Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs puppies

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs are the most common allergies I see in my practice, flea allergy, and food allergy are the other ones. Other less common bulldogs and French bulldog skin conditions are demodex red mites, sarcoptic mange mites, and dermatophytes (ringworm). Most skin allergies will also present with secondary bacterial infections (pyoderma, usually staphylococcus) and/or yeast infections (Malassezia). The less common itch (pruritus) bulldog dermatitis is keratinization abnormalities, dermatophyte (ringworm), autoimmune skin disease (pemphigus), and cancer of the skin.  Allergic atopic itch dermatitis in the English bulldog, French bulldog, and American Bulldog is due to environmental exposure to various allergens such us outdoors allergens like weed and grass as well as indoor allergens like mold, dust mites and human dander.

 

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs  MAINTENANCE:

In addition to the intense itch, allergic atopic itch dermatitis in bulldogs and french bulldogs puppies usually present with a variety of secondary problems such as:

I ALWAYS recommend topical treatment in addition to the systemic prescribed medications. 

ITCH CONTROL:

  1. Medicated Shampoo: bathing 1-2/week with a medicated shampoos like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B ItchLess Bully Skin Shampoo (10min leathering before rinsing).
  2. Medicated No-Rinse Gel: Best on non-bath days, apply  V4B ItchLess Bully Waterless Gel, and rub to skin and coat.

ANTISEPTIC (Anti Bacterial and/or Anti Yeast)

  1. Medicated Shampoo: bathing 1-2/week with a medicated shampoos like V4b Yeasty Bully Antiseptic shampoo. and or Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Antiseptic ES Shampoo(10min leathering before rinsing).
  2. Medicated No-Rinse Gel: Best on non-bath days, apply  V4B Yeasty Bully Waterless Gel, and rub to skin and coat.

HYDRATION & SOOTHING

  1.  After Shampoo Conditioner: like Dr. Kraemer’s  V4B Bully Hypoallergenic After Shampoo Conditioner

THERAPEUTIC SUPPLEMENTS

  1. Essential fatty acid (EFA) that combines Omega 3 and 6 fish oils, vitamins A & D like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Omega Fish Oil  Skin-Immune-Joint chews.
  2. Pre & Probiotics: Help restore and assist the good gut bacteria (microbiome) and prevent Leaky Gut Syndrom, like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Pre-Probiotics Formula

REGENERATIVE MEDICINE 

Stem Cell Therapy & Crobanking: For bulldogs who cannot take anti-itch medication like prednisone (steroid) due to adverse effects. Or for pet owners who wish not to use those drugs due to their long term potential harm, I now offer harmless cutting-edge therapy for allergic bulldogs, French bulldogs, and other pets suffering from chronic nonresolving itch due to allergic atopic itch dermatitis. This new age alternative non-pharmaceutical treatment is called Stem Cell Therapy, it has been showing great promise for treating various inflammatory, immune-mediated and painful conditions by allowing the pet’s own repair and anti-inflammatory cells (mesenchymal stem cell) to naturally and organically heal and their long-lasting nonresponsive allergies. Dr. Kraemer also offers a low-cost Cryobanking program for future stem cell treatments.

MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY THERAPY

Cytopoint: is a new long-lasting non-Steroidal monoclonal antibody that targets IL-31, safe itch relief injection that I now offer my bulldogs and French bulldogs allergic itch atopic dermatitis patients. It is usually administered every 4-8 weeks, or as needed.

PRESCRIPTION RX:

  • Itch Control: Steroids, Apoqel, Cyclosporin (Atopica), Anti Histamines (not effective)
  • Antibiotics
  • Antifungal
  • Other: Pentoxyphillne

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs RULE OF THUMB:

Any bulldog and French bulldog with an intense itch should be ruled out for allergic atopic itch dermatitis. Intense itch often leads to self-trauma, thus stressful, can lead to sleepless restless nights, and is often painful at an advanced stage.

Bulldog Atopic Itch Dermatitis can easily become a serious quality of life matter that requires immediate attention

Bulldog Atopic Itch Dermatitis is often last for night, thus requires a lifelong attention and care.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIPS & WARNINGS:

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP #1: Any English Bulldog or French bulldog presented with an itchy, red irritated skin,  bumps, chronic pigment change, and thickness of the affected skin, should be suspected of bully atopic allergic dermatitis.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP #2 DISTRIBUTION: Bulldog atopic allergic dermatitis distribution is usually to the ears, paws, legs, armpits, and abdomen.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs  TIP #3 IMMUNE THERAPY: Bulldogs and French bulldogs suspected with Itchy skin due to environmental allergic atopic itch dermatitis might benefit from a blood test that shows the specific allergen they are allergic to. After the allergens are identified an immune therapy can be initiated.

  • Common outdoor allergens are grass, weed, and trees /pollen.
  • Common indoors allergen are mold, dust mites, and dandruff.

You should realize that it could take months before your bulldog itch improves. Success might require lifelong continuous treatment. Also, bulldog owners committed to the immunotherapy should know that there are no grantees that the itch relief might not be 100% meaning that you will need to continue some degree of topical and systemic medication.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs FOOD ALLERGY TIP #4: I recommend food elimination trial with hypoallergenic prescription diet to rule out bulldogs and French bulldogs food allergies 

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP#5 CONTACT ALLERGY: If your bulldog presents with itching after a topical product was applied, bully contact allergy is the most likely cause.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP #6 FLEA ALLERGY: I always recommend year-round flea preventative especially in a geographic location where fleas are common.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP #7 ANTI HISTAMINES: OTC antihistamines can be used for allergic itch atopic dermatitis in bulldogs and French bulldogs but its therapeutic effect if questionable. On the other hand, they are relatively harmless and could help sedate your pet thus giving one before bedtime might improve a good night’s rest for both owner and pet.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP #8 GENETIC: We believe that in bulldogs there is a genetic disposition to atopic itchy allergic dermatitis.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP #10 CYTOLOGY: Common tests recommend for any bulldog and French bulldog suspected with allergic itch atopic dermatitis are cytology and sometimes cultures to help identify secondary bacteria and yeast infection.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP #11 STEM CELL THERAPY: For bulldogs and french bulldog puppy owners who prefer avoiding systemic allergy medication like prednisone (steroid) due to their adverse effects, or for pet owners who prefer not to use these drugs due to their long term potential harm, I now offer a harmless cutting-edge new therapy.  This new age treatment for chronic allergic atopic itch dermatitis is called Stem Cell Therapy an anti-itch modality that uses your pet’s own repair and anti-inflammatory cells (stem cells) to heal and treat his or her allergies.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP #12 BATH: Most environmental allergens are absorbed through the skin thus just the water rinse action alone helps remove the allergen as well as scales and dander.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP #13: In contrast to bulldog food allergy complete elimination of offending environmental allergens for allergic itch atopic dermatitis in bulldogs and French bulldogs is not possible, but certain avoidance measures can be helpful. For example, reducing outdoor playtime especially when pollen counts are. keep the grass cut short, frequent baths, and changing your air conditioners filters often.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP #13 DUST MITES: To reduce the effect of indoors allergen like dust mites, you should dust your house frequently, use synthetic materials for your bulldog bedding. Also, vacuum and wash bedding often, change air conditioner filters frequently and keep humidity in the house < 50%.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP#14 MOLD: To avoid indoor allergen like molds, you can use air purifiers, dehumidifiers, and avoid household plants and mulch.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP #15 TOPICAL TREATMENT: Topical skin treatment is critical and should always be part of your therapeutic strategy and planning. They should usually include anti-itch and hypoallergenic shampoo and lotion-like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B hypoallergenic and V4B anti-itch shampoo and gel.  Remember, among the benefits of topical therapy is the mechanical removal of allergens from your bulldog and French bulldog skin and coat.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP #16 FOOD ALLERGY: Itching bulldogs and french bulldog puppies that also suffering from concurrent gastrointestinal problems should be suspected of food allergy.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP #17 CYTOPOINT: I now offer bulldogs with atopic itch allergies an effective, safe, long-lasting,  new monoclonal antibody specified, injection.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP #18 FISH OIL EFA: I always recommend a holistic approach to allergic atopic itch dermatitis  in bulldogs that include essential fatty acids supplement like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Omega Fish OilAllergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs itchless bundle

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WARNING #1: Food allergy often has similar itching presentation and skin distribution as allergic itch atopic dermatitis. Don’t confuse allergic itch atopic dermatitis with food allergy. Food hypersensitivity is an adverse reaction to the protein source in your bulldog diet. Food allergy is more common to the young bulldog puppies they are non-seasonal and may not respond to itching medication like prednisolone the same way itch due atopic dermatitis do

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WARNING #2: Bulldogs with skin allergies suspected of atopic dermatitis should also be tested for skin mites (Demodex and sarcoptic mange). In addition, in the event they have not responded well to the prescribed allergy treatment, they should also be tested for ringworm (DTM fungi culture) and get a biopsy for histopathology to rule out immune-mediated, keratinization defects and cancer. Last, a blood test should be performed to rule out hormonal abnormalities like hypothyroidism and hyper adrenal issues.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WARNING #3: Don’t confuse Hypersensitivity with atopic allergy dermatitis. Hypersensitivity disorders are usually due to vaccine reaction or insect bites and will present with acute onset and swelling often of the face, lips, and paws.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WARNING #4:  relieving the itch with a steroid might be effective but long term is likely to be damaging with a potential to cause multiple adverse effects.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WARNING #5: we have been seeing a rise in bacteria that are resistant to the common antibiotics (MRSP) if your bulldog is not responsive to the empirical antibiotic prescribed a culture should be done

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WARNING #6: Allergic atopic itch dermatitis in bulldogs is often a long term condition that can last for the life of your pet and usually requires treatment over an extended period of time.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WARNING #7: In contrast to bulldog and French bulldog food allergies whereby elimination of allergens is possible as the method of treatment, avoiding implicated outdoors allergens (grass, weed, trees etc.) and even indoor allergies (mold, dust mites, human dander etc.) is usually difficult to accomplish.

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