Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness

Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness

Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness in Bulldogs At Dr. Kraemer’s Hospital. Note the hair lost on both sides and the patchy black pigmented skin.

Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness in Bulldogs at Dr. Kraemer’s Hospital.* Note the hair loss and patchy, black, pigmented skin on both sides.

Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness means hair loss or baldness in English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, and American Bulldogs , and is also known as bulldog seasonal baldness. This condition is often associated with a shorter period of sunlight due to the changing of the seasons. The reduced sunlight exposure affects your English bulldog puppy’s hair follicles, thus slowing or stopping your bulldog’s 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 Bulldog  Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs MAINTENANCE:

Bulldog flank alopecia is more of a cosmetic skin condition and is not generally associated with a medical problem. Therefore, I don’t advise therapeutic action, but for owners of bulldogs who opt to treat this condition, I suggest exposure to light (similar to the type of light used for humans with seasonal mood disorders). If you are compelled to do something, you can give a melatonin supplement, it’s harmless. In general, I instruct clients to ignore it; it’s a cosmetic, nota  medical problem. Most of the time, it will improve and the hair will grow with the changing of the seasons.

Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bulldog  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 and light exposure, and 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 Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIPS & WARNINGS

Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness Tip #1: 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 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. This regrowth may take a few months.

Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness at Dr. Kraemer’s Hospital

Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness at Dr. Kraemer’s Hospital

Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness Tip #3: 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: 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: demodicosis red mite, food allergies, atopic allergic dermatitis, and 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 skin care 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, bathing with soothing and antiseptic shampoos, spray’s and conditioners .

Skin Care Supplements include: chewbles like fish oil EFA.

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