Signs and symptoms of a sick English Bulldogs can sometimes be a bit difficult to detect. They tend to vomit easily, and just eating a bit of the wrong food can cause them to have loose stool.
So how do you know if your Bulldog is really sick?
Vomiting In English Bulldogs
English Bulldogs are known for vomiting easily, mostly due to their difficulty in breathing. If they drink water too fast, or in excess, this can cause a small amount of vomit. If a healthy Bulldog does vomit because of this, it will look like water with a touch of foam (stomach acids).
If your Bulldog has any amount of thick drainage from their nose, this is a pretty good indicator that they’re sick! A minimal amount of clear fluids is common with exercise or brisk walks in the cold, but anything with any consistency or color is bad. It could be that he has sinus infection, or possibly pneumonia. Either of these will need to be addressed and diagnosed by your vet and will likely require antibiotics.
A Coughing Bulldog
If you notice that your Bulldog has began to cough regularly, this should also be cause for concern. First, this is a common symptom for a dog that has heartworms. There are a range of other illnesses that cause a dog to cough, but each are a sign your Bulldog is sick and needs to see the vet.
Build-Up In Their Eyes
If your Bulldogs has a filmy build-up in their eyes, especially if it is has any color to it (yellow or green) and/or is located in just one eye, you will need to have their eyes checked as soon as possible. This is most likely a sign of an infection that will require antibiotic drops. Any concerns with your Bulldogs eyes will need to be diagnosed early to prevent damage.
A Dull Coat
Bulldogs are susceptible to a wide range of skin and coat issues, from hair loss to dry skin. However, if you noticed a dramatic change in their coats sheen, giving it a powdery look, this is a symptom of a sick dog. Dull coats are usually a sign of dehydration, which could be caused by a quite a few illnesses. This includes the deadly diseases parvo and distemper, so this should never go unchecked.
Additional Symptoms Of A Sick Bulldog
- Unusual laziness or lethargy
- Refusal of food and/or water
- Shaking or trembling of any kind
- Diarrhea that continues for more than 8 hours, or has any trace of blood
These are a few of the most obvious signs and symptoms to look for in a sick Bulldog. However, you know your dog best, so when something doesn’t look right, you should always be safe and call your vet with any concerns.
Preventing Your Bulldog From Getting Sick
You can avoid many diseases and illnesses in your Bulldog by staying up-to-date on all the preventatives needed. In addition to their yearly vaccinations (that are a MUST), it’s always a good idea to have your Bulldog on heartworm preventatives and treat them regularly for intestinal parasites (worms).
A good book to have on hand is the Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook. This book is perfect for researching a wide range of signs, symptoms and sicknesses that can affect you Bulldog. You can also use the Pet Symptom Checker Below.