Skin issues...home remedies?

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Rockefeller- aka Rock-O

Barked: Wed Dec 12, '07 11:31am PST 
Hello everyone, Im Rocko's mom, Lindsay - we are new to the board and to the site and first and foremost want to say hello
As im sure most of you can relate we are consently in and out of the vet for skin problems, pyoderma, demodex and other bacterial infections etc. My understanding is these are all common bulldog issues. Ive seen many things on the internet that say you can use home remedies for these common skin issues...such as hydrogen preoxide and neosporne for pyoderma...but im scared to try them in fear of hurting my little guy...and dont dare ask the vet as i sometimes feel that get annoyed that we are there ALL THE TIME! smile So thought i would ask all of you bully parents to see if you have used anything to treat or be proactive about common skin problems with your bully and if its worked ?thinking
Lily, CGC,- Ringo, CGC &- Ebi

We are so cute!- Wanna snuggle?
Barked: Wed Dec 12, '07 12:38pm PST 
Hi Rocko and Lindsay, welcome!

We have two bullies, Lily & Ringo. For us, we have found that the most important way to help fight skin problems is to keep all wrinkles dry and clean. We use baby wipes with aloe on their wrinkles and daily. If I see a problem starting then I use Gold Bond powder. I use a big make up brush to apply the powder and it really gets in there good. But make sure that the area is totally dry before applying any powder.

Hope this helps!
Ortiz's Sir- Rocco the- Bull AKA

Ortiz's sir- Rocco the Bull
Barked: Thu Dec 13, '07 7:58pm PST 
If your dog has demodex, than you must use the Ivermecin consitently and a month after the last negative skin scrapping. Sorry, there is no home remedies for demodex.

Brodie Bear

The Furry- Bull-Dozer
Barked: Thu Dec 13, '07 8:36pm PST 
Brodie has for the most part been fine........sometimes he sheds more than others and his skin gets a tiny bet pink but he never scratches so i am not really sure. i hope u get all better.

Barked: Wed Jan 2, '08 3:40am PST 

I would suggest looking at his food. Our puppy lost the fur around her left ear and eye and it went bright red. She went to the vets twice and neither of the prescriptions worked. I spoke to an animal nutritionist and she recommended removing wheat from her diet.

8 weeks on the hair is growing back, its not red and itchy and she has so much more energy. We have changed her food to 'Burns' hi-energy lamb & rice. You have to be very careful of treats too as so many are filled with wheat/cereals. It usually takes 8-12 weeks to see a change but it is worth trying.

Keep me updated. Good luck.


Hang on, lemme- just put my bum- on you.
Barked: Thu Jan 3, '08 9:15am PST 
We, too, find that Gold Bond and, in particular, diaper rash cream can help keep minor rashes from getting any worse.
Daisy Dog

DaisyDog - world class- napper
Barked: Thu Jan 24, '08 7:01pm PST 
Welcome Rock-O! Daisy always seems to have a bacterial infection that is either in her nose wrinkles or ears or eyes---it cycles around no matter how we try to fight it. We give her an antibiotic if the infection comes back and it is the only thing that we've ever tried (and we tried almost everything!) that works. Also when she was about a year old, she started losing her fur in patches on each side, between her ribs and tummy. After many vet visits and skin scrapings, we finally found a brand new vet who went to a Dermatology text for dogs and found an entry for "bi-lateral alopecia" (basically, hair loss!) and they suggested treating it with melatonin! Now, mind you, there was no redness, itching or any kind of irritation at all---the fur just fell out---so I recommend a thorough vet consult. But for Daisy, the melatonin (human grade---bought at the Walgreen's) works! Some of the fur grew back and it stops the shedding that happens in earnest every spring. That's the only "home remedy" I could recommend, other than what some folks say about allergies---that might really help. Good luck!

Hump Hump
Barked: Sun Jan 27, '08 1:17pm PST 
Yep !! we also use babywipes for the butt & for the wrinkles in the face especially in the summer time, and gold bond for the folds. Some infections have to be taken care of by the vet, but with my gangsters
getting on in life , we never had skin or ear problems , maybe good genes or maybe with the help of apple cider vinegar(the kind from the health store / with the "mother" in it , and sure with old age we have a zillion billion other Bullie problems , but they have good skin & coats and no ear problems...if all else fails ....try it ..
Rommel & Thor

If it hits the- floor, it's- mine!
Barked: Sun Jan 27, '08 7:12pm PST 
my Rocco had chronic staph infections on his skin for years; the hair would fall out in round patches (resembling "coins") until he was almost completely bald. the vet would simply treat him with keflex. i was tired of pumping him full of antibiotics and afraid of his becoming immune to such a common antibiotic, so i found a new vet. he now goes to Banfield (at PetSmart) and we LOVE his vet. she is actually one of the two people (a married couple) who run the clinic and is great to work with. she recommended trying a prescription antibiotic shampoo on Rocco once a week (we really only bathe him every 2 weeks) and the staph infections have been gone for almost 2 years!
Rocco also had entropion, where the eyelids roll into the eyes. his was so severe that he was extremely lethargic and had to be forced to eat, drink, and go outside to "do his business". he was taken to a vet an hour away (this was before finding Banfield), and the entropion surgery was performed, as well as getting him neutered. his eyes aren't perfect, but better. his temper is also better without the testosterone being in his system.
now we have chronic bacterial eye infections being treated with basic antibiotic cream from the vet, placed directly in the eyes when needed. when the eyes aren't "goopy", we flush them with "long-lasting" eye drops (vet recommended) morning and night, and this seems to keep them under control.
my husband and i believe the eye infections stem from the constant yeast in his wrinkle over his nose (typical bulldog issue). no matter how much we clean it, it is always there. the vets have tried ketaconazole pills (anti-yeast), rec0mmended applying monistat on cleaned wrinkle, and even sold us vinegar-based wipes to clean them with (which Rocco HATED). nothing worked. then i found out that corn in dog food actually encourages the growth of yeast, and, of course, his nutro beef and rice dog food had corn as a major filler. so i switched him to blue buffalo fish and sweet potato formula about 3 weeks or so ago and his face looks less red, and he even licks his feet less, at least when we are home. it contains no wheat, no corn, and no soy (wheat and soy are major allergens to dogs). they also use no antibiotics to treat their meat products, nor steroids. check out their website www.bluebuff.com and the site i was introduced to http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ i was told to try to stay on foods in the 4 to 6 star range. the site will give you reasons as to why they rate food with what ratings, and what ingredients cause what problems. blue buffalo is a 4 star, but it is the best i can get in my area, as the only pet supply store here is PetSmart. and with Rocco being the pickiest dog on the face of the earth, i'm just happy he will eat an all-natural, organic dog food applause
good luck in your search!

Member Since
Barked: Thu Jul 19, '12 9:08am PST 
Emma is my second OEB, and my fist one had the WORST moist pyodermaI have ever seen. My vet (and boss) wanted to put her on prednisone long term when she was 9 months old. I was very hesitant to put my 9mo old puppy on steroids for the rest of her life. One of my clients at work told me by adding 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar (the good stuff you get from the health food store with the apple bits in it) to her food once a day, it should keep her skin clear by changing the pH of her body slightly. I tried it and after 1 week her skin was completely clear and she never had a problem again. Also, she salivated every time I made a salad.
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