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Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs are mostly diagnosed in mature aging bulldogs, they are much less common in puppies.

There are several types of tumors each with a different outcome and therapy options

Examples are:

  • Benign vs. Metastatic cancerous types
  • Local vs. diffuse
  • Focal vs. Multifocal
  • Lobar vs multilobar
  • Necrotizing and Infected
  • Slow Growing vs Locally aggressive
  • Bleeding
  • Secreting

Bulldog and French Bulldog Tumors / BENIGN Vs. CANCER

Fortunately, many of those tumors, growths, and masses presented and found are benign.

Some are local, and/or slow to grow, thus they can often be safely monitored, controlled with chemotherapy, or surgically excised, with minimal long-term consequences.

It is important that you don’t make any assumptions based on the tumor size, color or shape.

If you see or can palapate a small lump dont assume its benign.

It is best you consult your veterinarian and have it checked.

Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs MYTH & FACT:

Bulldog Cancer Myth /  PAIN

” My bulldog’s recently found tumor does not seem to inflict any pain, it is not bothering her one bit, thus it can be ignored”.

FACT:  Pain or lack of pain should not be your criteria or measure for the tumor diagnosis or prognosis.

Bulldog Tumor / PAINLESS :

“My bulldog’s recently found tumor seems to inflict pain. Every time I touch it, she flinched, thus it must be cancerous”.

FACT: Painful growth/mass tumors might be benign or something else altogether like an abscess or an allergic reaction.

Bulldog and Fr. Bulldog Tumor / SIZE: 

“Dr. Kraemer, My French bulldog skin tumor is only pea size, thus can be ignored”.

FACT: It is critical that you don’t make any assumptions, nor ignore a small lump, mass, or growth.

Tumor size should not be your call for action criteria. It is best you consult your veterinarian and have it checked.

Small mass cell tumors can transform into an aggressive type if not removed and a large lipoma (fatty tumor) is often harmless.


Bulldog and Fr. Bulldog Cancer / PHOTOS:

“Dr. Kraemer, you have seen all kinds of tumors, and we heard that you are a bulldog expert”, If I send you a photo of my English bulldog’s new skin tumor would you be able to tell me if Rambo will be ok?”

FACT: your veterinarian can make an initial evaluation based on the location, size, color, consistency, and mobility of your bulldog’s suspected tumor, but he or she does not possess a high-power microscopic vision.

It is usually recommended that either cytology or a biopsy (histopathology) is done for further evaluation, treatment options, and prognosis.

Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Bulldog Ear pinna Tumor AFTER surgery

Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs DIAGNOSIS

Many tumors are not visible to the naked eye. At times we suspect them due to clinical presentation or test.

Tumor Clinical Presentation Examples:

  • BRAIN TUMOR: that is causing neurological deficits
  • SPLEEN TUMOR: a bleeding tumor that is causing leathery, labor breathing and pale gums due to blood loss
  • GI TUMOR: causing weight loss, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • HEART BASE TUMOR: causing a distended abdomen due to the right side heart failure

Cancer Test Results Examples:

  • BLEEDING TUMORS: low red blood cell on a CBC blood test
  • BONE MARROW TUMOR: abnormal cells on a CBC cytology
  • BONE TUMOR: bone fractures and osteolytic periosteum on radiographs
  • HEART BASE TUMOR: seen on an ultrasound and arrhythmia on ECG


Bulldog Toe Tumor AFTER Surgery

The diagnostic process must take to account many variables including the cost, the pet’s age, and health, especially for those diagnostics that require anesthesia.

  • EXAM: Dr. exam
  • HISTORY: a detailed history should be taken during the exam
  • BLOOD & URINE: general screen tests
  • IMAGING: radiographs, ultrasound, MRI, CT, Endoscopy
  • CYTOLOGY: of the mass or/and liquids, blonde marrow, blood.
  • BIOPSY: True-Cut, Punch, Resection
  • OTHER: special test (markers, genes)

Most tumors are verified by histopathology 

Cancer and Tumors in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TREATMENT

Your treatment choice should take to account variables such

AGE & TIME: would the therapy add significant time to my aging pet

QUALITY: will the therapy add quality  (pain, nausea, diarrhea, cystitis)

SIDE EFFECT: what type of side effects will my dog and family have to endure

COST: many treatments can be costly

COMMITMENT: what kind of time commitment this will require

Bulldog Toe Tumor AFTER Surgery

Bulldog splenic tumor AFTER SURGERY


The treatment choices should be discussed candidly and openly with the caregiver team and family.

The decision process can be heartbreaking, emotional, and stressful

Never allow the medical team to pressure you, choose wisely and freely

Never allow the medical team to make you feel guilty or as if you are a “bad owner”

If needed respectfully decline and find a caregiver that compositionally customizes the best treatment option that suites you

Bulldog Cancer PREVENT & CARE: 

Regardless of your treatment care and therapy choices, taking a holistic approach to treatment is essential for achieving the best possible results. It’s important to prioritize a nutritious diet,   therapeutic supplementation, pain control, and a relaxing environment free from stress.


You can add therapeutic supplements as preventive as well as part of the treatment care combining it with the traditional medicine pharmaceuticals prescription drugs

Dr. Kraemer offers a variety of supplements and low-cost bundles

  • V4B Bully Immune Support Formula
  • V4B Bully Fish Oil EFA
  • V4B Bully HEMP Relx & Calm
  • V4B Prebiotic, Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes

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Treatment is typically tailored to the tumor type and might include

CHEMOTHERAPY: usually a combination of drugs




Your veterinarian is likely to refer you to the local oncologist.

Tumors in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PROGNOSIS

Many pet owners erroneously assume that a tumor is synonymous with cancer, thus carrying a grave outcome.

Others assume that the size, color, location, hardness, and “look” are indications of the tumor’s cancerous potential.

Each tumor carries a different prognosis depending on the type, stage, location, size, age, etc

Tumors-Growth-Cancer in Bulldogs  TIPS & WARNINGS:


Bulldog Tumor & Cancer / LAB DIAGNOSTICS TIP:

Even though most tumors diagnosis is not made by blood testing, it is always recommended to add general health blood and urine panel to assess the pet’s general condition.

Some tumors can be diagnosed by blood tests such as tumors affecting the bone marrow and blood cell production.

Bulldog and French Bulldog Cancer / IMAGING DIAGNOSTICS TIP

Screening for tumors and cancer with radiographs and at times other imaging such as ultrasound, CT, and MRI are usually recommended for the detection of metastatic disease (spreading of the tumor).

Common location for metastatic disease are the lungs

Bulldog Tumors & Cancer / THERAPY TIP:

Therapeutic treatments are customized to each tumor by taking to account the

  • Pet’s age
  • Cost
  • Adverse effects
  • Owners’ preferences

Each and all are part of the best outcome decision-making.

Nevertheless, there are several common sense, across-the-board considerations that should always be discussed such as:

  • Proper Diet and Nutrients
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Palliative Pain Control
  • Supplements & nutraceuticals

Bulldog Cancer Immune Support & Anti-Oxidants 

Bulldog Turmors Stress Relief & Anti-Anxiety 

Bulldog  Cancer Gut Pre & Probiotics

Replenishing the good gut bacteria, helping gastrointestinal irritation, and liver toxicity, especially in dogs on immune suppressants and chemotherapy is critical

Bulldog Cancer Discomfort & Pain



Not all tumors can be seen or felt some are situated inside your pet’s skeletal, deep tissue, abdominal or chest cavity, brain, internal organs, etc. Those types of tumors are usually identified by imaging techniques such as radiographs, ultrasound, MRI, and CT. Nevertheless, for a definitive diagnosis, a biopsy or cytology would still be required.


All the traditional medications have side effects most common ones in pets are

  • Suppressed immune system (low white blood cells), thus venerable to infection
  • Weight gain: steroid related
  • Loss of appetite
  • Digestive problems: due to dysbiosis
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Liver injures

In contrast, humans pets do not lose hair and have a swollen face

To help with some of those side effects you should consider adding some of Dr. Kreame’rs V4B therapeutic supplements. Example aree

  • V4B Bully Probiotics
  • V4B Bully Immune 
  • V4B Bully Bladder Health

Bulldogs Tumors-Growth-Cancer THE MOST COMMON:

There is a wide range of tumors, we will list here some of the most common ones

Lymphoma in Bulldog and French Bulldogs

Lymphoma is a metastatic cancer of a white blood cell named lymphocytes. It’s more common in older dogs and commonly affects the lymph nodes, GI tract, spleen, bone marrow, and skin.

The most common lymphosarcoma type is multicentric

Bulldog Mast Cell Tumor PRESENTATION: 

  • Enlarged lymph nodes: Multicentric 
  • Vomit & Diarrhea: GI Enteric Lymphoma 
  • Skin lesions: Cutaneous Lymphoma 
  • Labored breathing & Coughing: Mediastinal Chest Lymphoma
  • Depress and Tired 
  • Excessive drinking and Urination (PU/PD) 
  • Fever 
  • Weight Loss 
  • Peripheral Edema 

Bulldog and French Bulldog Lymphosarcom DIAGNOSIS: 

  • Blood & Urine
  • Imaging: radiographs, ultrasound
  • FNA: fine needed aspirate for cytology
  • Biopsy: for histopathology

Bulldog and French Bulldog Lymphoma PREVENTION:

The cause is unknown, could be viral or suppressed immune system thus immune boosters might help

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Bulldog Lymphoma TREATMENT:

  1. Chemotherapy
  2. Radiation
  3. Palative

We recommend adding therapeutic supplements for boosting the immune system and for the chemo and radiation common side effects

  • Bully Immune Support Formula
  • Bully Fish Oil EFA Immune-Joints-Skin
  • Bully Pre & Probiotic
  • Bully Multivitamin
  • Bully Urinary Support

Bulldog Lymphoma PROGNOSIS

Depends on the lymphoma type (B cell vs T cell), location, and treatment protocol. Remission can be months to even a few years.

Even the best survivor with the best available treatment doesn’t live beyond 2 year

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Mast Cell Tumor (MST) in Bulldog and French Bulldogs

Bulldogs mast cell tumors (MCTs) are neoplastic accumulations of mast cells that can produce deleterious effects.

Bulldog Mast Cell Tumor PRESENTATION: 

They might present as small incorrect skin pumps as this video shows or/and itchy red inflamed bumps and can remain small and “innocent” looking for months or longer and turn aggressive ulcerated large and deadly.

MCTs often remain unchanged in size for months to years.

Occasionally, bulldogs are presented for GI illness secondary to histamine-induced gastric acid secretion.

  • GI irritation
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Bloody stool

Bulldog Mast Cell Tumor DIAGNOSIS: 

Mast cell tumors in bulldogs have a highly variable appearance and may be mistaken for lipomas, skin tags, or insect bites thus even an  “innocent” looking bump should be biopsied or/and a cytological exam performed.

bulldog small grade 1 mast cell tumor removed

Bulldog Mast Cell Tumor TREATMENT: 

When possible always remove a bulldog or French bulldog mast cell tumor with wide margins to prevent it from transforming into a much more aggressive form

Bulldog Mast Cell Tumor PROGNOSIS: 

Depends on the mast cell type and how soon the tumor was removed. Type 1 has a great prognosis, while Type 3 is a poor one.

Therefore the tumor removal timing is critical.

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Mammary Gland Brest Tumor (MGT) in Bulldogs

Bulldogs mammary gland tumors (MGT) are the type of tumors that arise from breast tissues.

Bulldog Breast Tumor PRESENTATION

They can present as a single hard pea size “mass” under the teat area or as a large size multifocal type along the entire chain of breast tissue and teat.

Bulldog Breast Cancer DIAGNOSIS: 

BIOPSY: The suspected tumor should be biopsied.

IMAGING: Chest radiographs are often taken pre-surgically to r/o metastatic disease to the lungs.

Bulldog Mammary Gland Tumor BENIGN vs. MALIGNANT

Approximately 50 percent of these tumors are malignant

Bulldog Breast Tumor  PREVENTION: 

Spaying your bulldog or French bulldog prior to their first or second estrus cycle (heat cycle) reduces the chances by 95% .

Bulldog Mammary Gland Tumor TREATMENT: 

Surgical Removal and spaying if your pet is still intact.

Radical mastectomy with good surgical margins is recommended for those with tumors in multipule areas of the breast tissue.

Bulldog Mammary Gland Tumor PROGNOSIS: 

50% of MGT are benign with good prognosis, the other 50% depends if there is presence of metastasis.

If lampectomy or mastectomy is done and the pet is still intact she should be spayed at the same time

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Lipoma Fatty Tumor in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Lipoma (fatty tumors) are most common in older dogs, they are typically slow to grow but can become extremely large.

Bulldog Fatty Tumor Lipoma PRESENTATION

Lipomas are usually soft and can be found under the skin layer. some are walnut size but they can grow to basketball size over time.

Infiltrative lipomas are less defined, less common, and usually embedded deeper.

Bulldog Fatty Tumor Lipoma DIAGNOSIS

Diagnosis requires a needle aspirate for cytology or biopsy for histopathology

Bulldog and French Bulldog Lipoma TREATMENT

Due to the benign nature of the common lipoma, they can be monitored and left alone.

If they become too large impacting your pet’s comfort or when they are the infiltrative type they should be removed.

Diagnosis requires a needle aspirate for cytology or biopsy for histopathology

Bulldog Fatty Tumor Lipoma PROGNOSIS

Most time the prognosis is very good since the tumor is benign.

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Heart Base Tumor in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Bulldog Heart Base Tumors (aortic body tumors, e.g. chemodectoma) are seen more commonly in brachycephalic breeds like English bulldogs and French bulldogs. They are typically nonresectable but slow growing and unlikely to metastasize.

If marked pericardial effusion arises with these tumors, pericardiectomy can be palliative.