Skin Problems in Bulldogs

Bullies are prone to skin problems, some are genetically predisposed while others are congenital skin diseases. Some skin conditions are hormone related, allergic reactions, bacterial and fungal. Common skin problems in Bulldogs include Seborrhoea and Eczema.

Seborrhoea

This skin problem is caused by an abnormality in the production of skin cells. If you notice that your fur-kid has dry, scaly skin with signs of dandruff it is caused by an overproduction of skin cells. If your fur-kid has greasy, oily skin that regular bathing will not cure, the Seborrhoea is caused by an excessive production of sebum which is an oily substance produced to keep skin moist and healthy. These conditions can be maintained and treated with the advice of a veterinarian.

Eczema

Eczema, also known as Canine Atopic Dermatitis, is a non-parasitic, non-contagious skin condition. It is the most common skin ailment in Bulldogs. Eczema is caused by hormonal conditions, insect bites, allergies and stress. When Eczema is present, your fur-kid will experience itchy, inflamed dry skin, wet sores, blisters, and lumps. Pet Parents will want to keep an eye on what happens previously to your fur-kid developing Eczema, this will give you a clear answer as to what is causing the flare-ups. If it’s due to food allergies, stress, insect bites or hormonal conditions, you will want to take precautions and try your best to avoid the trigger. Take your fur-kid to the veterinarian at the first sign of Eczema symptoms. Common care includes topical anti-inflammatory medication and antibiotics.

Acne

Acne is caused by dirt entering pores and causing inflammation of the skin glands. While dirt is the most common cause, allergic reactions can also cause Acne to appear. Cases can range from mild to severe and can cause itching and pain if not taken care of immediately. At times, a secondary bacterial skin infection can develop. If your adorable fur-kid is rubbing his face using his paws or scraping his face against hard surfaces, this may be a sign of irritation caused by Acne. Visit the veterinarian for treatment and to find the underlying cause of the outbreak.

The most important step for pet parents to take when they notice their fur-kid experiencing skin related symptoms such as itching or the appearance of skin blisters, redness, swelling, lumps, wet spots and pimples is to seek veterinarian care immediately. When visiting the veterinarian you will want to provide him with details about what your fur-kid was doing prior to the skin problem appearing. This may include information regarding his daily routine, food brand, treats, contact with plants, cleaning products, flea repellent, shampoos and much more. It’s wise to make a list of possible causes to bring with you for the office visit.

Another underlying cause may be due to stress. Bullies are emotionally sensitive and may experience anxiety and stress from time to time. Bullies don’t like change, so if there is a new addition to the family, you moved the furniture, they can’t find their favorite toy, they get yelled at for negative behavior and they feel ignored, you fur-kid can express this emotional stress in the physical form such as skin problems.