We believe that a sound preventive health care regimen is the easiest and most effective way to keep your English Bulldog healthy and happy. Many canine diseases are easily preventable and most can be effectively treated and cured if detected early enough. However, if allowed to develop and progress unchecked, many diseases can quickly become difficult and expensive to treat, and in some cases incurable. Therefore, we strongly encourage every dog owner to take a proactive approach to preventive care.
Our comprehensive dog wellness programs typically consist of:
- Semi-annual wellness exams. Remember pets age seven to ten years for one of our years, so them going one year without seeing a vet is like us going 7 years without seeing a doctor
- Examination of all body systems of your pets including, but not limited to exams of the following body systems: Oral/dental, aural/ear, ocular/eye, musculoskeletal, neurologic, lymphatic, urogential, abdominal, heart/lungs, dermatological/skin and accessory systems.
- Education of nutrition, health, behavior, medical and surgical issues by our staff and various resources we can make available to you (ie doctors, techs, handouts and information available here on our website)
- Things you can do at home to support weight loss, diet, dental care, behavior, etc…
- Vaccination, diagnotics and other preventative care recommendations based on your pet’s lifestyle.
- Also, see our wellness plan program on our servies page to provide an affordable monthly payment option to provide your pet with the optimum preventative care plan.
Our goal is to partner with you to ensure optimal health for your English bulldog. A healthy and happy canine companion will remain a loyal and loving member of your family for many years to come.
Your English Bulldog’s Annual Physical Exam
Taking an active role in a English bulldog wellness program begins with visits to the veterinarian for periodic physical exams. The physical exam is a comprehensive assessment of your dog’s health. Because your dog cannot talk, we rely on the owners to provide us with key information to help us to assess your dog’s health. Veterinarians will ask you specific questions and your answers will help guide the examination to assess overall health and reveal developing health issues that can easily go unnoticed. Based on age, health status and pre-existing conditions, some dogs require a physical exam annually, and others semi-annually (every six months). During the physical exam, your veterinarian will review various aspects of your English bulldog’s health, including:
- Vaccination Status
- Parasite Control
- Dental Health
- A complete physical exam from nose to toes
- Xrays – primarily for older dogs
The Effect Of Proper Nutrition On English bulldog Wellness
Overall English bulldog health and quality of life depend heavily on the amount and type of food consumed on a daily basis. Low quality English bulldog food, and treats high in fat or sugar can negatively affect your canine companion physically, emotionally and mentally. This is why dogs of all ages and life stages can benefit from a sound nutrition program, including:
- English bulldog Puppies: Generally speaking, puppies may need increased frequency of feeding and more proteins and fats
- Adult English bulldogs: Concern for weight management, breed specific and lifestyle specific nutrition choices
- Senior English bulldogs: Many senior dogs have health concerns that may require specific nutritional choices
It is important to understand that the above bullet points are meant to demonstrate that the nutritional needs of English bulldogs do change through different stages of life. However, it is also important to understand that the above bullet points are not meant to serve as the basis for the nutritional program for your dog. There are many factors that must be considered when creating a nutritional plan for a English bulldog, including breed, age, health conditions and more. This is why you should discuss the nutritional needs of your dog with a veterinarian at your next appointment.
Other considerations when choosing a diet include:
- The best canned or kibble diet for the breed, age and activity level
- Items ok to add to your dog’s food – ie some cooked veggies
- Supplements – what you may be using and what our vets want you to consider using
- Healthy dog snacks
- What to avoid feeding your dog
Many English bulldog owners are afraid or embarrassed to discuss what they feed their English bulldog with a veterinarian. You should always be open and honest with your veterinarian about what you are actually feeding your Bully.
Dog Dental Care
Your English bulldog’s oral health is key for maintaining overall health. Dental disease is generally gradual and English bulldogs adjust to living with oral pain and will not show signs they are uncomfortable. It is difficult for owners to know when their dog has dental disease or oral pain. For this reason, an important part of the physical exam is an oral exam.
Some of the possible dental conditions which can affect your English bulldog include:
- Tooth Loss/broken teeth
- Mouth Sores and Ulcers
- Periodontal Disease
This is why periodic and thorough dental care is essential to your English bulldog’s overall health. A thorough oral cleaning is something you should trust to your veterinarian every 6-12 months, but brushing can be performed on your canine companion in the comfort of your home. You can also help facilitate good English bulldog health by providing toys and treats formulated to help strengthen and/or clean your dog’s teeth and gums.
Protecting Your Dog From Fleas And Ticks
Fleas and ticks are a great nuisance to your dog and family. These pesky insects cause discomfort and can carry disease to your English bulldog and possibly to your family. While these parasites are common, it is our goal that your pet never has to experiences the irritation fleas and ticks cause. We can work with you to set up a preventive plan to avoid infestation of your pet and your home. We will help to customize a plan for your dog based upon the English bulldog’s lifestyle, number and type of pets in the household. There are so many flea and tick products on the market. They are not all created equal and some are not effective and even dangerous.
What You Should Know About Bulldog Vaccinations
Vaccinations are a foundational and critically important part of the preventive care plan. The vaccinations we recommend will prevent diseases that, while not common, are still a serious threat to the health, longevity and quality of life of your English bulldog. The only reason they are not common is because of the excellent vaccines we have to protect your dog and hopefully the rest of the dogs that your dog will come into contact with. When owners stop vaccinating, we see a resurgence of these very deadly diseases.
Generally, a vaccine protocol consists of a series of immunizations given to your English bulldog as a puppy, boosters at one year and then periodically throughout its lifetime.
Although the rabies vaccine is the only vaccination currently required by law in most states, we strongly recommend making sure your canine companion is up to date on all of its core and non-core vaccinations. Your veterinarian can help determine a vaccination schedule as part of your dog health program based specifically on the lifestyle, geographic location and pre-existing medical conditions of your English Bulldog.
Heartworm Prevention For Dogs
Heartworm is another very important core of the preventative healthcare for all English bulldog. Heartworm is a deadly but completely and easily preventable disease. Heartworms spread through dogs via bites from infected mosquitos. Living in CA, mosquitoes are present throughout the spring, summer and early fall months and can even live inside during the winter. For this reason, we recommend prevention 12 months of the year.
There are a number of medications that are highly effective and commonly used across the veterinary industry. We will help you determine which product is the safest, most cost effective for you, and most effective for your dog.
Intestinal Parasites In Dogs
Canine intestinal parasites, commonly referred to as “worms”, are one of the most common conditions seen in both young puppies and adult dogs. English bulldog can contract worms by:
- Ingesting eggs (most commonly stepping in feces and licking paws later)
- Passed from the mother during gestation
- Consuming an intermediate host like a flea or a small animal
Furthermore, some worms can infect human beings, making intestinal parasites a health issue for dogs and humans alike. Our veterinary team can prescribe a preventive program to help your dog remain parasite free, and implement a treatment program to fight off any existing infestation.
English bulldog Puppy Care
One of the greatest joys in life is having a cuddly, cute puppy to have and hold, but it can also be stressful for people who are unsure of how to properly care for a puppy. It is important for you come to see us as soon as you get your English bulldog puppy so we can set you on the right path as soon as possible both with preventive care and puppy training. Plan to spend at least one hour in your first visit. During this first visit we will give your English bulldog puppy a complete physical exam, update all necessary vaccines, provide deworming medication and spend time educating you on your puppy’s needs.
Senior English bulldog Care Screen
Having a senior English bulldog can be relaxing and rewarding. Most senior dogs have settled into a gentle routine and require less exercise. We love senior dogs for their calm demeanor and the elderly wisdom they can bring to our lives. It is our goal to help your senior dog age gracefully and comfortably.
- Complementary Treatments
- Laser Therapy
- Lifestyle Recommendations
- Raised Food Bowls
- Softer Bedding
- More Exercise