Help Needed! New English Bulldog Parents need Advice

MoeKnows

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Hi everyone, we’re new here! We adopted an English Bulldog from the Humane Society on 1/13, named him Moe :). Our vet thinks he’s around 1 year old, and he is the sweetest ever. This is our first Bulldog, but we’re quickly learning that these guys have special needs. On Friday (1/17) we noticed he’d thrown up in the morning. He continued to throw up several times throughout the day, and developed what we thought was a cough. Our first thought was kennel cough as we’d just brought him home from the shelter a few days before. We took him to our vet and they prescribed an antibiotic, so we took him home intending to start it after he’d eaten dinner. However, that evening he went downhill quickly, didn’t want to eat, drink, and as the evening wore on didn’t seem to want to get up at all. He looked bad enough that we took him to the emergency vet and to make a long story short, he was diagnosed with aspiration pneumonia. He’s been in hospital since Friday evening, yesterday he was improving, but he vomited again this morning and aspirated again. This evening we visited with him and he looked tremendously better. They’re going to continue to treat with various antibiotics and oxygen overnight, and recommended we take him to a daytime hospital tomorrow (emergency vet closes at 8 am Monday morning).

Sorry for the novel, but my question is this. From all of your experiences, what are the chances he does this again? We’re not even one week in and have spent a few thousand dollars now, and are unable to sustain this if it becomes a trend. I’ve read quite a few posts and learned about the steam shower and humidifier (ultrasonic!) which I plan to start tomorrow when he comes home, but if he does this again I’m not sure what to do. We have learned about the slow feeders and having him rest after he eats, are there any other recommendations to prevent this from happening again? We have already fallen in love and I’m terrified of anything happening.

Thank you all for your input!

Sara
 

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First of all THANK YOU for adopting... SO many bullies end up in shelters. I'm SO sorry for what has been going on with Moe... my advice to you is find a GOOD vet that has experience with English Bulldogs. They have very specific needs, and a good qualified vet is the best place to start. Sounds like he could have an elongated pallet, which would explain the vomiting and aspiration. Does he seem to gobble down his food too fast? You may want to add some warm water to his kibble, or get a slow-feeder bowl (or put a tennis bowl in his food bowl) to help him slow down on the meals. Try smaller meals to see if this helps w/the vomiting...
 

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Hi everyone, we’re new here! We adopted an English Bulldog from the Humane Society on 1/13, named him Moe :). Our vet thinks he’s around 1 year old, and he is the sweetest ever. This is our first Bulldog, but we’re quickly learning that these guys have special needs. On Friday (1/17) we noticed he’d thrown up in the morning. He continued to throw up several times throughout the day, and developed what we thought was a cough. Our first thought was kennel cough as we’d just brought him home from the shelter a few days before. We took him to our vet and they prescribed an antibiotic, so we took him home intending to start it after he’d eaten dinner. However, that evening he went downhill quickly, didn’t want to eat, drink, and as the evening wore on didn’t seem to want to get up at all. He looked bad enough that we took him to the emergency vet and to make a long story short, he was diagnosed with aspiration pneumonia. He’s been in hospital since Friday evening, yesterday he was improving, but he vomited again this morning and aspirated again. This evening we visited with him and he looked tremendously better. They’re going to continue to treat with various antibiotics and oxygen overnight, and recommended we take him to a daytime hospital tomorrow (emergency vet closes at 8 am Monday morning).

Sorry for the novel, but my question is this. From all of your experiences, what are the chances he does this again? We’re not even one week in and have spent a few thousand dollars now, and are unable to sustain this if it becomes a trend. I’ve read quite a few posts and learned about the steam shower and humidifier (ultrasonic!) which I plan to start tomorrow when he comes home, but if he does this again I’m not sure what to do. We have learned about the slow feeders and having him rest after he eats, are there any other recommendations to prevent this from happening again? We have already fallen in love and I’m terrified of anything happening.

Thank you all for your input!

Sara

Welcome... thank you for rescuing! What part of CA are you in? We capfuls have a member recommended vet near you to help.

Tracey has you covered on advice... small meals till better and keep up the steaming


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Hi Moe and welcome, says Castor!
Sorry to hear you are going through this but good that you took him in and that he's feeling better.
 

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Like has been suggested, try smaller meals...and if feeding kibble, spread it out on a large baking pan. That will force him to chase the food around in order to eat, and prevent him from gobbling it up and possibly choking on it. Have him evaluated for an elongated soft palate and/or Megaesophagus.
 

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Like has been suggested, try smaller meals...and if feeding kibble, spread it out on a large baking pan. That will force him to chase the food around in order to eat, and prevent him from gobbling it up and possibly choking on it. Have him evaluated for an elongated soft palate and/or Megaesophagus.

To further elaborate on this, if he has elongated soft palate he can get a minor surgery to correct this. The sooner you do the surgery the better. If he has megaesophagus, he should be fed using a Bailey chair since surgery can't cure this. Oscarmayer has an amazing rescue dog named MINI with megaesophagus so he's an excellent resource on this.
 
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Thank you All! I am learning how to post replies and will reply to all ASAP! Moe was transferred from the emergency yesterday to our normal vet, who released him back to us yesterday afternoon. He is resting comfortably at home and seems to be improving little by little! Thank you ALL for your warm welcome and great advice. This new mama is feeling much better!
 
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Hello! Thank you for the welcome! Yes he was gobbling very fast. We did buy a slow feeder yesterday when he came home and are carefully measuring each meal, and feeding several times a day, rather than 2 bigger meals. So much I wish we’d learned sooner so the poor guy didn’t have to go through this. He hasn’t vomited again since Sunday morning at the emergency, so fingers crossed we’re on the right path!
 
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I am in So Cal, Riverside to be exact! I’d appreciate any recommendations! Yes we are continuing the steaming and coupage with smaller meals. So far so good :).
 
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Hi Moe and welcome, says Castor!
Sorry to hear you are going through this but good that you took him in and that he's feeling better.

Thank you!! I’m so grateful to have found a forum of people with such a wealth of knowledge!
 
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To further elaborate on this, if he has elongated soft palate he can get a minor surgery to correct this. The sooner you do the surgery the better. If he has megaesophagus, he should be fed using a Bailey chair since surgery can't cure this. Oscarmayer has an amazing rescue dog named MINI with megaesophagus so he's an excellent resource on this.

Thank you both. We will be looking into both of these issues and hope to get resolution soon!
 

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I am in So Cal, Riverside to be exact! I’d appreciate any recommendations! Yes we are continuing the steaming and coupage with smaller meals. So far so good :).

Hey...I grew up in Redlands, CA! But that was way before I had any bullldogs. I am in the Seattle area now.
 
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Hey...I grew up in Redlands, CA! But that was way before I had any bullldogs. I am in the Seattle area now.

Nice! I did my masters at U of Redlands, it’s such a beautiful area! Small world.
 

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