We always want our English bulldog pups to be happy and healthy. But there may come a time when their health deteriorates. It could be a simple cold, or it could be a sign of a long-term condition. No matter what it is, however, sometimes it’s hard to tell when our dogs are not feeling well. Since our dogs can’t talk to us, we have to be on the lookout for these common signs that they’re sick.

Behavioral Changes

A change in your English bulldog’s behavior is one of the most common signs of illness. What that change in behavior will look like will depend on your dog. Anything that seems out of the ordinary should be investigated. For instance, if your typically outgoing dog now seems disinterested in other people, this could be a sign that they’re not feeling well.


When dogs feel ill, they lose most of their energy. They’ll start acting more lethargic, and they’ll begin sleeping more and playing less. If you notice your dog is sleeping more than usual or losing stamina after a short outing, it may time to take them to the vet.

Loss of Appetite

Dogs love food…except when they’re sick. This is especially true if they’re having some sort of stomach issue. If your dog is unwell, they may suddenly stop showing any interest in food or water. Additionally, drinking too much water can also be a sign that something’s wrong. As a general rule of thumb, if you see any changes in your dog’s appetite or drinking patterns, it’s time to call the doctor.

Weight Loss

Quick, dramatic weight loss is a sign that something is wrong. Even when a dog is on a diet, they won’t lose weight quickly. Any dramatic changes in their weight should be investigated seriously.

Vomiting and/or Diarrhea

Occasional vomiting or diarrhea isn’t uncommon with dogs. It’s always possible they ate something that didn’t settle well with their stomach. However, if the vomiting or diarrhea continues, and it’s paired with any of the other signs of illness, then something more serious could be amiss.

Bulldog Angels wants all English bulldogs to live happy and healthy lives. For more tips on how to care for your English bulldog, read through our blog today.