There are many things you can have a home on hand to help care for your bulldog and handle many care issues at home. This list is brief and does not take the place of advice provided by your own family vet. Please review this list with your vet prior to using any of the treatments.
Medications You Can Have at Home
- Pedialyte or Smart Water – Good to give your dog if they have been vomiting or had diarrhea. Do not use Gatorade or anything flavored.
- Hydrocortisone cream – Use for controlling itching, topically only.
- Vaseline/Aquaphor/BagBalm- Use for dry noses
- Coconut Oil (Unrefined) – Good on noses and a spoonful in food can be good for coat, skin and eyes (not applied to eyes, ingested with food)
- Desitin Cream – Use for minor skin irritations, keeping skin folds dry, and minor sunburn. Also sometimes useful on interdigital cysts, after cleansing the area.
- Styptic Powder (Anticoagulant) – Use to stop bleeding caused by cutting into the quick when trimming nails.
- Triple Antibiotic Ointment (Comes under many brand and generic names) – Use for minor scraps and cuts. Not for use in the eyes or mouth.
- Hydrogen peroxide – Use to induce vomiting or as a general antiseptic cleanser.
- Lemon Juice – Use to clear phlegm from the bulldog’s throat and ease breathing. Squirt liberally into the back of throat.
- Antiseptic Solution – Used for cleaning scrapes and minor wounds.
- Ophthalmic Ointment (non-steroid) – Used for eyes to clear up infections.
- Antihistamine (Benadryl) - Use for allergic reactions and bee/wasp stings.
- Eye Drops (Natural tears) - Simple straight forward eye drops to moisten the eyes and rinse out dust. No red eye or other specialty additives.
- Eyewash – Used to flush out eyes.
- Chlorhexadine Solutions – Used for cleansing wounds and skin folds.
- Epsom Salts – Use as in a warm water soak for inter digital cysts (blisters between the toes)
- Listerine (brand or generic) for chin acne and inter-digital cysts.
- Baby wipes for cleaning folds and tails, wiping chins, cleaning ears and quick wipe downs when you don’t have time for a regular bath.
- Apple Cider vinegar topical for hot spots; ingested for digestion and insect repellant. Use to wipe off hot spots when one is starting. A teaspoon a day in your bulldog’s water is recommended by many to aide with digestion.
NOTE: Specific dosages have not been given here for several reasons. First, we are not veterinarians and do not have the right to prescribe medications or doses. Second, Bulldogs come in many different sizes and there is no way to assure correct dosage.
Unsure about something?
A great place to start is “Can I Give My Dog…?” and check. Never go off of random websites and what people say; it’s best to always check with your vet before dosing anything that is not prescribed or advised by your vet.
First Aid Equipment List
- Roll of 1″ first aid tape
- 2″-3″ gauze rolls
- Ace bandages
- Blunt nose scissors
- Tefla pads
- Cotton balls
- Syringes (without needles) Used for the measuring and administering oral medications.
- Rectal thermometer
- Nail trimmers or Dremmel grinder for toe nail trimming
- Kwik-Stop Styptic Powder/Gel in the event of bleeding
Super handy to have:
- Wire fold down crate, even if not using it all the time, this is a good place to let a bulldog recover after a short illness or when they need to be isolated at home.
- Extra leash, harnesses and collar in case your favorite one is lost.
- Copies of all your medical records and the name of your vet close on hand.
- The location of the closest 24 hour vet hospital and directions to it in case of an emergency.