BULLDOG HEALTH

They say English bulldogs are walking veterinarian bills--here's a chronicle Miss Roxy's health issues. Although we have no intention of dispensing medical advice, we hope that other bulldog owners and enthusiasts can learn from our baby's experiences. We've already experienced cherry eye and a multitude of skin sensitivities--Roxy has also been diagnosed with patellar luxation, more of which we will share after we have her evaluated by a specialist.

According to PetMD, bulldogs are predisposed to:
"Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), ventricular septal defect, canine hip dysplasia (CHD), shoulder luxation, internalized tail, stenotic nares, and elongated soft palate. The Bulldog has also been known to suffer from urethral prolapse or vaginal hyperplasia occasionally. Some minor problems affecting Bulldogs include entropioncherry eyeelbow dysplasiapatellar luxation, distichiasis, ectropion, and demodicosis."
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A CHRONICLE OF MISS ROXY'S HEALTH PROBLEMS:

Cherry Eye
After a long session of rough and tumble play with other bulldogs, Roxy's eye turned red and by the time we brought her home, the pink mucosa of her lower eyelid was so swollen and inflamed, it nearly obliterating her vision in the left eye...
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Foreign Body Ingestion
What Roxy chose to chew on, one fine day, made me long for the glory days of her benign destruction, when all I had to complain about were mangled car seat belts and eviscerated sofas...
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Heat Stroke
Roxy's piglike snorting and snoring may seem endearing, but in hot weather, her compromised breathing can quickly lead to trouble, even death...
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Histiocytoma or Button Tumor
Like all bullies, Roxy plays rough. So when she suffered a small laceration on her snout that months later, suddenly grew into a round, red, fleshy tumor, we were worried. Was it cancer? An infection?
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Pains and Sprains
Roxy's mounting vet bills are proof positive that she does have her limitations. Because she has a floating patella that needs further evaluation by an orthopedist, we've been careful about her jumping off and on the furniture. The problem is, Roxy isn't always compliant. So, when she took a particularly hard tumble off of the sofa and couldn't immediately bear weight on her right foreleg, we were worried...
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Disclaimer: This is a chronicle of our bulldog's healthcare experiences, and is not intended to give medical advice. It is best to have all health issues evaluated by a veterinarian.

©2012 Tammy Yee