Hanford Veterinary Hospital Blog
Crusty Nose and Other Bulldog Problems
Squishy faces, wrinkles for days, stubby happy tails… what’s not to love? At Hanford Veterinary Hospital we adore bully breeds, but like it or not they come with certain issues that need to be addressed. Understanding what bulldog problems you might encounter as a bully fanatic can help you decide if they are truly the breed for you.
Any breed with a smushed face (think Pugs, Persians, and Pekingese) is considered brachycephalic and subject to a special set of concerns. Due to their unique anatomy, breathing can be an issue for some of these dogs. Pets with brachycephalic syndrome will have varying degrees of:
- Small nasal openings (nares)
- Elongated soft palate
- A large tongue
- A small windpipe (trachea)
- Extra tissue in the back of the throat
This combination of complications results in those cute snorts and snores, but can also cause breathing trouble. The shortened airway also makes bulldogs and other brachycephalic breeds less efficient at cooling themselves and more prone to heat exhaustion. Additionally, brachycephalic pets need special considerations for anesthetic procedures.
Crusty Noses and Other Skin Funk
Bulldogs aren’t exactly known for having great skin. Many suffer from atopic dermatitis, an allergic skin condition that causes itching and other problems. All those cute folds and corkscrew tails can also create a dark, moist place for bacteria to thrive.
Bulldogs often also suffer from nasal hyperkeratosis, a crusty place on their cute little noses that probably bothers us more than them. This can happen because they can’t reach their nose with their tongue, allowing it to dry out.
Cleaning is a big part of owning a bulldog. Many need special attention paid to their skin folds, may need medications or prescription food to keep their skin happy, or prescription lotions to help hydrate their schnozz. Please schedule an appointment with us so that we can help to navigate your pet’s skin issues.
A Potpourri of Other Bulldog Problems
The bulldog problems don’t end with skin issues and breathing challenges, though. There are many other medical problems that this adorable breed experiences more than their fair share. These can include:
- Sensitive stomach
- Cardiac and respiratory disease
- Hip dysplasia
- Cherry eye
- Dry eye
- Trouble having puppies without assistance
Just because bulldog problems are well known doesn’t mean that they aren’t great dogs! In fact we often love the fact that we get to see them a little more often than the average pet because they are usually such wonderful patients. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff for more information or to schedule an appointment for your pet.