Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness
Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness
Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness is often associated with a shorter period of sunlight due to the changing of the seasons. The reduced sunlight exposure affects your bulldog hair follicles, thus slowing or stopping their hair growth. This seasonal effect is thought to be influenced by melatonin and prolactin hormone production, which may also be associated with follicular hormone receptors localized in your bulldog’s flank area.
Most bulldogs and French bulldogs develop this baldness pattern at adulthood and mid-age, bulldog puppies are rarely affected by flank alopecia.
In contrast to bulldog allergies and bulldog pyoderma, bulldog flank alopecia is usually not itchy.
Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs APPEARANCE:
Most bulldog seasonal baldness results in hyperpigmented, black, or dark coat color, and typically, irregular appearance.
Often the patterns present on both flanks with similar appearances.
Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs RULE OF THUMB:
Not every bulldog flank baldness case is seasonal or cyclical. Some bulldogs will stay bald indefinitely, regardless of the season, light exposure, and/or supplements. Some bulldogs may only have partial regrowth.
Most bulldog seasonal baldness results in hyperpigmented, black, or dark coat color, and typically, irregular appearance. Often the patterns present on both flanks with similar appearances.
Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PREVENTION & MAINTENANCE:
LIGHT & SUNLIGHT: Bulldog flank alopecia is usually concidered as a harmless cosmetic skin condition and is not generally associated with a medical problem. Therefore, usually therapeutic action is not required
MELATONIN SUPPLEMENT: If you are compelled to do something, you can try a melatonin supplement.
In general, bulldog and French bulldog flank alopecia seasonal baldness will gradually improve with light exposure
Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIPS & WARNINGS
Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness Tip #1 DIAGNOSIS: In most cases, this diagnosis can be made based on breed predisposition, appearance, and history. Biopsy, blood tests, skin scraping, DTM (fungal culture) and cytology might be necessary in some cases.
Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness Tip #2 MELATONIN: Melatonin is a hormone that affects photoperiodic functions and can sometimes be effective in preventing bulldog seasonal baldness. Oral melatonin is safe and inexpensive; 6 mg twice daily is advised for an average-sized bulldog, usually until the hair grows back.
Hair egrowth may take a few months.
Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness Tip #3 SUNLIGHT: In most bulldogs, the hair will regrow with sunlight exposure. However, in some bulldogs and French bulldogs, the hair regrowth might skip a year, and sometimes the hair never completely regrows.
Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness Warning #1 OTHER SKIN DISEASE: Some other non- or minimal itching, bilateral, symmetrical alopecia can mimic bulldog flank alopecia seasonal baldness. There are other common causes of seasonal and non-seasonal hair baldness and darkening of the skin in bulldogs that might include the flanks. Thus, you should not assume that they are all “bulldog and French bulldog flank seasonal baldness”. It’s best that you consult your veterinarian in those cases. Examples would be skin conditions such as:
- Bulldog demodicosis red mite
- Bulldog food allergies
- Bulldog atopic allergic dermatitis
- Bulldog skin yeast infection.
Skin scraping, cytology, and cultures can help with the definitive diagnosis when needed.
Regardless of the underlying reason for baldness and darkening of your bulldog flanks, it is worthwhile and safe to initiate a topical skincare treatment and administer skin supplements until you are able to see your veterinarian and establish a definitive diagnosis.
Topical Skin Care Treatment includes:
- Therapeutic waterless gel’s & lotions
- Bathing with soothing & antiseptic Therapeutic Shampoos
- Therapeutic Skin Spray’s
- Therapeutic Skin Conditioners.
Skin Care Therapeutic Supplements includes:
- chewable Fish oil Omega EFA .