Bulldog Breed Health and Costs of Care
(French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, and Old English Bulldogs)
These Bulldog breeds (French bulldogs, English Bulldogs, and Old English Bulldogs) have special health concerns and should be seen by a veterinarian for regular checkups. Their wrinkles, skin folds, and tightly curled tails should be kept clean to avoid skin infections. Cherry eye, inverted eyelids, cataracts, and dry eye are some eye abnormalities that often affect Bulldogs. Bulldogs are susceptible to orthopedic issues and commonly experience neck issues, back issues, and other joint-related problems.
Brachycephalic airway syndrome is a common problem in Bulldogs. This condition results in a narrowing of the airway, making it difficult for flat-faced dogs to breathe. Because there is more airway resistance, dogs with this condition can’t cool off as easily, and often overheat faster during warm weather, stress, or exercise. Bulldogs are highly susceptible to heatstroke in hot weather and should live indoors with air conditioning. They should be kept cool and given access to plenty of water. Brachycephalic dogs often experience snorting, loud snoring, coughing, and vomiting. Many dogs require surgery to treat this condition.
Anyone who adopts a bulldog needs to assume responsibility for their costs of care. Due to high costs of care, these dogs are excellent candidates for pet insurance.