Hip and elbow dysplasia
While they are not a particularly large breed, English Bulldogs are unfortunately susceptible to hip and elbow dysplasia.
Hip dysplasia is a bone degenerative disease affecting the hip joint, where the hip joins with the femur. This joint is deformed, causing the dog pain and lameness, which can be detected during exercise. Treatment for hip dysplasia is usually medication, and is intended to relieve the symptoms; however, in some cases, the veterinarian may recommend surgery.
Elbow dysplasia is a disease that originates in the growth stage and which affects this joint, causing inflammation and progressive degeneration of bone and articular tissue. The main symptoms are lameness, pain and exercise intolerance. The first treatment option is orthopedics; however, in severe cases surgery may be necessary.
The English Bulldog’s immune system is especially sensitive, which is why this breed is especially predisposed to allergies. As you know, allergies are those exaggerated reactionsthat defense cells create in response to a particular allergen. Skin allergies are the main allergic reactions in English Bulldogs.
Skin allergies in English Bulldogs are mainly caused by allergen inhalation, such as mold or pollen. An English Bulldog with allergies will experience constant itching, inflammation and redness of the skin, rashes, injury or wounds caused by excessive scratching.
Call your veterinarian to try to find out the causative allergen and determine a treatment which can be performed based on antihistamines, anti-inflammatory and analgesic topical products. In severe cases, corticosteroid drugs to suppress the immune system response may be required.