English Bulldog Care
written by: Daniel Weese.
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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.
Top 9 Bulldog Hygiene Headaches Solved!
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 not! You 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.
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.
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.
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 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, oatmeal, shea butter and rosemary. The power to soothe and calm with this shampoo makes it worth every penny.
Coconut oil is great to use in tandem with a quality shampoo! 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 cease. This 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
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.
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 BulldogsThere 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?
Just 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
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
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!
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.
- Simply lift the ear exposing the canal and squirt 6-8 drops in.
- Plug each ear with a cotton ball(if possible). Gently massage at the base of the ear for 60 seconds.
- Let go of and allow your Bully to shake his head.
- Remove the cotton. There should be some gunk on the cotton balls.
- Clean up remaining gunk with a few of your trusty makeup remover pads. A Bulb Syringe is also helpful at sucking out excess fluid.
- As always, leave the inner ear clean and dry to avoid promoting yeast infections. Repeat the liquid treatment up to twice a week.
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
- 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??
I’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 people. Well, 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
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.
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 CareLot’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 PawsInspect 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
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 TartarThroughout 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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