Use of Honey and Sugar to Treat Dog Wounds!

If your dog has a large wound that is difficult to treat you could try an anchient treatment of honey!  I know local honey is useful for treating allergies as the pollen comes from local plants and helps build up immunity to the associated allergen.  But honey also has anti-bacterial properties as explained here:

When a companion animal has lost a significant amount of skin and subcutaneous tissue to a fall from the back of a pickup truck — burns, aggressive infections, etc. — the cost of modern wound dressings can be prohibitive. Sugar and honey are cheap enough to save pets that might otherwise be euthanized because of the costs associated with their treatment.

Sugar and honey work because of the way in which they change the local wound environment. When sugar is applied to a lesion, it draws water out through the tissues and dissolves. The resulting sugar solution is so concentrated that it inhibits the growth of bacteria. Honey works in the same way but also produces hydrogen peroxide that kills bacteria. In addition, sugar and honey both draw white blood cells to the area that work to clean the wound, speed the sloughing of dead tissue, and aid in the formation of a protective layer on the wound’s surface. Overlying bandages need to be changed and sugar and honey reapplied frequently to maintain their healing properties, but this is no different from what needs to be done when using commercially prepared wound dressings.

via Old Advances in Veterinary Medicine Still New | Old School Veterinary Medicine | petMD.

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Natural Home Remedies For Fleas

I’d never heard of this simple remedy for fleas, but it’s certainly worth a try before subjecting your dog to strong chemicals.

To Eliminate Fleas

Try: Dawn Dishwashing Liquid. To kill fleas on dogs without using toxic chemicals, add a small amount of Dawn dishwashing liquid under running water to fill a sink or bathtub and give your dog a bath in the soapy solution. Work the lather into your pet’s coat and let it soak for more than 5 minutes. The soap penetrates the exoskeletons of fleas, killing them, and works more effectively than some prescribed flea shampoos.

Dog Health: Natural Home Remedies For Fleas | Prevention.com.

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Lump on Young Bulldog’s Neck

I was wondering, I know you have been through alot with your Bulldog Archie and I was wondering if he has ever happened to have a lump under his neck by where his collar would hang?

My fiance had noticed this lump on our mini bulldog Tuffy’s neck. He said he first noticed it about a couple of months ago and since has gotten a little bigger but tonight it looked like part of it was a scab & started to come off, so he cleaned it off with peroxide since it was bleeding.

We haven’t noticed a change in his personality or demenor but I have never seen or heard of anything like this. This is the only thing that could possibly be a genetic defect or something along that line as the only issue he has had was an allergic reaction to a flea medication.

He has been a really good & healthy dog but this worries me & we have an appointment for him on Monday but I was told that maybe it was a cut that got infected or a cyst that has gotten irritated. I guess basically I am hoping you might have heard or seen this before & can maybe put my mind at ease. Attached is a picture of what the lump looks like. I greatly appreciate any help or advice you can give.

sincerely,
Jen

Hi Jennifer,

That could be a histiocytoma, a benign tumor of the skin cells and is usually found on young dogs.  If that’s the case you do not need to have it removed as it will resolve itself on it’s own.  I think that peroxide might irritate it because it is quite drying.

My Archie had one on his upper neck when he was young.  It was quite gruesome looking especially to other pet owners.  My vet advised me to leave it alone and it went away after a couple months.

It’s still important to get a proper diagnosis from your vet.  Here’s a link to more information on histiocytomas:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Histiocytoma_(dog)

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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French Bulldog Paw Licking and Allergies

Hi Jan,

My French bulldog is 13 months old.  We have been battling some skin issues
with her since she was 5 months old.  It started with a yeast infection in
her right ear.  Since then she ahs had 3 infections in the same ear.  We try
prescription washes and solutions, with little help of preventing the
situation or solving the issue.  She also has a severe paw licking issue,
and gets a pimple looking rash on the hairless part of her belly.  We feel
bad for her and want to resolve this issue for her sake.

I started her as a pup on the Whole Pet Diet, then moved onto the B.A.R.F.
diet, and now per my vets request Royal Canine Hypo- Allergenic Hydrolyzed
Protein dog food.

The same symptoms have persisted.
We have had snow for about a month and I noticed that my dog wasn’t liking
her paws as much.  I am starting to believe that she is allergic to grass.
The second the snow melted away and grass appeared, her belly broke out in a
rash again and the paw licking started up again.

My husband wants to treat her with the allergy injections, but it is costly.
What would you recommend for your frenchie?

Thanks,
Sara

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Hi Sara,

I have a couple suggestions.  First, do not feed her that Royal Canin
formula, it’s soy and I don’t think dogs are meant to eat soy.  Feed her
something high quality (raw or other) that is not chicken based but
rather venison or duck or salmon, etc.
Next, her condition could be contact allergies since she’s better in
the snow when her paws get cleaned off.  Be sure you are not using
any harsh chemicals anywhere she walks.  Clean her bedding once
a week with dye and chemical free detergent.
You can give her the allergy shots and she will look better for a while.
But they are steroids and have very bad long term effects.  I do not
recommend them except maybe for a very short time to get severe
allergies under control.
Try giving her dye free children’s dose of Benadryl (pink box) instead.
For her ears, be sure you keep them dry.  Yeast thrives on moisture.
Try using an ear cleaner like Oti-Clens several times a day until her
symptoms subside.  It’s available at pet stores, follow directions on box.
Do not over bathe her, it will only increase allergic problems.
I have a lot more suggestions on how to treat allergies plus food
recommendations in my French Bulldog Health System.
your bulldog pal,
Jan
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Hair Falling Out Around French Bulldog’s Eyes

Hello Jan,

My name is Erica I have a 81/2month old brindle frenchie lately I’ve noticed around her eyes she seems to be loosing hair and today one of her eyes looks a little puffy. I use puppy wipes to clean her face but have stopped using them just in case I didn’t know if it was from the wipes or maybe her food. We use  purina pro plan just wondering what I could do at home first to prevent going to the vet.

Thanks, Erica

Hi Erica,

From your description & your dog’s age that sounds like an outbreak of demodectic mange or a proliferation of mites.  Mites normally live peacefully on a dog’s skin but can get out of hand and start to multiply.  Since they live in the base of the hair follicle they will cause the hair to fall out.  Around the eyes is one of the places it shows up.

Most cases of mites will resolve themselves on their own with no treatment.  It is difficult to treat by the eyes because most products should not be allowed in eyes.

Diet is important in your dog’s immune system’s ability to fight off invaders like mites.  I would suggest you get a higher quality diet for your Frenchie.  Go to your local specialty dog food store (not a big box store) and get a human grade food made with no corn, no wheat, no soy, no chicken.  Try a lamb and rice formula I recommend in my book such as Prairie or a fish diet like Taste of the Wild.

Good luck – keep me posted.

Your Bulldog Pal,

Jan

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Swelling on My Bulldog’s Ear Flap

Hi Jan,

We have not spoke in a while I hope all is well with you and you bully.  I have a concern that I wonder if you could help me with. I noticed this morning a swelling or puffiness in my bully’s ear. I called my Vet but he won’t be in until tomorrow. When I described what I saw to the nurse she said she is pretty sure it is a hematoma and that he would need surgery.

I am very scared of surgery because I know how risky it is with Bulldogs. I have been reading all kinds of things on the internet, one thing I read was that old fashioned Vets don’t rush into surgery they suggest boiling water and adding sea salt and bathing the ear every hour, or using witch hazel.  Do you know anything about this and can you give me any advise on what I should do I am very frightened.

Thanks,  Your Bully Friend, JoAnn

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Hi JoAnn,

It sounds like it’s an aural hematoma which will probably need to be drained if it doesn’t go away using the methods you know about.  It can be caused by either an insect bite, ear mites, an ear infection, or from being irritated by scratching and/or injuring the small blood vessels in the ear flap.

I think you need to have it looked at to find out what it is and proceed from there.

It would not be a surgery that should require being under anesthesia very long.  There is always a risk but if your vet is familiar with bulldogs and knows which type of anesthesia to use and the smaller breathing tubes, and if your dog is in good health, it should go fine.

You should ask him about the cures you’ve heard of.

Here’s some information on aural hematomas from The American College if Veterinarian Surgeons

Overview

An aural hematoma is a collection of blood within the cartilage plate of the ear and the skin and usually arises as a self-inflicted injury from scratching and head shaking.

Causes

Underlying causes include all conditions that result in otitis externa (infection of the external ear canal). Hematoma formation has also been associated with increased capillary fragility (e.g., as seen with Cushing’s disease).

Incidence and Prevalence

Aural hematoma is the most common result of physical injury to the pinna (the “flap” of the ear). The condition is common in dogs with chronic otitis externa, and less common in cats.

Signs and Symptoms

Swelling associated with aural hematoma is most apparent on the concave inner surface of the pinna. (Figure 1) The swelling is soft and warm in the early stages. With chronicity, fibrosis and contraction will thicken and deform the ear, resulting in a cauliflower contracture.

Risk Factors

Sources of irritation to the ear have been implicated in the development of aural hematoma. These include inflammation, parasites, allergies, and foreign bodies. Most patients usually have an associated otitis externa. Recurrence of the condition is common if the underlying condition is not resolved.

Treatment Options

Treatment options included needle aspiration and bandages, tube drainage systems and incisional drainage.  Apposition between the tissues should be restored and maintained with bandages, with fibrin sealants, with the aid of sutures, or with tissue welding using laser.  The goals of surgery are to remove the hematoma, prevent recurrence, and retain the natural appearance of the ears.

Let me know what you decide.

your bulldog pal,

Jan

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Mange in Bulldog – Hereditary or Stress Related?

I am getting a one year old frenchie and they said that she has stress mange and that it is haredity. vet said that spaying her should fix it so the people have had her spayed is this true will that stop her mange just wondered

It will help but it may not stop it.  Stress is definitely a factor is the health
of a dog, especially when it comes to skin disorders.  Mange occurs when
otherwise harmless little parasites live at the base of the hair follicules of
a dog.  When immunity is compromised these little critters multiply and
take over, destroying the base of the hair follicules and causing hair loss
and a ratty look.
Mange can be passed on from mother dog to pup although most breeders
would not allow this to occur.  Mange or demodex as it’s called in young
dogs may resolve itself on its own or may need treatment which usually
consists of a course of Ivermectin.
It can go away on it’s own in a couple months in a healthy dog but a
bulldog with a compromised immune system will need treatment.
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French Bulldog Paw Licking and Allergies

Hi Jan,

My French bulldog is 13 months old.  We have been battling some skin issues with her since she was 5 months old.  It started with a yeast infection in her right ear.  Since then she ahs had 3 infections in the same ear.  We try prescription washes and solutions, with little help of preventing the situation or solving the issue.

She also has a severe paw licking issue, and gets a pimple looking rash on the hairless part of her belly.  We feel bad for her and want to resolve this issue for her sake. I started her as a pup on the Whole Pet Diet, then moved onto the B.A.R.F. diet, and now per my vets request Royal Canine Hypo- Allergenic Hydrolyzed Protein dog food. The same symptoms have persisted.

We have had snow for about a month and I noticed that my dog wasn’t liking her paws as much.  I am starting to believe that she is allergic to grass. The second the snow melted away and grass appeared, her belly broke out in a rash again and the paw licking started up again.

My husband wants to treat her with the allergy injections, but it is costly. What would you recommend for your frenchie?

Thanks, Sara

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Hi Sara,

I have a couple suggestions.  First, do not feed her that Royal Canin formula, it’s soy and I don’t think dogs are meant to eat soy.  Feed her something high quality (raw or other) that is not chicken based but rather venison or duck or salmon, etc.

Next, her condition could be contact allergies since she’s better in the snow when her paws get cleaned off. Be sure you are not using any harsh chemicals anywhere she walks.  Clean her bedding once a week with dye and chemical free detergent.

You can give her the allergy shots and she will look better for a while. But they are steroids and have very bad long term effects.  I do not recommend them except maybe for a very short time to get severe allergies under control.

Try giving her dye free children’s dose of Benadryl (pink box) instead.

For her ears, be sure you keep them dry.  Yeast thrives on moisture. Try using an ear cleaner like Oti-Clens several times a day until her symptoms subside.  It’s available at pet stores, follow directions on box.

Do not over bathe her, it will only increase allergic problems.

I have a lot more suggestions on how to treat allergies plus food recommendations in my French Bulldog Health System.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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Interdigital Cysts – What Are They & How To Treat.

Hi Jan:

Do you have any experience with persistent paw yeast infections?  My son’s bulldog has one in between his toes that won’t go away.  It only flared up again when the pills prescribed by the vet were used up.  The MalAcetic Otic they gave us isn’t working.  I hestitate to go back to the vet again and waste more money.
Any suggestions?  I don’t like to bother you, but I’m at my wit’s end.

Attached is a photo of his paw.

interdigital cyst

There seems to be a couple of bumps and it’s yeasty.  On November 4, the vet injected him with Dexamethasone and gave him Enrofloxacin pills.  It seemed to calm down.  Now that the pills are all gone, it has flared up again.  I was soaking it in warm water and salt, plus pouring peroxide on the wound today which I think made it worse.  The vet put him on a special diet because he has a stomach infection – Medi-cal Gastro formulated for gastrointestinal conditions.  He was throwing up everyday and had loose stools.  He’s no longer throwing up since on this kibble.  The stools are better.
Have you seen this condition before in between the toes?

Thanks, Debbie

Hi Debbie,

The photo is not very clear but that looks like an interdigital cyst to me.  If so, they are notyeast, they are either ingrown hairs that get infected or a fungal infection – there is some debate.

The medical term for them is interdigital furuncle.  I think they are an ingrown hair that gets a mild infection.  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 a bad infection.  And I’ve found that the least amount of fussing with the sore is best.

Your vet prescribed a broad spectrum antibiotic for the perceived infection.

Here is some advice from various 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 creamsunless 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!

–Margaret

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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.

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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

chrissy

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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 days.

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.

Walt

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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

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The most common home remedy I read about was to soak or compress the affected foot several times per day, then apply antibiotic ointment. A few people recommended applying Preparation H or other hemmorhoid creams. We decided to do a bit of each.

Three to four times per day we’ve been soaking Elliott’s foot in Epsom salts. The easiest way we’ve found to do this is to fill the laundry tub up with 2 to 3 inches of fairly warm water, to which we’ve added a cup of Epsom Salts. We then stand Elliott in the tub, and sit beside him for ten minutes or so. Luckily for us, he’s a good boy, and just stands there patiently so long as we give him the occasional head scratch.

After ten minutes or so have elapsed, we put Elliott on a thick towel and gently pat his affected foot dry. I then fill a large, wide coffee cup with about an inch of hydrogen peroxide, and hold his foot in the cup for a few moments. The affected areas on Elliott’s foot, in particular the cyst itself and the surrounding hair follicles, respond to the hydrogen peroxide with bubbling, whereas the rest of his foot does not.  This shows that there is catalase enzyme present in these areas, which is one of the components released when blood or damaged cells are present.

After soaking in hydrogen peroxide, we again pat Elliott’s foot dry. I then apply either Panalog ointment, or Anusol hemorrhoid ointment.

We’ve been treating him using the above method since Saturday morning, and in that time period his swelling has reduced by approximately 40%, and the redness is almost completely gone. With any luck, it will be completely gone within another day or so, and with no antibiotics. Of course, if it doesn’t clear up, or returns, then we’ll try traditional Veterinary treatment and oral antibiotics.

Frogdog blog

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

http://www.bulldogsworld.com/DigitCyst.html

http://www.provet.co.uk/Petfacts/healthtips/interdigitalcysts.htm

Good luck, let me know how he’s doing.

Your Bulldog Pal,

Jan

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Seasonal Shedding of Your Bulldog’s Coat

Shedding & Healthy Coats
by Dr Jane Bicks, Healthy Pet newsletter

The splendor of summer is right around the bend.  We are approaching the season when children, freed from studies, populate the neighborhood, friends and families hold cook-outs, and we find ourselves preoccupied with the health our pet’s coats.

There’s a reason for our annual fixation.  Dogs usually begin to lose their winter coats in early spring, when it is gradually replaced by a shorter, lighter coat suited to the summer months.  The amount of shedding varies widely from breed to breed.  For example, the pet parents of German Shepherds will groan about the amount of shedding all year long, while those of us with poodles rarely have to get out the broom or vacuum, even with the arrival of summer.

While we’ve seen that growth cycles can be affected by mood, hormones, and nutrition, changes primarily occur due to fluctuations in the amount of daylight and temperature.

The length of daylight hours is believed to have a greater impact on the shedding cycle than temperature, which is why all pets shed during particular times of the year.  Even artificial indoor lighting can have an effect, especially on companion animals who stay primarily indoors.

And companion animals experience big differences in temperature when leaving and entering your home, which is most extreme in the summer and winter months.  These differences induce a constant state of change, setting up conditions that lead to increased shedding throughout the year.

And an unhealthy coat can have negative impacts on pet parents, too, in the form of allergies.  Contrary to popular belief, hair is not the culprit of allergies in humans, but rather dander and proteins in the oil produced by glands in the skin.

For all of the hair support systems to function properly, they require a variety of nutrients, including fatty acids, minerals and vitamins.  Additionally, a healthy coat requires a great deal of protein.  Almost 95% of the protein that’s ingested is used by the body to support hair production and maintenance.  Fortunately, nutritious foods like Life’s Abundance and Instinctive Choice provide the protein content necessary to supply your pet’s body with the protein necessary to help maintain a healthy coat.

Just as it is important to feed a high-quality, nutrient-dense food, it is also advisable to give your companion animals a balanced supplement that provides the additional nutritional support necessary to achieve the utmost in a healthy coat and skin.

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Help, My Bulldog Has Acne on His Chin!

Is there any at home remedy that you would suggest for the little sores
that my English Bulldog Sparky gets around his chin area?  We bath him
once a week with mild tearless puppy shampoo and that seems to help
temporally.

He also has a small skin irritation on his hind leg that he tries to
bite on. I would like to try and take care of it before it gets any
bigger.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
Lila

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First of all, if you are using plastic feeding or water bowls, stop immediately!  They
have been shown to actually cause chin acne and other problems.  Instead use
ceramic or stainless steel bowls.



Pimples on the chin could be from several other things.  I’ll list them in order of severity.

When your bulldog eats, he probably sticks his chin in his food, getting it moist and this can lead to irritation.  Keeping it dry and clean could be the answer for this.  Wash with an anti-bacterial soap or Chlorhexiderm Shampoo.  Keep his chin as dry as you can daily.

The next factor could be he is getting too much oil or is allergic to the fish oils in Omega 3 oil.  I’m not sure what you’re feeding him, but sometimes a bulldog gets a reaction to too much oil or too many fats.

If the pimples are oozing, he could have a surface pyoderma.  A surface pyoderma is a localized infection caused by staphylococcus bacteria.  It can be treated with anti-bacterial ointment such as polysporin.

Staph is a very common bacteria found on the skin of dogs and humans and in the environment.  Usually it is harmless, as the dog’s immune system fights it off.  Unfortunately in bulldogs, this is not always the case.

Because the Bulldog is a man-made breed and been subject to such intense inbreeding, the breed is often left with genetic weaknesses.  And a compromised immune system is one of them.  That is why I put so much importance on a healthy diet.

Once the dog suffers an assault to the immune system, as in fighting off a cold or an infection, his immune system can become taxed and unable to fight off this type of skin infection.

The next level of concern is if the infection becomes a Deep Pyoderma.  In this case, the infection has gone beneath the surface and can become systemic.  This is a serious condition that needs to be treated with anti-biotics.

The fact that he has one on his leg as well is troublesome.  He bites at it because it itches. It could mean he has a systemic staph infection that is spreading in his body. The signs of this are usually oozing lesions that crust over and then flake off, leaving bald spots.  In this case it may need to be treated with anti-biotics.

Try using the anti-bacterial soap on those two spots and see if they get better.  If they are oozing or if they get bigger rapidly, or if more of them appear, you better take him to the vet, preferably a dermatologist.

There are other conditions that can cause this sort of chronic outbreak of skin rashes.  The most common is a hormonal imbalance.  Usually the symptoms include hair loss and increased thirst.  A vet can test for thyroid imbalance by doing a tyroid panel test (be sure it’s the panel test).

your bulldog pal,

Jan

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Little Red Bumps in Ears – What Kind of Infection?

Hi there Jan,

My name is Angela and I have written to you in the past pertaining to
my wonderful little bully, Dolly. She had been having head tremors at that
time and you really helped me out with the information you provided.
You will be happy to know that for the most part the tremors have subsided.

I do have another question for you about Dolly that you may be of some
assistance. My husband and I have your book, “The Healthy Bulldog”, which
we love and refer to on a lot of occasion.

We just can’t seem to find what we’re looking for when it comes to her ears.
For the past two weeks she has these tiny red bumps inside her ears.
They are crusty with dry blood on them. There is not an odor or any puss.
It actually looks like the end stages of the chicken pox. One ear worse than
the other. She has just began to scratch at them.

Since she was a puppy, she has always allowed me to clean her ears out
with aloe and vitamin E baby wipes, but lately she runs from me and hates
for me to come near her with the wipes no matter how gentle I am. It is
strange for her to not like her ears cleaned considering she used to love it.

My hubby and I also are very proud owners of another male bully named
Samson and two very precious toy poodles, Tiki and Sweet pea. I have
been watching their ears and they are fine. No bumps or crusty blood.
Brian, my hubby, seems to think it may be an allergy to her food, but
she has been on the same food since we first got her.

Could she be developing this allergy as she gets older? We think
it may also be a yeast infection. She also has a couple small bald
spots on her neck due to scratching.

I just wanted to pick your brain and see what you thought. We will
be calling the vet if need be. Please forgive my long email. I know
your busy and I do appreciate any ideas you may have.

Thanks a bunch, Angela

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Hi Angela,

It is probably not yeast because with a yeast infection in the
ears, there is usually brownish smelly discharge or waxy stuff.
And it’s sour smelling.

It could be food allergies – what are you feeding her? And is she
on any medications or supplements?

Food allegies can create bald spots and ear infections.  The scratching
is a classic sign of allergies.

She can develop an intolerance to her food over time.  Being
fed the same ingredients, however good, constantly can lead
to a reaction to some small ingredient.  I recommend changing
food every 3-6 months to avoid this.

Although food may be the underlying cause, there are some
remedies to make her feel better now.

You can give her a dye-free benadryl children’s dose (pink box) –
it really helps short term with allergic reactions.

You can try using some calendula cream in her ears – it’s a soothing,
healing cream.  You can get it at a natural foods store.  It may clear
them up in a few days.

If not, it could be mites.  Do you see any tiny brown granulated looking
spots?  Usually there’s an odor involved with a mite infection.
An easy cure for mites is to rub a few drops of mineral oil or
mullein oil (natural foods store) in the ear.  It will kill any mites.

It can also be associated with fleas, but I’m assuming that is not
the case.

It is also possible that there is something in the baby wipes that
is irritating her ears.  By stopping using them, you’ll know soon if
that’s the case.

If you take her to the vet, he should do a skin scraping to determine
what it is.  They often just prescribe anti-biotics without even finding
out what’s the cause.  And it doesn’t sound like she has an infection.

I hope this helps.  Please let me know how she’s doing and tell me
what you’re feeding her.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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Should I Amputate My Bulldog’s Tail To Keep It Clean?

Jan,

I’m thinking about having my bulldog’s tail amputated, because I think
it would be easier to keep clean and free of infection.  Do you know if
this is routine, and roughly how much something like this should cost?

Thank You
Nick

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Hi Nick,

This is not routine although some people would make you think so
(along with palate surgery).  The bulldog has an inverted or screw tail,
meaning that part of it is inside his body, which is why it is so short
and called inverted.  Sometimes this causes deep folds where it
emerges and can be a challenge to keep clean.

What a lot of people do not understand is that this may seem like
a simple surgery, it can have complications and some dogs die
after surgery.

The tail is part of the spine which is an extremely sensitive area
in terms of surgery.

So I would not recommend tail amputation unless your bulldog has
chronic infections in the tail area or if he has part of the tail bone
emerging in a raw wound that abscesses, and the pocket is so
deep that it is not cleanable.

A far better alternative would be to keep the tail pocket clean and
dry.  It is moisture (often from bathing your bulldog) that causes
the yeast and smell.  If the tail is kept dry, in most cases little
cleaning is required.

Here is a good description of how to clean a tail pocket by a bulldog
breeder:

You have a bulldog with a deep set, tight “cork” screw tail.  It is a built in recessed chamber that is constantly damp, moist with bacteria and yeast that can cause skin irritations and infections.

I have seen plenty of these over the years with my bullies.  My recommendation is to clean it daily with warm water on a soft wash cloth and mild soap; rinse (damp cloth) with warm water; then carefully dry the same area. Then get the “Gold Bond” ointment in the squeeze tube and apply a small amount using your finger.  Work your finger round and round following the path of the tail until you get into the recess of the tail.

This will cause a little reaction from your bullie due to the slight stinging sensation but will dissipate within a few minutes.  This procedure keeps the bacteria,yeast, and infection under control.  Once you get the bullie use to this cleaning procedure they won’t fight you as much as at the beginning.  After a period of time you can change your cleaning to every other day.  Just stay on top of the cleaning and treatment.

It is critical to stay on top of this “screw tail” situation and if you do it is very manageable and becomes routine after a period of time.

I do not know what the surgery would cost.

If he does have an open wound or deep chronic infection that is
oozing and could compromise his general health, then surgery
should be considered.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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Bulldog Scratching Makes Open Wound

Bosco scatches one side of his head alot and it has an open bloody “wound”
the size of a small button.  The vet put him on benedryl and it healed but
after he came off benedry he scatched it open again.  Am concerned giving
him benedryl everyday.  Any suggestions?

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Ellen,

Does your vet know what the cause of the scratching is?
He may have an allergy or a flea or something else – did
he give any ideas on it?  Is that the only ‘hot spot’ or are
there more?

Scratching is a classic sign of atopy or allergic reaction to
something in the environment. Getting to the source of it
is essential to stopping it.

Benedryl is safe to use for a while until the wound heals,
it’s definitely better than him getting an infection.  The other
alternative to stop him scratching while it heals is to put on
one of those ‘Elizabethan collars’ or cones so he is not able
to scratch.

When a wound is healing and scabs it typically itches so you
need to be sure it’s healed all the way before you let him get
to scratch it again.

When it heals you could put some arnica cream on the area to
help stop the itching but I don’t think it’s advisable on an
open wound.

I hope this helps, without more information I’m not sure
what could be the cause.

your bulldog pal,
Jan
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Vet said it was probably an allergy to something but he did not know what
it could be a million things.  No fleas. That is the only hot spot Bosco
has ever had.  Could he be allergic to the cats?  Wood burner? Although he
had it over the summer too.  Do bulldogs have a higher body temp b/c he
seems to get hot easily. He likes A/C. Any suggestions?   Thanx

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Hi Ellen,

Hard to tell what it could be.  If it goes away with the Benedryl,
that would be good.  It could be a small pimple or sore that he
scratches and makes it bigger.  The trick is to get to it quickly,
when it’s really small and put Bacitraicin on it to keep it from
getting infected and spreading.

If you notice it’s seasonal you can keep an eye on what’s in
his environment at that time.  Also it helps to vacuum a lot
and do not use any harsh chemicals on your carpet or floor
or his bed – anywhere he could come in contact.

Bulldogs do not have a higher body temp, but they do not
tolerate the heat well.  So if you’re in a warm climate, he
will gravitate to the a/c to keep himself cool.

Allergic reactions like hives and cause the skin to increase in
temperature.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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My Bulldog Puppy is Overweight – What Should I do?

Hello,

I enjoy your emails and helpful hints for my bulldog.  I have a problem.  My bulldog is 6 mos old and weights 52 lbs.  My vet has put him on a diet.  2 cups twice a day.  I started feeding him Royal Canin 32.  It has 32% crude protein and 18% crude fat and 3.6% fiber.  His muzzle and feet are red and the inside of his ears are broke out.  He is allergic to grass, the best I can tell.  He stays inside and only goes out on a leash.

I have now changed his food to Nutro Chicken meal, rice and oatmeal  it has 26% crude protein, 12% crude fat, and 5% crude fiber.  It has been 2 weeks  and his muzzle, feet, and ears are still red and itchy.  What can I do to help him lose weight and help with his skin.  Now that it has cooled off her in GA, we are taking him for walks and he runs around the yard playing with our outside dog 2 to 3 times a day.

Has has weak hip muscle (vet said due to his weight) and will drag himself before he will actually get up on all 4s to walk.  Is there a supplement he can take?

Thanks for your help
Susan
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Hi Susan,

You need to feed him less than the recommendations for his weight,
so 3 cups instead of 4.  My adult Archie is 52 pounds and only gets 3 cups a day.
He’s trim and fit and very active.  Excess weight puts stress on a dog’s joints.

Also Nutro is not the best food, it was involved in the recall, and it has all kinds
of ingredients that can contribute to bulldog allergies.  It’s not so much the amount
of protein but more what ingredients are making up the protein.  Grains have
protein but they are not the best source of protein for a dog.  Dogs need their
protein to come from meat.

Try switching him to Canidae or California Natural  lamb and rice.  They have
limited ingredients which are very high quality. Many dogs are allergic to chicken
formulas so the lamb and rice could make a big difference.

Switch slowly, adding 1/4 new food to old and each day up the new food
to make the switch over a week.

You could also add Omega 3s to his diet in the form of fish oil or flax
seed oil for dogs.  These will help his overall health.

Diet and exercise will help your puppy with his hip problem too.  Many
bulldogs have growth spurts that can affect their joints but they can
grow out of them.  It’s really important to keep him active and keep
him slim.  You want to be able to see his waist.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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Folliculitis Hair Follicle Infection and Diet in English Bulldog

Hi Jan,

How are you?  I noticed that you have a new program on nutrition.
What would you recommend for Folliculitis?  Biggie has had a skin
infection and we treated it with antibiotics but it seems to be back
any suggestions?

Thanks,

Sherry and Rick

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Hi Sherry,

Did you read the material?  It’s free for all my clients and it
has a lot of useful information specifically about nutrition
and skin disorders.

One big problem for English Bulldogs is genetic weakness
in certain areas, especially the immune system that fights off
infection, due to inbreeding to meet AKC show standards.

This depressed immunity can plague many bulldogs with
skin conditions that a normal immune system can fight off.

So nutrition is very important to help boost immunity and
let your bulldog heal from within.

Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicules and is characterized
by small white or red bumps on the skin.  It looks similar to mange
and often in a bullie there are mites attacking the base of the hair
follicles.

The root of the hair follicle is under the skin and when it is damaged,
it becomes vulnerable to invaders.  It will often clear up on it’s own
in about a week, but with bulldogs with weak immune systems
drugs are often prescribed.

Folliculits can be caused by a fungus or bacterial (staph) infection.
I’m assuming your vet did skin scrapings to test for mites, and see
what fungus or bacteria might be present and is treating it with
the appropriate medication.

Folliculitis is also known as pyoderma or hot spots, so be sure
to read my section on those conditions in my Bulldog Health System.

If your vet did not do skin scrapings, go to a dermatologist specialty
vet who will because if it gets deep into the tissue it will become
harder to treat.

Once cleared, there are definitely some things you can do for
Biggie’s nutrition that will help.

First is diet.  I recall you are feeding Biggie a human grade food.
It’s important to rotate foods every 90 – 120 days so he gets a
variety.  You can choose from the ones on my list in the food
download.

Also, you can add some supplements.  Even though they
might be included in your food, you need to give him extra
Omega 3s (not 6 and 9), probiotics (because he was on
antibiotics), and also an enzyme formula.  See the Supplements
list I recommend.

I think in your case, you need to get the specific bacteria or
fungus identified and treated.  I’m familiar with this because
Vivy had it (she had most immune related disorders!).  With
proper specific treatment, it should clear up.  Then the good
diet and supplements should help his immunity.

You also should let Biggie get lots of direct sunshine (when it’s
not too hot or intense) because sunshine kills bacteria.  That
shouldn’t be hard since bulldogs love to lay in the sun!

You might also consider some of the suggestions in the new
book about adding fresh food to his diet.  Even the best kibble
is deficient because of the way it is manufactured.

And yes, I did get a new puppy, Archie, he’s two now.  I did
a huge amount of research into breeders so I could avoid a
lot of the helath problems I had with Viv.

He’s been really healthy except he’s allergic to chicken! which
is in most dog food.  That’s what led to my new book on “The
Miracle of Healing with Food”.  I feed him a base of
human grade kibble with meat and vegetables.

Keep me posted on how Biggie’s doing.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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Does My Bulldog Need Sunscreen?

It’s springtime! That means we go outside more with our bullies.
I walk Archie two to three times a day for about 20 minutes each.
And now that the days are getting longer and the sun is getting
brighter as summer approaches, it may be time to consider sunblock
for our dogs as well as ourselves.

I tend to take Archie before 10am and after 4pm so I don’t use
sunscreen for him or for me. But if your dog is going to be out
mid-day or lays in the sun a lot during the day, you might consider
sunscreen. If your bulldog is white or has thin hair, you can
apply it all over. But all dogs can use it on the nose and ears.

Do not use human sunscreen on your dog – it is too strong for them.
Personally, I have a hard time with most sunscreens over sfp 15
myself. I get a rash or my skin gets rough. A dog is more
sensitive to the chemicals than we are, so it’s best to get a dog
formula.

Doggles has come out with a new spray sunscreen called Pet
Sunscreen. It’s sfp 15. It’s available online and at select
retail outlets. I found it at a reasonable price at
http://www.naturalpets.com/petsunscreen.html but you could just do
a search for it.

If your bulldog goes out in the water, sunscreen is a good idea
since the water intensifies the effect of the sun’s rays. There
are some waterproof brands out there.

A word of caution: if your dog licks off the sunscreen, it is
probably not very good for him or her. If you notice any rash or
unusual symptoms develop after you use the sunscreen, stop use
immediately.

My best advise is to avoid the intense sun hours and limit your
dog’s time in the sun, since bulldogs are prone to heat stroke
anyway. But a little sunscreen every now and then for mid day sun
is probably ok.

There’s a good article on general dog tips for the upcoming summer
months at the AKC site:

http://www.akc.org/public_education/summer_safety.cfm

I don’t want you to keep your bullie in the house all summer.
Enjoy some sun with your bulldog – sun is really good for hair
growth and skin health. It’s a natural anti-bacterial. And it
provides needed vitamin D. Just 20 minutes a day in the sun is
beneficial for all kinds of skin conditions.

Your Bulldog Pal,

Jan

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My Bulldog has Little Bumps on Top of Her Head

Hi Jan,

My female bulldog (Sadie) has been getting these little bumps or sores on the top of her head and on her face, her hair falls out in these spot also, my Vet said theyy were skin tags, I disagree and was wondering if they were from allergies? We have her on good dog food that is for dogs with allergy problems, we have her on the Eukanuba Allergy formula. What should I do?

Kerri

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Hi Kerri,

They sound more like localized mange.  Sounds scary, but it’s pretty common in bulldogs,
especially puppies.  It is caused by mites which usually live peacefully on your bulldog,
but can proliferate when your dog’s immune system becomes depressed.

You didn’t mention her age, but it’s more common in young bulldogs.

It often resolves itself within a couple months, but you can treat it topically with benzoyl
peroxide ointment (available at a drug store) or Goodwinoil.  It may look worse before it gets better.
There is also a sulpher based ointment called Nu-Stock.

You could also add some vitamin c and zinc to her diet to help boost her immune system.

The only way to know for sure what it is would be to go to a skin specialist vet (I don’t think
your vet knows much about bulldog skin conditions) who would do skin scrapings and look
under a microscope.

If Sadie doesn’t get better in a month or two or if she gets worse and it spreads over her
body or if the sores grow and look infected, I would definitely take her to a dermatology
specialist vet.

Your Bulldog Pal,

Jan

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