Know Your Bulldog!
Know Your Vet!
And be sure your vet knows your bulldog!
We can't stress this enough. English Bulldogs are a truly unique breed.
Almost any English Bulldog owner can attest to that. But the English
Bulldogs uniqueness goes far beyond their signature appeals of an amusing
appearance and an indescribably human and highly individual personality.
English Bulldogs are essentially a man made breed. They're bred for
certain physical traits (like that irresistible sourmug!) Nature shapes
the physical characteristics of most animals to fit their function and
English Bulldogs are not built to thrive in any natural
environment. So before you welcome an English Bulldog to your family it is
wise to become as knowledgeable as possible about the breed. You must then
find a vet who is knowledgeable and experienced with the English Bulldog
breed. In the event of a serious health issue (or even a minor issue!) you may very well regret not
having a good Bulldog vet who is familiar with your bully and the breed in
general. Even if the vet down the street has treated your old hound dog,
Jake, for years he may not be familiar with the special needs and the
unique anatomy of the English Bulldog. This does not mean that English
Bulldogs simply can't be
healthy. It just means that they will rely on you
to keep them healthy and to care for them. So it is up to you to do the
extra work of educating yourself and finding an educated and experienced
vet for your Bulldog.
Your veterinarian also goes to school for about 8 years but requires no lengthy internship or residency. (It should be noted that they have to pass a demanding National Veterinary Medical Board exam - similiar to the bar exam in law.)Unlike your doctor who's schooling was longer overall and who's area of study was more concentrated, your
vet learns to care for the health and well being of animals! Just think of how
many species of animals there are! And many species have many different
breeds. There are hundreds of dog breeds each with slightly different
skeletal and muscle builds. Add to this the fact that the English Bulldog
is one of the most outstandingly different of the dog breeds. Their
skeletal and muscle build is very different. Their respiratory system has
different needs and requirements to stay healthy and to function properly.
In addition, your beloved English Bulldog (no matter how human he/she may
seem) cannot verbally explain any problems they may be having. So you can
see the daunting task your vet is up against.
#1 Make sure you pick a healthy,well bred English Bulldog puppy, from a Bulldog expert that will want to educate you and be happy to answer any questions you may have about the English Bulldog breed.
#2 Pick a Bulldog puppy you are positive has been health examined by a veterinarian BEFORE you ever bring him or her home.
#3 Do the research, educate yourself so you understand your unique Bully! Once you really understand how your Bulldog's unique anatomy works and how it is different, how to care for your English Bulldog puppy correctly will start to come much more automatic & naturally. Then you will naturally be more instinctive for any situation that may put your Bulldog/child at any health risk (including dealings with your vet).
#4 Find a good, knowledgeable, experienced Bulldog Vet. You can get helpful information and recommendations as to picking the right vet in your area from your local Bulldog Club or by talking with experienced English Bulldog breeders or owners.
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