English Bulldog Health Information

English Bulldog Health Information

I would like to ask prospective buyers to research the English Bulldog Breed before making any purchases. In order to take great care of your bulldog, it is important to know how to react to different situations. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Finding a Veterinarian

Finding a Vet that is specialized in Bulldogs is important as they have issues other dogs don’t have. Especially if you decide to have your dog fixed! When a Bulldog has surgery, there are things they have to do different than they do with most dogs. So please, DO NOT have a vet that does not know the breed do surgery on your Bulldog!

Temperature Extremes

English Bulldogs do not handle the heat or cold well. In the summer, they need to be in an air conditioned house. Anything above 80 or if the humidity is bad, only let them out to go the bathroom and let them right back in. Some dogs enjoy the water, so I put a baby pool in the back yard for them to play in. Dump it everyday and put fresh water in it or you will have mosquitoes breeding in it! Mosquitoes cause heart worm which can kill your dog unless you get it detected early and treated! In the Winter months, they don’t do well under 40 degrees, there again, put them out to go the bathroom and let them right back in!


If your english bulldog is panting heavily, quickly get the bulldog indoors to a cool environment. If this is not possible, find a hose and wet him down immediately! In order to cool the bulldog down quickly, wet the groin area and arm pits first. Do not try to force the bulldog to drink! The water may go down the wrong pipe. Give him a bowl of water, and let him drink on his own! It is very important not to let your bulldog stay out in the heat for extended periods of time, as bulldogs can overheat easily. To help remedy this, you can put a baby pool in the yard. Simply make sure you dump it every day or add a small amount of chlorine to prevent mosquitoes.

This is also a good article on English Bulldogs and overheating.


Please make sure your dog does not chew on blankets, socks, underwear, bras, wood, etc. Anything a dog shouldn’t chew on as it can cause a blockage and if not caught in time, the dog can die. We don’t want anything happening to your puppy/dog!
Signs of a blockage in their intestines

  • Projectile Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Laziness or Not Wanting to Play

Get your dog to the vet immediately if your dog is showing the above signs. If your dog throws up a couple days and then acts OK, then starts not eating and maybe throws up again, then acts OK, still take it to the vet as it might be a partial blockage and still needs the vet to make sure they aren’t in any danger.

Diet Concerns

ABSOLUTELY NO GRAPES, CHOCOLATE, OR RAISINS! These can cause major issues for your dog. They don’t digest them well!

Skin Problems

It has been my experience that flea shampoos cause my dogs hot spots! English Bulldogs have sensitive skin and harsh medications cause skin irritations on your dog. I use Suave or Baby Shampoo (any gentle shampoo) on my dog and then spray them with Skin-So Soft after I towel dry them. If they develop skin issues, Bag Balm alternated with Triple Antibiotic Ointment until the irritation goes away. Some skin problems require an antibiotic, so if it persists and doesn’t go away in a few weeks, contact your vet.

Cherry Eye

It has been my experience that cherry eye is caused by the puppy getting poked in the eye, whether it be from another animals claw/toe nail, a stick when they are playing, running into the corner of a door or other object. At the first sign of a red swelling on the dogs eye, put a ribbon of Neo-Poly-Bac on it for a few days. Neo-Poly-Bac is a prescription medicine, so call your vet if you don't have it. If after a few days it is still swollen and looks like a cherry, then get them to the vet they will probably have to have it tucked or lasered off. It is important not to wait too long to get the cherry eye surgery.


If your dog has a persistent cough, be sure to get them to the vet as they may have heartworm. At my vet, I can call and ask for a heartworm test by a technician without an office call charge, for about $28. If the test comes back negative and they still have a cough, get them in to see the vet, it may be something else they need treated for.


  • Baby Wipes –  Useful to clean under tail and inside wrinkles.
  • Eye Wipes for Dogs - Use these to clean the crease by a bulldogs eyes.
  • Thermometer – The normal temperature of an English Bulldog is 101-102.

Immune System Builder Supplements

  • NuVet Supplements – It’s an immune system builder to keep your dog healthy! Please check out the NuVet Supplements as I have given them to my dogs and it helped eye problems, skin coat, yeast infections, etc. The website tells it all. They also have NuVet for joints!
  • If you would like to order some by phone, call (800) 474-7044 and use the code 51338!


  • Children’s Benedryl - Useful for Bee Stings, Allergies, Bug Bites, Hives, etc.
  • Your puppy can get allergies just like we do. If you notice they have watery eyes, sneezing, are trying to itch their ears/eyes by pawing at them, or have an ear infection that is not very bad, try giving them Benedryl. A 25 lb dog can have 25 mg of Benedryl. I buy the pill form, as it is easy to put in yogurt or in a small piece of Kraft American single slice cheese to give it to them.
  • Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Bag Balm, & Spray Bandages – Use for cleaning wounds.
  • Glucosamine Tablets – for strong bones and joints!
  • Omega 3-6-9 Tablets – Give one once a day for their coat and to get their omega vitamins.

Medicine by Symptom

  • General Pain – Baby Aspirin
  • Upset Stomach – Pepto Bismol, Yogurt, & Pumpkin Pie filling can all be helpful
  • Yeast Infection –  If the bulldog has a yeast infection in their ears or on their belly by private parts, give them Plain Yogurt!
  • Skin Irritation – Hydrocortisone Spray, Bag Balm, Triple Antibiotic Ointment, A & D Ointment (these help HOT SPOTS, sores, or any kind of skin irritation)
  • Ears - Zymox (Most vets don’t know about Zymox. You can purchase it on the internet and it works great!) All you have to do is fill the ear canal with it, massage their ear for a few minutes, let them shake their head, and you’re done. Read the instructions on the bottle. It will tell you how long to give it to them.
  • Muscle Aches – Horse Liniment (Horsemen’s Dream) or DMSO can both be found at Tractor Supply. DMSO is great for relieving pain.
  • Eye Irritation/Dry Eyes – Visine AC or an antibiotic ointment called Neo-Poly-Bac are both useful for any eye irritation or dry eyes. If you notice a lining of red on their eyes, put a ribbon of Neo-Poly-Bac on it for a few days. This has stopped cherry eye on a few of my puppies that got poked by another puppies toe nails or a stick or ran into the corner of a door)
  • Fleas – I put Avon Skin So Soft in a spray bottle and spray it on the dog after their bath to keep fleas off of them. Frontline, or any other topical flea medicine only kills the fleas within 24 hours. However, they pick up more fleas in your yard and bring them in the house, and it takes another 24 hours for the fleas to die that just got on them. So be sure to treat your dog, your yard, and your house to keep the flea infestation away! Works for dry skin too! As of 2012, Advantage II and K9 Advantix II is all I have found that is helping with fleas. I used to use Frontline, but it is no longer effective.
  • Dry Skin – 1 tsp of Safflower or cooking oil in their food – Safflower Oil is the best oil to use in your own cooking. Ohio University did a study on it and it 2 tsp of it a day blocks fat from your cells. Omega 3, 6 and 9 is great for them also.

Toy Restrictions

  • NO GREENIES OR DISSOLVING BONES. They do not dissolve like the manufacturer claims and they can cause a blockage!
  • Stuffed Animals are OK until they start shredding them
  • Any toy designated for strong chewers is okay
  • Nylabone or KONG toys are good
  • Heavy Duty Rope Toys are fine


  • Dog Owners Home Vet Handbook 3rd Edition – I recommend this book for new dog owners!

Disclaimer: This page is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose your pet or replace veterinarian care.