Pododermatitis in Bulldogs
Allegry of the Paw (Pododermatitis) in Bulldogs
Pododermatitis in bulldogs and French bulldogs
Pododermatitis in bulldogs and French bulldogs is an inflammatory skin disease of the paw. It is a common dermatologic problem in English and French bulldogs, 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.
Dr. Kraemer’s V4B pododermatitis in bulldogs and French bulldogs MAINTENANCE:
Identifying and recognizing bulldog pododermatitis is easy. You will first 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 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, and when pain is intense, your bulldog might be noticeably limping.
Dr. Kraemer’s V4B pododermatitis in bulldogs and French bulldogs RULE OF THUMB:
The recommended course of treatment will vary depending on the type and cause of the pododermatitis. For instance, allergic and/or immune-related pododermatitis cannot always be cured, but when properly treated, the disease can be controlled and managed. The best course of action is to perform daily inspections of their paws, including the surfaces between their toes. Then, follow my skin fold dermatitis bulldog maintenance instructions which include daily wiping with my “V4B XL Skin Fold Nose-Paw-Tail-Vaginal wipes”, antiseptic shampoo and rinse-free medicated gel’s. Also, include supplements like my V4B Bulldog Fish Oil EFA Skin-Immune-Joint and V4B Comfort Plus Formula .
Dr. Kraemer’s V4B pododermatitis in bulldogs and French bulldogs TIPS & WARNINGS:
Pododermatitis in bulldogs and French bulldogs TIP #1 : 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.
Pododermatitis in bulldogs and French bulldogs TIP #2: 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/or stem cell therapy .
Pododermatitis in bulldogs and French bulldogs TIP #3 : Seasonal versus non-seasonal, age of onset and response to previous therapy can help narrow the differential diagnosis. Positive response to corticosteroids, cyclosporines, and APOQUEL may suggest allergies.
Pododermatitis in bulldogs and French bulldogs WARNING #1: If left untreated, the itching and pain will increase and scar tissue can build up on the foot and paw area. The scar tissue could impede healing and increase the chances for re-occurrence.
Pododermatitis in bulldogs and French bulldogs WARNING #2: Often, the primary underlying condition (allergies) ends up leading to a secondary yeast,or bacterial infection (pyoderma and malassezia).
Pododermatitis in bulldogs and French bulldogs WARNING #3: Your bulldog’s paw anatomy is thick, with crowded toes and skin-folds, which often hold moisture that causes skin-fold dermatitis, 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 , and adhering to my Skin-Fold Bulldog Maintenance program, can prevent the escalation of this painful problem.
Pododermatitis in bulldogs and French bulldogs 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.