English Bulldog Skin Problems

June 10, 2007

Jan,

Hello I have a few quesitons for you about your book. I have 2 bullies a
male 2yrs. old and a female 1yr. old. My male has had problem after
problem. Now we have skin problems. He his going bald on both sides like
where he scratches. he has had this 3 times before each time my vet was
able to somewhat say what it was (each time a different problem or was it)
we would treat it and his hair would come back. this time has been
different. He was daigonased with ring worm @2 mths ago. we went through
the treatments and they also treated my female since it can be spread and
she also started to loose hair they have been retested and the tests came
back negative, but their hair has not grown back and the area where they
have lost the hair is really sensitive to touch. Now my vet has nothing
left up his sleve he wants to send us to a dermotoligist. Will you book go
over issues and give maybe some at home suggestions to try before you head
to the vet. It seems like i live there sometimes and just sounds strange to
me that she also just started having problems at the same time as my male (
I just dont see allergy). also do you know how many pages it is if you
download the pdf file. I am trying to decide weather or not to buy the book
or download it.

Thanks,
Sue

—-answer—-

Hi Sue,

Allergies take up the largest portion of my Bulldog Health System book and cd. I also have a lot of additional information in the bonus materials. The book is 84 pages.
The printed version comes with a cd that includes all the bonus materials.

As for your dog’s condition, I think I may be able to help you with it.
I’m not sure where you live, but the first thing that comes to mind is that
your male has seasonal flank alopecia, a condition where in the winter
the hair falls out symmetrically on both flanks. Here’s an article on it:

http://www.vivyland.com/articles/sfa.html

Because of the ringworm (a fungus) both your dogs have lost some
hair and it may not return until the spring when the days get longer.
The sensitivity could be from the treatments – what were they?

There are other conditions that bulldogs get that can lead to hair loss,
and a dermatologist can do skin scrapings to determine what it is.

I hope this helps. Let me know.

Your Bulldog Pal,

Jan

———-

Hello,
I ordered your book and I just love it. Wondered if you have any
sugesstions on a problem i am having with my 1 1/2 year old female bully. I
just weened her over to a new food and i noticed saturday morning that her
belly was bright red. I applied some hydrocortizone cream on it the redness
has toned down but has not gone away it is also under her front legs. she
also has been rubbing both eyes. thinking it was an allergy to the food i
stopped feeding her that food. Her skin is still the same and she has no
energy and sometimes shivers when she is sleeping. I do have an appointment
with the vet but was just wondering if you had any idea what i may be
dealing with.

thanks
sue

—-answer—

Hi Sue,

It sounds like it could be some sort of allergic reaction. The red on her belly
could be hives. I have a few questions.

What was she eating and what did you switch her to?

That’s a pretty dramatic reaction to be just food. Providing good food
helps with immune function that in tern helps keep many problems at
bay. Year 1 1/2 is when there’s a large growth spurt – the shoulders
bulk out very rapidly. And that can tax the system a bit.

It could also be a hormonal thing. Has she been neutered?

It’s worrysome that she’s not eating and that she’s shivering. Those are
both signs of illness. And there are many possibilities. So taking her to
the vet is a good idea. He will ask more questions and probably do some
blood tests and a skin scraping if it looks like she has a yeast infection.

Please let me know what he says.

Your Bulldog Pal,

Jan

—–

Hi Jan,
Just wanted to let you know the update on Roxy. My vet said he thought
it was an allergic reaction most likley from the food (royal canin bulldog
food) funny! Her symptoms were pretty bad on that Saturday her eyes were
real swolen, belly bright red, shivers and not eating the new food. Of
cource my vet was not in so i stopped feeding her that food. By Monday when
i could get her into the vet the swelling of the eyes had gone down and she
was eating IAMS dog food. She did have a slight feaver and the bright red
belly when I took her in but she gets so excited at the vet that he said
that her temp could be a little high due to her being so excited. To play
it on the safe side he did some blood work and put her on an antiobiotic.
The blood work came back with no problems. And within a couple of days her
belly was back to normal. Thanks for your sugesstions.

All better,
sue

Hi Sue,

Great news! Such a simple fix – it’s a great testimony to how important diet
is for a bulldog. It’s weird that some react differently to foods that others
have no problems with.

Thanks for keeping me informed! And hugs to Roxy.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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4 Responses to “English Bulldog Skin Problems”

  1. se70272 Says:

    Hi Jan,

    Just wanted to say I really enjoy your book. My bully is having a serious skin problems. She is 1 1/2 years old and has a very red belly, armpits, and face. She also licks her paws and itches. We have been to the vet constantly since November. The vet has said it is most likely a allergic reaction. She has been on and off antibiotics and steriods since November. She does improve while on the medication as soon as she’s finished she is back to itching. I have tried switching her food. She is now eating Eukenuba with no improvement. She has percription dog shampoo and gets a bath once a week according to vet orders. The vet now has said she can’t do anything else and we need to take her to a dermatologist. Please Help!

    -Sarah


  2. Hi Sarah,

    It sounds like your bully has a food allergy. Eukanuba is good
    food but the number 1 ingredient is chicken, which is one of the
    top food allergens. To find out if this is the case, you need to put her
    on a different protein diet like California Naturals lamb meal
    and rice or Canidae lamb and rice.

    If it’s food related, she should get better within a couple of weeks.
    There is a chance she could be allergic to either lamb or rice in which case you could try duck and sweet potato or venison and sweet potato.

    I’m glad you liked my Bulldog Health System book & cd. Let me know if I can help you any further.

    Your Bulldog Pal,
    Jan


  3. Hi,

    I am a first time English Bulldog owner. They are the best.
    Aside from this comment, they do have their issues.

    With my Bullies, his skin issues first starting out looking like an acne bump.
    Then the hair starts to balded in that spot, followed by spreading to a larger balding patch.The hair does grow back.
    Been changing his diet but its a long process.

    DonnaO


    • This could be a sign of demodex (mange) if your Bulldog is young. Your vet could do a skin scraping to confirm or rule this out. Demodex is fairly common in young Bulldogs. Sometimes it will resolve on its own within a couple months or it may need treatment with Ivermectin, an insecticide that has been used for decades and works well. Dips are another treatment but in my view are very harsh and toxic.


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