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These Things Are Good

In Animals and Pets, Bulldog Health, bulldogs, Music on February 15, 2010 at 2:26 AM
These things are good…
Ice cream and cake, a ride on a Harley, seeing monkeys in a tree
Rain on my tongue
and the sun shining on my face.
These things are a drag…
Dust in my hair, holes in my shoes, no money in my pocket,
and the sun shining on my face.
Roy Dennis (Rocky) 1964-1980 from the movie “Mask”/1985
I love when she bathes me in water softened with Epsom salt.  It takes the itches away. It dries up interdigital cysts and other minor skin irritations and abrasions. It makes me smell good all the time and at least for me, it helps lengthen the interval between baths.  She bathes me on average once a month.

She cares for my nose fold, ears, mouth, toes and anus every day. She does not use baby wipes or anything with peroxide. To eliminate chemical allergies, She washes everything using dye free, perfume free detergents.  When the vet techs were gathering information about me for my TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) surgery in December, they marveled at how clean my ears and nose fold were and about how white, soft, shiny and silky my coat was. And That was a lot since I don’t have a dense coat.

After my corneal ulcer episode, I became very itchy.  Of course it was summer time as well so that didn’t help matters. My vet recommended OTC benedryl.  It worked for me. It took away the itchiness in the back of my throat, (which was good ’cause then She stopped referring to me as Her bulldog version of Felix Unger).

Summer also may expose bulldogs to a whole range of potential irritants, allergans and sensitivities.  I love the beach, but sometimes dried seaweed on the beach harbor sand mites that may get in your ears or fly up your nose and even bite. Salt water, if not rinsed off thoroughly and immediately may become trapped in wrinkles and folds. This creates a moist breeding ground that may contribute to or exacerbate hot spots in bulldogs that are prone to them and make your bully smelly.

Your bulldog could even have a sensitivity to pollutants in ocean water that may contribute to tearing, causing ugly stains that are deep, dark and resistant to most tear stain remedies. I developed a tear stain because of my eye injury. After I recovered, She wiped the stain every day with a soft cloth soaked in Epsom salt water. To this day, I have no stains.

Lush, wet grass and ground cover may cause interdigital cysts. I’m hypersensitive to periwinkle. When I stopped walking on periwinkle, I stopped getting ID cysts. But when I did get them, She soaked my feet in warm water and Epsom salt, thoroughly dried the affected areas, then wiped them with a Clearasil pad.  Yes, Clearsil.

Using olive oil to moisturize and calm my skin was a happy accident.  Last year, She rubbed my itchy shoulder with some olive oil.  She noticed I wasn’t scratching there anymore.  Then when I got an itch behind my ear, She rubbed in olive oil.

Now, every time I take a bath, She pours warm olive oil on my back, the area behind my ears and rubs some in my pie hole. Then She does a deep massage of the areas where I used to get most itchy–  behind my shoulder and ears. She towels off the excess on my coat taking care not to rub my skin with the towel.  Then She gets the brush out and spends about a half hour vigorously brushing me.  Especially my tight tail. Ahhh. Afterwards I just go to sleep. It’s That calming.

She will generally get what’s on sale or  She’ll get the warehouse size containers because when practical, she cooks with olive oil.  It lasts several months. And yes, She does use a separate container for my olive oil. I even like it when she drizzles some on my Royal Canin, or gives me a piece of bread She’s dipped in it. Ummm.  Yum.  These things are good.

Goodwill Energies I direct
Toward each and every one of you
Each and every day

And there came to be evening and there came to be morning
Ciao!
That’s life today.
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  1. Thank you for all the info- I have 2 bullies here in Wisconsin. Would have never thought to try olive oil. My bullies love Royal Canine too!

  2. Thanks so much ThatOne (I have such a hard time not calling you EBD, just sounds so smooth, like you coat apparently!)…I make my own home made shampoo for Riley and Bella that contains lavender(neither are allegic to it), white vinegar (which really cleans and deodarizes) and some gentle dye/odor free detergents. Problem with that is how drying it is, never thought of the olive oil!

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