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    Default Is the hardest thing about owning an English Bulldog .....?

    .... watching them suffer through all their health issues?

    I just want to know this up front so I can prepare myself mentally for it. It's something that hasn't been articulated to me yet, but I am starting to feel that way with Baxter. And he's still just a puppy. I often want to ask all of you if after 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, 5 years ... maybe the most difficult thing isn't the expense .... or the irritation that they're always having health problems (this is the big warning I always hear!) ... but the worst part is actually having to watch them go through those health problems?

    Or are the health problems really not THAT frequent ... therefore its not really THAT influential of an issue overall?

    I really take it hard when Baxter is struggling with various things. I just need to prep myself if this is going to be the norm....

    Kevin

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    I had wanted and waited for 10 years to get an EB and I knew the various and most common health problems that they could get. The breathing problems due to their cute smooshed in faces, the joint problems, allergies and sensitivity to foods, skin sensitivities, and cherry eye. I knew this going in, so obtained pet insurance on my two guys, and decided I would be proactive and start with healthy choices in their food, treats, vet care, and supplements. I think that there are certain traits that affect certain breeds, and each breed has their specific problems. We have no guarantees in life even with our own health, there are a whole host of issues and diseases that we potentially can get, and there are no guarantees when we have children that they are not going to have any problems either. We can make sure we start our pets on a high quality and nutritious food, which goes a long way in prolonging their life and health, we can give them preventative vet care to make sure they stay healthy, spay/neuter our pets to avoid unwanted traits, wandering, and certain cancers. We can give them healthy treats, and preventative supplements like yogurt, apple cider vinegar, salmon oil, all these boost the immune system which helps them to better stay healthy and fight diseases, and make sure they get adequate exercise, and lots of love. If we do our best by our pets, we will hopefully be able to enjoy them for a long time, and have that unconditional love that only a pet can provide. Unfortunately our pets don't have a life span of humans, and so we do eventuallly face that heartache of out living them and having to let them go one day, but if we didn't then we wouldn't have our precious babies and the opportunity of loving one of these beautiful animals. All we can do is love, care and enjoy them for as long as we are lucky to have them. Don't think about all the sad and difficult things that can happen, but focus on the time and love that you have, and enjoy them each and everyday.
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    Default Re: Is the hardest thing about owning an English Bulldog .....?

    Personally it breaks my heart that porky doesn't like her face or head pet or really even touched. She had such severe yeast infections that it was nightly I was having to hold her face n just about scrub the yeast out of her nose rope so whenever I touch her face she thinks she's getting cleaned. I think it becomes easier with time though because they realize what we are doing is because we love them and want them to be healthy. Don't know if my insight helped at all but I hope it did
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    I too waited my whole life for an ebd. I too heard about the health problems and got insurance for him. Before I understood the importance of his food to his well being, Bocephus had more problems. Once he got on a grain free diet, he has minimal issues. His biggest problem is his eye which we clean and put drops/ointment in daily... That's not going to change. But since the diet change, he doesn't have yeast anywhere! We only dealt with it in his deep nose wrinkle but now that wrinkle is white and clean. So much so, that the vet doesn't believe it's just from the food. Even his moments of not feeling well, he never acted sad. The love they give you makes up for any possible bad feeling you might have. Yes it is sad when they don't feel well, but imagine if they didn't have you to take care of them


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    Default Is the hardest thing about owning an English Bulldog .....?

    That's a great question!

    They can get into trouble so I like vikinggirl's idea about getting pet insurance.

    You just want to put them in a bubble to keep them out of trouble! It's like playing Russian roulette when you pick out your puppy because you never really know what could happen. He could have health problems or he could be perfectly healthy his whole life!


    I don't know if I could ever really prepare myself for anything tragic. I do thoroughly enjoy every minute with my bully though.

    My first bully broke my heart but he was worth it.
    Last edited by Emily; 11-15-2013 at 02:17 AM.

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    Default Re: Is the hardest thing about owning an English Bulldog .....?

    It is hard but he has YOU All they want is to have someone care for them and do what's best for them, far from every dog has that. Baxter is lucky to have you. I've gone trough some hard times with mine but they deal with it so good, much better than me. The worst part for me is to leave them at the vet, it breaks my heart, I will never get used to it. However we've find a great vet that really cares for his patients, we call him doctor Dave and he calls our Boeboe "Bobis".

    I have 3 bulldogs and I really don't think it's so bad... we've had dealt with entropion, hip dysplasia, minor bacterial infection and pulled muscles and I've been a mess every single time, our kids though has taken it with ease. I think what ever future has in store for you and Baxter, together you two will do great.
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    Default Re: Is the hardest thing about owning an English Bulldog .....?

    I'm so saddened that a lot of people view bulldog's health problems as inevitable. With good breeding these health problems can be bred, maybe not away alltogether, but atleast they would not be a trademark of a bully. Like with humans two healthy people can get a sick child, so can two healthy bullys. But at the moment since it's a trademark, all bullys seem to be fit and healthy enough to reproduce. They're also very excpensive, so back yard breeding is a great business. Petshops sell cute pups that come from who knows were. Yes, you maybe rescuing that pup, but only making room for more and money for skumbags. Were there's life, there's disease and death and there's no guarantees with even the best breeder, but that some people don't even care a little bit of the suffering of these precious creatures and the heart ache of their owner is beyond me.
    My bullys are not without health issues. My older boy has a gene defect that makes him prone to develope bladder stones (most dalmatians have the same defect). He also has some changes is his back. Neither efects our daily lifes and is managed with healthy food and exercise. But there will be no pups.
    My younger has had sherry eye surgery for his other eye, but is otherwise healthy. Time and testing will tell if he has what it takes to father healthy pups. He's only a year old.

    So the most painfull and hardest thing for me is the very thought that I will loose them one day. Every time somebody's bully passes I cry a little, cause I can allready feel the pain that I will have.
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    Default Re: Is the hardest thing about owning an English Bulldog .....?

    My 1st exposure to a bully was 4 years ago, my son dated a girl that
    owned Bruzer, a 4 y/o handsome boy that had shown no problems
    but was having a myriad of things wrong, seemingly out of the blue.
    As their relationship became serious, they went out of town often so
    I dog sat Bruzer. They went to Chicago a week, my 1st time having
    him so long at one time. After 3 days of listening to him wheeze & snore,
    I broke down and cried.


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    So sorry your baby is having so many problems, but as @RiiSi stated, most problems are caused by bad breeding. Too many people want to make a quick buck and just breed two bullies together without regard to health, temperament, and so on. Most well bred bullies are very healthy. You still get an occasional bully with problems, but they are few and far between. This is why I am so against people who breed for money only or the person who gets a bully and just wants to bred for another bully and one for their friends and do not pay attention to genetics. I wish there were a way to control this, but there isn't. There are a lot of good reputable breeders out there that do pay close attention to genetics, health, and temperament, and try to breed the best bully they can. So there are some great healthy bullies out there, so don't give up on the breed. It just takes time and some investigation, and sometimes, just good luck to find an excellent breeder who is proud of their bullies and has healthy, great looking bullies.
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    Default Re: Is the hardest thing about owning an English Bulldog .....?

    My bully has been very healthy in his years with me. I would have to say the hardest part about having a bulldog is that their life span is shorter than some other breeds of dogs or your mixed breeds. That, in my opinion is the hardest part.

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    Default Re: Is the hardest thing about owning an English Bulldog .....?

    And then there are those that get a bulldog with not one health problem! A friend of mine has a 9 year old male that was raised on Purina One, lives in the south, has never had a skin or allergy problem, and was purchased in a pet store! Go figure! I pray that Baxter will outgrow this respiratory stuff and he will lead a long, healthy life. But you are so right, when they are sick, we suffer right with them. Lots of prayers and hugs coming your way!
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    I have to say that the hardest part about owning this breed is the fact that they may not live as long as other dogs. Besides allergy issues, my bullies have been pretty healthy… but then of course Winston has started w/his eye problems. It's very hard to lose your babies, but I know that while they were here they were very much loved & cared for And my faith that one day I will see them again, if I'm lucky!!!

    It seems to me that on here lately everyone is getting obsessed about that horrible day when their babies will ONE day head off to the rainbow bridge… The way I see it is that every single one of us is getting closer to that day, we are all on our way to somewhere else. Please do NOT worry so much about that loss, that you forget to enjoy this day I have dealt w/a lot of loss in my life, human & fur babies… never underestimate what you can & can NOT deal with. You are much stronger than you think…

    "What we once enjoyed and deeply loved, we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." Helen Keller
    RIP Wellie, Bella, Winston & Roxie

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