Hot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Hot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Hot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs (also known as “bulldog moist dermatitis” or “bulldog moist eczema”) is a condition that can be caused by multiple factors.

Hot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs CLINICAL PRESENTATION:

Bulldog hotspot typically presents as a focal area on your bulldog’s skin that appears inflamed, infected, red, moist, itchy, painful, and oozy.

Hot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TRIGGER:

Bulldog hotspot is typically triggered by an itchy irritant, examples are:

  • FLEAS: bulldog flea bite allergyHot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs
  • INSECT BITE: Arthropod like a spider bite, ante bite, etc.,
  • ALLERGIC REACTION: an allergic reaction often to plants, trees, grass or food)
  • SKINFOLD DERMATITIS:  dampness and moisture provide an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and yeast such as bulldog skin fold dermatitis.

The initial reactive inflamed area is usually itchy and painful,  which triggers an intense bite & scratch cycle in the affected area.

The self-trauma compounds the initial inflammation. It further intensify the discomfort and itch leading to an infection (pyoderma) ending as the classic red-hot, moist, painful-looking infected “hot spot”.

Hot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs LOCATION:

Hot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs can occur all over their body, but one of the most common areas is under the flap of the ear and neck. Bulldogs, in particular, are more disposed to hot spots due to the abundance of moist skin folds around the face and head, which is a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast.

Hot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WARNING:

Bulldog Hotspot is due to persistent biting and scratching at a particular area of their skin. Your bulldog might appear to be sensitive to touch, you should carefully check the area for redness, bleeding, pus, and infection. Remember that this condition is extremely painful, so you must be careful about how you approach and handle the medical care of that site.

Hot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TREATMENT:Hot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Hot Spot Bundle

  1. CLIP & CLEAN We usually try to clip away the fur surrounding the area of irritation
  2. SCRUB & RINSE: carefully and completely clean the area with a topical antiseptic rinse like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Skinfold  Antiseptic Rinse, Wipe, Mousse, Spray that will help kill the bacteria and alleviate the infection.
  3. TOPICAL ANTISEPTIC: an antiseptic shampoo like Dr. Kraemer V4B Bully Antiseptic Extra Strength Shampoo and V4B Yeasty Bully Antiseptic Gel 
  4. CORTISONE: we often inject some form of cortisone to help reduce the pain, itch, and inflammation
  5. ANTIBIOTICS:  we often prescribe or inject an antibiotic to combat the bacteria infection (pyoderma)
  6. E-CONE: Hot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs generate intense itch thus Elizabethan collar (cone) helps prevent further self-trauma and irritating the area during the healing process.

It is important that we determine is the cause of the hotspot.

  • Do your bulldog and French bulldog need to be treated regularly for fleas?
  • Are your bulldog and French bulldog allergic to a particular plant growing outside your home?
  • Is it your bulldog skin fold you need to clean more often?
  • Are you treating with the wrong product?
  • Are you treating often enough?

Once you have an answer you can take preventive action such as a flea preventative, allergy control, or skin fold care.

Preventive care helps avoiding re-occurrence and promote a happier, healthier pet.

“An aunce of PREVENTIVE is worth a pound of CURE”

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