Helpful Bulldog Care
- Rash – Apply Destin diaper rash ointment daily till rash is gone.
- Hair loss and itchiness – Gold Bond Medicated Powder (apply with a blush brush)
- Oral – Benadryl
Dryness of Nose and Paws: Apply Bag Balm, Vaseline or Vitamin E oil twice daily. Several companies make products specially for dogs noses.
Wrinkles: Clean with ‘soapy water’ mixture of warm water mixed with a medicated dog shampoo. Wipe dry and dust with Gold Bond if needed to help with moisture. If red and raw looking medicate with Desitin diaper rash ointment.
Hot Spots: Clean with Listerine (the original kind). If it’s a large hot spot, shave the area and then medicate. This allows the skin to breath and air out. After is starts healing, you may dust with Gold Bond powder. Spay with a ‘athletic foot type spray’, this dries it out, kills fungus and cools the itching.
Chin Zits: Clean with medicated dog shampoo or Listerine (the original kind) daily till gone, may dust with Gold Bond powder to help with moisture. Benzoperoxide cream can be applied once a day for several days in a row to help clean this up. Switch to stainless steel or ceramic feeding/water bowls. Plastic bowls hold germs in the frayed plastic edges that lead to chin infections.
Interdigital Cysts: Stay away from the mega doses of long term antibiotics if possible. They don’t usually help much with these cysts. Warm Epsom salt water soaks twice a day helps. The cyst needs to be totally submerged under the water. Soak the affected foot for at least 10 minutes in the warm salt water then pat dry. Afterwards apply Preparation H or other hemorrhoid cream twice daily until swelling is totally gone. New ideas and suggestions are common on the Internet almost on a monthly basis. Surgery is not recommended in most cases as the infections only come back.
Tear Stains: Tear stains are caused from excessive tearing. In this case,the damp face hair is a breeding ground for bacterial and yeast growth that can come from unfiltered water or dog food; thus the reddish brown discoloring. You may have to try different dog foods till you find one just right for you. I highly recommend Nature’s Variety! You want to make sure the food you go with for your Bulldog has no coloring added which will only add to the staining. Water should be in a stainless steel bowl to prevent bacteria harboring in porous materials such as plastic. I use baby wipes daily to wipe the eye folds and nose fold, especially if the nose fold is really deep. If the wipes don’t appear to be taking care of it or if they start smelling then use medicate dog shampoo which takes care of any yeast and bacteria. If tear stains are persistent and you really want to get rid of the coloring but the skin is fine and not irritated or sore, here are some recipes to assist you:
Milk of Magnesia, corn starch and peroxide: Use equal volume of MOM (Milk of Magnesia – plain white) and peroxide. Use the corn starch to make a good paste of this; put on and work well into the stained area and let it dry for 4 hours. Wash out, CONDITION WELL. Keep doing this for several days until tear staining is gone. If skin becomes irritated, I recommend skipping a day or two between applications. Apply a thin coat of Desitin diaper rash ointment after the area is washed and dried thoroughly. Try this every other day if possible, the choice way of doing it. If your dog has heavy stains then do this for 3 days in a row, then skip every other day.
Chew Toys: Nylabones or fresh bones from the meat market or raw food diet distributor. Do not feed rawhides or pig ears. Bulldogs tend to swallow things without chewing. Rawhides don’t digest; they get trapped in the stomach, twist and need to be removed surgically if not passed. Gas Problems: Flatulence/Gas is not indicative of a serious medical problem. Intestinal gas usually means that your pet has simply eaten something they cannot digest properly. The problem often tends to be excess carbohydrates, which contain sugar and starch that ferment in the intestine. Remember, dogs are lactose-intolerant. Feeding dairy products can result in gas. The culprit: Dog Food or any people food you may be giving. Check the ingredients listed on the label. Opt for a food with no wheat, corn and soy. All of these are laden with gas-producing carbs. If changing foods, gradually do so. Start with 1/4 part of the new food and 3/4 old, then each day gradually increase the percentage of new and decrease the percentage of old until you have completely switched. Remember Any sudden change in diet can bring on gas and diarrhea. Also, if flatulence is coupled with diarrhea or vomiting, consult your veterinarian, ASAP.
Home Remedy Recipes:
Shampoo (Great for dogs with allergies)
- 1/2cup of milk
- 1/2 cup of warm water
- 1cup dry oats (Quaker or similar)
- ½ tsp of honey
- 10-15 drops of tea tree oil
- 2 big squirts Baby Magic Lavender & Chamomile shampoo
Mix together with a hand mixer until pancake like. You may need to add more milk or oats.
Skunk off your dog
- 1 quart (or liter) of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Use fresh (unopened) hydrogen
- peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide eventually turns into water .
- 1/4 cup (50 ml.) of Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml.) of Liquid Soap
- 1 pair of plastic or latex gloves
Bathe the dog outside or, if it’s too dark or cold, in the bathroom with the door closed and window opened. Combine the ingredients in an open container (do not store in a sealed bottle—the bubbles will explode a sealed container). Using gloves, wash your dog with lukewarm water and the mixture while the mixture is bubbling. Work the mixture well into the fur. Be sure to concentrate on the area that was sprayed. Keep mixture away from your dog’s face and eyes (it’s a harsh solution). If your dog has been sprayed in the face, try Tricotine Liquid Douche Concentrate or any over-the-counter douche.
Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes or so before rinsing off.
Rinse the dog with lukewarm tap water. Don’t wash the mixture into your dog’s eyes (use a washcloth to cover the eyes if you’re rinsing the head). After bathing, check your dog’s eyes. If they are red and watering, your dog may have taken a direct hit in the face. Skunk spray won’t blind the dog, but it’s very painful. Contact a vet.
How it works from Dr. Caceci of Texas A&M University:
Forget what you have heard about tomato juice—it doesn’t work. Skunk spray is mainly composed of low molecular weight thiol compounds. (“Thiols” are compounds with the ”-SH radical” attached to a carbon atom.) In industrial applications, alkaline hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is used for scrubbing similar compounds from waste gas streams.
Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, when combined, becomes a “chemical engine” for churning out oxygen. That’s why it has to be used immediately after mixing. The soap breaks up the oils in the skunk spray, allowing the other ingredients to do their work.
Kill fleas on your dog
Killing fleas on your dog can be done a number of ways. Use a ‘flea comb’ you can get at most pet stores and comb out the fleas, killing them at you get them or dropping into a paper towel soak in rubbing alcohol. Use a cotton ball soak in rubbing alcohol to ‘spot clean’ each flea you find on the dog.
Give a bath in “dawn dish” soap, being careful to not get soap in the dog’s eye. Put cotton balls or wads of tissue in the dog’s ears to protect them from soap suds. Rise dog with warm water and us a prepared mixture of 3-4 table spoons of dawn dish soap and warm water applied to the dog to work up a ‘foam’ to kill the fleas. The dawn dish soap will kill the fleas in about 10 minutes, after which you rise you dog very well to remove all the soap.
Speak with your vet and get your dog on a flea treatment once a month. Flea collars do not work.
Good all around medicated dog shampoo?
Malaseb Shampoo is ideal for generalized or multifocal therapy of dermatitis in dogs, cats and horses. Malaseb Shampoo contains Miconazole – an antifungal with potent activity against fungi and yeast – and Chlorhexidine Gluconate – a proven antimicrobial agent active against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Malaseb is no longer manufactured. Mal-A-Ket shampoo is currently the only medicated shampoo being offered on the market to replace Malaseb.
Mal-A-Ket Shampoo by DermaPet, is antifungal, antibacterial, deodorizing, degreasing shampoo. Contains 1% ketoconazole (antifungal) and 2% chlorhexidine (antimicrobial) with 2% acetic acid.Acetic acid potentiates and stabilizes the ketoconazole and has primary antimicrobial, antifungal properties, as well as excellent degreasing, cleansing and coat-conditioning qualities.