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The purpose of this page is to inform new & potential pet parents of how to avoid some potential hazards when caring for your new puppy. The most important advice we can offer to new pet owners when bringing a new puppy home is to supervise your new "baby" at all times (especially when eating or chewing), and NEVER leave him/her unattended in an unsecured environment. A puppy can choke on just about anything, even "vet recommended" chew toys, bones and blankets.

These links are provided & recommended through our own personal experience and research. We feel it is imperative to share this information with all of our visitors and new bulldog parents in the hopes of preventing injuries to our beloved companions. Knowledge can be our biggest weapon in preventing emergency veterinary visits.We are in no way responsible for any use or misuse of this information.


  • Avoid a vet that does not have experience with Bulldogs! They are a special breed with special needs & cannot be treated like any other dog. We have witnessed many situations where a inexperienced veterinarian misdiagnosed an English Bulldog puppy resulting un unnecessary surgeries, harm and suffering to the puppy & the owner (not to mention the expense!)

  • Never giver your puppy "edible" bones to chew! These pose a very serious potential choking hazard and do not show up on x-rays. Also, there are many documented cases of these bones causing a blockage in the intestines and/or perforating the stomach and ultimately resulting in death. Please visit some of the following links for more information:
  • Do not feed your pets chicken jerky treats from China! Many dogs & cats have died after ingesting these (also sold as chicken tenders, strips and treats.). To keep your pet safe, only buy treats that are made in the USA, or even make them yourself!
  • Vaccines: If you choose to vaccinate your puppy, be sure NOT to give multiple vaccines during the same visit. Always give the Rabies Vaccine separately since there have been a high incidence of adverse reactions. We know of at least one incidence of a new owner bringing her English Bulldog pup to the vet who vaccinated for Rabies, lyme & DHPV all at once; an hour later the puppy died.

  • Puppy diseases: Don't take your puppy anywhere other dogs are unless they're dogs you KNOW to be healthy such as a friend's dog in a friend's backyard for a playdate. Specifically, refrain from taking your pup into public places like Petco or parks, until fully inocculated. When taking your pup to the vet, do not contact other animals and keep your puppy in the carrier; bathe when returning home, sterilize carrier (and bottoms of your shoes) & wash all blankets.

  • Raw meat and raw egg yolks (not the whites) are actually safe for your healthy dog: We feed our dogs a raw food diet that we prepare (and grind) ourselves based on the recommendations in the book Real Food for Healthy Dogs & Cats by Dr. Karen Becker, DVM.
    • Raw Food Diet - * Healthy Pets / is a wonderful resource; you must be a subscriber to their newsletters to view the valuable information on their web site; we strongly recommend joining the list!

  • Never allow a Bulldog to swim or be around a water source unattended: Bulldogs are not natural swimmers! Short-faced breeds such as the bulldog usually can't swim and they can drown easily. Even water dogs like Labradors can drown if they get too tired, the current's too strong or the water's too cold. And beware the warnings for algae blooms. If a pond or lake isn't safe for you, it's not safe for your dog.
  • Sugarless chewing gum & candy can be deadly! In dogs, xylitol stimulates a massive release of insulin, causing a drop in blood sugar, which can lead to weakness, loss of coordination and seizures. Xylitol also can lead to liver damage and death in rare cases. Symptoms can occur within 30 to 60 minutes of ingestion of xylitol and require immediate veterinary attention. Just a single stick of gum could endanger a 10- to 20-pound dog or puppy.
  • 10 plants that are poisonous to dogs: Grapes, mushrooms, marijuana, lilies, black walnuts, sago palm, azalea, castor bean, daffodils, and Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane) .
Thank you for your interest! 

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This page is dedicated to Lily Walsh

who choked on an edible Nylabone from a
"Puppy Starter Kit"
in 2013.
She almost died & suffered permanent damage to her trachea.