Bald Spots on Bulldog

Hello!

Currently, our year old
male Jackson has been with a one skin rash that is
round and approximately the size of a small prune
(fruit). This spot especially is hard and flaky. We
have given him a medicated bath and continue to groom
him due to him shedding, but not much near this spot
because he displays that it is tender. Also there are
several spots, much smaller though, around the back of
the neck and couple on the back right upper thigh.
When we brought him into the vet to check these spots,
they pulled a sample of it and put him on Clavamox.
After a lengthy bill, the vet stated that the lab will
watch it for 3 weeks to check to see if there is
anything growing on it. Well, that time has come and
gone as well as the series of medicines. It has been
approx. two months these spots are still present.
Do you have any suggestions? If so, it would be
greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Ryan

——answer——-

Hi Ryan,

There are different causes for these bald spots on a bulldog.
I can’t really tell from your description, but I can give you some
suggestions.

The most common cause for balding is demodex, which is a
mite infestation. A skin scraping should have revealed this.

They could also be pyodermas. There are different types of
pyodermas, and if they are not treated can become systemic.
This may be what your vet suspects and why he prescribed the
antibiotic. A broader spectrum antibiotic may be in order, like Baytril.

There are generally two treatments for pyodermas, depending upon what
type they are. Only a vet can determine the underlying type by doing
skin scrapings.

Pyodermas are caused by different types of bacteria such as staph or
strep. It could be caused by mites (mange) or it could be another
parasite.

Topical anti-bacterial or anti-fungal medications can be effective
too. Again it depends upon the bacteria present. Monistat, available
at a grocery store or pharmacy without prescription, is effective in
one type of infection. It is important to keep the area clean using a
shampoo such as Chlorhexiderm.

He could also suspect ringworm, which is a fungus. A skin scraping will
also determine whether this is the case. Ringworm is contagious and you
could get it.

Many bulldogs go bald and the most common site for this is on the
sides of the body. Often the baldness is symmetrical on both sides and
the skin underneath blackens. The most likely cause is hormonal or
seasonal alopecia, however it’s worth asking the vet to test Thyroid
function and for Cushings syndrome, especially in dogs that have
recently put on a lot of weight as both of these condition will
initially present as bald sides.

I hope this is of some help. If you don’t have confidence in your
vet, I’d recommend
you take your bulldog to a dermatologist.

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