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ENGLISH BULLDOGS ARE NOT A FASHION STATEMENT, PURCHASING ONE SHOULD NEVER BE TAKEN LIGHTLY.

After requests from our new bulldog puppy owners we decided to have a page for Tips and Tricks we have from years of personal experience from the Bulldog breed.  We hope the following information is both educational and helpful.

The following information is not Copied from another website.  This is our own personal information, please ask permission before you copy anything from our website!

                     

                                              THE MOTTO

                       Patience, Care, Compassion and Education

Patience-God give us the patience so that we may apply what we have learned.

Care-To care enough about our neighbors, companions, family and friends to share the knowledge gathered about our passion(English Bulldogs)

Compassion-To understand and assist in alleviating the misunderstandings regarding English Bulldogs

Education-To Educate and inform oneself as much as possible about the things we enjoy in life(English Bulldogs)


                                

                             KEEPING THOSE WRINKLES CLEAN

One of the things we love most about our Bulldogs is those squishy wrinkly faces.  Sometimes the overdone Bulldog will require a lot more time daily cleaning those folds. What we do to keep our Bulldogs looking their best and keeping those tear stains away.

1. Clean your bullys face daily with unsented baby wipes.

2. Forget those Diamond eye and tears staining removal products they rarely work.  SUDORUB is a UK made diaper rash cream that will prevent as well as clear up tear stains and keep the large nose rolls free of bacteria and the red tear staining.  This WORKS EVERTIME and we have great success with it. This remedy was accidently discovered by mum and she swears by it and used it for years, She always seems to find these great tips and tricks.  Our own vet even recommends it now over Penaten.

 



                                BULLDOGS COAT AND SKIN

Bulldogs have very sensitive coats, the wrong diet can make your bullys coat dull and even crate skin complaints. If you are feeding a TOP quality diet (please visit our What we feed page) but still having problems with your bullys coat it maybe allergies, hot spots, Dermatitis,yeast infections,dandruff the list can go on.  We do several things to keep our Bulldogs coats shiny and healthy. 

1. Giving Salmon oil once a day (providing your bulldog is not allergic to fish)

2. Cooked Eggs are a wonderful source of protin for your Bulldog.

3.Supplementation with certain Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids can help support a sleek, healthy coat and supple skin. Flaxseed oil in small doses is the best way to achieve the Omega 3s and 6 not only improves a dog's skin and coat but also bolsters the immune system, lowers cholesterol levels and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory agent.

If you are having problems with Hot Spots,warts or even cuts, scrapes and bug bites we use a show product called CHRIS CHRISTENSEN PEACE AND KINDNESS Colloidal Silver Spray. It quickly stops the itching and bald patches grow back very quickly.  You can even purchase BITTER APPLE Spay for hot spots.



                                   PNEUMONIA AND BULLDOGS

Nearly all Bulldogs have a smaller diameter trachea (windpipe) than other dogs.
The hypoplastic trachea is excessively narrowed and grows as your Bulldog grows, it can take a year to finish developing. Elongated Soft Palate is also another common concern with a Bulldog that they are born with and they usually outgrow when they are adults and we would not recommend a soft palate surgery before a Bulldog is fully matured and only when absolutely necessary. 

This creates the problem of creating additional negative pressure from the trachea making Bulldogs more prone to aspiration, Aspiration then causes pneumonia which the smaller trachea then makes more difficult to clear. Pneumonia can also be a direct cause of Kennel Cough "Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis" which is a airborne virus, If treated quickly it can easily be cured. It can also be contracted by an allergic reaction to vaccines.

Pneumonia can also be contracted at the following

Dog Shows, Dog Groomers, Training Classes,Veterinary Clinics,Contact of any kind with other dogs,Out on walks Passing Dogs in the street.  we do NOT recommend DOG PARKS at any age for walking your Bulldog, You have no idea the health history of the dogs your puppy/adult is being introduced to.

There are several ways to prevent Pneumonia, never let your bulldog inhale their food, you can purchase a ball which can be placed into their food bowl which is what we do with our puppies or you can even purchase a slow feeding food bowl designed to slow down your bulldog eating. Never Let you Bulldog out in the cold for too long as they can also develop wet lungs very fast. 

Symptoms of Pneumonia

Frequent coughing with mucus,secretions Nasal discharge, Difficulty in breathing, Fever Wheezing or panting, Dehydration, Loss of appetite,Lethargic behavior

If you have discovered your Bulldog has Pneumonia along with your vet recommendations we have cured this virus using Nebulizers, which contain antibiotic medicines, We also provide supplemental Oxygen if needed.  Steam showers also help clear the lungs.  Apo-Furosemide (which can be prescribed by the Vet) removes excessive water from the lungs. Lasix/Salix in moderation can also be used to clear fluid from the lungs in conjunction with a strong antibiotic such as Orbax or Zeniquin (These medications are not recommended in puppies under 1 year old due to growing bones and a lot of vets will not prescribe it to young dogs however in a life and death situation we have used these before with no development problems in the future on a 2-3 week dose max.  Home remedies (homopathy) such as Lemon juice, dandelions can also be used with great success.  If you do have a Bulldog and are struggling to cure Pneumonia you may contact us for more information.


                                  DIARRHEA AND VOMITING

The most common causes of Diarrhea and Vomiting in puppies is Change in diet,Stress,Overfeeding even chill.  To help fix this problem we cut back in food and feed only boiled ground beef and rice, it usually cures the problem within 24 hours. Make sure your Bulldog has accsess to plenty of fresh water as side affects of diarrhea can cause dehydration.

Diarrhea can also be a symptom of other problems such as parasites like Giardia and Coccidia this will require medical treatment the best cue for such parasites is Sulfadimethoxine which is commonly known as Albon or Panacur.  There is also a herbal treatment for Coccidia and Giardia called Kocci Free by (amber Technology) We have found their herbal treatments to work very well and very quickly with our Bulldogs.

                                  Symptoms of Coccidia and Giardia

Loose mucousy stools, Diarrhea (often green/red in color), Malodorous stool Soft, light colored, greasy stools Abdominal tenderness, Gas Bloating, Listlessness, Weight loss, Dehydration, Fever, Vomiting.


              HOW CAN A BULLDOG PUPPY GET CODDIDIA OR GIARDIA

Stress plays a role in the development of coccidiosis and giardia.  It is not uncommon for a seemingly healthy puppy or other animal to arrive at its new home and develop diarrhea several days later leading to a diagnosis of coccidia.  If the puppy has been at the new home for less than a week then it had coccidia before it arrived.  Remember the incubation period (from exposure to illness) is about a week.  If the puppy has been with its new owner a couple of weeks, then the exposure to coccidia most likely occurred after the animal arrived at the new home.  Often, coccidia was present only to surface during the stressful period of the puppy adjusting to a new home.  It can also be contracted by the puppies mother once born, the puppy is frequently exposed to its mother's feces and if the mother is shedding the infective cysts in her feces then the young animals will likely ingest them and coccidia will develop in their intestines. Since young puppies, usually those less than six months of age, have no immunity to coccidia, the organisms reproduce in large numbers and parasitize the young animal's intestines.


                              GASTRIC TORSION AND BLOAT

Bloat is a very serious health risk for many dogs, yet many dog owners know very little about it. It is the second leading killer of dogs, after cancer. It is frequently reported that deep-chested dogs are particularly at risk. Please consult with your veterinarian for medical information. The technical name for bloat is "Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus" ("GDV"). Bloating of the stomach is often related to swallowed air (although food and fluid can also be present). It usually happens when there's an abnormal accumulation of air, fluid, and/or foam in the stomach ("gastric dilatation"). Stress can be a contributing factor also.

Bloat can occur with or without "volvulus" (twisting). As the stomach swells, it may rotate 90° to 360°, twisting between its fixed attachments at the esophagus (food tube) and at the duodenum (the upper intestine). The twisting stomach traps air, food, and water in the stomach. The bloated stomach obstructs veins in the abdomen, leading to low blood pressure, shock, and damage to internal organs. The combined effect can quickly kill a dog.

The exact cause for bloating isn't really known but the most accepted theory is that the dog has eaten an exceptionally large meal, drank lots of water and then proceeded to exercise strenuously within the next two to three hours.

It is believed that by exercising immediately after eating causes the stomach to expand with gas, fluid or expanding food causes extreme distention. If this occurs and is caught by a veterinarian in time, a large tube can be feed down the dog's esophagus and on into the stomach. The audible hiss of escaping gas can be not only heard but also smelled.

If the distension isn't caused by gas but by liquid and/or food, the same tube will be used to "pump" the stomach and carry the excess away while providing immediate relief to the dog. The owners will usually be told to leave the animal for observation to make sure the distension doesn't reoccur. There are times when the tube will not pass and another aspect of bloat occurs.

When this happens, it is usually because the excess of food and liquid in the stomach combined with an animal who runs, jumps or exercises in some other manner causes the stomach itself to become flipped or twisted in a condition known medically as "gastric torsion." When true gastric torsion cases occur, is mere minutes count toward the survival of the dog.

During gastric torsion, the stomach does a complete rotation or "flips" which then causes a constriction of the blood supply at each of the ends. Stomach tissue like any other tissue will become necrotic and die without the necessary blood supply.

The most noticeable symptoms are the grossly distended abdomen; extreme restlessness often with pacing, excessive salivation and drooling, attempts to vomit without results, whining and cries of pain. Unfortunately owners often don't recognize the problem until it is too late. For the dog to be saved, the owner must notice the symptoms of gastric torsion or bloat early in the onset to have any chance of saving their pet. If the condition is not caught early enough, the dog will usually goes into shock, become comatose and then die.

If you have been able to get the dog to the veterinarian early enough, and relief isn't seen by passing the naso-gastric tube, surgery becomes the only option.

Again, this is a condition where minutes make the difference between life and what is an agonizing death. It must be remembered that even with surgery, the chances of survival are not that great.

During years of research, Very few ( 2%) survive the surgery and return home. The condition of dogs who did live were noticed immediately and recognized as gastric torsion because owners had had dogs die of the condition at some other time.

Without surgery, the mortality rate is 100% and the once the problem is diagnosed, the dog needs to go immediately into surgery or be put down to avoid needless suffering.

If surgery is the course of action decided on, the dog will be placed under a general anesthesia. The veterinarian will shave and prep the abdominal area from sternum to groin and make a large incision down the midline of the dog.

He will then proceed to pull the intestines and stomach out and lay it on the surgery table.

These organs and tissues will need to be kept wet so a technician will usually be standing by with large syringes filled with some type of sterile water that may even be mixed with antibiotics.

Once the abdomen is opened up and the necessary area is exposed, the doctor will then untwist the stomach. Once this is done, he will begin checking the stomach and intestine for necrotic areas. If any are found, he will usually recommend the dog be put down. If no dead tissue is found though, he will suture or "tack" the stomach to the abdominal wall with the material of his choice.

This tacking is done in the hopes of preventing the dog's stomach from once again twisting. Once the stomach is tacked, the doctor will replace the intestines and proceed in closing the abdomen. From this point, it will be a matter of wait and see as to whether the dog survives.

If he or she does, instruction will be given as to the special dietary and feeding needs of the dog. Usually, the doctor will recommend several small meals as opposed to one large meal during the day. He or she will also suggest placing the food at an elevated level,moistening any dry food so the dog will feel full quicker and limiting the availability of water after eating.  Using a Portion pacer Ball in their bowl to slow down food intake will help also.

For those dogs lucky enough to survive their ordeal, they will normally go on to live long, healthy lives giving years of companionship to their owners as long as proper obedience is given to the doctor's orders.

 

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                                 BULLDOGS WITH DRY NOSE

Have you ever seen a dog that has rough, thickened skin on its nose? Chances are, the condition is nasal hyperkeratosis (NHK), commonly known as dry nose.

A nose that is simply dry is not a cause for concern, and can be treated with a slight film of petroleum jelly. Since your dog will try to lick this off, it's important you do not use any cosmetic products, and that you don't put too much petroleum jelly on or apply it too often - since excessive amounts may cause diarrhea. However, if your dog's nose is becoming excessively dry and cracked, the condition may lead to wounds forming that will easily attract infection. It is therefore important to cleanse and moisturize the nose once or twice daily. You should wipe it with mild warm soapy water, thoroughly dry it and apply a thin film of petroleum jelly just before bed time or any



       BULLDOGS CAN ALSO SUFFER FROM URETHERAL PROLAPSE

Key Points: is that Urethral prolapse is an uncommon condition found in younger dogs.  A fleshy knob of tissue is found projecting from the end of the penis. This condition is corrected with surgery.

Introduction:

* the urethra is the tube that passes urine from the bladder to the outside of

*the body the tube runs through the penis

*weakening of the tissue that normally holds the urethra in place results in prolapse of the urethra

Signalment:

*most dogs are younger when this condition occurs

*it only affects male dogs

*The most common breed affected is the Bulldog


Clinical signs

*straining to urinate

*licking the penis

*irritation of the penis

*red mass protruding from the penis

*note the mild prolapse in the photo below



Note: Severe Prolapse to the right!


Treatment

*surgical removal of the prolapsed urethra

*the edges of the urethral are sutured carefully in order to prevent narrowing of the opening

Prognosis

*typically the response to surgery is very very good


                       

                                    ELONGATED SOFT PALATE


This is the most common breathing disorder in a Bulldog. The soft palate is the flap of skin at the back of the throat. If the palate is too long, it blocks the airway making it difficult for the dog to breathe. The dog can also choke on or spit up pieces of kibble and even pass out from lack of air. Signs are excessive panting, unable to calm down quickly when excited, and possibly vomiting. Loud, raspy breathing when overheated is another symptom.

A vet can check the palate by looking down the dog's throat, many times while the dog is awake if he/she is calm and will allow it. Otherwise, a mild sedative can be given so the vet can do a thorough check.

Surgery can be done to shorten the palate but is NOT suggested until the dog is about a year old as the palate may still grow when they are pups and never need any surgery. 

Laser surgery is now the most common way to shorten the palate. It cauterizes as it cuts, which cuts down the bleeding and swelling, and lessens recovery time. During post-op recovery, only soft food should be given to allow the throat time to heal. Hard kibble can be irritating. Rice/ground beef or chicken, soft dog food, eggs, oatmeal and even baby food are some of the meals that can be fed. Kibble can also be softened with hot water or a gravy.

Healing time varies by dog but normal time is between 2-3 weeks.




                                HYPOPLASTIC TRACHEA

                              Hypoplastic (narrow) Trachea:
Bulldogs tend to have small tracheas considering their size. The average trachea measures between 6-9, which is based on the size of the trachea tube used during surgery. The higher the number, the wider the trachea.

The most common signs of a narrow trachea are shortness of breath, gurgling sounds, wheezing,Foaming at the mouth, The only way to know if your dog has this is with an x-ray.

Unfortunately, nothing can be surgically done to correct this problem. The best way to treat this is to limit strenuous exercise and keep the dog’s weight down. The less weight, the less strain on the body.  Most often they outgrow this condition and no treatment is ever needed.

Many bulldogs live long and happy lives with this as long as they are monitored carefully, like any Bulldog.



                                         PINCHED NARES


The nares (nostrils) are pinched tight so the dog doesn't get a good amount of air through the nose. Nares can be widened with surgery. The inside of the nares are scraped, allowing a larger opening to let more air pass. NEVER DO A PINCHED NARES SURGERY on a Bulldog less than 1 year as most often they will grow back as your bully matures meaning a second surgery..  Unless life theretening this surgery is never needed.


Note: Whenever considering any type of surgery on your bulldog be sure you go to a vet that specializes in this breed.



                                         REVERSE SNEEZING


The real name for reverse sneezing is paroxysmal respiration. Paroxysmal respiration is commonly described as a "reverse sneeze" because for all purposes it does look as if a dog is trying to inhale a sneeze. When this occurs, your Bullie will appear to be snorting or choking with the neck extended and the chest expanded, as the she struggles to take in air.

Physiologically, the trachea has narrowed and the normal amount of air is not able to enter the lungs. In most cases, this not a serious problem and it looks much more horrifying than it is. If this is happening to your Bulldog, do not panic. You can help your her by soothingly stroking the upper throat area to encourage relaxation and dilation of the trachea. Other have had success gently pinching the nostrils together until the Bulldog swallows. This is usually all that is necessary. It is important to remember that most attacks will stop without doing anything at all.


 

                            BULLDOGS AND CORN CAN BE FATAL

Corn on the cob is a dangerous food for Bulldogs and can potentially be fatal.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

Corn cobs can cause intestinal obstruction. Symptoms include: vomiting or dry heaving, straining during defecation, loss of appetite, stomach pain, whimpering, trembling, restlessness, and increased or decreased drinking. 

Keep an eye on your Bulldog, and contact your vet immediately if you notice any of the above symptoms.

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?

Large dogs may possibly pass the cobs without incident, whereas small to medium dogs will be more susceptible to problems.

WHY IS CORN ON THE COB A DANGEROUS FOOD FOR DOGS?

Corn cobs are not very digestible and can become stuck in the dog's intestinal tract.

Intestinal blockage can cause your Bully great abdominal pain!

Always despose of Corn Cobs in the Garbage far away from your loved bully!




                                BULLDOGS AND CHERRY EYE


                                    Update Feb 6th 2014

We have had a couple of families the last couple weeks now sending us pics of their Bulldren babies for what they believe is Cherry Eye when it was an eye infection/allergy.  Nash one of our current 9 week old babies popped 2 large cherry's yesterday so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to take a couple of good close up pics to show what classic Cherry eye does look like in a bulldog.  They do look more painful than they are but they can bleed and it is important to never leave them they must be surgically corrected in a timely manner. Cherry eye is easily fixed and we are fortunate to have a lot of experience in fixing Cherry eye's and have even stopped tacking now we only remove a partial part of the glad and we pop it back into place we have been having great luck with this method for the last couple of years without using sutures anymore and once Cherry eye is fixed we have never had them reoccur.  It is important when choosing a Vet to perform this surgery, so if you do have one of our babies and suspect cherry eye please contact us first as some Vets will want to remove the whole gland which is a huge issue and will cause your bulldog to develop dry eye which will require eye drops daily for the rest of their life.

If your bully has swollen third eyelids and they are oozing this is more than likely an allergy to another pet in the household or sometimes even a new washing liquid can do this, Bulldogs are very sensitive. You can pick up Polysporin Antibiotic Pink Eye drops made by Johnson and Johnson at your local pharmacy.. These drops work miracles for any swollen or inflammation on their eyes apply 2-3 per eye 2-3 times a day.  If this does not clear it up a trip to the Vet for some Toborex will defiantly take care of it.


Nash with Cherry Eyes, He will be having his surgery in a few days and we will post pictures after it's all done and he looks gorgeous again.



                                             Feb 11th 2014

I fixed Nash's eyes up Yesterday this is the result in just one day of healing.  He will continue to get Bnp ointment 3 times a day and be separated from his littermates for another 2 days.  But after then he is all fixed up and beautiful again and we can with confidence say he will never get Cherry eye again!




This is one of our past puppies Emma with cherry eyes, They were fixed and never returned and No Dry eye.. We Never will remove the Gland they are large cut in half and popped back into place with BNP ointment for a week after the surgery.  Bulldog pups will pop Cherry eyes if they are going to get them usually within the first 6 months of life. They are easily fixed and non-life threatening.. More information Below.



                    Emma Pictured Only Days after her Cherry Eye Surgery



Removal of the Gland
In the past cherry eye was treated with surgical excision of the lachrymal gland. Since this gland is responsible for the tear production in the eyeball, removal often results in diminished tear production. This can lead to dry eye.  Most feel this procedure should no longer be considered an option.

Allowing the gland to remain popped out, with or without the need for medication for most would be preferred over complete removal of this tear gland.  If the gland is removed and the Bulldog develops dry eye, long term medication is then required to keep the eyeball moist

Background
The condition known as "cherry eye" is evidenced by the protrusion of the lachrymal gland. This gland is associated with the third eyelid membrane in the corner of the eye. The gland, which normally resides under the lower eyelid at the inside corner of the eye will sometimes "pop" out. This looks worse than it is and does not require emergency treatment. Cherry eye looks much more horrifying and painful than it really is.

Aside from its somewhat ghastly appearance, the prolapsed tear gland can actually rub against the surface of the eye (cornea), and cause irritation, and sometimes ulceration of the cornea.  Excessive drainage from the affected eye is sometimes seen.  Affected eyes in which the gland is not rubbing the cornea do not require medical or surgical attention.  The owner in such cases may request correction of the condition solely based upon appearance.

Treatment Options

There are several methods of dealing with cherry eye problems. Treatment is considered when irritation of the cornea is experienced. 

Eye Drops
Topically applied ointments and eye drops may sufficiently control the irritation.  If irritation occurs, and topical medication is required on a continual basis, surgery may be considered.

Tacking the Gland (We do not suture glands down anymore)
The current recommended treatment involves surgically returning the gland to its proper position. The gland is sutured, stitched or "tacked" back into place. The stitch then acts as the ligament to reattach the gland into position. This surgery is usually considered the only acceptable treatment of cherry eye,  because the gland remains intact where it can resume tear production.

Typically dogs do well after this surgery, and if tacked in most times will never pop again.

                                          * IMPORTANT *

Cherry eyes should be fixed in a timely manner!  Failing to fix Cherry eye can eventually lead to blindness.  If you have one of our Bulldogs and it has developed Cherry eye and you are finding it a financial burden to fix the Cherry eyes please do contact us.



                                       INTERDIGITAL CYSTS

A Bulldogs paw with a Interdigital Cyst

We had a few Clients contact us recently regarding growths between their Bullies toes and raw itchy feet.  This is quite common in Bulldogs our Ollie sometimes suffers with them!  The cause of these Digital Cysts is unknown some believe it is a fungus or ingrown hair it could even be from penetration of the skin by a foreign body.  Most often than not these clear up on their own and can come and go try to avoid antibiotics unless there is an infection, most defiantly do not puncture them unless they swelled up and causing pain for your Bulldog and only then sanitize with peroxide or TCP when doing to prevent infection.

Here is the remedy we use to clear up these Cycts and it also seems to keep them at bay for long periods of time sometimes once you have cleared them up using this remedy they may never return.

What you will need:
Epsom Salts
Hydrogen peroxide
Preparation H

1st fill the bath tub with 3 or 4 inches of water and add 1 full cup of Epsom Salts put your Bulldog in the water soaking all 4 feet, Please be careful to not let him/her drink the water we all know they love to do this when getting a bath :)  You are going to want to soak their paws for 10 mins. 

2nd Remove your Bulldog from the bath and with a nice thick towel dry their paws thoroughly!  Take a small bowl or cup something their paw will fit into and fill half with the Hydrogen peroxide you are then going to dip for 1-2 seconds each paw individually.  You will notice it bubble and this is where damaged cells are present.

3rd After soaking in the Hydrogen peroxide pat their paws with a towel and apply the Preparation H, this is to take down the swelling.

You will want to repeat this process at least 2 times a day you should notice a significant improvement within a few days.  I hope this is helpful for those bulldren who are suffering with these frustrating cysts.  please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process. 

 


                             DEMODETIC MANGE DEMODECOSIS

This is a very mild case of Demodex or the start of something worse if left untreated!  At the first sight of a Bulldog with any Skin redness or irritation it should be addressed immediately.

Demodetic Mange is a very controversial topic among Vets and Breeders!  There are two types of Demodex Localized and Generalized and there is also a juvenile form of Demodex in dogs under a year of age.

It is caused by an external parasite that is also present in low numbers on what are healthy Bulldogs. Whether or not a Bulldog shows symptoms of this disease depends primarily on their immune status. Demodectic mange is caused by a mite, a microscopic ectoparasite that infects the hair follicles and causes the Bulldog to lose hair and develop raw red itchy patches.   I personally believe Stress plays a huge roll on a Bulldog showing symptoms of Demodex and there are numerous underlying causes that can weaken the immune system and make a Bulldog more susceptible to this disease ie: Puppies who are not fully vaccinated and exposed, Bulldogs who we know are very susceptible to prolapsing their third eyelid and left untreated the stress of this alone will weaken the immune esp in Bulldogs under a year old, hypothyroidism can also weaken the immune system, heartworm even parasites such a coccidia will weaken the immune.

It is essential to nip any problems with a Bulldog in the bud as they can lead to greater problems such as Demodetic Mange! and this left untreated can spread rapidly and be very harmful to your Bulldog. Demodetic Mange is diagnosed using skin scrapings under the microscope it is only a 10-15 min process and diagnosed on the spot most Veterinarians will allow you to view the cigar shaped mite under the microscope.


                   TREATMENT AND PREVENTION OF DEMODEX

There are Treatments for both Localized and generalized demodex out there that are very successful.  Here is what we suggest and know what works!

For Localized and or Juvenile we find Vets like to prescribe Lime-Surfer dips such as a popular one called Mitaban!  I personally think this treatment is a load of rubbish and does not work plus it is extremely painful to dip your Bulldog into these baths as once they dry their skin goes very hard and it is painful for them.  We have our own homemade herbal spray formula made with Neem that has worked miracles for our Bullies we use it in conjunction with Advantage Multi with Huge Success every time!  We would be happy to make this formula for anyone who is having problems with Demodex. 

For Generalized we would suggest our homemade herbal spray formula in conjunction with something stronger your Vet will probably prescribe to you and that would be Oral Ivermectin it can also be called Ivomec or Milbemycin Interceptor.

No matter which form of demodex is treated,Your Bulldog needs to be on optimum nutrition, stay current on vaccines, and be free of internal parasites (worms). We suggest De worming of adults 1-2 times a year with Safe-Guard or Panacur and also a Vitamin C Supplement added to the diet once a day will help keep a good immune system.  And because you are treating Demodex now does not mean your Bulldog with suffer with it in the future.

If you are having problems with Demodex and would like additional information or are interested in our homemade herbal spray please contact us.