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What disorders are the most common in UK bulldogs?

D. G. O’Neill, A. M. Skipper, J. Kadhim and others

PLoS ONE (2019) 14

doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0217928

• What did the research find?

Bulldogs comprised 0.6 per cent of all dogs born in 2013 attending the participating veterinary practices, rising from 0.35 per cent in 2009. The median longevity of the breed was 7.2 years, with females generally living longer than males. The most prevalent disorders recorded were otitis externa (12.7 per cent), pyoderma (8.8 per cent) and obesity (8.7 per cent). The skin was the most commonly affected body region (28.6 per cent), followed by the eyes (18 per cent), ears (13 per cent), gastrointestinal tract (11.6 per cent) and upper respiratory tract (10.5 per cent).

Bulldogs are predisposed to a number of diseases, with the most commonly occurring being otitis externa, pyoderma and obesity

• How was it conducted?

The clinical records of all bulldogs under primary veterinary care at clinics participating in the VetCompass programme during 2013 (n=1621) were reviewed manually in detail to extract the most definitive diagnoses recorded for all disorders that occurred during that year. Mortality data (recorded cause and date …

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