Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness is often associated with a shorter period of sunlight due to the changing of the season

Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness CAUSE:

The reduced sunlight exposure affects your bulldog hair follicles, thus slowing or stopping their 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.

Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness in Bulldogs

BULLDOG FLANK NON-ITCHY HAIR LOST AGE:

Bulldog flank non-itchy hair loss is not common to the young, the condition is usually seen as your bulldog matures during adulthood and mid-age.

Bulldog puppies are rarely affected by flank alopecia.

Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs APPEARANCE:

Most bulldog seasonal baldness results in hyperpigmented, black, or dark coat color, and typically, irregular appearance.

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.

BULLDOG FLANK NON-ITCHY BALDNESS SEASON:

Not every bulldog flank baldness case is seasonal or cyclical. Some bulldogs will stay bald indefinitely, regardless of the season, light exposure, and/or supplements. Some bulldogs may only have partial regrowth.

Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs DIAGNOSIS

In most cases, bulldog flank alopecia is diagnosed based on:

  • BREED PREDISPOSITION
  • APPEARANCE
  • HISTORY (indoors, winter non-sunny season)

Other diagnostics:

  • BLOOD TEST
  • SKIN CRAPE
  • DTM (fungal culture)
  • SKIN CYTOLOGY

In contrast to bulldog allergies and bulldog pyoderma, bulldog flank alopecia is usually NOT ITCHY.

Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PREVENTION 

Bulldog flank alopecia is usually considered a harmless cosmetic skin condition and is not generally associated with a medical problem. Therefore, usually therapeutic action is not required

Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs bundleBULLDOG FLANK BALDNESS LIGHT & SUNLIGHT:

Exposure to sun and light can often reverse the condition, hair will grow back, and often the skin discoloration will also resolve

Bulldog and French bulldog flank alopecia seasonal baldness will gradually improve with light exposure

Flank Alopecia & Baldness in Bulldogs and French bulldogs MELATONIN SUPPLEMENT:

If you are compelled to do something, you can try a melatonin supplement.

BULLDOG FLANK BALDNESS THERAPEUTIC TOPICALS:

Topical Skin Care Treatment includes:

  1.  Therapeutic Bully waterless gel’s & lotions
  2. Bathing with soothing  & antiseptic Therapeutic Shampoos
  3. Therapeutic Bully Skin Spray
  4. Therapeutic Bully Skin Conditioners.

BULLDOG FLANK BALDNESS THERAPEUTIC SUPPLEMENTS:

Skin Care Therapeutic Supplements include:

  1.   chewable Bully Fish oil Omega EFA Skin-Immune-Joint Chews.
  2.  chewable Bully Immune Support

Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bulldog Flank Alopecia Seasonal Baldness TIPS & WARNINGS

BULLDOG FLANK BALDNESS TIPS

Bulldog Flank Alopecia Tip #1 MELATONIN: 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.

Bulldog Flank Alopecia Tip #2 TIME:  Even with sunlight and melatonin hair growth may take a few months.

Bulldog Flank Baldness Tip #3 SUNLIGHT: 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.

English Bulldog Flank Seasonal Baldness

BULLDOG FLANK HAIR LOST WARNINGS;

Bulldog Flank Alopecia Warning #1 OTHER SKIN DISEASE: 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 including 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:

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 skincare treatment and administer skin supplements until you are able to see your veterinarian and establish a definitive diagnosis.

“An Ounce of PREVENTIVES is Worth a Pound of CURE”

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*This guide was compiled courtesy of Dr. Kraemer, a “must-read” manual for any current or future bully owner

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