Itchy French Bulldog on Steroids

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I’m looking for some help with my itchy French bulldog puppy who is has been treated with steroid. She became very itchy about the age of 6 months old. My bulldog is 2 years old and not Spade.

Itchy French Bulldog Puppy


We have her on a raw balanced diet. We only use organic or natural cleaners and soaps and our home.


We’ve tried cortisone anti-itch creams apple cider vinegar baking soda antifungal shampoos you name it. I’ve also tried giving her a different herbal supplements for kidneys, lymphatic system, parasites for about a month now with no results. I’ve been using  herbal recommendations . I’m not seeing any positive results.

Itchy French Bulldog on Steroids EAR INFECTION

My French Bulldog also had very bad ear infections and the past. What cleared it up for her was the Posatex. It also work the best on her skin for clearing up the redness. Being that it is not labeled for skin are veterinarians locally would not refill the prescription.

Itchy French Bulldog on Steroids / ALTERNATIVES

Ultimately I would like to fix the underlining problem without using steroids or medication. If you can offer any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated! We hate seeing our little girl suffering!

Thank you! 

1 Answers
Dr. Roy Kraemer Staff answered 6 years ago

Answer for Itchy French Bulldog On Steroid
Itch among bulldogs is very common and so are ear canal diseases (i.e. otitis in bulldogs and French Bulldogs).

Remember the ears are the extension of the skin

Diet For Itching Bulldogs RAW FOOD WARNING
In general, I don’t recommend raw diets due to the inherited risks of uncooked food.  I also don’t think it’s the preferred diet for a food trail.

For a food trial, I prefer a prescription hypoallergenic diet.
Itch Control Medication for Bulldogs CORTISONE WARNING
In regard to itch control, especially for a dog suffering from chronic skin dermatitis like your Frenchie, I do not recommend using steroids due to their potential harmful and accumulative, adverse effects.

Your concerns are valid, and every attempt should be made to taper them down. While on them a periodic blood test should be done to screen for early signs of medical problems caused or affected by steroids.
Answer for Itchy French Bulldog On Steroid ALTERNATIVES
Fortunately, we now have safer itch-control medication such as

  • CADI Cytopoint) immunotherapy injection
  • Apoquel
  • Atopica (Cycolosporin)

Answer for Itchy French Bulldog On Steroid BULLY THERAPEUTICS
Finally, and most importantly you should always implement preventive and maintenance nonprescription topical bully therapeutics.
Prevention and maintenance with topical bully therapeutics should always be part of itch control and a means of avoiding harmful medication.
You should use a combination of medicated shampoos, cream rinse conditioners, rinse, spray, wipes, and waterless no-rinse gels.

  • V4B Extra Strength Antiseptic Shampoo
  • V4B Yasty Bully Antiseptic Shampoo
  • V4B Yeasty Bully Antiseptic No-Rinse Gel
  • V4B Itch Bully Shampoo & Conditioner

We offer a wide range of low-cost Itch & Allergies Bundles HERE

Answer for Itchy French Bulldog Harm of Steroid Medication

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Last, in regard to supplements please read my “Must Know Supplement for Bulldogs” article.
In general, probiotics should be provided to pets who are on long-term medication especially steroids due to the likely harm they do to the gut microbiome.

  • V4B Bully Probiotic XS LOAD UP
  • V4B Bully Probiotics EZ KEEP UP

Essential fatty acids omega 3 and immune support should be part of your comprehensive treatment of chronic skin and ear disease disease.

  • V4B Bully Fish Oil
  • V4B Bully Immune Booster

Dr. Kraemer’s Bully V4B Therapeutics are:

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Answer for Itchy French Bulldog On Steroid / DIAGNOSIS
For any skin and ear disease in bulldogs and French Bulldogs, I recommend

  • Cytology,
  • Skin scrapes
  • Food Trial
  • Cultures, if not responsive to medication.

Please read my multi-drug-resistant skin disease in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs (MRSP in Bulldog) article.
We also provide new cutting-edge Stem Cell Therapy for refractory atopic dermatitis and bulldog interdigital cysts. We also recommend it for bulldogs who are having adverse effects on traditional Rx.
Answer for Itchy French Bulldog FOOD ALLERGY
For food allergy in bulldogs, you will have to commit to an elimination hypoallergenic prescription diet for a minimum of eight weeks trial.
Answer for Itchy French Bulldog ENVIRONMENTAL ALLERGY
For Atopic dermatitis in bulldogs, you can request an allergy blood test (VARL) which will allow us to isolate the environmental allergens and start immunotherapy hyposensitization treatment.

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