Bulldog And French Bulldog Paw Allergies Skinfold Pododermatitis

By: Dr. Roy Kraemer |
DVM, Bulldog Specialist Veterinarian

Dr. Kraemer, please help my Chloe Paw Allergy. šŸ¾šŸŒ¼ #PawCare #BulldogLove

My sweet bulldog, Bella, seems to be struggling with itching red paws lately and she’s constantly licking them. šŸ˜¢ I’m concerned, any advice or recommendations for caring for her paw would be greatly appreciated! šŸ™šŸ¼ Thank you for always being there for our fur babies.

Warm regards, Tim S & Bella šŸ¶šŸ’– #BulldogMom #PawHealth

Pododermatitis in bulldogs and French bulldogs is an inflammatory skin condition affecting the paws. This dermatologic issue is prevalent among those breeds and is often linked to various underlying skin diseases.

Bulldog Paw Dermatitis 5 X MUST KNOW

  1. Pododermatitis is usually due to bulldog webbing, skinfolds, and allergies
  2. Skinfolds and webbing trap moisture. The dampness becomes hospitable to bacteria and yeast.
  3. The inflammation and infection typically manifest as raw redness, itching, smelliness, and pain.
  4. Treatment includes antiseptic therapeutics (wipes, rinse, spray, lotion)
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Paw Allergies Pododermatitis in Bulldogs CAUSE

The most noticeable underlying conditions leading to paw allergy (pododermatitis) in bulldogs are:

  1. Idiopathic sterile granulomas
  2. Allergic dermatitis (food allergiesĀ and atopic dermatitis)
  3. Demodicosis (red skin mite)
  4. Skin-fold dermatitis
  5. Autoimmune Disease (pemphigus)
  6. Bacterial and yeast infections
  7. Foreign Body (foxtail)

Paw Allergies Pododermatitis in Bulldogs

All these conditions can lead to secondary bacterial and yeast overgrowth dermatitis.

Paw Allergies Skinfold Pododermatitis in BulldogsĀ PRESENTATION

  • RED IRRITATED PAWS
  • SWELLON PAW
  • DISCHARGE & PUSS
  • BLISTERS
  • LESIONS
  • LICKING AND ITCHING

Your bulldog or French bulldog may frequently lick the affected area in an attempt to alleviate discomfort and itchiness.

BULLDOG TEAR STAINS

Their saliva might cause reddish-brown staining in the fur surrounding the inflamed area.

Occasionally, the surrounding tissue of the infected area will also present with

  • Scabs
  • Blisters
  • Nodules
  • Hair loss

When the pain is intense, your bulldog may be reluctant to walk and might display a noticeable limp.

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Paw Allergies Skinfold Pododermatitis DIAGNOSIS

If you observe any of these symptoms or notice your dog consistently favoring a particular foot, it’s essential to examine the area and seek advice from your veterinarian. In most cases, your veterinarian should be able to identify the issue through a site examination. However, on occasion, additional tests may be conducted.

  • CYTOLOGY
  • CULTURE
  • SKIN SCRAPE
  • BLOOD TEST
  • BIOPSIES
  • ALLERGY TESTING VARL

Paw Allergies Pododermatitis in Bulldogs PREVENTIVE CARE

The recommended course of treatment for pododermatitis will vary depending on the type and cause of the condition. For example, allergic and/or immune-related pododermatitis may not always be curable, but with proper treatment, the disease can be controlled and managed at home using nonprescription therapeutics.

BULLDOG PAW DERMATITIS VISUAL INSPECTION:

The best course of action is to perform daily inspections of their paws, including the surfaces between their toes.

French Bulldog Painful paw Interdigital Cyst

TOPICAL ANTISEPTIC THERAPEUTICS:

Bulldog antiseptic wipes, gels, lotions, sprays, and shampoos

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BULLDOG THERAPEUTIC SUPPLEMENTS:

You should also consider including therapeutic supplements to help control inflammation and pain.

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Paw Allergies Pododermatitis TIPS & WARNINGS:

Below are selective tips and warnings courtesy of Dr. Kraemer

Bulldog Paw Dermatitis: LASER & STEM CELL TIP

I have successfully addressed severe cases of paw dermatitis in bulldogs that showed limited response to conventional allergy medications (such as steroids and other immune suppressants) using innovative treatments like cold laser therapy and/or stem cell therapy.

Bulldog Skinfold Paw Dermatitis PRESCRIPTION TIP

Distinguishing between seasonal and non-seasonal occurrences, considering the age of onset, and evaluating responses to prior therapy can aid in narrowing down the potential causes. Positive reactions to corticosteroids, cyclosporines, and Apoquel may indicate allergies as a possible factor.

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Bulldog pododermatitis: SCARING WARNING:

Neglecting treatment may lead to heightened itching and pain, potentially resulting in the formation of scar tissue on the foot and paw area. This scar tissue could impede the healing process and elevate the likelihood of recurrence.

Bulldog Yeasty Paw Dermatitis WARNING:

Frequently, the primary underlying condition, such as allergies, can contribute to the development of a secondary yeast or bacterial infection, known as pyoderma and Malassezia, respectively.

Bulldog Pododermatitis BACTERIA INFECTION:

Bacterial infections typically necessitate a course of antibiotics lasting 6 weeks or more, contingent on the outcomes of a culture and sensitivity test. This is particularly crucial in light of the growing prevalence of methicillin-resistant staphylococci, often referred to as “MRSP.”

Bulldog and Fr Bulldog MRSP skin infection

 

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The information provided on this platform is for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian regarding any medical condition. It's important to always consider professional medical advice promptly and not to delay seeking it based on information you've read on this platform. Any reliance on the information provided here is entirely at your discretion.

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