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Hot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Hot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs (also known as “bulldog moist dermatitis” or “bulldog moist eczema”) is a condition that can be caused by multiple factors.

Hot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs CLINICAL PRESENTATION:

Bulldog hotspot typically presents as a focal area on your bulldog’s skin that appears inflamed, infected, red, moist, itchy, painful and oozy.

Hot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TRIGGER:

Bulldog hotspot is typically triggered by an itchy irritant, examples are:

  • FLEAS: bulldog flea bite allergyHot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs
  • INSECT BITE: Arthropod like a spider bite, ant bite, etc.
  • ALLERGIC REACTION: an allergic reaction often to plants, trees, grass or food)
  • SKINFOLD DERMATITIS: dampness and moisture provide an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and yeast, such as bulldog skin fold dermatitis.

The initial reaction is an inflamed area that is usually itchy and painful, triggering an intense bite & scratch cycle in the affected area.

The self-trauma compounds the initial inflammation. It further intensifies the discomfort and itch leading to an infection (pyoderma) ending as the classic red-hot, moist, painful-looking, infected “hot spot”.

Hot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs LOCATION:

Hot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs can occur all over the body, but one of the most common areas is under the flap of the ear and neck. Bulldogs, in particular, are more disposed to hot spots due to the abundance of moist skin folds around the face and head, which is a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast.

Hot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WARNING:

Bulldog Hotspot is due to persistent biting and scratching at a particular area of the skin. Your bulldog might appear to be sensitive to touch. You should carefully check the area for redness, bleeding, pus and infection. Remember, this condition is extremely painful, so you must be careful about how you approach and handle the medical care of that site.

Hot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TREATMENT:

  1. CLIP & CLEAN: We usually try to clip away the fur surrounding the area of irritation.
  2. SCRUB & RINSE: Carefully and completely clean the area with a topical antiseptic rinse like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Skinfold Antiseptic Rinse, Wipe, Mousse, Spray that will help kill the bacteria and alleviate the infection.
  3. TOPICAL ANTISEPTIC: An antiseptic shampoo like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Antiseptic Extra Strength Shampoo and V4B Yeasty Bully Antiseptic Gel
  4. CORTISONE: We often inject some form of cortisone to help reduce the pain, itch, and inflammation.
  5. ANTIBIOTICS: We often prescribe or inject an antibiotic to combat the bacterial infection (pyoderma).
  6. E-CONE: Hot Spots in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs generate intense itch, thus an Elizabethan collar (cone) helps prevent further self-trauma and irritation of the area during the healing process.

It is important that we determine the cause of the hotspot.

  • Does your bulldog and/or French bulldog need to be treated regularly for fleas?
  • Is your bulldog and/or French bulldog allergic to a particular plant growing outside your home?
  • Do you need to clean your bulldog skin folds more often?
  • Are you treating with the wrong product?
  • Are you treating often enough?

Once you have answers to these questions, you can take preventive action such as a flea preventative, allergy control, or skin fold care.

Preventive care helps avoid re-occurrence, and it promotes a happier, healthier pet.

“An ounce of PREVENTION is worth a pound of CURE”

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