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  • Holiday Dangers for English Bulldogs





    The winter holidays are an expensive time of year for most. The holidays can also mean BIG bulldog health expenses if we're not careful. Here are some of the top dangers of winter holiday related activities.


    >Pain Reliever Poisoning
    The holidays can be a time of overindulging on more than just food. As the alcoholic beverages flow, the next-day headaches increase. Be sure to keep your bottle of pain reliever out of reach from your bulldog. There's a dramatic rise in pain reliever poisonings this time of year including but not limited to Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, Bufefrin, etc. .

    >No Bones About it
    Bones are often given to bulldogs by people who think itís natural for bulldogs to chew on them. However, bones can splinter and small bones from that turkey or chicken you had for your holiday dinner are often small enough for a bulldog to swallow.

    >Plants and floral decorations
    One of the most popular holiday plants is the Poinsettia, it is easily recognizable by their large red, white, pink or mottled leaves. These plants also contain a thick, milky irritant sap (latex) and can cause real bad stomach problems for your bully. Those Christmas lilies that make such beautiful and exotic looking arrangements are extremely toxic. In fact, all parts of the lily, including the pollen is considered to be poisonous. This is the one plant that can easily be fatal to a bulldog if ingested. Other plants, such as holly and mistletoe are also poisonous to bulldogs as well.

    >Swallowing Their Toys
    Keep an eye on your bulldog while they play and only give toys/bones that are large enough that your bulldog canít swallow them. If your bulldog chews up their toy into smaller pieces they could swallow, you should throw the remnants away, Nylabones are notorious for bulldogs breaking into small pieces and swallowing them.

    >All That Glitters, is Not Always Safe
    Glass ornaments are beautiful but present hazards to bulldogs. Ornaments can get knocked off the tree by bulldogs. If the ornament falls off the tree it can shatter on the ground. Bulldogs may try to eat the glass pieces and/or the glass shards can cut their paws. The glass pieces can also get lodged in the paw causing pain and in some cases requiring removal by a vet.

    >Be Very Careful of Toys made in China
    There are several toy companies in China that continue to use lead based paint to decorate dog toys which in most cases is fatal to dogs. Be careful and check out which country produces the toys you give your bulldogs. If you're buying a toy from a discount store check if it's made in China if it is put it back. Better to be safe then sorry. Watch the quality of stuffed toys you give a bulldog. If you can easily tear it apart just think how fast your bully will demolish it.

    > Gum in Stockings? Not!
    Sugar-free gum contains an ingredient called Xylitol which is toxic to bulldogs. Whether itís because packs of gum are in the stockings, or because gum is more prevalent for all the holiday gatherings, keep it out of reach of the bully.

    >Chocolate
    Chocolate is derived from the roasted seeds of Theobroma cacao, which contains certain properties that can be toxic to bulldogs, caffeine and theobromine. Bulldogs have sensitive stomachs and are more prone to negative reactions. If ingested, these two ingredients can lead to a number of medical complications and may even prove fatal to your bulldog.

    Just a little caution on our part can save our bulldogs pain and keep that holiday cheer going!



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    Comments 18 Comments
    1. 2BullyMama's Avatar
      2BullyMama -
    1. rjisaterp's Avatar
      rjisaterp -
      Thanks for the reminder.
    1. cali baker's Avatar
      cali baker -
      Great write-up, @dolphin. Informative and timely.
    1. bullmama's Avatar
      bullmama -
      Valuable information! Sharing!
    1. KMARINO's Avatar
      KMARINO -
      Great Info!! Thanks for sharing!
    1. harveyspecter's Avatar
      harveyspecter -
      thank you.
    1. boomsboo's Avatar
      boomsboo -
      Good article!
    1. Chumley's Avatar
      Chumley -
      Don't let them eat garland..
    1. Libra926's Avatar
      Libra926 -
      Very useful and very important information! Thanks Phil!
    1. JennyBean's Avatar
      JennyBean -
      Thank you @dolphin for posting this! Great read~
    1. KMARINO's Avatar
      KMARINO -
      Another holiday danger if I may add. I have a large Christmas Eve party. I send out a mass text to all invited Christmas Eve Day. PLEASE DO NOT FEED VEGAS ANY SNACKS, HE HAS MANY FOOD ALLERGIES AND IT WILL MAKE HIM SICK. THANK YOU.
    1. devlishangelinca's Avatar
      devlishangelinca -
      We have to issue this warning every time we have a gathering of family or friends. We have sign that goes up on the front door "DO NOT FEED BORIS ANYTHING BUT HIS APPROVED SNACKS" we then leave out a dish with a predetermined amount of snacks with a sign next to it BORIS' SNACKS. PLEASE GIVE HIM 1 AT A TIME.


      So far it works!


      Quote Originally Posted by KMARINO View Post
      Another holiday danger if I may add. I have a large Christmas Eve party. I send out a mass text to all invited Christmas Eve Day. PLEASE DO NOT FEED VEGAS ANY SNACKS, HE HAS MANY FOOD ALLERGIES AND IT WILL MAKE HIM SICK. THANK YOU.
    1. asimpson's Avatar
      asimpson -
      Quote Originally Posted by KMARINO View Post
      Another holiday danger if I may add. I have a large Christmas Eve party. I send out a mass text to all invited Christmas Eve Day. PLEASE DO NOT FEED VEGAS ANY SNACKS, HE HAS MANY FOOD ALLERGIES AND IT WILL MAKE HIM SICK. THANK YOU.

      I do the same thing
      So many people don't understand the allergies battle.
      Great addition to thread.
    1. natski282's Avatar
      natski282 -
      Excellent article Phil well done
    1. NewEnglandBully's Avatar
      NewEnglandBully -
      Thank you Phil!!!
    1. Vikinggirl's Avatar
      Vikinggirl -
      Thanks for sharing, always good to be reminded of the dangers that they can get into. Great Post.
    1. MurraySparkles's Avatar
      MurraySparkles -
      Thanks for the heads up!
    1. My Otis's Avatar
      My Otis -
      Thank You for posting this for us, it really helps me.