Sinusitis And Allergic Rhinitis Breathing Problems In Bulldogs

By: Dr. Roy Kraemer |
DVM, Bulldog Specialist Veterinarian

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus cell lining (mucosa)

Rhinitis is an inflammation in the nasal cavity.

Bulldog Sinusitis Allergic Rhinitis and Nasal Problems 5 X MUST KNOW

  1. There are many underlying causes for bulldog nasal disease
  2. Some are related others typically appear in only one nostril, discharge can be clear, pussy, or bloody
  3. At times it’s due to subgingival hair impaction that causes oronasal fistula
  4. Management including wiping the hair off the teeth, vaccines, and allergen control
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Sinusitis Nasal Discharge and Allergic Rhinitis in Bulldogs CAUSE:

  • Viral
  • Bacteria (often secondary)
  • Allergy: smoke, mold, dust
  • Mycotic (fungal): there are a few types most are regional
  • Infected tooth (root): dental disease, periodontitis
  • Subgingival Hair: hair impaction
  • Foreign Body: fox tail, plant material
  • Oronasal Fistula: hair impaction
  • Nasopharyngeal polyps
  • Tumors

TIP: bulldog puppies are more prone to viral infection while adults and seniors are to infected teeth and tumors

Sinusitis and Allergic Rhinitis in Bulldogs PRESENTATION:


  • Foreign bodies, infected roots, tumors, and polyps might be from one naris
  • Viral, allergy, from both nares

Nasal discharge:

  • Clear (allergy)
  • Purulent (infected)
  • Bloody (tumor, clotting problems, dental disease)

Pawing & Rubbing

  • Pain
  • Itching allergy

Oral (mouth):

  • Blood,
  • Bad smell
  • Mouth discharge
  • Pain: not eating
  • Swelling gums


  • Facial bump
  • Swellone
  • Open wound and discharge

Allergic Rhinitis and Sinusitis Breathing Problems in Bulldogs DIAGNOSIS

Oral Exam

  • Impacted hair on teeth
  • Gingivitis
  • Bad smell
  • Loose teeth
  • Access


  • Not eating
  • Rat poison
  • Fox tail in yard
  • Fox tail found in toe or ears

General Blood Test

  •  CBC
  • Coagulation Profile (clotting factors)


  • Radiographs
  • Dental radiography
  • MRI
  • CT
  • Rhinoscopy


  • Cytology
  • Biopsy
  • Fungal Culture

Sinusitis Nasal Discharge and Rhinitis in Bulldogs PREVENTION:


Sinusitis due to dental disease antiseptic dental wipe



  • Bordetella
  • Parainfluenza


Sinusitis and Rhinitis Breathing Problems in Bulldogs TREATMENT

  • Tooth Extraction
  • Remove Foxtail
  • Humidiers & HEFA filter
  • Antibiotics
  • Antifungal
  • Surgical removal of polyp or tumor

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Dr. Kraemer’s Sinusitis and Rhinitis in Bulldogs TIPS:

Bulldog Sinusitis and Rhinitis UNDERLYING CAUSE TIP:

Treating the symptoms is not a long-term fix, it’s critical to find and treat (or remove) the underlying cause.

Bulldog Sinusitis Nasa Discharge and Rhinitis BLEEDING NOSE TIP:

Frank blood could be to coagulation clotting problems like rat poison, hypertension, or an invasive tumor

Bulldog Sinusitis and Rhinitis SUBGINGIVAL HAIR TIP:

Subgingival hair is unique to bulldogs and preventing it is simple. Left alone it will become infected and erode the gums and the bone leading to oronasal fistula.

bulldog sinusitis hair impaction dental disease

Use Dr. Kraemer’s Dental Antiseptic Wips daily (or as needed ) to remove the hair and kill bad bacteria


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

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