Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs
Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs
Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs must be addressed at every level of your bulldog’s wellness and care.
Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PREVENTION:
Our perception of pain and how it impacts our pet’s quality of life has dramatically changed over the last few decades. In contrast to traditional pain management of the past, today’s owners of bulldogs and French bulldogs approach pain with prevention as the standard of care.
The newfound knowledge and heighten awareness of pain and its impact on our pets paved the way to a much-improved standard of care
Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs INTEGRATIVE MANAGEMENT:
When short- or long-term pain relief is needed, many bulldog owners expect, and demand, that their health professional offers pain relief alternative modalities, also, or as a replacement, to the mainstream, traditional pain control drugs.
The standard of care must include PREVENTION, as well as, EFFECTIVE & SAFE PAIN MANAGEMENT.
Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs ORIGIN:
WARNING & ALARM: Bulldog pain originates from a nerve type that is specialized in sensory deliverance (other nerve specializations are motor and proprioception). The pain receptors are placed all over your bulldog’s body, organs, surfaces, and structures. When stimulated, they provide an instant warning and call for action.
Your bulldog senses pain just as you do.
Just like humans, bulldog pain is initiated by a wide range of medical conditions.
Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TRANSMISSION:
Once the injury and stimulus occur, your bulldog’s nerve endings rapidly transmit a message to your bulldog’s brain for processing.
REFLEX: at times, for a rapid response, the message is transmitted locally which allows an instant and immediate response (a shorter travel time provides for a quicker response) An example would be a quick response to touching a hot surface.
Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs DURATION, LOCATION, INTENSITY:
Bulldog pain can be acute, as well as chronic, localized, as well as diffused, slow and dull, or instant and fast. Your bulldog pain intensity might be mild, moderate, or severe.
Since your bulldog can not talk, it is not always easy to gauge the location, degree, and/or intensity. For example, since eating is a survival mechanism, your bulldog might continue to eat despite suffering from severe dental pain.
Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs COMMON CAUSES:
- STRETCHING & TEARING: tendons, ligaments (ACL tears), bowels, bladder.
- TRAUMA: fracture, blunt force, hit by a car, dog bite.
- CHEMICAL & THERMAL: cold or heat, sunburn, burns, frostbite.
- ISCHEMIA & NECROSIS: cancerous tissue, snake bite, dog & cat bites, severe allergic reaction.
- INFLAMMATION & INFECTION: Anything within an “itis” ending, such as:
- Osteoarthritis:b ones & joints
- Cellulitis: cells, skin
- Myositis: muscles
- Gingivitis, Stomatitis, Periodontitis: Oral, Dental, Teeth
- Anal gland sacculitis: Anal gland impaction, abscess
- Otitis: ears
- Prostatitis: prostate
- Dermatitis: skin
Pain and Pain Control in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs COMMON MANIFESTATION:
- VOCALIZATION: yell, growl, howl, cry
- STRESS RESPONSE: faster heart rate, dilated pupils, rapid breathing
- BEHAVIOR: hide, anorexia, decreased activity, anxious, chewing and biting, abnormal sleeping, agitation, growling, aggression
- DROOLING: gastrointestinal, dental disease, oral tumors, abscessed teeth
- LIMP & DRAG: Abnormal movement, Limp, unusual gait, abnormal posture, refuse to stand or refuse to lay down (hip dysplasia, patella luxation, IVDD, hemivertebra)
- SQUINTING & BLINKING: corneal ulcer, glaucoma, uveitis, distichiasis, dry eye
- SHAKING & QUIVERING: back problems, anal gland impaction, nerve compression
- URINATING & STRAINING: bladder stones, cystitis, UTI, constipation
- PANTING & BREATHING: Abnormal Breathing
Pain and Pain Control in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs DIAGNOSIS & TESTS:
- PALPATION & GATE: joints, bone, back
- CORNEA STAIN & TONOMETRY: eye exams
- ORAL EXAM: teeth and bone
- RADIOGRAPHS & ULTRASOUND: bones, joints, teeth, abdomen, chest
- CT SCAN & MRI: back, disc, bone, head
- CYTOLOGY & BIOPSY: tumors and masses
- CULTURES: infected sites, urine, blood
- BLOOD & URINE: for general baseline
Pain and Pain Control in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs OVERLOOKED CONDITIONS:
Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs is often overlooked, at times ignored, and frequently inadequately controlled.
Ironically, it is not uncommon to find low pain scores assigned to some of the most painful bulldog and French bulldog medical conditions. Erroneously and unfortunately too often those bulldog painful conditions are considered “Normal” and “OK” even by the professionals and experienced bulldog owners.
- BULLDOG OTITIS: Bulldog Chronic Ear Infection (“Bulldog Otitis”, ”Bulldog Yeasty Ear Infection” ) IS PAINFUL
- BULLDOG TAIL FOLD DERMATITIS: Bulldogs chronic tail disease (“Bulldog Tail Fold Dermatitis”) IS PAINFUL
- BULLDOG PERIODONTITIS: Bulldog Oral and Dental Disease (“Bulldog Periodontitis”, Bulldog Gingivitis” “Bulldog Broken Teeth”) IS PAINFUL
- BULLDOG OSTEOARTHRITIS: Bulldog Chronic Arthritis (“Bulldog Degenerative Joint Disease”) IS PAINFUL
- BULLDOG UTI & CYSTITIS: Bulldog Urinary Tract Infection & Inflammation “Bulldog Bladder Stones”, “Bulldog Urinary Tract Infection”) IS PAINFUL
- BULLDOG ANAL SACULITITIS: Anal Gland Impaction IS PAINFUL
- BULLDOG ORTHOPEDICS: (“Bulldog Elbow Dysplasia” “Bulldog ACL Tears”, “Bulldog Medial Patellar luxation”,) IS PAINFUL
Those painful bulldog medical conditions, and others like them, can lead to bulldog hypersensitivity, stress, and anxiousness, which will amplify the pain, slow healing, and directly affect your bulldog’s wellness and quality of life.
Bulldog and French Bulldogs Pain and Pain Control TIMING:
Pain control must begin EARLY to avoid emotional and physical harm. I recommend a holistic approach that combines, when needed, both weight control, quality diet, rx traditional treatment, as well as neuromodulation and new age pain relief modalities, Those should include alternative and integrative therapies, such as supplements & nutraceuticals, regenerative medicine, and other new age, cutting edge modalities.
Pain and Pain Control in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PREVENTION & TREATMENT:
SUPPLEMENTS & NUTRACEUTICALS
- V4B Bully Comfort Plus Formula Chews. See HERE
- V4b Bully Advanced Total Joint Formula Chews. See HERE
- V4B Bully Fish Oil EFA Joints-Immune-Skin Chews. See HERE
- V4B Economical Bully COMFORT & PAINLESS bundles. See HERE
ANXIETY & STRESS
- V4B Bully StressLess Plus. See HERE
- V4B Bully Probiotics Plus. See HERE
- V4B Bully Comfort Plus Formula See HERE
- V4B Economical Bully CALM & STRESSLESS bundles. See HERE
LASER THERAPY: Class 4 Laser: Cold Laser Therapy
tPEMT: targeted Pulse Electromagnetic Therapy
PRP: Platelet Rich Plasma
STEM CELL THERAPY & CRYOBANKING: Regenerative Medicine Therapy
CANNABIS/CBD OIL: FDA Approved CBD (cannabidiol) Oils and THC(tetrahydrocannabinol) Most CBD oils are from the hemp plant, have a high safety rating, and have been shown to improve and help multiple conditions in bulldogs and French bulldogs. Unfortunately, they are still considered illegal for sale by veterinarians, and in some states, veterinarians are not even allowed to talk about CBD & THC merits and risks. As always, you should follow my “do no harm rule”, do your due diligence, and only buy from a reputable pharmacy that sells FDA approved products.
WARNING: Bulldogs are highly sensitive to the psychoactive component of THC.
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS (RX)
- ANTI-INFLAMMATORY: NSAID ( non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory)
- ANALGESICS: Gabapentin
- ANXIETY: tramadol, trazodone (selective serotonin uptake inhibitors)
- OPIATES: fentanyl patch, others
A common myth is that bulldogs and French bulldogs are indifferent to pain and don’t suffer as we do. Pack animals are wired to hide pain. In the wild hiding, an injury and ignoring pain has an evolutionary advantage and would have protected your bulldog or French bulldog standing in their respective pack.
Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Pain and Pain Control in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIPS & WARNINGS:
V4B Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #1 SURGERY: My pre-op/operative/post-op patient-care protocols provide for the right mix of remedies that grant our bulldog patients a calm state of mind, minimal anxiety, and minimal discomfort.
Bulldogs and French bulldogs undergoing surgery should receive the same consideration as though they were humans.
V4B Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #2 OPTIMAL CONDITIONS: Bulldog pain relief management should include a stress-free environment, optimal temperature control, proper ventilation, proper sanitation, comfortable bedding, and proper hydration.
V4B Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #3 INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE: For bulldog pain relief, especially for chronic cases, I like to combine integrative alternative therapies that include supplement cutting edge new age pain relief modalities.
Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs. Following ear canal resection surgery (TECA) for a bulldog with end-stage ear canal. Laser Therapy demonstrated here helps relieve pain, reduce inflammation and enhance healingV4B Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #4 HEALING: Effective and adequate pain management in bulldogs recovering from surgery will speed up the healing and recovery process
V4B Pain and Pain Control in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #5 COMPRESS: just as in people, cold & hot compresses can be used to help inflammation
V4B Pain and Pain Control in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #6 WIGHT: Weight control can help prevent and manage chronic pain.
V4B Pain and Pain Control in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #4 DIET: Good nutrition can help prevent and manage pain.
V4B Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #5 LOVE: Emotional care must be part of your bulldog pain management.
Abundance of love, attention, and playtime are essential elements for pain relief and quality of life.
V4B Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #1 LIFE: Untreated pain is likely to impact your bulldog’s quality of life and life expectancy.
V4B Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #2 HEALING: Lack of pain control will affect your bulldog and French bulldog wound healing, and could slow recovery from surgery and/or disease.
V4B Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #3 STRESS & IMMUNE: Lack of pain control will increase your bulldog’s stress and anxiety which will impact adversely his/her immune system, therefore, might increase the chance for infections and septicemia.
V4B Pain and Pain Control in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #4 OTC: over the counter pain medication should never be used without consulting your vet.
These drugs should never be given without consulting with your veterinarian. Misuse or overdosage with these medications may result in serious illness and side effects.
V4B Pain and Pain Control in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #5 CRYING: some bulldog owners assume that lack of audible complaining equates with what they perceive as a painless condition. Among that common bulldog, erroneous perceived painless conditions are ear disease, tail fold skin fold dermatitis, dental disease.
V4B Pain and Pain Control in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #6 LIMPING: some bulldog owners erroneously perceived painful conditions as just “old age”, thus failing to recognize favoring a leg, limping, reluctant to go upstairs, and slow to raise from recumbency with chronic pain
V4B Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #7 OTITIS: Bully Ear infections are very common and a common source of acute and chronic pain. Adequate pain control should be discussed and implemented in addition to cleaning, Bully medicated ear health kit and regular rinse & clean with prescribed otic medication will help control the disease.
V4B Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #8 TAIL FOLD DERMATITIS: Bulldogs and French bulldogs often suffer from a deep tail pocket which leads to chronic discomfort and pain. As a bulldog owner, you must keep those folds dry and infection-free. Antiseptic/Antifungal wipes and rinses like Dr. Kramer’s Skin Fold wipe should be used daily, Severe cases will need pain control medication in addition to the daily topical care.
V4B Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #9DENTAL DISEASE: Bulldogs and French bulldogs with severe periodontal disease, gingivitis, decay, broken teeth, and infected teeth all suffer from pain just as you do. The fact that they are still eating is due to evolution and how they are genetically wired rather than an indication of a pain-free mouth. A bulldog does not know that a meal would be provided the next day, they are wired to eat even when they are suffering from bad tooth pain, it’s an inborn survival instinct. Early emphasis on bulldog dental care is critical, mechanical brushing and plaqueLess dental chews are ideal. You can also add a dental mouth rinse, water additive, like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Aqua Splash, V4B Antiseptic Dental Rinse.
V4B Pain and Pain Relief in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #10 REST: Ironically and unfortunately some bulldogs and French bulldog are taken off pain relief for the wrong reasons. A common example would be “if I give him the pain medication it will mask his pain and my bulldog condition might get worse”. The solution, of course, is to keep your bulldog on the pain management protocol and at the same time to confine and restrict your bulldog activities.
Pain in bulldogs and French bulldogs that is not sufficiently controlled despite adherence to all the recommendations and modern pain management protocols could raise an ethical dilemma.
When quality of life is severely compromised, human euthanasia as an ending to the suffering could and should be discussed. This unfortunate ethical dilemma is something that every pet owner might face, and in certain circumstances is a companionate alternative that should be considered.
You should feel comfortable and safe to share that moral dilemma with your bulldog medical team. You should also ask for more information about new age pain control options before making your final decision.
“An Ounce of PREVENTION Is Worth A Pound Of CURE”