Bulldog Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder relatively common in bulldogs and bulldog puppies. Cystitis and UTI in bulldogs can be caused by multiple conditions, the most common of which is an infection caused by bacteria (UTI). There are also other common conditions and diseases that can lead to cystitis in bulldogs, including bladder stones (calculi), tumors, or polyps in the bladder. In Older bulldogs, excessive use of steroids (cortisone) and hormonal diseases such as diabetes and Cushing’s syndrome (hyperadrenal) can also cause cystitis.
Identifying the signs of cystitis can be relatively simple. Bulldogs suffering from this infection will often be in various degree of pain and discomfort, often while urinating. You’re French or English bulldog puppy may present with abnormal urine, such as urine containing blood, known as hematuria, or urine that may either have a strange odor or cloudy appearance. In addition, if your bulldog seems to be squatting and straining while attempting to urinate, failing to produce more than a small amount of urine, or is showing an increased frequency in their urge to urinate, there is a good chance they have cystitis.
Keep your female’s English bulldog or French bulldog puppy vaginal folds dry and clean. I recommend using a wipe like Dr. Kraemer’s “V4B Bulldog Skin Fold Antiseptic Wipe” once or twice daily. The bacteria and yeast found in these folds can ascend into your bulldog puppy urinary tract and cause chronic recurrent UTI.
Dr. Kraemer’s Bulldog Tips
Dr. Kraemer’s Bulldog Cystitis Tip #1: Generally, I recommend a urinalysis as well as a urine culture. Radiographs and/or ultrasound are also very helpful in detecting urinary stones and other structural abnormalities.
Dr. Kraemer’s Bulldog Cystitis Tip #2: For the most part, cystitis in bulldogs is easily cured. Bacterial cystitis in bulldogs can be treated with antibiotics, while cystitis causing bladder stones can be generally resolved by adhering to a specialized diet, proper hydration and supplements. Occasionally, your dog will need surgery to remove more difficult bladder stones.
Dr. Kraemer’s Bulldog Cystitis Tip #3: It is also recommended to increase the amount of water your pet consumes during this time. This can be achieved by providing your pet with extra drinking water as well moist food in order to dilute their urine and help flush out the bacteria remaining in the bladder.
Dr. Kraemer’s Bulldog Cystitis Tip # 4: Supplements containing polyphenols found in cranberries extracts have been shown to help reduce the adhesion of pathogenic resistant bacteria to the cell surface (biofilm). Essential fatty acid like Dr. Kraemer’s “V4B fish oil” supplement has good anti-inflammatory properties and might help , and live probiotics culture could be added to the diet.
Dr. Kraemer’s Bulldog Warnings:
Dr. Kraemer’s Bulldog Cystitis Warning #1: It is important to get your bulldog to a veterinarian as soon as possible for testing, as this condition can be quite painful for your pet and lead to additional complications.
Dr. Kraemer’s Bulldog Cystitis Warning #2: Male bulldogs have a long and narrow urethra while female bulldogs have a short and wide urethra. Thus, bulldog males are at a much higher risk of a urinary urethral blockage, even small stone(s) can prevent urination. These cases are considered emergencies; the obstructing stones should be removed as soon as possible.