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Skin problems

HI everyone, Im new to the forum. I have been reading a lot of good information on here from ya'll and was hoping maybe you had some good advice for us. We have an 11 month male who had been having skin issues lately. It all strated after we got him neutered due to a Urethral prolapse which has fixed that problem now we have this new problem  It getting frustrating cause no one can seem to tell me what it is. He has had a scraping done and they didnt find anything, so we changed his food and they gave us spray and shampoo and fish oil supplemets and still nothing. We are at the vets every 2 weeks for recheck after recheck and everytime we go they give us something new to try. This week we tried oatmeal shampoo and apple cider vineger oh yeah and earlier this week we had his anal glands expressed cause i had read that full anal glands could cause hot spots. As you can see we are desperate. I will say the bumps are for the most part gone its just his patches of missing hair and his skin is red from time to time. We give him benadryl as well one in the am and one in the pm. Hes seems happy and eats/drinks and sleeps normally. I think it bothers me more than him. I  was wonderig if anyone has had this problem. Help please!!

Daisy and Dooks Mommy's picture

had the same problem

daisy has really ad skin problems where all is it is he looking hair ?

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Carol and Kofi's picture

I wish that I had some info to help

you. I can tell you that if you have a bulldog vet in your area it is the best way to go. On the homepage there is a listing or you could call around. It seems as if they should be able to get to the root of the problem. 

Kofi had demodex after she was spayed and it took awhile to clear. How many times have they done scraping? 

There are many on this board with vast bulldog knowledge. I hope someone can provide you with the help you need.

Did you say what you are feeding him? Often it can be problems that are food related. You can also do a search on skin problems and read previous posts.

Oh, and welcome to BDW.

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Oh and I have seen many that recommend

tea tree oil.

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Bosn's picture

Yes, I have seen that too I

Yes, I have seen that too I just bought some yesterday but wasn't sure if i should dilute it or full strength and how to apply. (cotton ball, or spray it on)

Thanks Carol :)

Bosn's picture

Thanks for answering, he has

Thanks for answering, he has only had one scraping done. He's been on Nutro Lamb and rice since the 27th of June, the vet wanted to give the food a chance to work, if his food is the reason......

Daisy and Dooks Mommy's picture

well daisy I thought it

well daisy I thought it was her food , untill I got on here started looking around and asking questions and realized I needed to take her back to the vet ! she had the red mange very comin in bulldogs its pretty easy to treat u just have to be persistent and keep away from stress my vet says some time it does not even show up in a scrape but he has seen it so many time that he knows that's what it is ! if ur not seeing a vet that knows about bullies than I would suggest getting on here and finding one in ur area cuz I was going to one before and he knew a lot about animals but not bullies and he actually made her worse gave her steroids and allergie shots and my vet now told me that the steroids and allergie shot set her back a little on getting better but she is getting better now just her antibiotics make her a little sick and is really lazy but the vet says that will pass !!! I wish u all the luck because I know first hand what it feels like when u don't know what's wrong with ur bullie and ur just not sure what to do !! good luck

daisy and dooks mommy

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What antibiotics is she on?

What antibiotics is she on?

Carol and Kofi's picture

Tea tree oil can be

applied directly to the lesions. I recently purchased a book, The Nature of Animal Healing by Martin Goldstein, DVM. It is a good book to keep on hand. He has a very informative section on mange. Scraping doesn't always identify the problem and some treatments can be toxic. Your guy probably has a compromised immune system after his surgery. 

I am by no means and expert, but you may find Dr Goldsteins info on food very helpful also. Although he is a holistic vet, and doesn't advise commercial dog food, he feels that one brand of superior quality is Innova. 

I personally know nothing about this food, but he said that a prominent holistic vet helped shape it's recipes.

I have learned in the few years that I've had Kofi not to give my vet the final say. I often have more time to do research than they do.

Let us know how you do.

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Today Bosn had another

Today Bosn had another re-check apt. The Vet gave him a steroid shot to "make his skin comfortable" So we'll see how that goes he also told me to up his Benadryl to 50mg 2x a day so hopefully he gets relief. His hair has started to grow back on some of the bald spots which are the size of peas. I have also learned that what the vet says is not always right. They had no idea what was wrong with him when he had his prolapsed urethra, finally after about 2 weeks i found it online. So I have a feeling I will find the answer on here :) Thanks again for help and thanks for the information on the book as well. 

Carol and Kofi's picture

I'm not sure you are getting the best treatment for Bosn.

I hope one of the regulars with more insight into bully problems will check your post.

I would definitely seek the advice of another vet if I were you.

Sorry you are going through this with your guy, but I just wouldn't be comfortable with a vet playing guessing games with Kofi.

Hugs to your little guy.

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Bosn's picture

Thanks Carol for your new

Thanks Carol for your new post to the forum, I feel the same way its like every recheck its something new they are telling me to do or sending me home with. I will see what the steroids do or dont do, and then seek another vets opinion. Thanks again Carol.

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Hi Carol, well the steroid

Hi Carol, well the steroid seemed to work for the hot spots and his itchy ness but now his hair is falling out around his hips but with no itch problem the skin is looking like a dark color too. I looked it up and found something called black skin disease, has anyone heard of this before?  I called a vet from the recommended vets here on this site and they can get us in this Friday. The reviews were great so I hoping they can give is an answer very soon.

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Skin

It looks like a bout of demodex to me (but I'm no vet!). I would start with boosting his overall health, with good food (raw? or at least add green tripe to his food). Give him probiotica and stay away from ab's and prednison.

How about an holistic vet?

Zorro had demodex twice, so the second time I also visited an holistic vet who adviced me to give him Eukanoba dermatosis, which is a food made of haring (fatty fish). Combined with the medication for demodex his fur increased within weeks.

Good luck,

Ineke

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Great advice Ineke, thanks

I'm no vet either, but didn't think steroids would help his condition.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I always enjoy you posts.

Kofi wants to send you her globbers :)

 

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I was new too

This is a Great place and everyone here is so helpful and I have learned more on this sight then any other.

If you read down you will see Lula'smom and all her issues, We found an used and abused then dumped 1 1/2 breeder bulldog. 

If it wasn't for all the help here and from these amazing, caring wonderful people..I don't know what we would have done.

Lula has skin, paw and food allergies due to break down of immune system.. I was going to try the Raw food, but she didn't take well to it

with the help of Our Pet Store guy, he also is great and runs a rescue for abused animals..He called Prude University and we got alot of answers

She now is on Natural Balance Venison and sweet potato ( I use the dry and canned and a little water to soften it) also she is on Vitamins and extra C and E

and Salomon Oil and we use tea tree oil hot spot spray and tea tree oil shampoo.

Prep H on feet and Bag Balm on feet also and I glove brush her with a little bag balm and also on nose rope, then I got baby socks and cut the toes out and put those on her feet to protect her raw pads and baby rash ointment on tail pocket and girlie parts and benadryl and eye drops.

I know this sounds like alot but she is looking good and starting to heal, it has been a week.

We also got a Onsie t shirt from the Baby dept at Walmart and we wet it and put it on her ( fold back the snaps ) when she goes outside along with her bonnet for her head, It helps and she doesn't blister, You should see people as they drive past...pink onsie and baby bonnet and pink socks  she is something to see..

Just keep asking questions.....and good luck 

The people here are the BEST

Suzette and Sabrina's picture

I don't want to alarm you

Please have him checked for MRSA.  I am dealing with this right now with my bully, Bernard.  I'm not sure what skin issues you are having but Bernard was itchy, had hives, missing spots of fur, red spots like pimples that would not go away even after antibiotics.  I'm glad the vet had the sense to check for MRSA.  I am still learning about this issue, I really don't know how it started.

But then again, it can very well be just as simple as a change in shampoo or food that is causing your bully's skin issues. 

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Wow, thanksĀ I have an apt

Wow, thanks I have an apt with a vet from this website that i found, so I will be sure to ask about that. Do you have any pictures of it? Since his steriod shot last week he has no more itchyness or hot spots, just his hair is now falling out around his hips. So hopefully I will get some good answers on Friday.