English bulldogs are by no means easy to care for and so owners need to do adequate research on how to best care for their little one. It’s true that bulldogs are stubborn and strong-willed, but with proper training, they make perfect companions that love to spend time with their owners. It is important to remember that you need to give the best care possible for your puppy.
Maintain optimum weight – daily exercise burns calories to help with weight control. To check your buddy for the excess weight, you should be able to find the backbone underneath his coat easily. Your dog is underweight if you can see the rib cage. If you feel your dog has a weight problem that you have not been able to control successfully, see your vet for recommendations and objective assessment.
Mental Health – fresh air, new activities, dog training, lots of love and attention, a variety of toys and stimulation will contribute to your dog’s mental well being.
Supply a proper diet
Dog owners are becoming aware of good wholesome food for English bulldogs pets. Whole food with appropriate amounts of fresh veggies, fruit, and meat or fish for vitality will provide a longer healthier life for your dog. Read the labels to determine if the food is nutritionally adequate for your best friend. Many commercially available dog foods will claim to be natural but contain rendered meat, animal byproducts, and slaughterhouse scraps.
Dogs are prone to ear infections, so it is vital to clean their ears regularly. Check your dog’s ears twice a month. The skin inside the ears as well as on the flaps should look a pale pink. If you find any foul smell coming out from the ears, or any skin discoloration, get a vet to examine your dog. Use a damp cotton swab moistened with a little warm water or oil to clean the inside of the ears. Take care that you don’t clean too deeply into the ear canal.
Your dog’s nails require attention just about once a month
Get yourself a good pair of clippers or scissors depending on how hard the nails are. As a precaution, keep a bottle of blood-clotting powder handy. While cutting nails, start by placing one of your dog’s paws in your hand and gently pull it towards you. Cut one nail at a time. Stop cutting just at the point where the nail starts curving downwards. In case you cut into the nerves or blood vessels by mistake, apply some of the blood-clotting powder on a moist piece of cotton and press it gently but firmly against the injured nail.
Due to constant moisture on wet fur from drinking and also the tendency of bulldogs to have teary eyes, there is always a chance for tear stains and yeast infections. The skin is softened from the constant wetness which offers a breeding ground for bacteria. These conditions can usually be treated with anti-bacterial teardrops or topical medications.
Keep in mind that prevention is always better than treatment. Dogs should be kept healthy through a nutritious diet and regular exercise. Owners must not wait until their dogs develop these skin conditions. For Bulldogs, in particular, it is recommended that they are kept in temperate areas. Bulldogs should not be overexposed to heat as this is the source of their skin conditions. Lastly, their dog areas should be kept clean at all times to avoid developing breeding grounds for bacteria.
In order to ensure that an English bulldog lives a healthy, active life, it is essential to know its traits and peculiar characteristics. For instance, bulldogs are not particularly good at running – they cannot sprint for miles on end. Bulldogs are more likely to waddle than hop and run at top speeds. But bulldogs should be taken for long walks regularly, just like other dogs. Furthermore, bulldogs do not easily learn new tricks. For instance, they take much longer than other dogs to do things like the heel on command.
English Bulldogs do not adapt well to a hot climate. They need special care in the summer, as they tend to overheat. During the summer, it is best to take them for shorter walks or walk them at night. Bulldogs do not have a very long lifespan, living eight to ten years at the most.