English bulldogs are a popular breed of dog due to their droopy faces and friendly personalities. These dogs are generally attentive and good-natured. However, bulldogs are prone to certain skin conditions, such as eczema and seborrhoea, which can result in spots of dry skin. Signs that dry skin is bothering your bulldog include licking or biting at the skin, visible flakes, bald areas and redness. Many remedies are available to treat and prevent dry skin to keep your lovable bulldog feeling its best.
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Things you need
- Medicated or specially formulated shampoo
- Peanut, corn, sunflower or safflower oil
- Aloe vera
- Omega-3 fatty acid supplement
- Dog brush
Bathe your English bulldog using only dog shampoos. Avoid products formulated for use on humans, as this can contribute to dry skin. You can purchase dog shampoos that are specially formulated for dry skin or dandruff, which are common problems in English bulldogs.
Reduce how often you bathe your bulldog. Frequent bathing is unnecessary and a common cause of dry skin in dogs. The ASPCA recommends bathing once every three months.
Monitor your pet's diet. Like many other dogs, bulldogs can suffer from food allergies that cause dry skin. You can switch to an all-natural brand of dog food or add a small amount of a complete oil, such as corn, peanut, safflower or sunflower oil, to each meal. A proper diet can also help to reduce eczema in English bulldogs.
Brush your English bulldog's coat regularly. This facilitates blood flow and the production of oils that help to moisturise the skin.
Consult your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can assess your bulldog's condition and rule out or diagnose any medical conditions. English bulldogs are prone to canine eczema, which results in itchy, dry skin, as well as dandruff, which can result from seborrhoea. Antibiotics, antihistamines and prescription-strength creams and shampoos are often recommended to help alleviate these conditions.
Rub aloe vera on your English bulldog's dry skin, or give it Omega-3 fatty acid supplements. These non-prescription remedies can be used if your bulldog is diagnosed with eczema.
Tips and warnings
- Take your dog to a veterinarian immediately if its skin is raw or bleeding.
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