Hi everyone,I'm Gretel,17 year old in Mexico and I'm the owner of a english bulldog,her name is Abbie AKA Chata,she's turning 7 months tomorrow. I wanted to post our story here to see if anyone has any tips or stories to share. My aunt has a lovely 3 year old bullie named Petra,she got pregnant and her babies were born on January 7th,she had 7 baby girls (amazing!),saddly 3 died.When my girl was 2 months old or so my aunt noted that she always had poop in her tail,it bleeded and it was infected,even if i lover her,she was very irresponsable and didnt took well care of Abbie,then she decied to euthanize her but she asked me if i wated her,after several hours of craying my parents agreed and i took her home when she was 3 mothns old.2 days after she moved on with us,i took her to the hospital,it's supposed to be the best one but we saw several doctors and they didn't say anything,we got an appoinment with a neurologist 2 months ago,they took her x-rays and said she had spina bifida and that there's nothing to do,the doctor suggested to euthanize her (i wanted to kick his *) but i ingored it. She is a very happy girl,she bites everything,she even ruined a pair of shoes,she snores a lot,she farts when she's sleeping,she's very demanding and loves everyone,specially my dad..oh and her favorite tihng to do is eat! The doctor told me i should be carefull with her weight,i walk her averyday,i shower her every 2 weeks,every morning i wash her tail with soap and water,i put her some capent and put her diaper on,but sometimes she bleeds..if anyone has or had a puppy like this i would truly appreciate some tips!!
I breed English Bulldogs and have had this happen before a couple of times. I usually have them euthanized, because since they can not control their bowels it is very hard to keep them clean and in sanitary conditions. Another breeder had one and she kept him alive for 2 years.But he got sick and she had to euthanize him also. Some of them also can not maintain a healthy weight because they eat and poop all the time. I don't mean to sound bad or uncaring,this is just my opinion and the experience I have had with this health problem.
I wish you the best of luck with your sweet little girl. She has such an angel face, I can see why you could'nt resist her. I'm so sorry that she has spina bifida,but depending on the severity of the defect, you could give her a decent life. Your main concern will be with staving off infection, and keeping her scrupulously clean.If there is a small opening at the base of her spine (tail) I would always keep that loosely covered with a gauze dressing,not only to keep out dirt etc, but to guard against insects. You don't mention whether she has good control of her back legs, or bladder function. I hope she continues to enjoy life, and that you can keep her healthy. ((Big smooch for her 'chops'!)
I have a Cavalier. The vets also have told me that he is paralyzed, that he has spinal bifida etc. Amazingly none of them had even taken xrays.
I went to my chiropractor, my little guy is now moving his legs around some and wagging his tail a bit. it's been 4 weeks. We work out with water every day, go to the chiro 4 times a week, and I have a special diet he's on.
It's a slow process. I still think he can make it. From what I'm reading on the subject it comes from poor nutrition of the mother while she is pregnant. I'm trying to add msm, probiotics, enzymes, and a dehydrated raw food diet with a high quality dry food mix. He is building up every day.
I call him my easter puppy because he leaves little poop eggs. LOL Good luck with your little guy. I would tell the person that bred this dog that they might want to quit doing that. They need to start giving their dog a better diet. Not every dog is meant to bred. You can also get your dog a wheelchair that will help him get around. There are websites that work with handicapped pets.
I am a third year veterinary student and also have an English Bulldog with spina bifida. Dont listen to the breeder. I am absolutely appalled by her comments. She is ignorant and should stop breeding bulldogs as spina bifida in dogs is a heritable genetic condition. Dogs are not disposable!!! Just because one you created didnt turn out perfect doesnt give you the right to discard them like trash. My spina bifida baby is the light of my life. Outside of human ignorance and laziness, they are capable of living completely healthy normal lives. (Although bulldogs as a breed tend to be prone to many health problems, so watch out for those.) Abbie is absolutely adorable and I wish you good luck with her!
Hi, my name is Jacob, i live in Utah and am a full time single student, I've always loved dogs, i have a shiatsu named DAWSON and a sweet bulldog named FRANKY, i purchased FRANKY off of a local KSL website from a random person selling him for 500 bucks. i thought it was a killer deal so i went ahead and bought him. come to find out he has SPINAL BIFIDA. i am now stuck with the choices to keep him or let him go. it breaks my heart to read about other bulldogs with the same problems as Franky, at first i cut up some shirts to make diapers for him so he wouldn't get poop all over my studio. i took him to several vets that examined him, turned out to be a life long problem for Franky, the last vet took x-rays and diagnosed him quickly, he also came down with UTI from the homemade diapers. now i am having to use baby diapers. i am not sure what kind is the best to use for him since i don't have kids diapers are an unfamiliar subject to me. when i take Franky outside to potty i have to literally squeeze the poop and piss out of him. is this what you have to do with them or is there a healthier way to get them to go potty on their own. ? i hate to have to get rid of Franky, him and Dawson play together so so well and he just makes me melt. he is the absolute perfect dog in looks and manners that i have ever seen, but I'm not sure how long i can take the fact of knowing that he could be in server pain and end up costing me more money that i don't have. please help :( firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you tried to finding a bulldog-specific forum, boogler04? Spina bifida seems to be prevalent in bulldogs, and I'll bet that a breed-specific forum could give you the best advice to help you manage Frankie's condition.
There's a Yahoo group (SBbullies) that might be a good one to join. It's specifically focused on bulldogs with spina bifida. There are many Yahoo groups regarding bulldogs in general. Check 'em out!
Sorry I don't have more specific info for you. I wish you and your dogs all the best! And bless you for caring for a special needs baby!
You posted your message on TerrificPets.com after that you did put your bulldog (Franky) for sell ($600.00) at the same website (www.KSL.com) that you bought him from. Without let the buyer know “The dog has Spina Bifida problem”. You should get out from school now, and be a street person. Because you do not learn anything from school. I wish you and your family will have the bad things that you did to Franky. They are a lot of dog lovers are ready to help a handicap dogs.
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I am disgusted by some of the posts on this site. We have spina bifida bullies and they SHOULD NEVER be out down. They usually live fabulous lives. There are tons of doggie diapers and doggie underwear now to help them stay up. The breeder that comment is an awful person that should not breed. I work with breeders and they turn over all their SB puppies to rescues such as Nor Cal English Bulldog or So Cal English Bulldog Rescue. The diapers become routine and are not an issue. You should NEVER squeeze the poop or pee from the dog the way that evil Jacob suggested. He sounds like he is on a fast track to hell, but that's my personal opinion.
woah! it's been a while since i posted here,i'm glad to say my little girl is really good,she turned 2 on january 6th,it's difficult to keep here but i could never everrrr put her down,i buy her diapers and it really has worked for me :)
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