Bulldogs & French Bulldogs
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Bulldogs and French Bulldogs are prone to a wide range of painful and debilitating breed-related medical conditions. Most can be prevented and safely treated at your home, at a minimal cost.

Category:   Joint / Leg

ACL Tear

What is that?

The anterior Cruciate location is in the knee. The cruciate ligaments help stabilize the knee and normal locomotion. An injury, tear, or rapture will cause joint instability and arthritis.

Symptoms

ACL tear injuries are likely to present with a limp or complete non-weight bearing. Often during hyperextension of the knee pain is noticed.

Treatment

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Bulldog Arthritis

Arthritis and Arthritic Pain in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

What is that?

Bulldog osteoarthritis is a chronic degenerative inflammatory painful condition that affects your bulldog joints. Common joints are elbows, hips and knees.

Symptoms

Bulldog and French bulldog arthritis can lead to chronic pain, limping, abnormal gait, reduced activity, limited range of motion, depression and immobility.

Treatment

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Elbow Dysplasia

Elbow Dysplasia in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

What is that?

Elbow Dysplasia is an elbow joint abnormal development that occurred during the growing phase. The incongruity leads to instability, worn-down cartilage, bone fragmentation, and painful chronic osteoarthritis.

Symptoms

Limping, favoring of the front leg, painful elbow, reduced range of motion.

Treatment

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Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

What is that?

Hip dysplasia in bulldogs is an abnormal orthopedic condition of the hip ball and socket joint. The incongruity can lead to instability, worn-down cartilage, bone fragmentation, and chronic osteoarthritis.

Symptoms

Limp, abnormal gate, pain and discomfort, noted by difficulty raising and/or climbing steps, running, and walking.

Treatment

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MPL Medial Patella Luxation

What is that?

The patella is a small sesamoid bone situated on top of the knee joint (knee cup) and is part of the extensor mechanism. In bulldogs, it can luxate/clicks inward (medially) causing instability and arthritis.

Symptoms

Clicking when walking flex/extend knee joint, limp, skips, hind leg non-weight bearing, bow-legged stance. The condition usually can be diagnosed early in life by an orthopedic exam manual palpation.

Treatment

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IVDD Intervertebral Disc Disease

IVDD Intervertebral Disc Disease in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

What is that?

Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) happens when the intervertebral disc herniates compressing the spinal cord. The disk is a soft toothpaste-like gel that separates each vertebra.

Symptoms

Disc compression can lead to a wide range of neurological problems such as pain, loss of sensory as well as motor deficits, incontinence, and foot-dragging. The range and intensity of the symptoms depend on the injury location and degree of compression.

Treatment

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Vertebral Malformation

What is that?

Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Spinal malformations (Bulldog Scoliosis) are inborn abnormalities of the vertebral column.

Symptoms

It can be an incidental finding on a radiograph or can cause a wide range of neurological conditions, such as weakness, pain, paralysis, and incontinence.

Treatment

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