As the owner of a bulldog, you know that they are sweet, easy-going and very lovable. But do know the ten spots that you need to keep a constant eye on to keep your dog healthy? Keep reading for more information on the ten regular spots to check yours on your bulldog.
A bulldog’s snout is normally dry and therefore can become cracked and sore. With a cracked snout, it also has the potential to become bloody and crusty. If you find that your bulldog’s nose is chapped, treat it with a moisturizer cream such as Vaseline, or natural moisturizers such as almond oil, rosemary extract and hemp seed oil. The best way to combat this is to check your dog’s check at least once a week and be sure to keep the nose and snout clean and moisturized.
Wrinkles and folds are what bulldogs are known for, and one of the things that makes them so adorable! However, these wrinkles and folds can become infected if they are not kept clean. Ignoring the infected areas can cause your bulldog’s skin to become discolored with a smell similar to mildew or yeast. To avoid this, simply wash your bulldog’s folds as needed. Be sure to check this area for dirt daily.
Bulldogs are prone to eye infections. If their eyes become irritated, you will most likely notice your dog scratching his face against hard surfaces. This can be potentially dangerous for him, as it could cause permanent eye damage. Keep alert for when your dog’s eyes become red, irritated, have build-up and/or look gummy, become swollen or are watery. Catching eye irritation as soon as possible will help preserve your dog’s eyesight.
Checking your dog’s ears consistently is important for many reasons. First off, dogs are prone to have mites, fleas or possibly ticks hiding there. Waxy build-up, redness, and irritation can also occur. Watch your dog see if he is scratching at his ears often. Even if he isn’t, it is still wise to look at your dog’s ears at least once a week. Clean them with a dash of vinegar, water and rubbing alcohol solution to prevent irritation or infection.
5-Teeth and Gums
When you check your bulldog’s gums, make sure that they are a pink color. Gums that are white or pale could indicate a serious health issue. It is suggested that your dog’s teeth are professionally cleaned as often as possible to ensure that there is no build-up of plaque. Plaque build-up can go to the dog’s heart, causing heart trouble. As bulldogs are prone to heart disease, keeping your dog’s teeth clean is important for his overall health.
Bulldogs are known for getting acne, especially around the chin and snout. Keep watch under your dog’s chin for red or pink bumps, oozing wounds, blackheads or any areas of redness that is causing irritation. Acne can occur in dogs from age five months to well into their adulthood. Washing the chin with baby wipes or hydrogen peroxide can help keep acne under control. If, however, you feel that it is becoming progressively worse, talk to your vet to see if your dog may need medication.
7-Skin and Coat
When it comes to your dog’s coat, you want it to stay smooth and shiny. Keep an eye out for any lumps, sores, redness, flaking, discoloration or crusty spots. The best way to keep your dog’s coat healthy is to bathe him with a mild shampoo at least twice a month. Even though bulldogs have short hair, they still shed quite a bit. So, you’ll want to make sure that you’re brushing your dog once a day.
Due to a bulldog’s build, it is virtually impossible for them to clean themselves after urinating. It is highly recommended that you clean the genitals after each time the dog urinates, otherwise it could cause potential health issues. Also, you will need to clean their bottoms as fecal matter can become trapped between their corkscrew tails. This will ensure better health overall for your dog.
A dog’s paws are much like a human’s foot as they too are sensitive to heat and sharp objects and therefore needs proper attention and care. Check between their toes for any redness, bumps, cysts, cuts or splinters. Keep their nails cut short, but not short enough to cut into their skin. When washing your dog, look at the pads of their paws to ensure that there is no scrapes, cuts or any other irritation.
Your bulldog’s weight can fluctuate rapidly as they are prone to substantial weight gain due to inactivity. Try to keep them as active as their bodies will allow, as they do not have strong endurance. Keeping them on a consistent exercise routine and a healthy diet will help them maintain their weight and help with their joints and bones.
With these ten regular checkpoints, your bulldog is much more likely to have a long and happy life!