long as it’s clear.

Have you heard of Snout Soother? This one’s basically a miracle ointment for your Bulldog! Made with all natural ingredients, it’s said to be more beneficial and advanced than a simple Vaseline! Snout Soother is meant for the purpose of rejuvenating the nose, but because of it’s healing properties, it’s reported to have great effects on the paws too.

At some point every Bulldog’s nose will become dry, cracked or yellow in color. This is a completely normal occurrence for Bulldogs, but it’s not something he’s looking forward to. As your Bully begins to mature you’ll notice the nose in turn begins losing it’s brilliance. Bulldogs’ noses are highly sensitive and you can bet a dry nose feels extremely uncomfortable and itchy. Get that nose back to black for him by simply adding a smudge of Snout Soother a couple of times a day at first, then once a week.

Snout Soother is Bacterio-static, meaning it inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria. When added to your Bully’s folds, it acts as a firewall between cleanings. Yep, that’s two birds with one stone! This is such an easy way to reinvigorate your Bulldog’s look as well as the way he feels and at very little cost or effort to us Bulldog owners.

How To Apply Snout Soother

When you apply the snout soother paste to your bully’s nose his first reaction will be to try and lick it off. We haven’t figured out yet if our dogs like the taste of snout soother or if the feeling of it on their nose is uncomfortable. Whatever it is they forget it’s even there really quickly. In some cases you may want to distract him with a chew toy or a treat to give the ointment a chance to work. The paste is absorbed almost right away and the once dry, off color, nose suddenly looks surprisingly good. If he eats it, the natural ingredients won’t hurt him, but if your Bulldog has peanut allergies that may be of concern

Was so sad to see our two bulldogs rocky and bullwinkle’s nose deteriorate over the last couple of years. Vaseline worked ok for a while, but never had the lasting and rejuvenating effects like this product and it goes a long way. It may expire before I can use it all lol. Noses are back to normal. Thanks!

- Snout Soother User

Bulldog Ear Cleaning

Early/Advanced Stages Bulldog Ear Infection

Notice Red and Swelling Tissue + Yeast/Increased Moisture (bottom pic)

When thinking on the subject of English Bulldog Care, the ears are often times the last place you might think to clean. Actually, many people don’t even consider it until they’ve been told by their veterinarian their Bulldog has developed an ear infection.

So what causes the ears to become dirty enough to cause infection in the first place? Heavy wax buildup is a big factor. This excessive wax easily holds onto dirt that your Bulldog comes in contact with. What about sweat? In the Summer months, your Bulldog sweats inside the ears creating a more sticky surface area for dust and dirt to stick to.

There are many other contributing factors including improper cleaning methods, over bathing, not thoroughly drying the ears after baths. Food or pollen allergies can also promote ear infections. Swelling, redness, nasty smells, circling, rubbing of the ear and decrease in activity are all signs of an infected ear. 

How to Clean Bulldog Ears

On average, bullies need a gentle cleaning of the ears twice a week. Properly cleaning the ears can be tricky at first, but once you’ve done it a few times, it’s easy!  Avoid using toilet paper or paper towels because they’re made from wood and are actually quite abrasive to the inner ear. Q-Tips may not be the best tool as they can push gunk further into the canal making it hard to retrieve. One of the best tools to have on hand for this task is those circular makeup removing pads because they’re not abrasive on the delicate ear tissue, they’re absorbent and they’re perfect in size.

Begin cleaning the ears by lifting and exposing the inside of the ear or “pinna”. Use your wipe or pad to remove debris by wiping from the inside out. Be careful not to push dirt into the canal. Remove as much gunk and ear wax as possible.

Tip: When bathing your Bulldog I always recommend you don’t pour water over the head or around the ears. Instead, try cleaning around the ears and on the head with a wet wipe. It’s a great idea to plug each ear with a cotton ball too so no moisture can make it in.

Malacetic Otic Will Save You an Ear Full Of Money at The Vet!

A slight build up of debri is normal every few days, but if a bomb went off in the ear and the inside of the ear is red or looks super dirty you should start cleaning with a Liquid Ear Cleansing Agent or Malacetic Wipe to prevent infection. A medicated wipe is sufficient for cleaning of the pinna (inner ear), but when dirt has gone into the canal and is beyond your reach, you’ll need a liquid cleaner/drying agent. Only a liquid is able to navigate through all the narrow twists and turns deep inside the vertical and horizontal ear canal cleansing nasty build up locked deep inside.

This MalAcetic Otic Apple Scented Ear/Skin Cleanser will gush from one end of the ear canal to the other loosening and flushing debris back out of the ear. It’s an Anti Fungal/Bacterial Cleaning Solution, a completely natural, patented formula for ears and skin containing 2% acetic and boric acids. It is purposed against yeast as well as other bacteria and microbes, such as malassezia & pseudomonas staph.

Liquid Ear Cleanser/How To

Use the liquid cleaner only after the pinna has been thoroughly cleaned, otherwise existing dirt will be flushed into the canal and have to be removed.

  1. Simply lift the ear exposing the canal and squirt 6-8 drops in.
  2. Plug each ear with a cotton ball(if possible). Gently massage at the base of the ear for 60 seconds.
  3. Let go of and allow your Bully to shake his head.
  4. Remove the cotton. There should be some gunk on the cotton balls.
  5. Clean up remaining gunk with a few of your trusty makeup remover pads. A Bulb Syringe is also helpful at sucking out excess fluid.
  6. As always, leave the inner ear clean and dry to avoid promoting yeast infections. Repeat the liquid treatment up to twice a week.

Chronic ear infections + Need a home remedy?

Bulldog Q&A Visitor Asks: ” Should I Glue my Bulldog’s Ears?” + How to Glue My Bulldog’s Ears

Yes, sadly bulldogs do struggle with constant ear infections. At least mine does. I tried everything and nothing worked. Poor guy was scratching his ears across the tile floor for relief until the hair fell off in spots and began to bleed. Little did I know, the products I had been using were pretty much worthless besides just smelling good and I needed something with medication in it. My dog’s ears stank up the whole house until I got this and now I’m keeping my cabinet stocked with it because my bulldog would pretty much die without it.

- Malacetic Otic User

English Bulldog Tail.

English Bulldogs cannot reach their tails like most other dogs so they rely on their owners to keep this area cleaned for them. This is another area on your Bulldog that has folds and crevices that need to be cleaned to prevent infection or an undesirable smell. Some Bulldogs need their “tail pocket” cleaned each week and others may only need serviced once a month.

So Cute, Yet So Problematic!

For some Bulldogs, their corkscrew tail may grow into or too close to his skin as they mature. Often times veterinarians may recommend amputation. Amputation is costly and fairly risky. It is not an option you want to pursue unless all other avenues have been proven ineffective. I’ve heard testimonies in which with regular cleaning and maintaining a healthy weight the tail pocket ceased to smell and backed off the skin dramatically or completely.

Remember that if your Bulldog is overweight he will have a higher chance of developing infections around his tail as well as his facial folds and require more cleaning. Some Bulldog owners who were given the diagnosis of an Ingrown Tail have successfully alleviated the problem with only a slight bit of weight loss. Regardless of the issue, the Malacetic Wipes are still the go to product among Bulldog owners for cleaning the tail and treating dermatitis.

Do I Have To Wipe My Bully’s Butt??

FortiFlora for Bulldog Loose StoolI’ve found a common question being asked about Bulldogs is, ” Is it true you have to wipe a bulldog’s butt clean each time after he poops”. Sorry, that’s gross, I know, but it’s a real question being asked by a lot of peopleWell, this may be a necessary chore in your Bulldog’s Care Regiment from time to time, but it is definitely not the “norm” with Bulldogs. If your bully’s rear needs to be wiped it’s most likely because he’s developed some loose stool which is not normal or healthy. Usually this runs it’s course quickly, but if it continues for more than a few days you may want to see your veterinarian to find out what’s causing it.

A Tip For Wiping: Anytime you find yourself continually wiping around your Bulldog’s rectum it’s important you are as gentle as possible. However, even with a light touch, the area can quickly become red and swollen and even begin to bleed. Carefully smearing vaseline can help to avoid chapping and bleeding.

Over the years we’ve made a few visits to the vet office because of loose stool or diarrhea and after testing negative for worms, they send us home with a box of Forti Flora . Especially with our puppies, soft, messy stools can sometimes be a problem for us. We just pull the Forti Flora off the shelf and add it to the food for a few days. That usually clears it up. Forti Flora has a bunch of vitamins(A.C and E), probiotics and live, active cultures that promote a healthy digestive and immune system. If you’re consistently seeing a little bit of ummm ……..-clears his throat-  “poo” on or around your Bulldog’s rectum after his restroom breaks you should definitely give it a whirl.

Tip: You can also give your bully some yogurt with pro-biotics to clear up his runny stool. Just add some plain Activia to his food for a few days. Kefir milk has even more pro-biotics than the yogurt if you want to give that a shot. Our bullies – young and old – love the stuff!

The most obvious cause of  loose stool is usually the food in a Bulldog’s diet. Any changes you make concerning your Bulldog’s food should be done gradually over about a weeks time. As always, look for a food with no wheat, soy, corn, or by-products of any kind and one that always lists a protein as the first ingredient. You may want to consult your veterinarian first.

Our 10 yr old French Bulldog kept getting intestinal problems and diarrhea. Once we put him on fortiflora we noticed the stool got more solid and his stomach pain seemed to get better. No problems with delivery and it was even cheaper than our vet wanted to charge us by a whole 10 bucks. Big surprise right? Well worth it.

- Forti Flora User

Bulldog Paw Problems + Treatments

Bulldog cyst

Inter digital Cyst

With Bulldog paws, it seems the most common problem is hot spots which can be identified by noticeable hair loss, bleeding, bruising or inflammation brought on by over licking or rubbing. When your Bulldog begins obsessively over licking or rubbing his paws, there’s a good possibility contact with allergens like seasonal grasses or insect bites may be a contributing factor.

How to Treat Interdigital Cyst On Paws.

Some allergens physically cling to your Bulldog’s paws and can be washed off with warm water, but many airborne allergens may require treatment with vet prescribed medications. Lots of English Bulldog owners have achieved relief for their dogs by simply administering a small dose of benadryl. You may give your Bulldog 1mg per pound up to 3 times per day. If your dog weighs 50 lbs you’ll give him 50 mg.

Make sure the food you’ve chosen for your Bulldog doesn’t contain any allergens like corn, wheat or soy. These common food ingredients may surely give your Bully an uncontrollable itch anywhere from his head down to his paws.

Patterns of needless licking may  be a product of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder brought on by boredom, anxiety or frustration. Ask yourself, “Has there been a change in routine or family life recently? Do I spend enough quality time with my bully?”

If you suspect OCD, try giving your Bulldog a little extra attention. Once lack of quality time has been ruled out, there are no signs of injury or irritants on the paw like thorns or glass and your bully isn’t suffering from an allergic reaction, you can always just tell him, “no” when you’ve caught him over licking. It could just be a bad habit he needs help kicking. Distract him with a chew toy.

In any instance of incessant licking, itching or picking, it’s always a good idea to investigate why your Bulldog may have begun this new behavior. Look all over the paw, including between the toes for bee stingers, thorns, or cuts first.

Treat cuts of up to one half inch in diameter with antiseptic twice a day and wrap with a sterile bandage. Larger cuts may need attention from your veterinarian. See your vet if licking persists for days.

Pad Care

Lot’s of people ask, “How are normal, healthy pads supposed to look and feel?” You’d think a healthy pad would always appear black, smooth and shiny, but healthy paw pads can often look dry, slightly cracked and can vary in color. However, deep cracking or rupturing of the surface can be uncomfortable and even lead to limping. To keep the bottoms of the paws healthy you should carefully consider the environment they’re regularly being exposed to.

On a hot day, concrete, sand and especially blacktop can blister or burn the pads on your bully’s paws. Just the opposite; cold temperatures and extended contact with snow or ice can chap or inflict frostbite on the pad. Pads can build up a tolerance to rough terrain and mildly harsh temps over time.

Have you got a lotion containing vitamin E in the house? Applying this lotion to the pads once or twice a week in small amounts can really enhance their ability to stand up against the elements.

There’s also a new product out there that was recently developed by The Natural Dog Company Bulldog owners really seem to like. It’s called Paw-Tector. Here’s a list of ingredients: Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Shea Nut Butter, Grape Seed Oil, Organic Hempseed Oil, Candelilla Wax, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Natural Vitamin E, Rosemary Extract. We haven’t had a chance to try PawTector out just yet, but it looks like a great product and we always love how the smell and feel of their products. The best part is, they’re loaded with natural herbs, oils and vitamins.

Cleaning the Paws

Inspect the paws, pads and toes one a week. If you’ve just had your bully out for a walk on lots of rough ground like mud, wooded areas or salted pavement in winter, you should probably just give them a good cleaning when you arrive home.

Warm water is sufficient for cleaning, but if you want to give your bully the royal treatment, you can certainly add a tablespoon of Epsom Salt to your mixture.

We just found this cool paw cleaner called the Paw Plunger. Have you heard of it? One of those things that look sort of like a worthless gimmick, but people swear by it. It looks like a great tool for cleaning dirty Bulldog paws after they’ve been outside trouncing around in the mud.

We’ll be sure to let everyone know of our review once we’ve had a chance to use it. In the mean time, you can see it here.

Dreaded Nail Trimming

For a long time, we absolutely hated cutting our Bulldog’s nails! Actually, we were petrified because our dogs flat out wouldn’t cooperate! When they did, we would sometimes make the mistake of cutting too far down to the red part that bleeds. Well, we did eventually learn to distract our bullies using a plate smeared with peanut butter, that really calmed them and helped to keep them still. Our vet told us to trim the nails after baths when they’re softest. Makes sense right?

Tips For Trimming Your Bulldog’s Nails

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The nails should ride just above the ground and not click or drag when your bully is walking. It’s best to start early with your puppy too, so that he’s more comfortable with the routine as he matures. If the nails have been neglected for too long, the quick (blood supply) will begin moving down toward the end of the nail and you’ll have to make a small cut each week allowing it to recede. If you’re having trouble seeing the quick, baby oil is said to help make it more easily visible.

**Tip If the nail begins to bleed, don’t freak out. They bleed like crazy, but if you douse the nail in a cup of flour the bleeding should stop in a few moments.

If your Bully resists you it’s important you don’t give in. Nail Trimming is a necessary routine and if you stop after he bites or squirms you’ll only be encouraging him. Sometimes you have to calmly, show your bully who’s in charge. If you have to, it may be best to come from behind and sort of straddle your bulldog to keep him still while you trim.

One more thing. Make sure you’ve got a pair of trimmers that mean business! We completely wasted our time on 3 dollar trimmers in the past. The cheap guillotine styled ones from Walnart don’t cut worth a darn and often break into a thousand pieces. Look for a well built set of clippers that resemble a pair of pliers like this Safari Professional Large Nail Trimmer For Dogs

Do You Brush Your Bulldog’s Teeth?

Check your Bully’s teeth once a month for signs of tooth decay or gum disease. You should also ask your Veterinarian to take a look at your Bulldog’s teeth during routine visits. If you notice bleeding gums or cavities make an appointment with your Vet. Brushing your dog’s teeth is a good habit to get into especially if you commonly give him table scraps-which is not recommended.

Dentacetic Wipes Control + Remove Tartar

Throughout this article on Bulldog Care I’ve listed Dechra’s Malacetic products as a solution to many of the hygiene issues Bulldogs face because we’ve used them ourselves and know they work wonders. I’m not going to recommend you use these wipes to clean your bully’s face, of course, but I want to point you Dent-Acetic Dental Wipes.

Although we have them on order, we have yet to use Dentacetic on our Bulldogs so we can’t speak from experience. In the mean time we’ve posted a couple of reviews for this product below. As I stated previously. We’ve used and trusted Dechra’s products for so long we have no doubts these dental wipes will be a home run in helping you control tartar, plaque and decay on your Bulldog’s teeth. Please comment below the article if you’ve used Dent-Acetic and we’ll update the topic once we’ve used them ourselves.

Love these minty little wipes. My bulldog tank got a few cavities with his weak enamel. Doc said get them to ward of tartar and decay so that’s what we did and they’re cool. Easy to use and tank doesnt mind them.

- Dentacetic User

Look For More Articles On English Bulldog Care Soon!

This is a very special breed with special needs, but they are truly wonderful creatures and they will thank you for taking proper care of them. If you own a Bulldog or hope to own one in the future please be sure you are seeing a Veterinarian that is very familiar with the breed. There are lots of great veterinarians that just aren’t quite sure how to treat and diagnose a Bulldog correctly. Anyone who owns a Bulldog will tell you that the little bit of extra time and dedication you apply to this breed is more than worth it.

In this article I’ve done my best to help you find quality products for your Bulldog’s specific needs, but if you still have questions about English Bulldog Care and other general questions, check out The English Bulldog Handbook (kindle edition) Paperback Edition

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180 Responses to English Bulldog Care

  • Rose

    Hello, I have an older rescue bully, he came home with us with a slight limp, he was abused and now now has ‘crossed’ toes on one side. We’ve spent months getting his nails and overall general health in a better state. However he licks constantly at the crevice between his paw pads the area stays stained, and slightly inflamed. Our vet sent us home with wipes and little else because the area stays moist he keeps a yest infection there, and that itches, so he licks it. This never ending circle is really making me worry over the big guy but nothing we have tried so far has made any difference. Any suggestions?

    • Linda Himko

      I have had bullies for years.1 quart if wster,1cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup of white vinegar,soak twice a week and dry good between toes and clears up all inflamation.

      • Debi

        I am having terrible problem with feet also.  Large blister like sores.  Been soaking them in epsom salt and putting socks on him after drying.  Don’t know how to clear this problem up.  Any suggestions??

        • Chris Santilli

          We use warm water and dawn soap on a rag wipe his paws and buy hot spot spray you can find a brand on the internet a lot cheaper don’t go to your local pet store a lot of the sprays will have a additive that makes it taste bad to him don’t spray it on him bc he will still lick it off so spray it on another wet rag or the rinsed rag you used with dawn if that doesn’t work you will need neo-predef powder and sprinkle on his sores and it soothes them and will disappear within a few days.

  • Megan

    I will be getting a bulldog male puppy on August 11th. Any tips on bringing home the puppy will be helpful.

  • Camille

    Hi there! This my first time on this site so I better start straight to the point. My bulldog Spike has been suffering from so many ticks and I would see them and I would take them out everyday. He’s an inside dog and we keep the house clean and we bathe him regularly (twice a month unless my back flares up). We just gave him Frontline but they keep coming back. I’m from the Philippines so some of his treatments are frighteningly expensive for me. Could you suggest cheaper but effective alternatives to combat this menace? Spike is 8 years old and is also as stubborn as a senile old man but acts like he’s 3 years old.

    • Chris Santilli

      What we do for our bully since this year is horrible for ticks is go to your local hardware store and buy a bag of insect killer it might also be with weed killer as well there are many brands find the one on sale they all work fine. (Read the ingredients of the well known brand to compare if a really cheap brand) Keep him on the frontline or you can go on the internet and get it cheaper than your vet ex amazon or eBay. You don’t have to buy a spreader just take gloves and throw around where your dog goes and keep him off the grass for a 24 hours after. We haven’t had a problem since and it lasts for 3 months.

  • Marni

    Hi….We have an almost 8 year old English Bulldog. He has had chronic ear infections since November. Our vet never mentioned we should take him to a dermatologist. We had to take him to another vet late one night and they suggested we take him to a dermatologist because if the ear canal closed it would need to be removed. We have been seeing the dermatologist for about 4 months. Our dog’s ear isn’t getting better, but it is not doing worse. Yesterday he said that because he is in good health he should have the ear canal removed now. My husband and I take really good care of him and we are afraid of giving him surgery. He had to have surgery last year due to bladder stones. Do you know about this surgery? Do you know of any treatments or medications that can be done instead to prevent surgery? Any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    • Dan Weese

      Hi Marni. I’m no vet, but considering the seriousness and cost of this procedure I would recommend you at least get a second opinion. I know this surgery can be tough to recover from and may even need to be corrected once or twice. I’ve heard of a few Bulldogs who suffer from chronic ear infections and were faced with the same ultimatum. Their owners thankfully decided to hold off on the surgery to investigate the possibility their Bulldogs were severely allergic to their food.  Did you know some Bulldogs can be allergic to near every typical food ingredient, even beef or chicken? Your Bully could benefit from an allergy test and seeing a holistic veterinarian. Hopefully I gave you an idea there. I wish you and your family the best of luck. What a tough decision!

  • Marsha A

    Hi again! Are the malacetic wipes safe for puppies? Mine is now almost 4 1/2 mos old and when I clean her face, she likes to bite and lick the wipes. Not sure if it’s “poisoning” her if she’s licking and swallowing some of the stuff. I was using Bragg’s organic apple cider vinegar (diluted, of course) to cleanse her face and it works, but not sure if that burns/stings her eyes, even though it’s pretty diluted. Safer for her to injest. But, she breaks out in rashes on her belly so I thought I would try the wipes. Thanks!

  • John

    I have a 6 year old that has had a continuous yeast infection in his left ear that a combination steroids, antibiotics, ear cleaning solution has not been able to cure. The ear has swollen shut and now has started to overtake his right ear. I’ve changed foods, constant attention and meds only seems to provide an essential treading of water in curing it. I feel utterly helpless and horrible that I can’t fix it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!!

    • Kristen

      John, my guy gets these too! I tried useing the Malacetic ear cleaner and it has helped!!

  • Amy

    Hello,
    We have a three year bulldog (Ruby) who has recently become aggressive during baths.  It first started when we would try and clean her face and now she has turned completely aggressive during bath time.  We have had her since she was 7 months old and have been bathing/cleaning her face since she was a puppy and now you cannot even get near it.  I am pretty sure she has a yeast infection but need some guidance as to what to do to get her folds clean again.

    Thanks,
    Amy

    • Dan Weese

      This is unfortunate. Maybe a different approach. Have you tried cleaning her folds outside of the bathtub? Maybe somewhere in the home she’s comfortable with like on the couch. Obviously you couldn’t use a bunch of water and suds on the couch, but you could use a different cleaning method too. Try feeding her coconut oil from a spoon while you gently clean her folds with a wipe. After the folds are clean you can smear some of the coconut oil inside the folds . Coconut oil can cleanse and even kill yeast infections, but it’s not as effective as the malacetic. Hopefully this gives you an idea that works.

    • Kristen

      Is she aggressive only during the baths/cleaning? She may have a UTI or something, sometimes they can act a little strange when they aren’t feeling well. Try distracting her a bit with some peanut butter first? My guy is super laid back about most things but when he sees towels he goes bonkers. Maybe something is setting her off? The smell of what you;re cleaning her face with? Your anxiety will also make her uneasy too. We drain my guys anal glands on our own now and I am the holder and I find I get stressed, if I sing some stupid song it confuses him and calms me down and we can get through it!!

  • andrea fritz

    Alopecia does sound like both my beauty queens have.  (Penelope and Petunia) Is there anything we can do for that??  Keoki Jax is just a white hot mess!  He’s got pretty much every issue you listed above.  I’ve got everything or order and have already started them on coconut oil!

    • Dan Weese

      There are a few tricks people use to try and ward off alopecia. One of alopecia’s cause is thought to be a lack of Vitamin D. I’m not sure of the dosage you can use but ask your vet about giving them vitamin D. Another thing people are using is melatonin. Again, I don’t know of the correct dosage. Maybe Mia, can fill us in as she seems to have had more extensive experience with alopecia.

      • andrea fritz

        I’ve got an order in for Nu-Stock!  I’ll try anything!  Thanks………….. LOVE LOVE LOVE this site!

  • Mia

    Is there any treatment for alopecia?  I have a three year old female bully.  She started losing hair on both sides of her flanks when she turned two.  First, I tried Melatonin and it helped about 70% and then it went plateau. Then I waited a few months and started again on Melatonin but this time didn’t help at all.  I then tried give her vitamin D supplement and that didn’t help either. Her’s is not seasonal, she has it year round.  Any suggestions?

    • Dan Weese

      Mia, have you tried the NuStock Ointment? I’ve been asking around for you and I got a lot of responses from other bulldog owners who swear by it for clearing up alopecia. I linked it for you. Might be worth a try considering so many say it works. If you do try it, be sure to get back to me on the results!!

      • Mia

        Thanks for the ointment suggestion. I purchased a bottle but didn’t use it so I can’t comment on how well it works. I was too heart broken to see my baby’s fur keeps coming off. It started with one side and then the other and by the time I wrote you back in May, it was already spreading to her whole back. It was thinning from head to tail. I was desperate so I began the Melatonin treatment again and with some luck, it worked this time. Her fur have grew back from head to tail and on one side. Now I’m just waiting for the other side to completely grow back(it’s about 80% now.) I also changed her diet during this time so I think that helps too. She has less skin problem flare ups. Thanks again. I love this site.

        • Dan Weese

          Wow! So glad to hear this. It’s really cool that you came back with an update on your girl! Our Bulldogs can sure be hard to care for, but they are more than worth it!

          • Laura

            My 4 year old female bulldog suffers from alopecia on both flanks and also cracked ears, the tips look like they’ve been nibbled on and actually break off! She has been examined by the vet who advised to keep her ears moist with Vaseline and all would clear up, this didn’t seem to help. She has suffered from both issues in the past two years, no signs previously, the alopecia did clear up but has returned, I will purchase some nu-stock ointment to try on this. Any ideas as to why her ears are cracking and any treatment that may help clear it up?

    • Marge

      My little girl is almost 3 years old and had the same problem this past January, losing her hair on both sides…ended up she has low thyroid.  Once her dosage was stabilized, it took almost 7 months her hair is now grown back in.

  • andrea fritz

    I have three English Bulldogs and two of them have hair missing… almost like male pattern baldness.  We had them on California Natural for the longest time, but since changed them to Science Diet… I thought about going on a raw diet, but it was so expensive!  Any suggestions?

    • Dan Weese

      Well first off, I would say if the problems came after switching to Science Diet, I would throw in the towel and go back to California Natural. California Natural is a slightly better choice anyhow as it does not include corn. I’m not sure what you mean by “male pattern baldness.” This time of year a lot of Bulldogs are losing hair in misc. places revealing black colored skin below. This is seasonal alopecia. Not sure if that sounds like what your two have or not.

  • Regina

    Hello! What kind of Diamond dog food are you using?  Is it the Naturals?  I’ve noticed there were several different brands of Diamond. I am feeding my dog purina one in the red bag, however, it seems like she has excessive tearing, so I want to try something else.

    TY!

    • Dan Weese

      We use Diamond Naturals, Chicken and Rice. Watch out for some of their other versions(extreme athlete) that look the same, but include wheat and by-products.

  • kim

    We just got.our first 2 bullies after of waiting. We have had pugs for years. They have some of the similar skin issues. But I was wondering if there is some kind of an emergency kit that I should make.and what should be in.it. ?

    • Dan Weese

      That’s an interesting topic I’ll have to write on soon. For now, I would say just make sure you know, in the event of an emergency, like choking, you have a 24hr vet in mind you can rush your bullies too. Everyone has a regular veterinarian, but their should be a 24hr vet you know can help you at any time. I’ll look further into this.

  • Sarah

    Hi!

    This is such a fantastic page!  Thank you for all the tips!  I’m in Australia and desperately looking for a Malacetic wipe alternative for our 18-month-old British Bully, Boris.  I have emailed the manufacturer and there is no distributor here.  Any suggestions?

    Thanks so much!

  • Joni

    Hi – My Bulldog just turned 2 and we initially had him on Taste of the Wild Salmon.  This was fine at first and then he began to show allergic reactions – itchy & irritated skin, rash, etc.  We put him on medication but as soon as we stopped the meds the irritation returned.  He also developed a tail pocket problem, after not having a tail issue during the first year – he’s not overweight at all – is this normal?  His tail now seems to be stuck against his body and moving it really irritates him.  We put him on Blue Buffalo Salmon around January which seemed to do the trick on the skin irritation.  Suddenly (within the past month) he has begin to LICK anything and everything (tile floors, laminate floors, leather furniture, area rugs – then coughs up flem.  I called my vet and he didn’t have any ideas, and no one else I’ve talked to has any real ideas for stopping the licking.  I’ve tried distraction, correction and ignoring it in the hopes that it was an attention grab – but nothing seems to work.  while I do appreciate the mopping of the floors 🙂 I would like to get to the bottom of this and stop it – any suggestions?

    • Dan Weese

      Hi Joni. As far as the irritated, itching skin, rashes and tail pocket problem, these things can all come with age. Even at two years Bulldogs can develope allergic reactions to things like certain food ingredients or pollen when they previously were not affected by them. Easiest answer would be to keep him off the meds until you see him itching again. Some Bulldogs live with this their whole lives. The itching could possibly be remedied much easier with a does of benadryl (10mg/10lbs body weight). The licking, unfortunately, sounds like just a bad habit some Bulldogs pick up. So now you have clean floors, but that annoying sound of him constantly licking everywhere lol. Hopefully, with your correction and a little time he’ll grow out of this.

      • georgia west

        my babies did the same thing .. I have found changing and finding the right food is the biggest help for ears, tail, skin and licking. I have used Diamond, taste of the wild, nutro, candidae, nutri source and a few more .. cant remember the names … so far fromm which my babies are currently on has been the absolute best. Although it is more expensive it is well worth it. No more nasty tail, no more licking and no more bald hair spots. I use the grain free gold.

    • Jennifer Manning-Moore

      My English Bulldog, Freckles licks the floor when she needs a pan of chicken and rice. I make it at home, but she will lick anything and everything until her chicken and rice are ready. Just boil boneless chicken down until tender and falling apart, I use old bay seasoning, just a little, then I add the rice, turn heat off. Then fluff mixture, return to heat and add a can of Campbell’s cream of chicken and simmer until warm through. I pick out the canned chicken bits. Tried making it without the soup, but the fat in soup helps avoid constipation, as well as giving her the needed safe fats to process her dinner. I also administer benadryl for the itching ( dose based on weight … She gets one 25mg tablet once or twice a day) My guess is that she is having a craving for the protein and other nutrients not found in current diet. The floor licking stops after she has one bowl(about 2 cups prepared)

  • kathy

    i have a 5 month old bully she has a rash on her belly and dry skin and scab like bumbs on her back and itches like crazy i just started her on coconut oil and a anti-bacterial and fungal shampoo i think she has a yeast infection what else can i do for her?

    • Dan Weese

      Kathy, she may be having an allergic reaction to something environmental like food or pollen. Most likely something outside like grass/pollen since we’ve begun Spring. I would try giving her a dose of Benadryl and that will probably clear it up for her. 10mg for every 10lbs of body weight. No more than two doses in a 24 hr period. The shampoo would help if the rash is indeed being caused by a fungal or bacterial infection, but I would bet it’s only a seasonal allergy. You can use a warm compress to relieve the itching as well. If you find out the grass outside is the cause you’ll need to limit her activity outside.

  • Teresa

    My Bulldog Lucy is almost 17 months old. I am having trouble with her eye and do not know what to do. One of her eyes has what looks to be an ulcer in the corner near her nose. It is red. Can you help me with this and recommend a solution please?

    • Dan Weese

      Teresa, it sounds like you’re describing a cherry eye. Does it look like the picture second from the top of this article? If you’re not sure, I would be happy to help. Just get a picture of the eye if possible and post to our facebook page so I can give you my opinion.

      • Teresa

        Yes it does Dan.

        • Dan Weese

          Ok, so it’s got to be a cherry eye. There’s no emergency with the situation; however, you do need to decide on a plan of action to treat the cherry eye. You can try to push it back in as described in the article. ultimately, you’ll probably need to see your vet otherwise the eye could become infected. Find someone who really knows what they’re doing and can tack the cherry eye back down successfully. Do all you can to preserve the gland.

          • Teresa

            Thanks so much for the advice and all of the information.

  • Danielle

    I love this website!! So much information! I have a puppy bulldog arriving in 2 weeks.  What would you recommend for a daily multi vitamin and a supplement for his joints? I was considering petabs and doggone best advanced formula for joints. Is it ok to start these upon his arrival(he will be 10 weeks old)? Also is it ok to put a dollop of fat free yogurt or cottage cheese in his TOTW puppy formula?

    Thanks,
    Danielle

    • Dan Weese

      Hey, Danielle so sorry I got to your comment late. A new puppy! How fun! When it comes to the best vitamins for bulldogs the jury is still out. In my experience lots of those multivitamins tend to just be filled with a lot of useless ingredients We don’t use vitamins for our bullies, but we do try and add an egg (omega 3 fatty acids) to their food once a week and we even give them all salmon oil tablets. I’ll definitely be doing more research on this topic soon. As far as the yogurt and cottage cheese, those are fine, but only add a little at first because it’s possible your bully could be allergic. Sounds like you’ve done a great job researching this breed so far. Keep up the good work and enjoy your new guy 🙂

  • Vickie

    We have 4 year old English bulldog.  She smells so unbelieveable bad….even just hours after a bath.  We wipe her face and behind area with wipes almost daily and nothing is helping.  This week we have gone on a grain free diet and is trying coconut oil.  Nothing is helping at all.  She is a rescue…we are her 4th owners in 3 years.  I believe the other owners just gave up because of her smell.  She is fixed. She is a really sweet funny dog but the smell is a BAD stench!!  HELP!!

    • Dan Weese

      Is this smell coming from the face and rear end? Grain free is good. Maybe the food you were using wasn’t agreeing with her.

  • chris

    Fatty face 2ys old hasmorning sleepy globes in eye lids.string across eyes.one side worse than other.looks like white puss globs.wipes clean from eyes after she sleeps.what do i do?

    • Dan Weese

      The globs can be somewhat normal, but this may also be a sign of dry eye. It’s good you’re wiping the globs out. If the eyes appear to be cloudy with a blue tint to them I would see a vet.

  • Mike

    My 10 year old bulldog keeps licking his own mouth non stop usually at night. I rub his belly and pat his back he burps a little. I’ve tried pepto and Benadryl.. What causes this? How do I treat to calm him faster?  Ulcers? Anxiety? Not sure it’s not every nite.. Any suggestions?

    • Dan Weese

      This is a relatively common behavior. It’s hard to say why he is doing it. I would only begin to worry if he’s doing damage to himself from excessive licking. If he’s obsessive about it you should tell him to cut it out.

  • Tricia Plank

    Our bulldog puppy is only 6 weeks old. Is she too young to use these wipes on yet?  We are feeding her raw but noticing the yellowing tear stains and lines around her jaw already.

    • Dan Weese

      That’s a good question. We’ve never used them on puppies this young. There’s nothing on the bottle warning against it. You might just call your veterinarian first.

    • Kristen

      I found switching food cleared my bully’s tear stains all together.

  • Joe

    I have a one year old english bulldog,what food do you recomended me to give him that prevents hairloss and does not make him scratch himself, Thank You.

    • Dan Weese

      Joe, your Bully should do fine on Taste of The Wild, Blue Buffalo or even Diamond Naturals.

  • Devin

    thank you so much! actually my family has 2 Bulldogs right now and have Bulldogs in the past and we clean their folds regularly but our one named mouse (we rescued him and our other one tug, he is also a biggggg boy) just got done wearing a cone due to eye surgery. my dad thought he had some skin irritation in his folds there and under his eye and under the fold due to no air flow but as time goes on im noticing it more as a yeast infection. I am definitely going to point this out and tell my parents that because I feel so bad for him! also with the paw biting and scratching he does that constantly but more in the spring and summer time so I think it is more due to allergies but I think he is sometimes doing it when he is bored so I will try and distract him! this told me a lot thank you

    • Dan Weese

      Glad to help, Devin! Love the names you picked for your Bulldogs!

  • Brady

    Wondering how long I should go with a new food. Our 10 week old has significant tear stains. He’s been in Wilderness for 3 weeks and it seems worse. He’s our 3d Bullie so we’re not new to the food search. I hate to rule out wilderness so early if this may be a “puppy” problem he’ll outgrow.  Right now we user Nutro lite for our oldest and we just switched from wellness to wilderness for our middle child.  Any thoughts?

    • Dan Weese

      10 wks is so young and his body is fragile. Tear stains are of course unsightly but because they’re not a health risk, I would stick to that food for at least a few more weeks to wait for improvements.

      • Joe

        I Have a one year old bulldog and i want to know what food is recomended that does not cause hairloss and makes him not scratch himself.

  • Liv

    Hey. I have a 3 year old bully and on the top of where his tail starts is all scabby and matty is. There any creams I could use to heal this for him so the hair grows bk on him?

  • Charlotte Aaron

    In reading your article, I see that Royal Canine is not your favorite.  After trying many different brands, both in the grocery store, and pet Co./stores.  The problem we have found with all brands, BUT Royal Canine is the amount Stanley poops. It is like 3 -4 times a day vs with RC it’s 1-2 max and he holds his weight better.  Maybe I’m missing something here ??? 

    Thanks for comment

    • Dan Weese

      Hey Charlotte. Thanks for your sharing your experience with Royal Canin. It’s definitely not my first pick for reasons outlined in the article. I’ve heard a couple of other reports like yours(less pooping). While I don’t believe royal canin is a great quality dog food, I definitely don’t think your dog is in any mortal danger eating it. If it’s working you should keep using it.

  • Shelby Amos

    What does coconut oil do?

    Could you post a link?

    THANK YOU

  • Jenn

    Coconut oil is actually the best lubricant for folds, as it is also a natural anti-fungal that fights yeast.

  • Tina

    Hello, I have a 1year old English bulldog Dayzie mae that we are having some issues with. The first is her dry skin that looks like dandruff trying to seek out a good shampoo to use. The second is that she keeps scratching by her right eye leaving the skin around it red then her eyes start to drain a little what should I do. I’ve checked her lashes to see if anything going on with them they seem fine and her eyes aren’t blood shot no cherries. Little over whelming I can’t make her feel better. Any advise would be great. Thanks bunches

    • Dan Weese

      Hi Tina. There may be some good shampoos out there to help with the dandruff, but often times the dry skin can be due to overbathing. We recommend you bath your Bulldog no more than once every 2-3 weeks, but once a month may be even better. The itching eyes may be linked with the dry skin. There are just so many possible causes for these symptoms. Have you examined your dog’s food to make sure there are no allergens in it like wheat, soy and corn? Also, sometimes with the eye there can be hidden lashes under the lid that can be near impossible to see. I would check the eyes again very carefully.

  • brian

    how can you buy a dog that needs as much care for as a bulldog and not be educated on it?

    • Kim

      We actually inherited our 4 month old English from someone who impulse bought and quickly realized they didn’t have the time to properly care for her…so that is the reason we are desperately looking for answers…she has these small hard bumps coming up on her back and from certain angles (against grain?) it looks like her hair is gone but not when you look with the hair growth…it’s not itching her I’ve already seen we are way off with the Pedigree puppy formula (no fussing as I said we are learning) I do have coconut oil that I will start what is safe amount for weight control? Does Diamond have puppy formula or is that even necessary? Big change from our rescue chihuahuas!!!oh and the gas!!!!!

      • Dan Weese

        Congratulations on your adoption! There are some beautiful and loving bullies in the rescues. Ya, you’ll definitely want to switch that food. I would say the raised bumps are allergic reactions to something in the Pedigree. I’ve seen it a million times. Diamond does make a great quality food for puppies, but they also make one that’s not so great. Here’s a link to the higher quality one. I would start with a teaspoon a day of that coconut oil. There’s about 14 grams of fat per Tablespoon. No need to use it everyday, but give it a try for a few days at least while she has those bumps. Benadryl might help too at 1mg/lb of puppy weight. Let me know how she does and if I can be of anymore help! Stop by our facebook page and let her say hello 🙂

  • Sara Woodside

    We just adoted a rescue named Nacho. We absolutely love him. However, he is a boxer english bulldog mix. We are trying to find a way to understand all of his ways since he is mixed. He does excessively lick his front paws. He has some redness between his toes. We are giving him something for the itching. Thanks for all the information. It is very helpful.

  • Sarah

    I just want to say THANK YOU! My Rocko was abandoned at my next door neighbors and kept coming to our house and became my baby the summer of 2012. I wish I had found this site before now! There are so many great tips on here that I could have been using!

    I would like to share that between allergies and just getting to know our English Bulldog it took forever to find a food that was good for him and didn’t make him sick or have an allergic reaction! So I found Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6 dry food and Rocko is a very picky eater, so he will not eat it dry food alone until he is starving to death… So we add Rachael Ray Chicken Muttballs wet food and stir it together well.

    Thank you again for this amazing site and I hope that you continue to post, this information is so valuable! Especially for those of us who didn’t initially invest in these breeds, but were given the wonderful opportunity to by chance.

  • marlon

    I have a four year old bulldog, and currently she keeps getting strange type of “balls” under her skin, once she got it on her neck, the second time right under her chin, and this las time in her right paw. I am seriously worried for her please help!

    • Dan Weese

      Marlon, it’s difficult to know what this might be. It sounds like your describing areas of raised lumps under the skin? Could be some form of allergy causing this. You might try 1mg of Benadryl for evey pound he weighs to see if that takes care of it. Really, though you want to find the underlining cause . Good luck.

  • gwenda mcknight

    How can you control your bullies odor between baths?I have one english bulldog and two Boston Terriers and they just have a strong musky odor no matter what I do. I use an oatmeal shampoo and bathe in the winter about once every two weeks. I’m afraid to do it once a week because their skin will dry out

    • Dan Weese

      I know some bullies smell a bit more than others, but it seems strange they have such a noticeable smell. You described it as “musty.” Is it possible they’re not being dried enough after bathing? It can be a real chore drying them completely and if not done thoroughly, this could be the problem. If so, you might try using a hair dryer to aid in drying after the towels.

    • Joni

      Hi – Could it be anal glands?

      • Dan Weese

        I don’t think the anal glands are the problem. What you were referring to was the tail growing too close to the skin. When this happens, the skin is not allowed to breathe, dirt and debris get stuck and begin to rot. Many times the tail can even grow into the skin. No doubt you’ve noticed his but begin to stink because of his tail issue. There are two options: Clean the area between the tail consistently, or amputate. Hopefully your boy’s case isn’t so bad as to warrant amputation. I would just wipe it out with some malacetic wipes and apply some bacetracin or vaseline. Clean the area thoroughly during baths and be sure to dry it real good.

  • Michelle

    Hi Michelle
    I have the same problem with my Aussie bulldog and after cleaning his paws with tap water I’ve been massaging his paws with coconut oil and as for the few pimple like sores he gets on his head I’ve put the coconut oil on them as well
    I’m a fan
    Michelle

  • nikkib

    I was wondering if anyone could give me some suggestions. I have a 6 yr old red and white female bulldog. Her nose was drying out so I started putting coconut oil on it every other day. She licks continuiosly once I put it on and it drives me nuts like she is going to make it worse. I also noticed that the hair around her nose is starting to fall out. What could I do to help her and for her nose to be better again.

    Thanks.

    • Dan Weese

      I think the coconut oil should still have it’s benefit if you rub it in good. Have you tried applying it after melting as a liquid? It’s pretty normal for them to lick because it tastes so good. If you think the hair loss is linked to all the licking you may want to take a break from the coconut oil for a while. Hair loss in the fold above the nose may be linked to sub par hygiene.

  • Jill Pogoloff Meyerson

    Thanks for sharing – great stuff. We use Mal-a-ket wipes for wrinkles – seems the same. And I wipe this boys backside almost every time as his tail is tight against his backside. We already had a “diaper rash” vet visit.

  • Tina

    Our bully got a rash on his snout and private area. The vet had us give him Claritin. He’s 84 lbs, so 1 tablet in the am and 1 in the pm. She also changed his food to Dick Van Patren’s Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Food Duck and Potato. The vet said to try the new food for 6 weeks without giving any other foods whatsoever. This cleared everything up within a outs week. Hope this helps.

    • Dan Weese

      That’s great information, Tina. Thanks or sharing and I’m glad you’ve got your bulldog feeling well again!

  • Taylor

    I have a one year old english bulldog and he has started dragging his back feet inside the a house over the last few months.  I have only wood floor and tile inside, but when he gets outside he seems to walk fine.  Is this only a matter of grip? Or is it something serious?  He can walk on the tile and wood but it just seems like it’s easier for him to use only his two front feet and slide his rear around.  Outside he walks normal on grass and sidewalks etc…do I just need to walk him more or buy rugs etc? Help plz, thanks!  Btw I’ll be ordering the face wipes and using coconut oil from now on!

    • Dan Weese

      Boy, Taylor, I don’t want to worry you or jump to conclusions, but what you describe doesn’t sound good. At the same time, if he’s walking fine outside the house, it’s hard to believe something serious could be wrong. Almost as if his walking behavior is due to preference, but that would be a very strange preference. And this has gone on for months. I hate to say it, but I think you need to get him a few x-rays of his hips to rule out hip dysplasia. If you decide to see a vet, choose one that is skilled and knowledgeable with Bulldogs otherwise your time may go wasted.

  • Cathy Zieroff Switzer

    LOVE all the help your site has given me with raising my first English Bulldog “Bella” who is my everything!  (My Otis who was 3/4 bulldog passed away earlier this year “RIP OTIS” and he did not have the short nose or wrinkles like bulldogs do, so I did not have many of these issues with him) . She loves her coconut oil everyday, have the brush you recommended and it is GREAT and also have the wipes, but haven’t started using them yet, but after reading all this again, the wipes start tomorrow 🙂 She is a happy, healthy baby and I plan on keeping her that way…so keep up the great work on keeping us informed on all the good stuff to do for our “babies” <3

  • Kay Howard

    Have you ever used Douso pads (3% Chlorhexidine PS Pads)? If so, when should they be used vs the Malacetic wipes? I have both and am not sure if I can use them interchangeably or should I use only one or the other for certain areas/treatments. Also, can the Malacetic wipes be used to wipe eyes, or just the creases around the eyes?

    • Dan Weese

      We haven’t used the Douso Pads yet. We primarily stick to the malacetic, but it seems those two brands, although different in size and cleaning ingredients, are virtually interchangeable and many people preffer them over malacetic. Neither of these wipes should be used for cleaning in or on the eye as they will cause irritation.

  • Cynthia Brown

    Yes. I have a six year old bulldog, Sarge.  For the past year he gets blisters between his toes on his front paws. Yes, they go away and return after the end of medication. The Vet says that it is an allergy.  He thinks from extra protein.  What food can you you buy without a lot of protein that they will eat? He doesn’t act as though it hurts him, so I handle his feet very careful, especially when drying (pat)them after being outside in wet grass or after a bath. I just take very good care of him and love him dearly.

  • Jessica

    my bulldog stinks!!! i bathe her and two days later she’s smelling like a dirty old dog again. Bathing her often is not a problem for me but it seems like the more i bathe her the more she scratches. Ive tried a few different shampoos; oatmeal, sensitive skin, itchy skin, even johnsons baby shampoo. ive even tried putting lotion on her!! she scratches so much she takes the fur off!! what is bothering her? how do i make her stop itching??

    • Dan Weese

      Jessica, my first thought was you may be bathing her too often. Bathing too frequently will rid her of the protective oils her skin cells need to be healthy and most definitely cause irritation leading to excessive scratching. If you are bathing more than once every 3-4 weeks you may want to slow it down a bit. Are you drying her completely? Leaving her hair and skin wet can increase irritation and make her smell musty. After bathing make sure you dry her with a clean towel. Use a small, dry wash clothe to dry between the folds. If necessary, finish with the help of your hair dryer, but be careful not to apply heat to directly.

  • Rebekah

    Help! I have a year old English Bulldog “Samantha Pants” and she has started getting a rash on her bock and legs. The spots are like little water blisters. I took her to the vet, they put her on meds and as soon as they were over the spots returned. We have changed her food as well.
    I have a dermatologist appt scheduled but they cant get her in for a few weeks. They don’t seem to really itch her and she doesnt rub them. Anybody out there have this issue??????

  • Laura

    Is it ok to put something like baby oil, A & D ointment, or Vaseline in my bully’s skin folds? I have used the same methods in the past on horses to prevent cracked heals, I was thinking its kind of the same when they get dried out and crusty from tears leaking. Obviously I would be careful to not get into his eyes but I want to do something that would prevent an issue rather than treat an issue. He has the red stains and his eyes weep so he will sometimes get crusty stuff too. Its not infected and doesn’t smell bad. Its not painful either as far as I can tell. I have actually gotten lucky with my bully. He isn’t full of wrinkles on his body, doesn’t get ear infections, he doesn’t pass gas and he isn’t stinky. Hes very active and is in great physical shape. The only issue I have is the crust. Any thoughts or comments?
    Thank you for this website too it is very informative. Ive bookmarked it just in case I run into problems down the road (my boy is still young, turning 1 on September 17th).

    • Dan Weese

      Hey, Laura. I would say go with the vaseline in between the folds. I do believe this is a good preventative measure. Actually, we’re quite excited about something new The Natural Dog Company is developing right now. It’s a paste that can be applied between the folds and it’s loaded with antimicrobials. More on that later…..

      • Lisa

        Hi Dan, did the Natural Dog Company come out with this paste?

        • Dan Weese

          Not yet…. It’s called “Bully Balm.” I’ll be doing a review on this soon!

          • alex

            Have you tried squish face wrinkle paste? we love it!

            Switched from malacetic to squish face wrinkle paste is because although we don’t necessarily mind the strong, lasting scent of malacetic, we are afraid the scent of the wipes may be much too powerful or uncomfortable for our potato.

  • D.Berry

    I recently got a 7-9 months old English Bulldog, Diesel.. I love him to pieces! This website has taught me alot about the care of him. Thank you!

  • Michelle

    Thanks at the moment all we can is say we are using the cococonut oil and it is working like a bom. She still scratches but the skin looks much better.

  • Michelle

    We have a 9 month old bulldog.  She is scratching and now even chewing her paws.  We have had her at the vet and still nothing is helping.  Could you please assist with some remedy that can help.  She wakes up during the night scratching no matter what you will always find her in a corner scratching

    • Dan Weese

      Oh boy, sounds like a tough situation. I imagine this is a seasonal skin allergy linked to the Spring grass pollen. A lot of Bulldog owners use benadryl, but I feel like you may have already tried this option. You might try soaking her feet in a tub of Epsom salt and warm water a couple of times per day, just don’t let her drink the water. We just did an article on the benefits of coconut oil http://redwhiteandbulldogs.com/coconut-oil-for-bulldogs/

      Honestly, this is sort a hard issue to solve especially when you don’t know what’s causing it. One last thing. Try and keep her off the lawn as much as possible for a while and see if that helps.

  • Jim

    Just wanted to say thanks for writing this story on ur website! I actually have a french bulldog but these wipes totally cleaned his face up. He was always having problems until we started using them. He has some sort of a wart or growth on his toe now i just found today and wondering if you know what that might be or how we could get that taken care of. Should we see a vet or is there some kind of ointment?? – Jim

    • Dan Weese

      Jim those malacetic wipes are awesome I know, they’re our go to cleansing wipe for our Bullies! Ok, the wart thing is not something you can use the wipes on of course, but their may be a topical solution. Try mixing water and vinegar two to one vinegar over water and soak his feet (use a big bowl) twice a day making sure to dry his feet thoroughly. I’ve heard this helps, but if you don’t see the growth shrinking within a week to ten days I would see a veterinarian.

  • Jenny

    I feel horrible! I never knew I was supposed to clean my bulldog’s wrinkles until they started smelling like something awful last month. When I peeled back the nose rope their was obvious redness and swelling. She is a year and a half old now and never had a problem before now. Can you please tell me why her folds started getting infected after so long of being clean?

    • dan weese

      You know what can happen with Bulldogs as they begin to mature physically is they develop deeper, more pronounced facial folds or “nose ropes”. These larger folds have deeper crevices than they ever did as puppies and they now hold dirt and debris much easier. You may also find that if your Bulldog is a bit on the heavy side with his weight this problem will persist. Likewise, as his weight is brought under control the wrinkles can begin to breathe and will be easier to manage requiring less maintenance. Don’t worry. I think this is a natural occurrence with Bulldogs and probably nothing you did wrong. Good Luck. -Dan Weese @ RedWhiteandBulldogs.Com

      • David Dennis

        Hello Dan. I love your website. Ok so I have a 15 week puppy and the hair on his back seems to be thinning like he is having skin issues. I recently added coconut oil to his diet and fir the first time tonight applied some directly to his skin. I also will be starting him on EVO salmon which I hear is free of a lot of the fillers in less quality dog food. Can he be having allergies already. I also changed my laundry detergent to a fragrance free. I have had 3 different bulldogs English and french and I cant seem to ever get a normal dog no matter how much I spend. Is there such thing has puppy fur? and could he be losing that?

        • Dan Weese

          David, if he’s losing so much hair on his back that you can clearly see the skin something is a bit off. It sounds like a very minor issue at this point, but it would be nice to get to the bottom of this hair loss. Did you examine the skin where the hair is thinning? Is it wet, smelly or slimy? What color is it? I don’t think it’s a puppy thing. My guess is that the food she was previously on with the breeder was not doing her skin any good. The Evo is a top quality food and should be awesome for her. I would like to give you more help so if you’re on facebook please send me a picture of the skin so I can take a look. Here’s a link to our facebook page

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