Skin and coat problems in bulldog are probably the most common medical complaint I see in my practice. Often the chip complaint is an itchy bulldog from intense scratching and mutilation to a more milder form. Other times despite the absence of itching the bully owners complain about bad odor, greasy or overly dry coat, scaly, flaky, or “yeasty”. Many bulldogs have some degree of hair lost from extensive diffuse boldness to patchy, focal, multi focal, or regional alopecia. Some of those conditions are continuous other are seasonal or random. Many of those dermal problems present a diagnostic challenge, and very often they are of a mix of a primary origin (i.e. allergies, parasites, hormonal) with a secondary (i.e. bacterial, yeast). The approach to most bulldog skin problems requires a step by step diagnosis, recognizing the breed unique predispositions, medical history, physical exam finding and diagnostic tests. It is important to realize that many of those skin conditions are not going to go away overnight and completely resolve. Sometimes treatment would be necessary for the entire life of the dog despite owner’s compliance and good will. Once again we go full circle back to the “Zen & Bulldog Maintenance” teaching, the corner stone of this site, To become a bulldog owner you have to accept the reality of the “terrible/beauty” bulldog dichotomy which will help you to commit to a lifelong bully maintenance diligence.
In this “ Bully Skin & Coat “ chapter I am going to cover in detail some of the most common bully skin and coat conditions. Each topic (i.e. skin fold dermatitis, food allergies, atopic dermatitis, etc.) is going to be divided into four major sections:
1. An introductory: detailing the specific condition and it origin.
2. Bulldog Maintenance: A “go home” bully maintenance program.
3. Rule of Thumb: A “must know” take home pearl of wisdom.
4. Tips & Warnings: a list of essential “DO and DON’T DO”
Due to your Bulldogs facial bone compression, they will likely have some excess skin folds over the nose, to the sides, and under both eyes. Many will also suffer from abnormal tail bone growth that will twist the skin around tighter and tighter. .. Read More
Demodicosis, (“red mange”), is a microscopic skin mite that can be presented “normally” in bulldog puppies, adult bulldogs and other pets without any clinical problems. In some pets especially in immune incompetent puppies and immune compromised pets they can cause skin disease, sometime severe ones….Read More
Food allergies and/or Skin allergies in bulldogs are not as common as you might think. In most cases the GI problems are more likely to be due to parasites, viral, bacteria, indiscretion eating, etc. and your bulldog skin condition are more likely due to atopy (environmental allergens), fleas and bacteria…..Read More
The protein source in most bulldog puppy diets as well as mature bulldog other breeds’ diets, is not the carbohydrates but rather the meat portion of their diets (animal source). As you know, grains are mostly carbohydrates though they also contain some protein source….Read More
MRSA, stands for “Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococci Aureus” while MRSP stands for “Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococci Pseudintermedius”. I am going to use the term “Multi Drug Resistant” interchangeably with “Methicillin Resistant” to simplify the terminology….Read More
Pododermatitis is an inflammatory skin disease of the paw. It is a common dermatologic problem in English bulldog puppies and adult bulldog, as well as French bulldogs puppies and adults and is typically associated with many underlying skin diseases….Read More
Bulldog Flank Alopecia also known as Bulldog Seasonal Flank Boldness is associated with a shorter period of sunlight due to the changing of the seasons….Read More
All the “Bully Skin & Coat Maintenance Topics” below will be published in the coming weeks, I will be happy to alert you of each new publication via an email. Just add your email to our “Join Our U4B Community” membership listing or to our “ALERT” email box in the top left corner. Also, I will alert you of the new release of my upcoming ”Do It Yourself V4B Bully Maintenance Videos”.