The Top 7 Bulldog Health Issues That You Need to Know About

Top 7 Bulldog Health Issues / Problems

Different dog breeds have different common health conditions.  For example, the common health problems of Bulldogs are going to be very different than the common health problems of a Newfoundland.

The above image gives 7 health problems that are more common to Bulldogs than most other breeds.  The list is not exhaustive, but what we consider to be the top 7.  

This article will also give some superfood recommendations.¬† But please remember … most diseases aren’t developed overnight … they are developed over years and years of damage that accumulate into a major issue or disease.¬† In other words, don’t wait for your Bulldog to develop a major issue before you take action …¬†prevention is the best cure.

AND IF YOUR BULLDOG ALREADY HAS A MAJOR ISSUE РPLEASE TALK TO YOUR VET ABOUT ANY AND ALL TREATMENTS.  THIS INFORMATION IS NOT MEANT SERVE AS A DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT, OR CURE!

bulldog health problem #1: brachycephalic syndrome

Brachycephalic Syndrome is obstructive breathing due to the shape of Bulldogs’¬†noses.¬† The term “Brachycephalic” means, “short-headed”.

Due to the shorter bones in Bulldog’s face and nose, the relationship those bones have with other tissue structures¬†are altered and cause breathing problems for Bulldogs.¬†¬†

From a nutritional standpoint, we want to find superfoods that may benefit inflammation.  As a secondary importance, we can also find superfoods that benefit eye health and infection, since Bulldogs with Brachycephalic Syndrome are often at greater risk for eye problems and skin fold infections.

Here are the top superfoods we recommend for Bulldogs with respect to Brachycephalic Syndrome:
  1. Turmeric
  2. Fish Oil (Omega 3)
  3. Bilberries

To learn more about Brachycephalic Syndrome, click here to view a more detailed article.

Bulldog health problem #2: Dysplasia

It’s estimated that 72% of Bulldogs have Hip Dysplasia – the highest of any breed.¬† Elbow Dysplasia is estimate to occur in 35% of breeds.

Dysplasia is a skeletal disease.¬†¬†To explain further, lets consider the hip.¬† The hip is made up of a ball and socket.¬† In Bulldogs that have Hip Dysplasia, the hip doesn’t develop properly and causes the ball and socket to rub and grind together instead of sliding smoothly.¬† Over time, the hip deteriorates.¬†
 
Nutrition Recommendations:

There are a few key areas we can focus on:

  1. Anti-inflammatory superfoods
  2. Superfoods that benefit the musculoskeletal system
Here are the top superfoods we recommend for Bulldogs with respect to Dysplasia:
  1. Turmeric
  2. Fish Oil (Omega 3)
  3. Bilberries
  4. Cinnamon

To learn more about Dysplasia in Bulldogs, click here to view a more detailed article.

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Bulldogs

Bulldog health problem #3: Skin Fold Dermatitis

All dog breeds where skin-folds are common Рare the most susceptible to skin fold dermatitis.
 
“Dermatitis” is inflammation of the skin.¬† Examples of dermatitis include eczema, dandruff, rashes (from poison ivy, soap, etc.), etc.

Skin Fold Dermatitis is a skin condition where there is an overgrowth of normal skin inhabitants like yeast and bacteria that occur in your Bulldog’s skin folds.¬†¬†¬†

 

Nutrition Recommendations:
There are a few areas we can focus on:

  1. Inflammation
  2. Skin Health
  3. Immune / Anti-Bacterial
Here are the top superfoods we recommend for Bulldogs with respect to Skin Fold Dermatitis:
  1. Probiotics
  2. Turmeric
  3. Fish Oil (Omega 3)
  4. Cinnamon
  5. Coconut Oil
  6. Chickpea Flour

To learn more about Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs, click here to view a more detailed article.

Bulldog Skin Fold Dermatitis

Bulldog health problem #4: Chondrodysplasia

Lets break apart this word … “chondro” means cartilage and “dysplasia” refers to abnormal growth.¬† Chondrodysplasia is abnormal development of your bulldog’s cartilage … also known as “dwarfism”.

Chondrodysplasia is a genetic disorder Рwhich means that dogs with this disorder were born with it.

There are a lot of complications that come with this disorder; one of which is that there is a much higher likelihood of developing arthritis.  

Nutrition Recommendations:
There are a few areas we can focus on:

  1. Inflammation.  
  2. Mulsculoskeletal
Here are the top superfoods we recommend for Bulldogs with respect to Chondrodysplasia:
  1. Turmeric
  2. Fish Oil (Omega 3)
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Bilberries

To learn more about Chondrodysplasia in Bulldogs, click here to view a more detailed article.

Bulldog Chondrodysplaisa Dwarfism

bulldog health problem #5: Cherry Eye

Cherry eye is most common in dog breeds with Brachycephalic Syndrome (e.g. short nose breeds).  

Unlike humans, dogs (and some other animals) have a “third eyelid” called a nictitating membrane.¬† This membrane has its own dedicated tear gland.¬†

Cherry eye is when this gland prolapse (slips) out of the bottom corner of the Bulldog’s eye.¬†

It’s important to get treatment as soon as you notice this problem.¬† The longer you wait, the more swelling that likely to occur.¬† More swelling means the harder it will be to correct.

Nutrition Recommendations:
We want to focus on superfoods that may benefit:

  1. Inflammation
  2. Immune System / Anti-Bacterial
Here are the top superfoods we recommend for Bulldogs with respect to Cherry Eye:
  1. Probiotics
  2. Turmeric
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Coconut Oil
  5. Omega-3 (Fish Oil)
  6. Bilberry

To learn more about Cherry Eye in Bulldogs, click here to view a more detailed article.

Bulldog Third Eyelid Cherry Eye

Bulldog health problem #6: Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is common among¬†almost all breeds for aging dogs … but Bulldogs¬†are especially vulnerable.¬†¬†

Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland is underactive.¬† It means that it’s not producing enough of the thyroid hormones.¬†

The thyroid gland is located in the neck and produces hormones that help the body use energy, stay warm, and keep critical organs functioning properly (e.g. brain, heart, muscles, etc.).

Most hypothyroidism is caused by destruction¬†of the thyroid gland – believed to be caused by the dog’s own immune system killing the cells of the thyroid (e.g. auto-immune disease).¬† It can also be caused by other diseases¬†such as cancer, have too much or too little iodine, damage to the pituitary gland, etc.

Nutrition Recommendations:
We want to find superfoods that may benefit the Thyroid and the Immune System.

Here are the top superfoods we recommend for Bulldogs with respect to Hypothyroidism:
  1. Chickpea Flour
  2. Omega-3 (Fish Oil)

To learn more about Hypothyroidism in Bulldogs, click here to view a more detailed article.

Superfoods Bulldog Hypothyroidism - Reasons Why

 

Bulldog health problem #7: Pulmonic Stenosis

Bulldogs are one of the most susceptible breeds to Pulmonic Stenosis.  

Pulmonic Stenos is¬†a heart condition.¬† Specifically, it’s when the pulmonary value (located right outside the heart) isn’t functioning properly – causing restricted blood flow out of the heart.

It can lead to some major issues Рlike congestive heart failure, murmurs, or arrhythmia.  

There are 4 different types of pulmonic stenosis and each can be present in varying degrees – based on how much blood flow is restricted.

Nutrition Recommendations:
We want to find superfoods that may benefit the cardiovascular system.  Any superfoods that may be able to reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, etc. could be helpful. 

Here are the top superfoods we recommend for Bulldogs with respect to Pulmonic Stenosis:
  1. Bilberries
  2. Omega-3 (Fish Oil)
  3. Chickpea Flour
  4. Turmeric

To learn more about Pulmonic Stenosis in Bulldogs, click here to view a more detailed article.

Bulldog Heart Issue - Pulmonic Stenosis

 

Disclaimers:
Customers are reminded that it is entirely of their own accord, right and responsibility to make educated choices with their pet’s health care.

Always consult your veterinarian prior to the use of any herbal product or service.  Products and services are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Customers assume all liability in full for the treatment of their pets. Statements in this guide, our website, and our emails not been evaluated by the FDA and are for educational purposes only.

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