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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Glucosamine Condroitin for Limping Bulldog

Hiya Jan,

It’s been a little while since I emailed ya last. Hope your New Years has started off fine.

I wanted to ask you your opinion. I spoke with you in the past about Brutus and Nupro
and a supplement. He is on the Gold now and I had asked about putting him on the
silver when he turned a year old. We decided against it because he was doing so well.

Now at 19 months old. he had his first issue a little over a week ago. I think he pulled
a muscle while jumping his short stout 61 pound ass off our bed. He limped for a day
or two, didn’t have or show any pain, after some cool compresses and massage it
started to come around, he favored it a little for about a full week. Now all is well
and he is back to normal.

So we are thinking now to start him on glucosimine/conjointin and msm daily tabs
and also when the time comes to order the nupro we will switch to the silver.
What do you thinks? He sure does throw allot of weight around on a short stocky body.

Thanks for your info/input. You have always been a help as well as the material
we purchased from you.

Thanks Again!

James, Patty & Bru

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Hi James,

Happy New Year to you too!

The glucosamine & condroitin helps with joint deterioration, and Bru
is still pretty young, so I don’t think it’s really necessary but it won’t
cause him any harm.  Usually it’s an older dog that needs it, like
5 or older when they start to show stiffness in the joints.

The Nupro Silver can help rebuild the cartilage in his shoulder
joint if he injured it.  If it’s just a pulled muscle it will not do anything
for that.

I’m assuming Bru was limping on the front leg.  You should try
to keep him from jumping down from the bed.  You could get him
a ramp or lower the bed.  Most dog injuries come from jumping
down.

Always good to hear from you – let me know how he’s doing, if
he has a recurrence.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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Should I Breed My Beautiful Male English Bulldog?

I have been visiting your website for the past 3 or 4 years.
I have three wonderful bulldogs.  One female and two males.

The only one not fixed is my youngest male (8 months old).
He is sooo beautiful that we didn’t rush to get him fixed as
we thought he would make an awesome stud.  But I know
nothing about studding out a dog.

I am not a breeder, just an avid lover of bulldogs!

I was hoping that you might shed some insight on this subject for me.
Or maybe point me in the right direction on how to educate myself on the subject.

Thanks for your help!

Kelly

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Hi Kelly,

I don’t breed bulldogs, I like to leave that to the experts, but I
know a few things about the breeding.

Your handsome guy is too young right now – he won’t be full
grown until he’s about 18 months old.  Then you will have a
better idea about his suitability for breeding.

It’s obviously easier for the stud dog than the female,
but there are many important things
to consider before breeding your bulldog.

One is lineage – it is critical that bulldogs not be bred to relatives
since so many of their health problems come from inbreeding.
Casual breeding or breeding for looks has led to many of the
devastating health problems our bulldogs suffer from.

Next, you need to have your bulldog fully checked out to make sure
he does not have any orthopedic problems.  This will require x-rays.

Third, the elongated soft palate.  If your bullie has breathing problems
due to his palate, he should not be bred.

Also you need to keep in mind temperament.  You really only want
to breed bulldogs with sweet dispositions since their origins and
history involved fighting and aggression.

Here’s a link to a great site that has lots of information on breeding:
This article tells what to look for in a stud dog and will let you know
what you need to do:
http://www.bulldogsworld.com/stud.html

This one concerns whether to breed:
http://bulldogsworld2.homestead.com/shouldibreed.html

Good luck with your decision making process.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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