Tyson is 2 years old. He has an ingrown tail. My best friend and I have spent a mint at the vet treating the ingrown tail with antibiotics, solutions and cream. The hole where his tail should be stinks to high heaven! Every vet visit is $179.00 plus meds. We have been three times last month. Tyson is getting very aggravated and frustrated. He runs around in circles trying to rub his arse and he has growled a couple of times when we try and put the solution on him. This fat pig of a guy is always happy. Happy to eat, toss a toy in the air for five minutes and then sleep. We are heartbroken at his discomfort. Any suggestions? He also has a cleft palette. We are very careful with his eating and drinking. English Bulldogs are fragile! My friend loves this breed even though it is prone to problems. Two months ago we lost Toree a 9 month old English Bulldog purchased for Tyson to play with. They got along wonderfully. Sadly, he died in the back seat of my car as we rushed him back up to the vet (where he had been all day and was released). Vet incorrectly said was indigestion. After a $480.00 autopsy found Toree actually had a severely twisted intestine causing a deathly blockage. We can't lose Tyson! Please help! PLEASE HELP!
We too have had problems with my Bulldogs tail. It isn't the classic ingrown tail but he does have problems with it. We have antibiotic pads we get from the vet and we try to clean it every day or so. He seems to be bothered by it occasionally but it is doing much better. My only suggestion is find a reputable vet who knows bullies. They are hard to find but well worth it. I have heard of some bullies actually needing to have thier tail surgically removed to stave off infections and even to stop the tail from growing into the rectum. I can only hope your tyson isn't as bad as this. Keep it clean, watch it closely and get a vet that knows the breed. I hope he does well. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your other bulldog. If it is severe enough be sure to bring up the surgical option to your vet. Have they taken X-rays of his tail? It is very heartbreaking to have to hurt your dog to care for his tail but sometimes you have to for his own good. Ours cried to high heaven when he got an infection and I needed to clean it twice to three times a day. Good luck, and let me know how it comes out.
Thank you for your response! We are at our wits end. I told her I would post in the forum and see if other owners of bullies had similar problem. The breed has a wonderful temperament sadly the health problems are extremely expensive. We have found the breed to be very sickly. However, the plus side is they are a hassle free, wonderfully happy dog.
I, too, have an English Bulldog but we haven't had any tail problems with her, so I am sorry to say I cannot help you. But I do agree that removing the tail might be your next step. It is soooo expensive to treat these sweet babies because they have a whole mess of health problems. See if you can find a vet that KNOWS bullys and see if you can use a payment plan. Most are receptive to that idea. Please keep us posted. I am thinking of your sweet Tyson, he deserves to be happy and healthy, and I am sorry for the loss of Toree. Bully's are the best to me regardless of their health problems. Take care, and let us know.
boy that is so unfortuanate about this poor dog...I have seen clef pallette 2 times now in 2 breeds in my 20 plus years of breeding. I have put both pups to sleep the same day they were born. I wonder why the breeder didnt put that one to sleep. And why would your friend buy it with theses "known " problems and knowing they are a costly breed to keep any way because of ailments? I am usually a sap when it comes to a puppy too...But I would not let sever genetic flaws go unchecked. Please dont take what I am saying in the wrong way,...Im glad the friend has kept the dog and gave it such a good home...But...I just wonder why the breeder ( out side of money that is) would not put this pup down at 1 day old.
She bought him at 4 months of age from someone who brought him from oversees. The cleft palette is internal. You cannot tell from looking at him. It is inside his mouth. He snorts constantly at everything. Many times children have asked us where did we get the pig from. He is sweet but his health ailments combined with his stubborness (impossible to housetrain). The next breed she will most likely get will be American Bulldog. They are healthier and easier to train.
Impossible to housetrain? I really find that hard to believe. It may be related to his health problems. My dog is perfectly healthy and snorts all the time. Thats the nature of the bully. What did you decide to do about his tail? He really needs surgery, dont you think? Many vets will let you pay back in monthly payments.
i have never heard of a dog having an ingrown tail...but it sounds painful...:( is there perhaps a surgical procedure by which to fix it? I've never had an engilsh bulldog but I have a cocker spaniel up towhen I was 6. (im 13) I hope you find a way to help him
I am sorry that I cannot help because I have never dealt with nor heard of an ingrown tail, but i would like to express my sympathy. I DO know what it's like to have a dog who has a major health problem that you just want to fix and make all better. I wish you guys the very best of luck. With the crazy vet bills, well, what worked for me was a credit card, so I can pay on it gradually. I don't know if that is the best answer, but for me it was the only means possible, and thank god, my dog is doing better, the visa bill is worth it. Crazy how something so small as a tail can cause so great a problem. Chin up, you are doing the best that you can.
You should have done your homework before buying your bulldog. If it did not have a tail, why did you buy it?
If the problem persists with the ingrown tail, it should be surgically removed.
Some people here are confusing cleft palate and elongated palate. A cleft palate is a genetic problem and newborn puppy's should be put to sleep . Puppies with this disorder are not able to suck and therefore die in natural conditions. Puppies who survive are those who are tube fed (not ethical to tube feed a puppy with a cleft palate).
En elongated palate makes a bulldogs snore and have some trouble breathing. This condition can not be know when a bulldog is a puppy and SOMETIMES requires surgery as an adult.
When buying a bulldog, do not look for a BARGAIN, good genetics will make you save money in vet bills in the long run. A good healthy bulldog is $2500 and up.