Aspiration Pneumonia in Bulldogs
and French Bulldogs

Aspiration Pneumonia in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs xrays showing a servere state of aspiration pneumonia secondary to untreated elongated soft palate

Aspiration Pneumonia in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs xrays showing a servere state of aspiration pneumonia secondary to untreated elongated soft palate

Aspiration pneumonia in bulldogs and french bulldog is typically due to the inhalation of foreign material such as vomit, regurgitation and gastric acid reflux contents. All of which can cause extensive damage in the form of acute inflammation to your bulldog puppy lungs as well as  infection from bacteria present in the inhaled foreign.

Symptoms of aspiration pneumonia in french bulldog puppy and english bulldogs puppies in general can include breathing difficulties, swallowing difficulties, coughing, fever, discharge from the nasal passages, rapid breathing, a bluish purplish tinge to the tongue (cyanosis), and a general weakness and intolerance to exercise due to oxygen deprivation. You might also notice a lost of energy, and reduced appetite in your bulldog puppy, depending on the underlying reasons for this condition.

Common causes associated with aspiration pneumonia in bulldogs and french bulldog puppies are:

1. Untreated bulldog brachycephalic syndrome like stenotic nares and elongated soft palate leading to high vegal tone, gastric reflex, vomiting and inhalation.

2. Megaesophagus: An enlargement of the lower aspect of your bulldog esophagus due to regurgitation of gastric acid,

3. Other bulldog oral, laryngeal and pharyngeal problems.

Bulldog puppies aspiration and inhalation pneumonia diagnosis: 

Physical exam and chest X-rays of your bulldog puppy are taken followed by a complete blood profile, including a chemical blood profile, and a complete blood count, Blood tests will indicate the presence of infection, and chest X-Rays will show if aspiration pneumonia is present. Finally a sample from your bulldog puppy lower airway might be taken for a culture and cytology to inspect the cellular make up and the type of bacteria present,which will help determine which antibiotic would work best for you sick bulldog.

Aspiration Pneumonia in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs showing improved xrays after few days of oxygen cage and broad spectrum antibiotics.

Aspiration Pneumonia in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs showing improved xrays after few days of oxygen cage and broad spectrum antibiotics.

Bulldog aspiration and inhalation pneumonia Treatment:

1. Oxygen: oxygen cage confinement might be initially required as part of a stabilizing treatment of your french bulldog puppy.
2. IV fluid: IV fluid administration for hydration of your bulldog puppy might be initiated
3. Rest and stress free: rest, preferably in a cage, away from other animals or active children is essential for a speedy recovery of your bulldog puppy.
4. Nebulizer & Coupage: Nebulization is critical for bulldog puppies with aspiration pneumonia.

Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Aspiration Pneumonia in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Maintenance:

If your bulldog puppy suffers from Brachycephalic Syndrome such us Stenotic Nares and Elongated Soft Palate have those condition surgically repaired as soon as possible (as early as 8 month old). Left untreated those condition tend to lead to a series of problems that could lead to medical complication like aspiration pneumonia.

Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Aspiration Pneumonia in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Rule of Thumb:

Pneumonia in bulldog puppies is a serious infection and several weeks of intense treatment and followup will be needed to clear it. The majority of my bulldog cases with aspiration pneumonia will recover with proper treatment and with correction of the underlining cause.

bulldog Aspiration Pneumonia treated in oxygen cage at Dr. Kraemer’s vet4healthypet advanced medical care hospital

bulldog Aspiration Pneumonia treated in oxygen cage at Dr. Kraemer’s vet4healthypet advanced medical care hospital

Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Aspiration Pneumonia in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tips & Warning:

Dr. Kraemer’s Aspiration Pneumonia in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #1: Keep your bulldog primarily indoors, rested and stress free.

Dr. Kraemer’s Aspiration Pneumonia in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #2: Use a nebulizer few times daily and then perform coupage (percussion therapy) as it helps to dislodge secretions from your bulldog lungs.

Dr. Kraemer’s Aspiration Pneumonia in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #3: Coupage can be preformed by holding your hands cupped against you bulldog chest, then pat your hands on your bulldog chest so that it sounds like a galloping horse. You should be firm enough to dislodge the secretions from your sick bulldog lungs but gentle enough not to hurt your french bulldog puppy.

Dr. Kraemer’s Aspiration Pneumonia in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #4. Preoperative fasting of patients, when possible, is recommended to avoid vomiting. However, the ideal length of the fast is 8-hour fast, with water up to 2 hours before

Dr. Kraemer’s Aspiration Pneumonia in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #1: Don’t use over the counter RX like cough suppressants (the cough is good it helps to remove the “bad stuff” from the lungs)

Dr. Kraemer’s Aspiration Pneumonia in Bulldogs and French BulldogsWarning #2: Don’t stop the antibiotic too soon, usually 4 weeks are required.

Dr. Kraemer’s Aspiration Pneumonia in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #3: Recheck chest x-ray’s should be taken weekly to evaluate your bulldog puppy progress

Dr. Kraemer’s Aspiration Pneumonia in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #4: A bulldog with this condition should not be left lying on its side in an inactive state for more than two hours.

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