Yeast Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs
Yeast Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs are common to bulldog’s skin, bulldog’s ears and bulldogs skin folds (facial, nasal, tail, toes, and vaginal folds). Among the bulldog owner’s community this skin and ear condition have been called “Bulldog yeast dermatitis”, “Bulldog Yeast Otitis”, “Bulldog Yeast Ear Infection”, “Bulldog Yeast Skin Fold Dermatitis”, but most commonly it is known as “YEASTY BULLY”! The proper medical term for this bulldog yeast organism is Malassezia pachydermatis. It might be surprising to you to learn that Malassezia Pachydermatis normally resides on your bulldog skin and ear canals.
This yeast organism colonizes your bulldog and French bulldog puppy skin, toes and ears soon after birth becoming part of the normal cutaneous microflora organisms of your happy handsome healthy bulldog puppy. Yeast Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs that are diagnosed in a disease state such as cases of bulldog yeast dermatitis or bulldog yeasty otitis are in an overgrown state in sharp contrast to the the above low numbered yeast normally found in the healthy dermatitis free otitis free bulldogs.
Yeast Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs diagnosis is done by cytology. We typically impress a slide to your bulldog infected skin, stain and fix it and then examine the sample through a microscope (high power lens).
Yeast Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs typically is manifested by:
- Itching & Scratching
- Skin color change, usually darker (hyperpigmentation)
- Sakes, Crust, Scales
- Dry Skin (seborrhea sicca) or Greasy Skin (Seborrhea olesoa)
- Skin Thickening (“bulldog elephant skin”)
- Funky Moldy Musty Odor ( “bulldog yeasty smell“)
Yeast Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs V4B BULLDOG MAINTENANCE :
Yeast Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs is boosted by excessive production of lipids. Yeast organisms love fats (lipids, sebum). Thus, you should integrate into your treatment protocol bathing with a shampoo like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Oily Bulldog Shampoo that will degrease your bulldog.
My treatment regimen for yeasty bully’s skin dermatitis includes:
- Medicated Shampoos: Alternating shampoos every 3-4 days. First, Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Oily Bulldog Medicated Shampoo and then V4B Yeasty Bully Antiseptic Medicated Shampoo. The shampoo should stay on for 10 minutes before rinsing
- Medicated Waterless Gel’s and Conditioners: in between bathing i recommend applying a waterless gel-like Dr. Kraemer’s Yeasty Bully Antiseptic Waterless Gel .
- Antifungal RX: Oral Antifungal medication for minimum 20 days (often longer)
- Antibiotics: Antibiotics if there are bacteria found on cytology (usually bully staphylococcus )
- Itch RX & Topical Conditioner: Itch control rx combined with topicals anti-itch therapy like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B after shampoo medicted conditioner
- Immune Boosters: Immune support supplements like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Immune Support and V4B Fish Oil Omega 3 EFA
R/c Exam every 2-3w are critical.
My treatment regimen for yeasty bully otitis externa (yeasty bully ear infection) is:
- Rinse: Ear Rinse and Flush with Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Yeasty Bully Ears Antiseptic Rinse every other day
- Ear Topical RX: Otic application that includes an antifungal compound
- Oral RX: Oral antifungal rx (at times)
- Cold Laser: Class 4 Cold Laser (at times)
- Antibacterial RX: Antibiotics for bacteria infection (only for otitis media and end-stage bully ear disease)
R/c Exam every 2-3w are critical
Yeast Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs V4B RULE OF THUMB:
Yeast Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs, as well as bulldog staph pyoderma, are usually secondary (opportunistic infection). For the most part its secondary to a compromised skin barrier due to allergies, keratinization condition, and/or compromised immune system due to illness or often due to excessive use of immunosuppressant rx like steroids, thus the urgency for treatment and therapy in those yeast overgrown cases.
Yeast Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs overgrown disease state is usually due to pathological changes of the skin and ear epithelial lining triggered by other primary underlining medical conditions such as allergies. Example of those primary underlining ear and skin conditions would be Bulldog allergy atopic itch dermatitis, bulldog food allergy, Bulldog skin fold moist dermatitis, bulldog Demodex, bulldog mange and hormonal abnormalities like bulldog hypothyroid and bulldog Cushing syndrome. Alteration in your bulldog surface lipids, increased moisture and humidity, increased bacteria numbers and/or other disruption of your bulldog skin barrier function encourages overgrowth of the yeast organism which leads to the typical “Yeasty Bully”
Yeast Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs V4B TIP & WARNINGS:
Yeast Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Dr. Kraemer’s TIP 1: Yeast Infection often resembles bacteria dermatitis (bulldog staphylococcal pyoderma), another common secondary opportunistic skin condition. Yeast Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs most common body parts are:
- Your bulldog skin fold (face, nose, tail, vaginal, toes, interdigital)
- The skin under the armpit
- Groin area (inguinal) & Limbs
- Ears & Ear Canal
Yeast Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Dr. Kraemer’s TIP 2: Always check for an underlying primary problem like Bulldog Atopic Allergic Itch Dermatitis, Bulldog Food allergy, Bulldog and French Bulldog Demodex etc. Remember yeast infections in bulldogs are usually secondary and not the primary cause.
Yeast Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Dr. Kraemer’s TIP 3: Yeast infection in bulldogs could take a while to treat but should get better if the underlining medical condition is recognized and controlled. As with any case of dermatitis always combine topical treatments (shampoos, gels, conditioners).
Yeast Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Dr. Kraemer’s WARNING 1: Undiagnosed and or misdiagnosed secondary bulldog yeast infection and/or bulldog staph pyoderma are the most common reasons I see failure and lack of response to medication prescribed for the treatment of your bulldog itching and allergies.
Yeast Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Dr. Kraemer’s WARNING 2: undiagnosed chronic yeast infection of the ears can bring on chronic non-resolving otitis that can lead to end-stage ear disease forcing us to perform total ear canal resection with bulla osteotomy (TECA w BO)
Yeast Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Dr. Kraemer’s WARNING 3: Yeast Infection often resembles bacteria dermatitis and bacteria ear infection (bulldog staphylococcal pyoderma and bulldog staphylococcal otitis), another common secondary opportunistic skin dermatitis and ear otitis.