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 The most common allergies I see in my practice are allergic atopic itch dermatitis, flea allergy, and food allergy. Other less common bulldog 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 outdoor allergens like weeds and grasses, 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 bulldog 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 shampoo like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B ItchLess Bully Skin Shampoo (10 min. lathering before rinsing).
  2. Medicated No-Rinse Gel: Best on non-bath days, apply  V4B ItchLess Bully Waterless Gel, and rub into skin and coat.

ANTISEPTIC (Anti Bacterial and/or Anti-Yeast)

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

HYDRATION & SOOTHING

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

THERAPEUTIC SUPPLEMENTS

  1. Essential fatty acids (EFA) that combine 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 Syndrome, like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Pre-Probiotics Formula.

REGENERATIVE MEDICINE 

Stem Cell Therapy & Cryobanking: 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, and 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 cells) to naturally and organically heal 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, and is a safe itch relief injection that I now offer my bulldog and French bulldog patients with allergic itch atopic dermatitis. 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/or French bulldog with an intense itch should be ruled out for allergic atopic itch dermatitis. Intense itch often leads to self-trauma, thus is stressful and 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 often requires 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 presenting with itchy, red, irritated skin, bumps, chronic pigment change, and/or 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 presenting 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 allergen are grass, weed, and tree/pollen.
  • Common indoor allergen are mold, dust mites, and dandruff.

You should realize that it could take months before your bulldog’s itch improves. Success might require lifelong continuous treatment. Also, bulldog owners committed to the immunotherapy should know that there are no guarantees that the itch relief will 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 a food elimination trial with a hypoallergenic prescription diet to rule out bulldog and French bulldog 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 is questionable. On the other hand, they are relatively harmless and could help sedate your pet, thus giving one before bedtime might provide 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 recommended for any bulldog and French bulldog suspected with allergic itch atopic dermatitis are cytology, and sometimes cultures, to help identify secondary bacteria and yeast infections.

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, and is 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 a water rinse 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 elevated, keeping the grass cut short, giving frequent baths, and changing your air conditioner filters often helps minimize exposure.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP #13 DUST MITES: To reduce the effect of indoor allergen like dust mites, you should dust your house frequently and use synthetic materials for your bulldog’s 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’s skin and coat.

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIP #16 FOOD ALLERGY: Itchy bulldogs and French bulldog puppies that are also suffering from concurrent gastrointestinal problems should be suspected of a 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 includes essential fatty acids supplements like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Omega Fish Oil.Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in  Bulldogs and French Bulldogs itchless bundle

Allergic Atopic Itch Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WARNING #1: Food allergies often have a 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’s diet. Food allergy is more common to 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).  Additionally, 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 use 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 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 outdoor allergens (grasses, weeds, trees etc.) and even indoor allergen (mold, dust mites, human dander etc.) is usually difficult to accomplish.

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