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Ritima asked 1 year ago

Itching Rash Painful Skin Boils in French Bulldog

Itching Rash Painful Skin Boils in French Bulldog Hello Doctor, I had reached out to you on October 6 regarding my 3-year old french bulldog suffering from extreme rashes and painful boils (with pus & blood) for almost a month now. I have family in the US and I want them to send me the products after you prescribe the suitable combination. I had sent you details and pictures of my dog in my question to you (Oct 6) but I don’t know why it did not get posted here, I am posting the pictures once again. I tried to locate your email but couldn’t, so I am posting a question here again. I shall wait for your reply.Itching Rash Painful Skin Boils in French Bulldog

My french bulldog (3.5 years old) is suffering from painful boils filled with pus & blood on his back, stomach, hind legs, neck, and armpits, basically entire body for 30 days. He is suffering from chronic itch due to his condition. The bodyweight of my dog is 13.5 kg.

I have been administering him Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride tablet IP 25mg every day (1/2 tablet each morning & evening) as advised by my veterinarian. I am attaching his pictures here, along with the hypoallergenic feed that I\\\’m giving him.

Please help me, it\\\’s so difficult to see this little baby in so much pain.

 

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Dr. R.J. Kraemer answered 1 year ago

Answer for Itching Rash Painful Skin Boils in French Bulldog

Answer for Itching Rash Painful Skin Boils in French Bulldog, From the photo, it looks like the distribution includes your French bulldog entire trunk, I am missing photos of his belly and inguinal area as well as ears

  1. How long has he been on the hydrolyzed protein diet?
  2. Has he been given other food or treat during that trial period?
  3. Ary you treating him with any other topicals or oral treatment other than the hydroxyzine and rx diet

Based on the photos you provided I would not consider those boils, and puss-filled lesions (i.e. deep pyoderma).  Nevertheless, there is likely secondary infection of bacteria and possibly yeast.

Hydroxyzine is ok to use but mostly USELESS for itch control in bulldogs and French bulldogs.  It’s a first-generation antihistamine, usually safe, and might help sedate your itching pet, so give it before bedtime

Answer for Itching Rash Painful Skin Boils in French Bulldog R/O:

  • ALLERGIES: Most likely a type of allergy with secondary infection
  • INFECTION: bacteria and yeast
  • MITES & FUNGI: Others like mites and dermatophytes (ringworm)

Answer for Itching Rash Painful Skin Boils in French Bulldog DIAGNOSIS

  • SCRAPE: Skin Scrape to r/o demodex and mangeAnswer for Itching Rash Painful Skin Boils in French Bulldog TREATMENT:
  • CYTOLOGY: to check for bacteria (cocci/staph vs rods/gram neg) and yeast buds
  • BACTERIA CULTURE: Culture if he does not respond to symptomatic treatment (non-staph or MRSP)
  • FUNGI CULTURE: to r/o fungi
  • BIOPSY: if nonresponsive to r/c pemphigus, cancer etc.
  • FOOD TRIALS
  • ANTIGEN BLOOD TESTING (ATOPIC)

Answer for Itching Rash Painful Skin Boils in French Bulldog TREATMENT:

THERAPEUTIC TOPICALS: Regardless of the underlining condition ALWAYS implement topical therapy.

Bully Topical therapeutics are usully effective, inexpensive, nonprescription, SAFE thus can and should be used with all bully skin problems.

  1. MEDICATED SHAMPOO: like my V4B bully ItchLess shampoo, Yeasty Antiseptic Bully Shampoo and V4B Bully X Strength antiseptic shampoo
  2. AFTER SHAMPOO CREAM-RINSE CONDITIONER: After Shampoo Cream-Rinse Conditioners: like my V4B bully Aloe Oatmeal Conditioner, V4B ItchLess Conditioner, and V4B bully hypoallergenic
  3. WATERLESS NO RINSE SHAMPOO (gels): (on non-bathing days) Like my V4B Yeasty Bully Gel

THERAPEUTIC SUPPLEMENTS: Like my V4B EFA Fish Oil ChewsAnswer for Itching Rash Painful Skin Boils in French Bulldog STORE

V4B BULLY STORE: In my BULLY STORE, look for the BULLY PROBLEM filter I created it covers 100 common bully problems including most skin conditions and will match my therapeutic recommendations including economic bundles.

ITCH CONTROL RX: other than the above topicals and supplements you would likely need itch control medication like cytopoint, apoqel, short term steroids, cyclosporin, etc

ANTIBIOTICS & ANTIFUNGAL: base on cytology results, the most common skin bacteria are staph psudointermedius.

IMMUNOTHERAPY

MUST DO: Read my articles on food allergy, Atopic itch dermatitis, demodex, yeast etc (under SKIN)

“An Ounce of PREVENTION is Worth a Pound of CURE”

Answer for Itching Rash Painful Skin Boils in French Bulldog PREVENTION IS CURE

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Ritima replied 1 year ago

Thank you very much, Dr. Kraemer, for taking out the time and replying to my question.

To answer your questions,
1. He has been on the hydrolyzed protein diet for 8 months.
2. He has not been given any other food or treat during this period.
3. No, we are not treating him with any other topicals or oral treatment other than the hydroxyzine and rx diet.

I shall give him the antihistamine before bedtime and include the therapeutic topics suggested by you.

Dr. R.J. Kraemer replied 1 year ago

1. CHALLENGE: you need to challenge your bully w a previous non-rx diet, if not any worse there is no sense keeping current hypoallergenic. Consider a new 2m trial on a diff hypo diet, I suggest the new proplan Elemental diet
2. TOPICAL: please do regardless of the underlining problem
3. CYTOLOGY and SKIN SCRAPE
4. I would start itch control (short term tapering cortison) or cytopoint or apoquel for 3-4w
5. I would start cephalexin or convinia or simplicef (cephalosporin) for 3w and possibly nizerol once daily for 3w
6. Fish oil supp
7. KEEP ME POSTED SEND BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS

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