English Bulldog Skin Problems (With Real Solutions)

English Bulldog Skin Problems (With Real Solutions)

Ever wondered why English bulldogs are susceptible to a myriad of health problems?

The humble answer,

As human beings, we have bred them countless times with the effort of bringing forth, bulldogs with our own desired features.

That’s right! And the repercussions?

While making bulldogs more marketable with good looks, in disguise we’re creating unending health issues to them. Even worse, we’re creating for them a terrible life.

And in this post, we’ll discuss in details these health problems more so the English bulldog skin problems, their possible causes, the symptoms to look out for plus treatment.

To top it all, I’ll give you solid advice you can implement today to care for your bulldog successfully.


Let’s fire away.

The Naked Truth About An English Bulldog Skin Problems

Let’s admit it.

English Bulldogs are attributed to be a loyal, friendly, and courageous breed. They exclusively like their owners and are super stubborn. They’ll always do whatever it takes to get what they want.

The truth is, while these qualities may sound sweet, they in no way outweigh the fact that. It is an enigmatic breed predisposed to adverse health problems resulting from human interference.

Here’s what I mean.

Humans perceive the animal’s appearance comes first before its well-being. It’s evident as a culture we’re inclined to treasuring the bulldogs looks over their overall health.

For instance, today, Bulldogs have smashed faces to resemble humans, bigger heads which call for expensive C-section births, short muzzles which cause respiratory problems, and short legs that they can’t run as fast as you would want.

And it’s no wonder the new age bulldogs do not resemble their ancestors at all.

Going by this example, it is clear bulldogs can’t escape health problems. Other than the skin problems which are our main focus here, others range from respiratory, to heart, to head tremors and the list keeps expanding.

Without further ado, let's take a deep dive into these skin problems. Shall we?

English Bulldog Skin Problems Associated With Allergies

To begin with, let’s remind ourselves.

In simple terms, an allergy is a body reaction that stimulates exposure. It could be something your bulldog inhaled, consumed or contact.

Here's what we shall do. We'll classify the allergy causes into 3 sections;

  • Inhalation problems
  • Contact problems
  • Consumption problems

Below, let’s quickly explore the health problems brought about by each of these.

Inhalation Allergies

The point is.

While in his adventures, your bulldog is likely to inhale substances such as dust, pollen, molds, etc. In turn, this causes an allergic reaction towards his skin leading to a condition we’re about to discuss next.

Leading Cause of English Bulldog Skin Problems: Canine Atopic Dermatitis/Atopy

Actually, Atopy being a non-parasitic infection is one of the most popular English bulldog skin problems. It results in itchy, dry skin with rough bumps or open sores.

Your dog’s likely to rub his face and eyes, lick and itch himself excessively with this skin problem especially around his ears and feet.

Where further infections develop resulting in odor and discharge. Your vet will diagnose this condition based on your dog’s skin history. Then he will recommend you the right dosage of medicine as it solely depends on your dog’s weight and his health status.

The skin problem can worsen more so during the warmer seasons giving birth to the following acute illness.

Dry Skin Problem

Let’s look at it this way,

Aside from the aforementioned allergic factors, you may find your dog’s skin to be flaky or full of dandruff as a result of the following factors. A sure indication your dog’s suffering from dry skin problem.
  • Nutritional imbalance,
  • Low humidity and poor air quality
  • Frequent use of flea and coat whitening shampoos

Can we now find out the possible solutions for each of these?

Nutritional imbalance

Usually, your dog may be lacking healthy fatty acids in his system. Here, we’re talking of the essential and non-essential fatty acids. The red signs reveal themselves in the form of dry skin.

The solution?

To combat this problem, you may need to consider adding omega 3 supplements to his diet. Better still switch foods altogether. And you’ll successfully give your dog healthy, supple skin.

Low Humidity and Poor Air Quality

Often, Bulldogs develop skin problems when they're subjected to poor environmental conditions. Humidity, for instance, should not be lower than average in your house. 

What am I saying here?

Consider using a humidifier to create a conducive environment for your dog. Also, strive to increase your bulldog’s vitamin E intake for better results.

Flea and Coat Whitening Shampoos

You know what?

The harshness and frequent use of these products entirely remove the natural oils present in your bulldog’s coat. You may over wash your dog convincing yourself you’re only grooming him.

In disguise, you’re depriving his skin the chance to restore its natural oils. If you must use a shampoo, consider oatmeal (homemade) shampoo in place of itchiness shampoos, not unless the itchy skin’s uncontrollable.

Other Factors Causing Dry Skin Problems 

Let me say this straight. Factors such as the ones stated below require attention from your vet. He/she should advise you on the best medications to be administered.

Here are those factors;

  • Digestive disorders,
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Diseases of liver, kidney or
  • skin cancer

That said about the inhalation allergy problems. Below let’s now discuss in details the potential issues associated with consumption.

Consumption Allergies

The truth is.

Your dog may consume foods with ingredients that may cause allergic reaction towards his skin. With the increasing number of bulldogs poorly bred, such skin allergies will continue to rise.  

In fact, if you’re wondering which foods specifically contain these allergic ingredients. I’ll share with you the popular one; soy, eggs, corn, and chicken. Don’t take my word for it though.

If you’re unsure, you can always follow a simple process at home to eliminate these foods. By carefully removing each meal at a time and it won’t be long before you discover which one your dog is allergic to.

Still, on food, it’s important to note the variance between allergy and intolerance. On the other hand, when your dog has a food allergy, just like what humans do when they eat some foods. He’s likely to itch and lick at himself.

On the other hand, if your dog has a food intolerance, like humans he’s likely to vomit when he consumes certain foods. Hope you see the difference.

Now, to treat skin problems associated with food allergies, switch to allergy-friendly ones. In a matter of time, your bulldog's skin will clear.

So far, let’s remind ourselves where we’ve come from. We’ve tackled the skin problems associated with inhalation and consumption. Without further ado why don’t we dive right into the third one?

Contact Allergies.

Let’s get straight to the point.

These allergies are brought about by direct contact of a specific substance with the skin. For instance, allergic substances could be chlorine water or insect bite.

Chlorine water.

The point is.

When your dog engages in swimming activities, the chlorine water in the pool may cause an allergic reaction to his skin. It is essential for you to be on the lookout in the event your dog suffers from such.

You may need to stop him from swimming as most pools are treated with this chemical component. If he suffers, as a result, worry not. What you’re supposed to do is to bathe him with allergy relief shampoo to rinse off the allergen.

Insect bite

What this simply means is.

Your dog may suffer from skin allergies when insects such as fleas and termite species bite his skin. There a few measures you can employ when this happens. Get rid of the offending insects in or around your house while you consult

Your vet may suggest medications such as Biospot, Advantix, and Frontline to get rid of those pests. It’s crucial to note these Insect bites if not treated, can result in skin conditions namely, hotspot and hives.


Now get this:

These round, itchy sores appear in multiple areas of bulldog’s skin. Most commonly around the ears. Your dog with such a problem is likely to develop ear infections as well. And as your bulldog continuously bites the area.

He exacerbates the development of lesions containing discharge and pus. Aside from the aforementioned allergic reactions, parasites, and anal gland problems can also cause these spots.

Treatment involves cutting the hair around the affected area. And cleaning the lesion with a drying or antiseptic shampoo for pets. Also, some oral antibiotics may be prescribed by your vet to prevent further bacterial infections.


The reality is:

These are allergic reactions which mostly affect both humans and animals. Bulldogs fall in the animal category, so they do suffer from these. Essentially, hives are itchy bumps causing your bulldog's coat hair to stick out.

You may also notice some swelling around the eyelids.

Hives crop up fast like within 30 minutes of being exposed to allergens. Aside from insect bites, hives can be the result of either topical medication or applications.

Treatment depends solely on the outbreak’s cause.

Consult your vet who shall recommend for instance antihistamine. With the effort of controlling the discomfort, hives bring plus the swelling. He may also suggest you clean your bulldog's coat with a shampoo called hypoallergenic.

After which you're to rinse it off thoroughly to remove any allergen left. Let’s jump ahead and discuss

English Bulldog Skin Allergy Imitators

Here’s the key.

They’re inappropriate immune responses towards usual foods and substances. Especially in your dog’s surroundings for instance pollen, fleas or mold.

Allergic dogs are said to have an immune system which is compromised. To mean it’s unable to distinguish between rivals like viruses and harmless substances like food.

By far, Canine allergies affect a part or the entire skin. Earlier we classified the allergy causes in to 3 sections namely; contact, inhaled and consumed.

We later described each of these causes and here’s what I’d like to add. If your dog has symptoms as mentioned, don’t jump into a conclusion that it’s an allergy.

There’re a couple allergy imitators that pose just like allergies and. It’s easier to treat these than it is to treat allergies themselves.

  •  Yeast infection
  • Leaky gut

Yeast Infection

Here’s the thing. Yeast is a fungus present in both dogs and humans as their normal part of flora. The most popular types of yeasts that live on your dog’s skin are;

Candida and Malassezia. Even though they by far outnumber your dog’s body cells, there’s a way they can be disrupted. Genetically modified and processed foods,

Vaccines and drugs destroy the beneficial flora. Thus allowing the yeast gatherings to grow rapidly in large numbers. And with your dog, you’ll start noticing symptoms like;

  • Repeatedly chewing or licking his feet, rusty-red hair between his toes.  
  • Tiny black dots under his belly, or rusty shade around his genitals 
  • Recurring symptoms (appearing during spring and fade in the fall).  
  • A sweet smell and greasy hair sometimes with heavy dandruff.  
  • Hair loss on both the tail and the upper back.
  • Dark skin, where there’s loss of hair.
  • Itchy ears with a reddish discharge and shaking his head.

But now, how do you combat this condition given the above symptoms are present?

Worry not. Here’s the solution.

How well you can manage yeast infections in your dog.

  • Eliminate starchy foods like corn, rice, potatoes from his diet. Instead try to add foods like garlic, coconut oil, oil of oregano etc. 
  • By all means avoid feeding him with processed foods as they have ingredients that kill beneficial flora thus encouraging yeast overpopulation.
  • Keep him away from drug and chemical exposure as they disrupt his body’s flora. Flora contains bacteria that keep yeast population on check.
  • Strive to build a healthy balance of flora with fermented foods and vegetables like kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, garlic, dandelion etc.
  • Keep the yeast population down by adding supplements such as astragalus and milk thistle seed to boost your dog’s immune system.  
  • Fight the surface yeast by sprinkling apple cider vinegar solution on your dog’s fur and. Massage him entirely to raise PH level and discourage yeast growth.
  • Once in a week, gently massage the yeasty areas with a mixture of 8 oz extra virgin coconut oil, 10 drops lavender oil and 2 drops lemon essential oil.

I believe with these at your fingertips, you’ll be able to battle yeast infection with confidence. Now let’s quickly switch gears and have a look at the other imitator.

Leaky gut

In simple terms, leaky gut is similar to yeast infections. It’s just that the overpopulated yeast converts themselves into harmful fungi known as Candida and Malassezia.

They then proceed to attach themselves onto the Intestinal wall. This causes inflammation which leads to the leaky gut problem.

In other words, when your dog develops leaky gut, yeast and undigested proteins finds their way to the intestinal lining. And finally end up into your dog’s bloodstream.

So, it’s safe to say that yeast and leaky gut will occur concurrently - however not always

The symptoms and signs of leaky gut condition differ for one main reason. The chronic inflammation affects numerous organs. Nevertheless, they may include;

  • Skin and allergy symptoms
  • Joint pain
  • Nervous system and eye disorders
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

How can you excellently manage leaky gut?

I’m glad you asked. Well, Simple foods and supplements such as below restore bacteria and microorganisms’ balance in your dog.

They soothe inflammation and seal the holes present in the intestinal lining. And you know what? In disguise, these foods also treat yeast.

  • Kefir or raw yoghurt
  • Fermented vegetables
  • Bone broth helps to build the cell structure
  • Coconut oil kills yeast and supports the beneficial bacteria

Here are some of the supplements that work hand in hand with the above foods;

  • Marshmallow root 
  • L-Glutamine
  • Digestive enzymes
  •  Aloe vera
  • Quercetin
  • Ginger root
  • Turmeric

In knowing that about allergy imitators causing skin problems, below we’ll explore other causes briefly.

Other Potential English Bulldog Skin Problems

Hair lose/shedding

Chances are, if you’re keen enough, you may notice a patchy or thin hair coat with your dog or the obvious loss of hair.

Hair loss sometimes is seasonal which isn’t a cause for alarm. But if shedding persists, consult your vet though in most cases it may be as a result of factors such as;

  • nutritional imbalances
  • allergies(food, insect bite, and contact) 
  • external parasites(like ringworm/mange)
  • bacterial infections
  • hormonal disorders(of thyroid and adrenal gland)
  • kidney and liver diseases

If not treated entirely secondary lesions such as papules, pustules may develop. And treatment depends entirely on the root cause.

So you need to frequently consult your vet for the right shampoos, therapy and also the right supplements to add on to your bulldog’s diet.


Odds are, Your English bulldog is disposed to developing acne. Acne’s mainly occurs when dirt enters through your dog’s skin pores.

They often appear on the muzzle, lips, and chin as pimples or blackheads. Allergic reactions also can contribute to this problem. Though Acne mostly affects the young Bulldogs.


Simply, this condition is due to sebum overproduction causing the skin of your bulldog to become overly oily. In some other cases, the skin may become excessively dry.

Some bacterial or fungal infections contribute to this condition too. An infection may appear on the skin patches discharging a nasty odor. Thankfully, your veterinarian can treat it with the appropriate antibiotic

Skin Cancer

This enigmatic breed is prone to developing this skin problem just like other breeds around. Though, bulldogs with the white coat are the primary victims here.

How’s that? Skin cancer usually is caused by sun exposure where you’ll notice discoloration or wart-like growth on your dog’s skin.

The common areas to be affected are belly, nose and paw pads. And to avoid this problem refrain from cutting you bulldog’s hair short. For it protects him from the

Scorching sunrays. It’s also wise to get a sunscreen you’ll be applying on your bulldog’s skin when he’s sunbathing.

Fold dermatitis

We all know that all bulldogs have loose skin. Sometimes this very skin becomes a major problem for him.

Let me explain:

The excess skin around his eyes may hinder his vision. Even worse, if stepped on, the excess skin can get wounded.

It’s sometimes uncomfortable as it rubs against the other skin. The friction caused generates heat on to the skin inside the fold.

Which is why you need to employ the measures I’m about to discuss with you. So you can implement them moving forward.

And better take care of your bulldog to prevent him from such infections. Before we go into that, let me ask you.

Do you want your bulldog to receive positive compliments about his skin complexion?

Stick with me here as I break it down for you the simple ways to achieve that.

English Bulldog Skin Problem: Simple Ways to Caring for Your Bully’s Skin At Home

Now, when we talk of care, you‘ve got to unconditionally shower huge amounts of love to your bulldog more so physically.

And what this means is:

To provide care for your bulldog’s skin, you need to adopt the following practices.  And strictly follow them through with each passing day.

  • Cleaning his face wrinkles regularly using baby wipes or a clean cloth, mild soap and water to prevent bacteria from breeding inside his cute folds.
  • In a case where his skin gets irritated, applying petroleum jelly on it does the magic.
  • Groom him twice a week using a nice brush and comb to remove dead skin while you inspect on his coat problems like dandruff presence or scaling.
  • If you groom him well, there won’t be any need to bathe him. Not unless he gets himself dirty otherwise frequent baths only eradicates his natural skin oils.
  • If his body reacts to certain foods, by all means, eliminate those and embark on the ones he’s okay with.
  • Consult your vet for the right fish oil capsules you should purchase together with the recommended dosage depending on your dog’s age.
  • For the case of uncontrollable itching, medications like Benadryl should help relieve this. Though sometimes the itching could be due to flea infestation.
  • To rule out such a case, using your hand comb his hair gently to inspect any fleas of which you may need to give insect medication specifically for tick and fleas.

Bottom Line About English Bulldog Skin Problems

Yeah, it's true.

English Bulldogs have a myriad of challenges health-wise which if not correctly dealt with. Their life span’s bound to shorten.

But thankfully, you learned about these health problems above, more so the skin problems.

And you realize, you as the bulldog parent have the top mandate to prolong his stay by carrying his cross on to ensure without fail you supply him with proper nutrition for his health's sake.

Take care of his skin simply by following the measures as mentioned above and you’ll not only promote proper hygiene for your bulldog, but also, you’ll sure keep bacterial infections at bay.

Such a heavenly feeling any pet owner would wish to experience. Isn’t it?

In a nutshell, I know caring for your bulldog may sound like it’s too much of work and it is. The only sure way to get around it is to take each day at a time and trust me.

If you care enough, no challenge should ever stand between you and your sweet bulldog’s wellbeing. And because you care, The ball is on your side now.

Go ahead and make it happen. You can fix these English bulldog skin problems today

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