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    Default Do the potential health risks EBD's have make you nervous?

    Although I have yet to get my bully, I've been doing lots of research, found my breeder, a new vet who specializes in EBDs and I'm considering doing some volunteer work with the local EBD Rescue.

    Some of the rescues I've seen have such dire health problems it makes the potential of the problems very real to me. Some of these rescues weren't taken care of by their owners, lived in puppy mills etc. , it makes me wonder even if you get your dog from the most reputable of breeder and do everything you can will your bully still experience something like entropion, tail amputation or other problems.

    Does this make sense? My mind was just going around thinking about it.

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    Default Re: Do the potential health risks EBD's have make you nervous?

    Definitely. There are so many more people more knowledgeable than me, but the breed standard really makes for a super unhealthy bulldog in my personal opinion. I prefer bulldogs with a leaner build, less wrinkles, longer snout, and longer legs. I think if you find a breeder who really is trying to better the breed in these areas, you really can't go wrong.

    For me, it was a gamble, but 10 months later, so far so good. Just make sure you have $$$ saved up just in case, maybe look into pet insurance if that is something that keeps you up at night.



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    Default Re: Do the potential health risks EBD's have make you nervous?

    Well most bullies with these problems come from back yard breeders and puppy mills who do not pay close attention to genetics and blood lines. These people do not care about their pups, they just want money. Now that being said, do reputable breeders still have an occasional pup with problems? Yes they do, but the problems are few and far between and the breeder does care about what happens to their pups and if there is a problem with one of them they want to know about it. because even though you do your research on the two blood lines things still come up. This way they may decide not to breed the same two again, depending on the problem. Plus a reputable breeder will stand behind their pups and give a health guaranty or have them certified to be healthy from their vet. So if you do your homework and find a reputable breeder your chance of the problems will go way down, or may not have any at all.
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    Default Re: Do the potential health risks EBD's have make you nervous?

    Yes..before getting Jake, I had wanted a bully for years. I read so much and looked deeply into rescuing. Unfortunately, we couldn't satisfy the the rescue's terms..as we have grandkids and always other dogs,cats, etc! Jake's litter fell into our laps and all my worries were forgotten. We bought pet insurance..hiked up our britches...and have been lucky!

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    Remi is probably the result of a backyard breeder to be honest (all the homework in the world and still I look back and didn't really see the signs) but so far Remi has been very good. I'm going to document everything I can, because I think my findings will be important to new puppy owners.



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    Default Re: Do the potential health risks EBD's have make you nervous?

    This got me to thinking....have any of you ever considered your own potential health risks?
    Bullys have their own set of possible illnesses, even if you don't take count of the puppy mills. But every time you take responsibility of a life, you take a risk that the life may not be all roses. The risk of disease or even sudden death early in life.... Do you know of a person that hasn't had any illnesses? Do you expect your dog to be forever healthy? In the raw feeding world it's quite funny (or sad?) that the same people that are so conserned about their dogs feeding let their children eat fast food and candys??? Just got me to thinking....

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    Default Re: Do the potential health risks EBD's have make you nervous?

    Quote Originally Posted by RiiSi View Post
    This got me to thinking....have any of you ever considered your own potential health risks?
    Bullys have their own set of possible illnesses, even if you don't take count of the puppy mills. But every time you take responsibility of a life, you take a risk that the life may not be all roses. The risk of disease or even sudden death early in life.... Do you know of a person that hasn't had any illnesses? Do you expect your dog to be forever healthy? In the raw feeding world it's quite funny (or sad?) that the same people that are so conserned about their dogs feeding let their children eat fast food and candys??? Just got me to thinking....

    Good point! Guess if we thought of everything that COULD go wrong..no one would have kids either! Lol

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    Default Re: Do the potential health risks EBD's have make you nervous?

    Not anymore than my own. All I can do is hope for the best and be well educated on health issues and resolutions. I have an awesome vet, who has an EB and keeps me abreast of what to expect as she gets older. I'm educated everyday by the information on this site. I feed her much healthier/better than I feed myself and make sure she get plenty of exercise. But we all know there are no guarantees in life but I want to enjoy her for as long as I can. I don't want to be nervous about every thing that happens to her but if something happens, I will try to find a solution to the best of my/your/vets help.

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    Default Re: Do the potential health risks EBD's have make you nervous?

    One of the concepts that school taught me (geeky, I know!) is that you can always "transfer" the risk to another if you think you are not able to handle the burden. Or in other words, insurance. I've read that there's some really good policies in the U.S. ... a lot cheaper than Canada anyways. It's best to get it when they're still puppies so they won't have any pre-existing conditions. If, perse, you decide to get it after the vet has seen him for a minor ear infection, most likely they'll deny any claims that are ear related, even if it's just a bug bite!
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    Default Re: Do the potential health risks EBD's have make you nervous?

    Pet insurance seems like it may be ideal especially since I'm getting a puppy. Have I ever thought about my own life or my own child when I thought of becoming a parent. Not particularly but I did get genetic testing at 19 for a few things, so I guess I put a little effort into that.

    I appreciate the feedback and I think it's one of those things where it is recommended that I continue to keep doing my research.

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    Default Re: Do the potential health risks EBD's have make you nervous?

    I hope you have good luck with the pup you get. We were fairly lucky with HRH, she has a few allergies, but nothing as bad as many. And getting her on a good food made a huge improvement.

    And now we have just rescued Amy. We already know she will likely require major hip surgery at some point because of a congenital defect that the former owners were going to put her to sleep over. But she's still a precious little thing that is going to be one spoiled princess for the rest of her life.

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    Default Re: Do the potential health risks EBD's have make you nervous?

    Make me nervous? A little. Just like I'm always worried about my kids having to go to the ER... Both my kids went into surgery at age 4 for 1.) flying off a swing, 2.) busting his head open with a water cannon. So, even after learning everything about holistic principles and going to a holistic pediatrician and making sure they have healthy food and healthy exercise and good rest, I still get kids in the ER.

    Same with the dogs. But yes, I prepare for it. I don't have regular health insurance (might have to change with Obamacare). I have a Health Savings Account. My dogs don't have pet insurance, I have a bank account that I put money in monthly for use with vet bills. If the Health Savings Account and Pet bank account is not enough to pay the doctor/vet, I use CareCredit to pay for it (also covers vet bills). I have not had to use CareCredit yet, even after the kids' surgeries.

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