Skin-Coat in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs
Skin-Coat in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs
Skin-Coat in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs, skin problems are probably the most common medical complaint I see in my bulldog practice. Often the chife complaint is some degree is itching, from an intense scratching and mutilation to a more milder form. In addtion, bulldog owners might also complain about bad skin odor, greasy or overly dry coat, scaly, flaky, or/and “yeasty”. Many bulldogs have some degree of hair lost, some present with an extensive diffuse boldness, others with only a patchy, focal, multi focal, or regional alopecia (hair lost). Some of those conditions are continuous other are seasonal or random.
Skin-Coat in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs DISEASE: Many of those skin and coat problems in bulldogs and French bulldogs present a diagnostic challenge. Some are of a mixed nature such as a form of allergy combined with a skin parasite (Demodex Mite) or hormonal abnormality (Hypothyroid, Cushing syndrome). Others might present with a secondary problem like superficial staph pyoderma and/or yeast dermatitis.
Skin-Coat in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs DIAGNOSIS: The approach to most Skin and coat problems in bulldogs and French Bulldogs requires a step by step diagnosis, recognizing the breed unique predispositions and extreme hypersensitivities. It is important to conduct a proper medical history, chart the physical exam findings and run the necessary diagnostic tests such as cytology, skin scrape, culture, etc.
Skin-Coat in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PREVENTIVE THERAPY: It is critical to realize that many of the Skin and coat problems in bulldogs and French Bulldogs are not going to go away overnight and might never completely resolve. Sometimes treatment would be necessary for the entire life of the dog despite the owner’s compliance and good will. Once again we go full circle back the cornerstone of this site, which is my “Zen & Bulldog Maintenance” teachings. 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.
Prevention is the saftest, and least costly treatment to keep your bulldog comfortable, itch-free and healthy
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ― Benjamin Franklin
Skin-Coat in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs DR KRAEMER’S V4B LINE OF SKIN CARE & SUPPLEMENTS: Regardless of your bulldog and French bulldog skin and coat condition there are few inexpensive, easy to administer, safe, and effective therapies you can administer
A. Bathing & Washing: Water is soothing and helps remove allergen and dead skin.
B. Bully Shampoo & Conditioners: Medicated shampoos can help fight yeast and bacteria dermatitis, flush hair follicles and reduce the itch.
C. Bully Rinse Free Gels & Lotions: complemental and match Dr. Kraemer’s medicated shampoos, easy to administer, quick, simple and can be used between baths.
D. Bully Skin Fold Kit: Skin Fold Wipes, Lotion, Spray and Rinse are the perfect products to maintain and heal your bulldog and French bulldog skin folds moist Dermatitis
E: Bully Dermal Supplements: anti-inflammatories, stress relievers, skin barrier building blocks, immune boosters, pre, and probiotics are all part of your holistic preventive approach to your bulldog skin and coat condition and good health in general
In this “ Skin-Coat in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs chapter “ 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 its 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 that can lead to chronic skin disease. 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 Bulldogs, especially in immune incompetent puppies and immune compromised and stressed pets, Demodex can cause skin disease, sometimes 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 is more likely due to atopy (environmental allergens), fleas, yeast, and bacteria infection…..Read More
Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs are the most common allergies I see in my practice. ….Read More
The protein source in most bulldog diets is not the carbohydrates / Grain, but rather the meat portion of their diets (animal 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 in bulldogs” interchangeably with “Methicillin Resistant” to simplify the terminology….Read More
Pododermatitis is an inflammatory skin disease of the bulldog paw. It is a common dermatologic problem in and is typically associated with underlying skin diseases….Read More
Bulldog Flank Alopecia also is known as Bulldog Seasonal Flank Boldness is associated with a shorter period of sunlight due to the changing of the seasons….Read More
Interdigital Cyst in bulldogs and French bulldogs is typically associated with a bright red puffy sometimes erupting lesion located in your bulldog webspace….Read More
All the “Skin-Coat in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs 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”.