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

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

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!


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,



Bulldog has “red ball” growth – prolapsed urethra?

Hi Jan!

I just recently found your blog and thought you could help me.
My boy Tank has a red ball at the end of his pe*nis that is  about the size
of a small grape. It doesn’t seem to be bothering him at all and it’s not
affecting urination that I can tell. It’s been there for a while and doesn’t
seem to be getting better. We live in the arctic and won’t have access to
a vet till we go on vacation in November. Tank is otherwise very healthy.
Additional details- He’s 19 months old and he’s fixed. Should I be worried?

Thanks, Tank’s Mom Morena

Hi Morena,

It sounds like Tank may have what’s called a prolapsed urethra, which
is fairly common in bulldogs.  Sometimes this results in bleeding if
a small blood vessel breaks.  Since he’s stable you are probably ok
for now but you should see a specialist vet (urologist) as soon as
possible for a proper diagnosis.

Here’s an article on the subject:

Vets used to amputate the end of the penis to fix this problem but there
is a new and very easy, non-invasive procedure now that does not mutilate
the dog, but tacks the urethra back into the penis.  It’s called a Urethropexy,
and it only takes about 15 minutes to perform:

I hope this helps.  Please let me know how it goes.

Your Bulldog Pal,