Hi Jan,

I am wondering what to do for my grand puppy Lucy. I have written to you about her before and since she is having yeast issues on her feet and face I thought I would revisit your articles, and I noticed that you wrote that your Bulldog had some of the same issues for a while. My problem is compounded by the fact that she is not my dog. I do dog sit for her during the day, so I share in the care of her! I can’t take her to a vet that knows Bulldogs better than the one that the owners take her to. Their vet said that she has yeast , but he attributed it to “getting her feet wet outside”!

Please review for me what I can do to help her! Their breeder told them to use baby wipes on her face, but that does not seem to be enough. I have tried the eyewash and even Lotrimin and Gold Bond on her and nothing seems to help.Lucy is now one year old. She is on the Royal Canine Bulldog food. She now has chewed a hole in the fur on one foot!

Thank you for being such a Bulldog enthusiast.



Hi Marie,

Paw licking is a primary sign of allergies. In my opinion
that vet doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Her feet
are wet because she’s licking them all the time and she’s
licking them because she has allergies. Allergies are
caused primarily by a depressed immune system.

The best thing you can do for Lucy is to change her food -
get her off that Royal Canin, she’s probably allergic to something
in it.

Switch her to something like Prairie lamb and oatmeal or California
Naturals lamb and rice or Canidae lamb and rice. You should see
significant changes within a month.

You could also add probiotics and Omega 3s to her diet. They will
help boost her immune system. I give Archie Nordic Naturals Omega
3s and Optagest Digestive Aids – both purchased at a natural foods

While you make the switch, you can bathe her in a medicated
shampoo like Chlorhexiderm 3x a week and/or a rinse of
apple cider vinegar mixed 1 to 1 with water. Or you can just
put dilute apple cider vinegar on the most yeasty areas – it is a
natural anti-fungal. Avoid getting any of these in her eyes.
This should make her feel better.

Gold Bond is probably irritating her face. Just keep her dry and
maybe put a little Monistat in her nose folds. The change of food
should help immensely.

Explain to the owners that spending more on better food will save
on future huge vet bills and keep Lucy from suffering needlessly.

I hope this helps. Please keep me posted on her progress.

Your Bulldog Pal,

Our English Bulldog is named Rusty and tonight he (all of a sudden) seemed to be swelling with welts. On top of his head, legs, mouth. He was perfectly fine and we noticed his mouth was turning a little red then the welts. He’s acting pretty fine, panting quite a lot. This happened two weeks ago, too. We took him to the vet and they didn’t have a clue. Gave him something for the swelling and an antibiotic. We stopped giving him the meds a few days later b/c he seemed fine. Weird.


Hi Paula,

This sounds to me like your English Bulldog is having a sudden
allergic reaction. The red mouth and then the welts sounds like
he got stung by a bee, or got into something – dogs always
explore with their mouths – and then developed hives. The panting is also
consistent with an allergic reaction which can cause breathing difficulties.

If not an insect bite, is there something else in his environment that he
could be allergic to? Even carpet cleaner can cause allergic reactions
in bulldogs.

He could even be alergic to something in his food. Did the welts appear
after he ate? A dog can be fine with food for a while and then develop
the allergic reaction.

If Rusty is getting into something (whether an insect or an allergen) and
he has this reaction, be aware that the more exposure to the toxin, the
more severe his symptoms will become. The classic example of this
is a human who develops an allergic reaction to bee stings until they
become life threatening.

Do you have any idea what he could be exposed to?

You can give him a childrens dose of Benedryl dye free (pink box) to
help mild symptoms. If breathing becomes very difficult or symptoms
worsen you need to get him to a vet immediately.

Does he chew his paws? This is another sign of allergies.

Here’s a link to a good article on dog allergies:

I hope this helps. Please keep me posted on his progress.

Your Bulldog Pal,


Hi Jan,
Thanks for your email.  We’ve taken Rusty to the Vet twice now.  We took him this morning.  Two weeks ago to the day we took him, too.  The vet said what you did only she thought it was a spider bite.  We live in Michigan and right now there are no bugs anywhere b/c it’s freezing up here.  There is snow everywhere which he eats alot of.  This morning she thought maybe an allergy to something.  We got benedryl the first time this happened and the vet also gave Rusty and antibiotic and prednisone in case he needed it.
Actually, the carpet and furniture in our home are new.  We got them about 3 weeks ago and this has been going on with Rusty for 2 weeks now.  We have leather furniture and new carpeting.  Of course Rusty thinks he’s a lap dog so he’s on the furniture, too.  I’m wondering if what they treat leather furniture with might be the issue?  We haven’t treated anything so it would have to be what is already on it.  My other thought is maybe dairy?  What do you think?
Thanks so much.


ah ha,

I bet it’s the new things, possibly the carpet because they treat it with anti-stain coatings,
and I’m sure they treat leather with something potentially allergenic as well.

One thing that occurs to me is that since Rusty walks on the carpet, if he then
licks his paws, he could be getting the offending carpet sealer in his mouth and
then have the allergic reaction.

You could get the carpet cleaned and when they do, don’t allow them to use
any strong chemicals to clean and don’t let them re-treat it for pet stains or
pet odors.

As for the leather couch, you could put a cover over the leather where he lays on it.

Some of those things like flame retardants and such do some ‘off gassing’ when they
are new and they will diminish in time.

I realize it’s cold, but you could try airing out your house on a warm day to let
the odors escape.

But I suspect it’s something that gets on his paws that he licks off and whamo!

I wouldn’t suspect dairy at this juncture although it can aggravate and cause allergies.

The fact that the allergic reaction happened when you got the new carpet really
leads me to believe it’s related to that.

Does this sound like a possibility?

Your Bulldog Pal,

Thank you Jan -

I live in South Florida and have a 1 year old (birthday 2/15) male bulldog, Winston (70lbs) who on one previous occasion (July) had spotting (looked like someone sprinkled oil on his back and left spots) along the ridge of his back.   It lasted a few weeks and wasn’t anything drastic.

Dark spots (minimal hair loss) located about rump wrinkles….

Winston did not have any discomfort (no scratching) nor did he show any signs of knowing about what we saw.    Late January, his spotting (hair loss) re-occured in full force (I brush him and the driveway looks like a hair storm hit…)  along his shoulders, back, rump and hind quarters.

I have been reading up about the seasonal flank alopecia and think that he may have that (he is inside all day long while I am at work until darkfall).  I take him on regular (long) walks every night and several times a day on the weekends (morning, afternoon & night).

He is a HEALTHY eater… too fast, but never leaves a morsal….  Hahahaha

But I wonder about his diet and if that may have instigated a skin condition (or allergic reaction).

I have had him on Royal Canin – Large Breed Puppy formula since he was 4months old.   However, in January, I began to switch (mixing) him to Royal Canin – Bulldog formula. Coincidently, the hair loss began at this time. Now that we are in mid February he continues to lose major amounts of hair and I don’t know what to do.

I’ve been reading on your website and others about the possibility of diet being the cause of bulldog skin conditions….

But, I also see that you list Royal Canin as a preferred brand???  I’m confused…. we are still using the same brand, just moved to bulldog specific formula.  Can this be the problem?

Do you think that the hair loss was triggered by the change of foods…. or SFA?

Any suggestions? HELP

Thank you in advance for you help.

Michelle & Winston


Hi Michele & Winston,

Sorry for any confusion.  There are always conflicting opinions when it comes
to  english bulldogs and the connection between diet and skin.

On my site I list Royal Canin as the most popular brand according to a survey
of my bulldog owners.

That said, I don’t feed it to my Archie because he seems to be allergic to
chicken, the primary protein source in it.

And since your Winston’s hair loss started with your switch to RC B24, I
would definitely be suspicious of a food allergy.

What I currently feed my bulldog Archie is either Canidae or California Naturals
lamb meal and rice formulas.  I have found lamb to be much easier for bulldogs
with allergies.

This is not a set deal.  Some dogs are allergic to different things.  But the
most allergy producing proteins according to my vet skin specialist are
beef, soy, and chicken in that order.

Try switching him to one of these two foods, slowly, over a week or two, and
see what happens.  You should see results within two weeks, as I did with my
Archie.  It’s pretty basic food so he may not be crazy over eating it.  If he
won’t eat it add a little canned Wellness Lamb and Rice formula.

If it doesn’t work you may need to try Duck and Sweet Potato or Venison
and Sweet Potato formulas and see how he reacts to them.

It’s a matter of trial and error with food allergies.

About Seasonal Flank Alopecia, it doesn’t look like that’s what’s bothering
Winston because SFA shows up on the shoulders or sides of the bulldog,
whereas food allergies tend to show up on the top and along the back.

It is also more common in the northern states where there is less daylight
during the winters, like Minnesota.  But it can appear anywhere.

You can read about SFA and see some photos here:


It is always good to let your bulldog get some sun, it is a great natural (and
inexpensive!) anti-bacterial.  Just 20 minutes a day is good.

I hope this helps.  Please keep me posted on his progress.

Your Bulldog Pal,

Hi Jan,

I have a 3 year old English Bulldog. I take him to the vet about every week for his allergy shot. The vet says he has food allergies but no matter what food we try it does not seem to work. He is currently on Royal Canine. Do you have any suggestions for me, on what to feed him. He also has cysts appearing all over his body, shedding real bad and hair loss. Is this normal



Hi Tracey,

No that is not normal.  But it is common in bulldogs.  He may have demodex,
otherwise known as mange.  It is caused by a proliferation of mites that
live in the hair follicles of dogs.

The only way to know for sure is to have your vet do a skin scraping.
It is treated with a drug called Ivermectin.  Some vets recommend a
dip but I think this is very harsh and toxic for your bulldog.
You can also treat him with goodwinol topical cream.

But this could also be a symptom of food allergies.  So if your
vet has done a skin scraping and ruled out demodex or other
parasites, I would definitely suspect food as the culprit.

My belief is that these types of skin conditions are aggravated
by food allergies and can be treated effectively by simply
changing the diet in most cases (including mine!).

Centuries of inbreeding the bulldog line has led to some genetic
weakness that can cause a compromised immune
system which can leave them vulnerable to opportunistic diseases such
as demodectic mites that would not invade a healthy dog.

That said, there are many other things that can cause a depressed
immune system, such as stress, fighting an infection, and environmental
allergens.  And food allergies.

What sort of shots is your vet giving your bulldog?  I am not a fan
of prednisone shots because they only treat the symptoms and not
the underlying cause.  And they can contribute to weakening the
immune system.

I would suggest you switch your bulldog to a single protein source food
such as California Naturals or Canidae Lamb Meal and Rice.  The lamb
seems to be easily digested and the only other ingredient is rice.

Lots of people feed their bulldogs Royal Canin, but it’s primary ingredient
is chicken.  Chicken is one of the primary food allergens in dogs (along
with beef, soy, and fish) so I would definitely switch him off of that.

Take a week or two to switch the food, starting with just a small part of the
lamb and rice, then up the proportion slowly until it is all the new food.

I hope this helps.  Let me know if I can help you any further.

Your Bulldog Pal,


Hiya Jan,

We saw Archies Christmas video, very cute, thanks. As in a previous email I sent, my wife and I have been researching premium dry kibble. We pretty much have decided on Wellness. It is readily avaliable and Old Mother Hubbard sends $5.00 coupons when requested. The only thing that concerns me about Wellness is thier using Rye flour as 1 of the ingrediants. Could you give me your input about this. We were thinking that a 100% grain free food would be best for Brutus due to skin alergys. I dont know if Rye flour is good, bad or indifferant. We have Bru on Eukanuba Medium Puppy and want to switch him to Wellness but we’re not 100% yet. Any comments or feedback you can give us would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again, you are very much appreciated in all that you do to better the breed.

From our Family to Yours … We Wish You The Very Best During this Holiday Season. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Thanks Again,
James, Patty and Bru


Hi James,

Wellness is one of the best foods out there.  It was rated the top dog food by The Whole Dog Journal.  It’s ultimately a matter of the individual dog’s response to the food, but I don’t have a problem with rye (especially since it’s so far down on the list of ingredients), it’s the wheat that’s usually a problem.

Wellness does make a new grain-free formula called Core:


Personally I don’t think grains are bad for a dog, you just don’t want wheat and you don’t want grains to be the first ingredient, you want the first ingredient to be a protein source.  The Wellness Super 5 is a really terrific food, but I can’t give it to Archie because it is too rich for him and he gets soft stools.  Maybe when he’s older.

Let me know what you decide.


Hiya Jan,

I’m sorry to keep bothering you. I really do
appreciate your time and input. Wellness is the food
we plan on going with. In your opinion and considering
our Brutus having sensitive skin issues. We were
looking at the Wellness Fish & Sweet Potato and The
Lamb Super 5 Mix. Which of these 2 do you think would
be better for Bru keeping his skin issues in mind?

Also I’m using my yahoo to send emails because my
bellsouth addy is recieving incoming mail but having
problems with my outgoing.

Once again thank you so much for your opinions and
time. We tell all our bully lovin friends about ya.

James & Patty


Hi James,

My preference on those two would be the lamb Super 5.
The Fish and Sweet Potato is great too but the fish can
cause problems in a dog with food allergies.

The primary food allergens are beef, soy, chicken, and fish
in that order.  Lamb seems to be the safest choice, and
Wellness only uses New Zealand lamb which is raise far
more naturally than lamb in the US.

Your Bulldog Pal,


Hiya Jan,

James here …. wanting to ask you if you heard of this food. >>> Life’s
Abundance Premium Health Food For Puppies & Adult Dogs. I have been doing
research on a premium kibble for our Brutus when we are ready to take him
off puppy food. He is eating Eukanuba Med. Puppy after having some issues
with other puppy foods, we went with what the breeder was using and he is
doing great on it. Also what age do you recommend switching from puppy to
adult food. Brutus is 7 months and 50 pounds. He is in good shape and
exercises daily. I want to make sure we are able to maximize his gowth
potential in his chest and head. Let me know your suggestions and opinions.
Thanks alot.


I enclosed a picture of Brutus, in your opinion should he get bigger in
height & width ?


Hi James,

Thanks for sending the photo of Brutus. He is a very handsome bulldog!
He probably won’t get any bigger in height but he will fill out his width until
he’s a year and a half. Exercise is good because it will build up his muscles.

You can keep him on puppy food for a year. It generally has more
fats and protein for his growing body. So keep him on it for maximum

I have not heard of Life’s Abundance but just did a quick check of the
ingredients. The first ingredient is chicken, so if Brutus is ok with
chicken it looks good. Many dogs are allergic to chicken (my Archie

Eukanuba med is lamb and rice. So you might look into another lamb
and rice formula like Canidae or California Natural if he has food allergies.
Those are what I feed Archie, mixed with a little Wellness or California
Natural canned food.

Here’s a post on food allergies on my blog:

I hope this helps. Please email with any more questions.

Your Bulldog Pal,

I haven’t gotten the book yet but I am anxious to know about some problems that my bulldog has. One thing is he has small growths or blisters between his toes on front feet only that do not seem to hurt him but the sometimes burst and bleed a little, and he cleans them up and they seem to subside for a while. Very strange.

Hi Fred
Those growths between his toes are called interdigital cysts. They so seem to have a higher incidence in bulldogs, probably because of their inbreeding. Nobody really knows what causes them, some people think it’s a fungus and some think it’s an ingrown hair. They usually clear up on their own and I am of the opinion they should not be punctured because that can lead to infection. And I wouldn’t go the antibiotic route because I think it not necessary unless there is an infection.

Here is a discussion thread from bulldog owners and breeders on how they treat them:

As for the cysts, I have used part of the process you’ve included: we
usually soak the affected paw in Epsom salts water. I don’t worry about
applying Panalog or other creams unless the vet has recommended it.
Generally with a cyst or any lesion on the paw that I am just starting to
treat, I just start with soaks. That way I clean the foot and can get a
really good look, and Epsom salts helps to soften and start the lesion
draining if it needs to. If it’s a cyst, is there a need for Panalog or
other anti-bacterial (antibiotic) ointments or creams? Not necessarily, only if it’s infected. So, if draining it and/or keeping it clean is enough, then why bring in antibiotics and tinker with resistance and such? If pus drains, then I do use ointment, usually triple antibiotic or Bacitracin. Like you, if soaks (with or without ointment) don’t work in 2-4 days, or if it worsens, it’s off to the vet we go!



What I have found is that many cysts are caused by ingrown hair. I
soak the affected food in Epson salts for about 5 minutes. When drying the paw if you look on the underneath side of the foot between the pads on the toe that is effected you will probably see an area that appears to have a black head. You can usually use a tweezers and pull the hairs out without causing your pet much discomfort. This has always worked on my dogs.


a long coarse of antibiotics usually cephalexin. and give it some time. i
have two that got cysts between the toes and used antibiotics 1 dogs went
away and hasnt come back… the other girls cyst has been back several times
now i dont even put her on antibiotics anymore, i keep it clean use panalog
oint and basically just keep popping the cyst to drain it and within a week
it starts to go away her last cyst i did this and it hasnt been back in over
a year. i am a technician at a vet clinic and ive seen surgeries removing
these cysts and 90% of them ive seen return anyway after several surgeries
and alot of money it is very hard to get all of the stalk inbetween the
toes so you often get regrowth any way…

well thats my 2 cents



There are as many interdigital cyst remedies as there are Bulldoggers.
I think the cysts have multiple causes including fungus advancing to
infection as the cyst develops.

Along that reasoning, I use a Nolvasan Surgical Scrub solution; 5%
Surgical Scrub, 95% water, applied with a spray bottle and massaged onto the
affected area. I apply twice daily and I’ve never had it last more than three

Nolvasan Surgical Scrub is a bit pricey,perhaps $55.00/Gallon, but a
gallon will last a lifetime (Or more) It’s very effective for hot spots and
simple skin problems. Most importantly, It’s an anti-bacterial agent and an
effective fungicide, not an anti-biotic. A simple solution for a complex problem.



I agree with Walt’s solution -

That’s a great idea

I also use a home made concoction we fondly call “Oden’s Foot” It is 50% rubbing alcohol, 50% water – you boil the water and ad 2 heaping tablespoons of salt till it dissolves. Let is cool a bit then mix with the alcohol put in a sprayer bottle and spray several times a day -

this dries up themoisture and the cyst – this is a people remedy given my son when he had severe fungal infections of the toe nails – it works great you just need to be consistent and spray frequently

Kathy J

And here are some links to more information and photos on the topic:



Your Bulldog Pal,

English Bulldog Puppy Food

August 28, 2007

I was wondering if you could recommend a few good foods for my 4 month old bully. So many not sure what’s best.
–thanks, Wendy


Hi Wendy,

That’s a good question these days, there are so many great foods
out there. And so many who make claims to be great but are not!

Many dogs have food allergies these days, so it’s important to get
a single protein source.

For example, my puppy Archie is allergic to chicken. You will know
if he or she’s allergic because they will have soft stools or throw up
or get little bald spots.

The most allergic food reactions come from:
beef, soy, and chicken, in that order.

Be sure to get a puppy formula and feed according
to instructions on the bag per weight.

Here are some highly recommended brands:
Innova Evo
Blue Buffalo
California Natural
Royal Canin

You can mix in some canned with some dry if you like, I’d
stick to the same protein source.

You want to look for a single protein source (chicken or my favorite
lamb, or turkey, or duck,etc) so if he develops an allergy, it will be easier to

I hope this helps. Please email with any more questions.

Your Bulldog Pal,

Hi Jan,
I recently received your bulldog book, and was especially interested in reading
about wrinkle care. I have a 2yr old female, Maizey, and she never had any
wrinkle issues until now (which I realize doesn’t usually become an issue until
they get older), and she doesn’t have many wrinkles…I clean them usually with
baby wipes & I went out and purchased diaper cream & vaseline….because I have
noticed that a couple of them look a little irritated. The diaper cream made it
worse. One of the wrinkles on one side of her face, one of the ones that her
tears seem to run down through…is really sore looking….it’s red looking and
gets dark sticky junk in it. I clean it everyday. I bought a germicidal/
fungicidal spray (for dogs) & also an antibacterial/ pain relief spray (for
people) that I have been using as well. Also her tail I know is definately not
as bad as some bulldogs, but I still try to keep it clean, because it also seems
to get yucky….I always wipe her little butt after she goes potty, because
other wise it gets on her tail & stuck under there ( I have done this since she
was little)….and it seems to have lost the fur on the underside of the tail
(only a liitle spot though, not the whole underside)…I know it has been
bothering her…she seems to run around a liitle like it hurts (she can’t reach
it) & then sits down quick every couple of feet.
I don’t know what to do…I am ready to take her to the vet, for their
suggestions….I HATE the thought of her being uncomfortable or in any kind of
What do you suggest? Do they make a product that is specifically designed for
this? If not, someone should!!!! They would make a killing!
Please let me know what you suggest.
Thank you sooo much,


Hi Courtney,

It sounds like she has a yeast infection in her wrinkles.
That dark stuff that smells sour usually indicates a
proliferation of yeast.

I’d recommend you clean the areas with a sterile eye
wash (you can get it at a drugstore), then dry the areas with
a soft towel. Then rub some anti-fungal cream into the

Anti-fungal cream comes in many forms. I use Monistat
that I can get at the grocery or drug store. You can also
use anti-fungal cream for athlete’s food.

I think the cream would be more effective than the spray you
are using as you can rub the cream into the skin for better absorption.
Apply the cream for a few days and see if it makes a difference.

Diaper cream and vaseline would not be effective against yeast
and the vaseline might seal in the infection and make it worse.
Vaseline is best for cracked paws or a dry nose.

The part under her tail could be the same thing. Her behavior
definitely sounds like it’s bothering her. If she scoots on her
but she could need to have her anal glands expressed. This
could be determined by your vet.

A small loss of fur under her tail is probably nothing to worry
about. It could be a result of the infection. If it gets worse,
then you may need to see a dermatology specialist.

I do think there is a connection between yeast and diet, so be
sure you’re feeding her a premium grade food.

Here’s some more information about yeast (candida) from a pet site:
“Yeasts are single cell organisms, which are found on the surfaces of all living things, including your pet’s body. Yeasts normally live on the mucous membranes of the digestive tract. Unfriendly bacteria, viruses, allergens and other enemies also find their way into other membrane-lined passageways and cavities. Also existing in the body are billions of friendly germs.
One family of yeasts called, Candida albicans, live in your pet’s body, and consume substances such as sugar and fats in order to survive. Yeast toxins affect your pet’s immune system, nervous system, and their endocrine system. Since these systems are all connected, yeast toxins play a major role in causing allergies, vaginal and bladder infections, skin disorders and many other health problems.
When a pet’s immune system is healthy, the body is able to destroy the yeast. However, when the immune system is weak, the yeast may produce in mass amounts causing toxins that disable the immune system and prevent it from functioning properly. In this case, the immune system cannot destroy the yeast. At this point, the system becomes altered causing a host of health problems.
Many pet owners have visited several veterinarians, and have spent hundreds of dollars without any positive results. In a large percentage of cases, a vet has ruled out a yeast infection. However, when the owner began treatment for a yeast infection, the pet responded positively.”
This is quoted from the site in the link below and has more information:


I hope this helps. Let me know if I can help you any further.Your Bulldog Pal,

——follow up——–

Hi Jan,
Yeah, I used to be a vet tech so I know about yeast…but, we really didn’t
have too many English bulldogs that came to the clinics I worked at…so, the
yeast infections I normally dealt with were in the ear.  However, I did have a
feeling this was what it could be…it definately has that “yeasty” smell to
it.  I tried this antifungal/antimicrobial spray stuff for dogs…but it didn’t
seem to work….so, I will have to try an antifungal cream.
Also, I do know absolutely how important diet is!!  I have her on Innova Evo Red
Meat diet- Large bites.  It has no grain, by-products, etc..
I also, was a manager at a family owned pet store many years ago & at that time
had to go through quite a few pet nutrition seminars….but, sooooo much has
changed since then.  I saw this food by Royal Cainin
Anyways, thank you sooooooooooooooo  much for your help.  That really sounds
like a good plan of action, I will give it a try.
She’s not dragging her butt & I checked her anal glands…they do not need to be
expressed.  I just think it’s irritated & is the same problem as her
wrinkles…..yeast I am sure.
Thanks again & I will absolutely let you know how it goes.



Hi Courtney,

Hopefully some cleaning and the cream will do the trick,
sometimes it gets really bad and becomes systemic and
you need to use more drastic measures.

You sound quite knowledgeable!
That Innova is a great product.

Please let me know how it goes.

Your Bulldog Pal

Bald Spots on Bulldog

August 22, 2007


Currently, our year old
male Jackson has been with a one skin rash that is
round and approximately the size of a small prune
(fruit). This spot especially is hard and flaky. We
have given him a medicated bath and continue to groom
him due to him shedding, but not much near this spot
because he displays that it is tender. Also there are
several spots, much smaller though, around the back of
the neck and couple on the back right upper thigh.
When we brought him into the vet to check these spots,
they pulled a sample of it and put him on Clavamox.
After a lengthy bill, the vet stated that the lab will
watch it for 3 weeks to check to see if there is
anything growing on it. Well, that time has come and
gone as well as the series of medicines. It has been
approx. two months these spots are still present.
Do you have any suggestions? If so, it would be
greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Ryan


Hi Ryan,

There are different causes for these bald spots on a bulldog.
I can’t really tell from your description, but I can give you some

The most common cause for balding is demodex, which is a
mite infestation. A skin scraping should have revealed this.

They could also be pyodermas. There are different types of
pyodermas, and if they are not treated can become systemic.
This may be what your vet suspects and why he prescribed the
antibiotic. A broader spectrum antibiotic may be in order, like Baytril.

There are generally two treatments for pyodermas, depending upon what
type they are. Only a vet can determine the underlying type by doing
skin scrapings.

Pyodermas are caused by different types of bacteria such as staph or
strep. It could be caused by mites (mange) or it could be another

Topical anti-bacterial or anti-fungal medications can be effective
too. Again it depends upon the bacteria present. Monistat, available
at a grocery store or pharmacy without prescription, is effective in
one type of infection. It is important to keep the area clean using a
shampoo such as Chlorhexiderm.

He could also suspect ringworm, which is a fungus. A skin scraping will
also determine whether this is the case. Ringworm is contagious and you
could get it.

Many bulldogs go bald and the most common site for this is on the
sides of the body. Often the baldness is symmetrical on both sides and
the skin underneath blackens. The most likely cause is hormonal or
seasonal alopecia, however it’s worth asking the vet to test Thyroid
function and for Cushings syndrome, especially in dogs that have
recently put on a lot of weight as both of these condition will
initially present as bald sides.

I hope this is of some help. If you don’t have confidence in your
vet, I’d recommend
you take your bulldog to a dermatologist.


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.



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:


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,



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.



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,



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,

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,


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