Ear Disease Otitis

Ear Otitis Ear Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Ear Infections in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs are unfortunately very common to the breed and likely to start at a young age, therefore preventive care is critical

Our ears and most dog breeds’ ears are a self-cleaning conduit, thus ear infections are not very common in our and our pets’ lives.

Bulldogs’ ear canal is not self-cleaning as ours and is abnormally narrow, in addition, bulldogs are prone to common allergies, thus allergic otitis often amplifies the disease.

Flat face breeds like our bulldogs are prone to ear disease (otitis) from day one.

Ears Otitis Ear Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Bulldog Otitis Ear Disease 5 X MUST KNOW

  1. Bulldog ear disease is very common and can start at a very young age.
  2. It is mostly due to the bulldog flat flat-face selective breeding, and allergies.
  3. Pain, itch, red, smelly, crusty narrow ear canal that can progress to irreversible end-stage disease
  4. Treatment includes ear bully therapeutics, cleaning wipes, waxLesss rinse, and yeasty bully flush.
  5. Prevention includes Dr. Kraemer’s Ear Disease Otitis Care Bundles 

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Ear infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs CAUSE:

Here is a short list of the bulldog ear’s most common inherent problems:

ALLERGIES: The breed high propensity to allergies (food allergies and atopic allergies),

NARROW EAR CANAL: abnormally narrow external ear canal

SELF-CLEANING EARS: poor cell migration of the canal mucosal lining.

POLYPS & TUMORS: ear canal polyps and tumors

YEAST & BACTERIA: are usually secondary and lead to further inflammation, edema, thickening and swelling

EAR MITES: are not common

HORMONAL: less common and when presented it is usually older bulldogs with hypothyroid or Cushings disease.

The bulldog breeds anatomical misfortune is a direct outcome of decades of a “smooched skull”  inbreeding. 

The warm, moist, narrow ear canal is an ideal habitat for bacteria and yeast  microganisems.

Bulldog Ear Disease and Otitis Externa PRESENTATION:



Your bulldog ear infection/otitis is going to intensify the inflammation, the pain, and the itch and vice versa (i.e. itch, pain, and inflammation will lead to and compound an infection).

This vicious cycle can tragically lead to an irreversible state of:

  • Fibrosis
  • Mineralization
  • Calcification,
  • Ossification (bone formation)

This chronic disease and pathology can lead to end-stage bulldog otitis, an irreversible lifelong painful disease, that can also lead to further neurological complications.


Bulldog Ear Disease DIAGNOSIS:

  • Otoscopic Exam
  • Cytology
  • Culture
  • Imagining: radiographs, scope, CT, MRI

Bulldog Ear Disease PREVENTIVE CARE:

Bulldog Ear Cleaning & Wiping

  • V4B Bully WaxLess Aloe Ear Rinse
  • V4B Bully Ear Cleansers Wipes

Bulldog Ears Therapeutic Supplements:

  • V4B Bully fish oil SKIN-IMMUNE-JOINT
  • V4B Bully Immune Support

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WIPING: Use an ear bully cleanser to wipe all the debris and junk from the ear folds (pinna)

APPLICATION: Fill your bully ear canal to the top with a proper rinse making sure to coat the entire canal.

CLEANING: Take a cotton ball and stick it in as far as it will go using your fingers. There’s no need to be scared, you can’t go past the curve of the canal and damage the eardrum with a finger or a cotton ball, on the other hand, Q-tips should only be used for the top part and ear-flap folds (pinna).

TWISTING: Twist the cotton ball around and bring it up for inspection.

INSPECTING: Don’t forget to survey the texture and color of the inner pinna (inner part leading to the canal).

Otitis Ear Infection In Bulldogs And French Bulldogs / TREATMENT

Bulldog Ear Antiseptic Rinse

Bulldog Ear Infection Therapeutic Supplements:

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Bulldog and Fr. Bulldog Ear Disease DRUGS:

  • Anti-inflammatories Topicals: usually steroids
  • Anti-inflammatories Systemic: usually steroids (injections or oral)
  • Topical Antiseptics: drops, ointments, or packs

WARNING: Failure to provide preventive care and manage mild to moderate ear disease will often lead to end-stage irreversible conditon that will require expensive, long, and very technical ear canal resection

Bulldog End-Stage Ear Disease TECA SURGERY:

French bulldog post total ear canal resection TECA

TECA w BO (total ear canal ablation with bulla osteotomy) surgery is the only viable treatment for end-stage ear disease and the only way to ensure comfort and painless life.

“An Ounce Of PREVENTIVES Is Worth A Pound Of CURE”

Bulldog Ear Disease

*This guide was compiled courtesy of Dr. Kraemer, a “must-read” manual for any current or future bully owner