Allegry of the Paw (Pododermatitis) in Bulldogs
Pododermatitis is an inflammatory skin disease of the paw. It is a common dermatologic problem in English and French bulldog puppies and adults and is typically associated with many underlying skin diseases. The most noticeable underlying conditions leading to paw allergy (pododermatitis) in bulldogs are idiopathic sterile granulomas , allergic dermatitis (food allergies and atopic dermatitis), demodicosis (red skin mite) and skin fold dermatitis. These conditions all lead to secondary bacteria and yeast overgrowth dermatitis.
Identifying and recognizing pododermatitis in your bulldog is easy. You will notice redness and swelling caused by lesions on your bulldog’s feet. You may also notice discharge, such as pus, emitting from the lesions. Your dog will often continuously lick the area in an effort to alleviate the pain and itchiness. Their saliva will cause a reddish-brown staining in the fur surrounding the inflamed area. Occasionally, scabs, blisters, nodules, and hair loss can be found in the surrounding tissue of the infected area.
The recommended course of treatment will vary depending on the type and cause of the pododermatitis. Allergic and immune related pododermatitis, for instance, cannot always be cured but the symptoms, when treated properly, can be minimized. The best course of action to prevent any suffering on your pet’s part is to perform daily inspections of their paws, including the surfaces between their toes. Follow my skin fold dermatitis bulldog maintenance instructions which include daily wiping with my “V4B Skin Fold Nose-Paw-Tail-Vaginal” line of products, as well as giving supplements like my V4B Bulldog Fish Oil and using shampoos like my V4B Bulldog Anti Septic Medicated Shampoo.
Dr. Kraemer’s Pododermatitis Tip #1 (DrKraemers.com): If you notice any of these symptoms, or it appears that your dog is favoring a certain foot regularly, you should examine the area and consult your veterinarian. For the most part, your veterinarian should be able to determine the problem based on a site examination, but occasionally other tests like a cytological exam, a bacterial culture, skin scrapings, blood and urine tests and biopsies will be required.
Dr. Kraemer’s Pododermatitis Tip #2 (Vet4HealthyPet.com): I have treated some severe cases of paw dermatitis in bulldogs who responded poorly to traditional allergy medication (steroids and other immune suppressants) with cold laser therapy and stem cell therapy , which yielded remarkable results.
Dr. Kraemer’s Pododermatitis Tip #3 (StemCell4Pet.com): Seasonal versus non seasonal, age of onset and response to previous therapy can help narrow the differential diagnosis. Response to corticosteroids, cyclosporines and APOQUEL may suggest allergies.
Dr. Kraemer’s Pododermatitis Warning #1: Left untreated, the itching and pain will increase and scar tissue can build up on the foot and paw area. The scar tissue can not only make treating the problem more difficult, but can also cause re-occurrence of the symptoms more often.
Dr. Kraemer’s Pododermatitis Warning #2: Often, the primary underlying condition, such as allergic dermatitis, will lead to a secondary yeast or bacterial infection (pyoderma and malassezia).
Dr. Kraemer’s Pododermatitis Warning #3: Conformation of the paws, such as the common bulldog skin fold dermatitis, often leads to moisture that causes folliculitis and subsequent furunculosis. Generally in English Bulldogs, Old English bulldogs and French Bulldogs, the folliculitis and subsequent furunculosis lead to chronic pododermatitis. Using my V4B Bulldog Skin Fold Dermatitis line of products while adhering to my Skin Fold Bulldog Maintenance program can prevent the escalation of this painful problem.
Dr. Kraemer’s Pododermatitis Warning #4: Bacterial infections usually require 6 weeks or more of antibiotics depending on the results of a culture and sensitivity test (especially given the increasing prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococci “MRSP”).
*This guide was compiled courtesy of Dr. Kraemer, a “must read” manual for any current or future bully owner.