March 10, 2010
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?
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,