English Bulldog Pet Insurance

English bulldogs—or British bulldogs, or simply bulldogs—are immediately recognizable by their scrunched-up faces and barrel chests. The breed was developed in England for hunting and for the now banned sport of bull baiting. Modern breeding has selected for dogs that are gentle and patient, and they are known to be especially good with children. Just be sure to let your bulldog in on all the action around the house, since they hate to be alone.

Pet Insurance for Your English Bulldog?

Unfortunately, bulldogs have relatively short lifespans, less than ten years on average. The most common causes of death are heart disease and cancer, and they are at risk for a number of other health problems:

  • Hip dysplasia: these dogs may inherit a condition where the hipbone fails to fit correctly into the pelvis. Over time, wear and tear can cause these joints to become inflamed, resulting in pain and restricted movement. The condition can often be reversed with surgery. Owners are urged to ask breeders for confirmation that the hips of the parents are not affected, though this does not guarantee that puppies will not develop dysplasia.
  • Interdigital furunculosis: some bulldogs develop non-malignant cysts on the webbing between their toes, which cause pain and restricted movement. The cause is often bacterial, so a biopsy and culture are usually part of the diagnosis; treatment may involve administration of antibiotics, application of topical medicines and, in extreme cases, laser surgery.
  • Patellar luxation: the kneecap (patella) of some dogs may become dislodged, causing pain and restricted movement. In severe cases, surgery may be required to reposition the affected bone and connective tissue.

The sad fact is that your bulldog is probably going to have some medical problems, and some treatments can be quite expensive. One way to be sure that you will never have to let financial concerns get in the way of tending to your bulldog’s health needs is to purchase a the right pet health care plan.

English Bulldog References

  1. www.akc.org/dog-breeds/bulldog
  2. http://www.betterbully.com
  3. www.bulldogclubofamerica.org
  4. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulldog

3 Comments
  1. Reply Andrea Robinson 11/15/2015 at 8:46 am

    I salute you for really being honest and forthright about all the various illnesses and genetic conditions English Bulldogs are at risk for. I’ve seen other articles that gloss over this, but every breed has its challenges and Bulldogs have very specific problems due to their breeding. I was not aware of the risk of elbow dysplasia, for instance. It’s actually rare for pet insurance companies to be this transparent on this topic.

    Bulldog puppies are adorably cute and funny, and they don’t lose that goofy personality as they age, so they are a family favorite and probably always will be. If you plan ahead for your dog’s needs, whatever breed it is, you’ll be a lot happier with your choice as the years roll by.

  2. Reply Caitlin 11/17/2015 at 6:46 am

    Thanks for sharing this information! I think a lot of people are probably completely unaware of the common problems that different breeds tend to be faced with. Then they’re unprepared when they are hit with multiple vet bills. I knew English Bulldogs commonly have several issues, but it’s helpful to see the vet costs laid out like you’ve done here.

  3. Reply Juliane Jensen 11/08/2016 at 3:03 am

    Wow, I wish I would have had this info when I got insurance for my Bernese mountain dog a few years ago. Unfortunately, I ended up with one of those policies that claims to cover accidents, illnesses, and hereditary disorders but when it came time to reimburse me for an actual bill, they gave a list of excuses why my dog was ineligible. Now I can’t switch insurances because all of his conditions are considered pre-existing and won’t be covered.

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