I have a 5 month old English Bulldog puppy, and he has been having what sounds like upper respiratory issues since about 10 weeks. He seems completely fine during the day, but then while he is sleeping, his breathing starts making gurgling noises. Then it sounds like he has phlegm stuck in his throat, and after a few strained breaths, he hacks it into his mouth & swallows it. Then he goes back to sleep, but this continues off and on for most of the night. He came w/ all shots, and he got all follow-up shots on schedule, including the Bordatella vaccine. I brought him to vet when this first started, and he put him on antibiotics for 14 days, as well as cough syrup. It got a little better, but came back. So he went back to vet, who said his lungs are completely clear, so must be from his nose dripping down. He had also been running a fever intermittently. He put him on a second round of antibiotics. Again, it came back, and he put him on a third round- he also dewormed him, in case it was from worms in his lungs. Now the third round is complete, and the night hacking continues. Haven't noticed a fever, but now sometimes he hacks up the phlegm, or has that gurgling sound while breathing during the day, instead of just a nighttime. He is now almost 5 months old. Does anyone have any suggestions? He is so young- the vet said his immune system should have kicked in at 12 weeks, but he just can't shake this. What could it be, and why would it not respond to antibiotics? Any info would be greatly appreciated, as we are really getting concerned.
Bulldogs have very short airways. Do you leave the heat on at night? Does he sleep in a crate? Is there a pillow or bed in the crate?
I have both an English and a French bulldog and while they both sleep in their crates, I do not put anything in there with them. It's so cold at night and we have to turn the heat on but the floor of the crates are cool and it keeps (especially my Frenchie) them from coughing. If I put anything in the crate, bed, etc...it just gets too hot on them.
That's the only thing that I can think of right now.
Hope he gets better soon.
"A word to the wise ain't necessary, it's the stupid ones who need advice." -Bill Cosby
I took him back to the vet for the 5th time today, and this time insisted on an chest Xray (which he told me not to bother doing the last 4 times I was there, as he said his lungs sounded totally clear). He found bronchial airway inflammation- so I'm glad I made him do the Xray. They took some nasal and throat swabs, and said he's running a panel to rule out about 5 different viruses that could be causing the nasal congestion & airway inflammation. We don't feel that a virus is very likely, as he is only 5 months old, and has basically never been around another dog yet. Vet said if he is negative for viruses, than it is either allergies, or he's been exposed to mold or fungus (both seem unlikely). If there are no viruses, he is recommending going to an internal medicine specialist for further testing, so we know exactly what is causing the irritation. In the meantime, he put him on steroids and a decongestant. I am hoping this turns out to be nothing major- after having an experience with another very sick bulldog, we were hoping to have a really healthy one this time! Does anyone know of common allergens that tend to affect bulldogs? He actually sleeps at the foot of our bed every night, and he comes to work with me during the day, where he has his own little bed on the floor. We can't think of anything that might be causing this.
From someone who works on human babies, do you think he has reflux. GERD can cause a human to have coughing/choking/URI problems. Try not feeding too close to bedtime. I even "burp" my bullies, especially puppies. Just a thought. Hope this helps.
I am going through the same thing my puppy he is 6 months old. Tried 3 differnt vets all said he had allergies. Finally the last vet Xrayed his trachecia and told us he is growing to fast and his trachecia is not keeping up way to small for his size. He had up put him on a diet to try to stunt his growth to see if the trach will catch up.If not it is not going to be good news.
The description of the bulldog coughing up phlegm at night was a perfect description of our 4 month old English Bulldog! We got him one week ago and the breeder said he had a cold. We are continuing with antibiotics yet he doesn't seem to be improving. This last week we have had him in to see two different vets. The 2nd vet changed his antibiotic to a broader spectrum. He doesn't seem to have trouble during the day. He plays, eats, drinks and the vet said he has no fever. This makes me doubt allergy is a cause since he is better during the day. At night he hacks and coughs and then swallows the phlegm. He actually has had greenish discharge from his nose and that part seems to be improving. I'm wondering if this is an issue that antibiotics won't address. If anyone has any helpful info please let me know! Thanks!!!
We have had some of the same NERVE RACKING issues with our bulldog whose now about 18 weeks. We took him to a specialist yesterday in NC and he concluded that it was an upper respiratory infection (URI), similar to sinusitis in humans and possibly was a result of aspirating some food or water. He wasnít definate and by the grace of God it hadn't turned into pneumonia. Our dog never ran a fever or had any discharge but would cough during his sleep. When he eats and dranks (and sometime when he's idle) it sounds like a percolator on a coffee pot. He remained active until this past Sunday night. Ironically, when he was active the phlegm problem subsided. Until yesterday he had never expelled any phlegm, only coughed it up and seemed to swallow. He and our other bulldog played heavily over the weekend and the activities must have irritated his pallet which is severely elongated making the phlegm worse. As a result of him progressively getting worse on Sunday night (panting on occasions but probably over reaction on our part) we ended up in the emergency room Monday morning. They prescribed an antibiotic and kept him for observations. We originally had plans to take him to the specialist on Thursday but were able to get in early. He is now on several meds (5 I think) and will be going for pallet surgery next month (with the good Lordís will). The Doctor isn't overly excited about doing the surgery so young but feels that he will benefit due to the severity of the palletís elongation. He was also diagnosed with a hypoplastic (narrow) trachea by our original vet who was very grim about his future when she compared it to one in a medical book (text book perfect trachea). The doctor/specialist said yesterday that his trachea was narrow as with all English Bulldogs and would more than likely never present a problem. He did caution us about him aspirating in the future and said if he was an outside dog (which he isnít) then it would more than likely be problematic during the extreme weather (hot and cold). He also mentioned that dogs with a severely compromised trachea usually showed physical signs at an earlier age such as being under weight and overall size in general. The doctor suggested we regulate the intake (slow his eating down-not the amount) of food and water and elevate his bowls. Lemon juice did work somewhat by making him wretch or cough it up to only swallow it. We started him on the additional medications yesterday and put him in the shower with us for the steam. He has seemed to be more active today, feeling better but still very congested (nasally) and the cough is still there but is more intermittent. He, my wife and I are functioning on about 2 hours sleep for the last couple of days but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I canít stress enough how important it is to see someone who specializes in Bulldogs to eradicate the problem before itís too late. I would never question the professionalism of our original vet but everyone says they are "quirky" dogs. I know Bulldogs make funny noises but donít (especially if you are like us and new to the bulldog breed) discount the noises thinking itís just a bulldog characteristicÖ have it checked out. One thing I did read on the internet which may or may not be true is that when dogs (myself as well) sleep there tends to be more sinus drainage and being relaxed (not swallowing as much) makes it worse.