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Old March 7th, 2011, 11:33 PM
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French Bulldog with unsolved issues

Hi everyone. We've had our mini french bulldog (Lola) for almost 3 years now. Ever since we had her spayed she's been having consistent skin issues. Here is a list of symptoms she's been having on a regular basis.

-Constantly scratching, skin irritation (mainly in the neck and stomach area, dandruff)
-Biting at her hind legs (to almost bald)
-She get's really sweaty easy and the odor is bad
-She develops lumps/pimple type cysts all over (mainly on her legs and rib area)

We have been to multiple veterinarians, specialists (allergies) and nothing has cured her. The only thing that has worked immediately is giving her a steroid pill. Obviously this is a temporary fix and we are looking for a healthy solution. We have gone through dozens of remedies and strict/monitored diets for her. We did allergy tests for her and they said she was allergic to almost everything out there (beef, fish, grass, etc.), almost unbelievable. We put her (and still keep her) on a strict chicken/rice/sweet potato diet, stuff she wasn't allergic to. Her portions are measured and she is in great shape (amazing physical shape). This hasn't made a difference in her symptoms so we tried a anti-fungus type medication from the allergy specialist; no difference. We tested her for worms, yeast levels (a bit higher than normal), but nothing that stood out. Since she sweats and smells really bad, we give her a bath 2x a week, tried to make it less, but its intolerable. We've tried oatmeal baths, pinesol/pantene, medicated shampoo's, hypoallergic shampoos, and nothing. Her skin gets really red and dry after baths (no blow drying), but the smell is just god awful.

From all this, our best guess was that she has some fungus/yeast infection issue. Everything seems to be external, but haven't found anything to work.

On a daily basis, Lola is just looking for someone to scratch her. It's almost eating away at her daily life. After all this time and effort, I can't believe that nothing has worked. I guess my only hope would be to keep trying different things. Otherwise, she appears to be as healthy as can be. We walk her daily, she is fit and full of energy, her stool looks normal (we've had it tested and came back fine). If anyone has suggestions or pointers, I have open ears. Thanks for listening...

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Old March 8th, 2011, 01:03 AM
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Beautiful dog. Instead of giving her a bath, could you use non scented baby wipes on her? Might help with the smellies and sooth her skin.
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Old March 8th, 2011, 09:36 AM
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So I noticed this happening to my Boston Terrier about 6 mths of age, maybe after her spay, but I definately noticed after her 6 mth shots. We had similar problems, red type blisters, constant scratching and did all the tests with no conclusions. If her skin smells, she may need an antibiotic treatment. Did u look into Psoriasis, it's a condition that is smelly. Marty too spends her day looking for back scratchers.... We did it all and have resorted to steroids unfortunately. Are u in touch with the breeder by chance? If you get any answers I would appreciate your input.
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Old March 8th, 2011, 09:38 AM
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Did she get a Thyroid test????
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Old March 8th, 2011, 06:07 PM
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Beautiful dog. Instead of giving her a bath, could you use non scented baby wipes on her? Might help with the smellies and sooth her skin.
we've tried the wipes and sprays, but even the scented ones just mask the smell.

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So I noticed this happening to my Boston Terrier about 6 mths of age, maybe after her spay, but I definately noticed after her 6 mth shots. We had similar problems, red type blisters, constant scratching and did all the tests with no conclusions. If her skin smells, she may need an antibiotic treatment. Did u look into Psoriasis, it's a condition that is smelly. Marty too spends her day looking for back scratchers.... We did it all and have resorted to steroids unfortunately. Are u in touch with the breeder by chance? If you get any answers I would appreciate your input.
We have the contacted the breeder but they hadn't known of such conditions. They suggested a different wash (pine-sol/pantene), but it didn't make a difference.

We'll be doing the thyroid test next. That is a good suggestion. So far, we've done skin tests, stool tests, blood work, and allergy tests (not accurate IMO). I'll also look into Psoriasis.

The fungal medication Lola was prescribed is ketoconazole. It didn't work at first and we stopped everything because she had a bad breakout/reaction during this. We weren't sure if it was from the medicine or a different shampoo. We'll try it again also...

The steroid she takes is dexamethasone and this works immediately. Thanks for all your responses thus far. And she LOVES laying in the sun. She will lay anywhere there is sun and the doctor told us its good for her as it produces vitamin d.



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Old March 9th, 2011, 09:00 AM
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I'm sorry made a mistake on that skin disorder, it's called Seborrhea. I've had to spray under Marty's armpits with Dermacool, it's an anit-inflammitory spray. It really soothes her skin. I also use Canadian medicated shampoo but I follow it with Resisoothe conditioner (it's a leave in).
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Old March 9th, 2011, 09:49 AM
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I can't offer anything on the skin condition but have you tried oatmeal shampoo it is very soothing for the skin all natural too. It was the only thing I could use on my EB and my Shar Pei due to skin problems. Good luck and your frenchie Lola is verrrry cute
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Old April 19th, 2011, 12:23 AM
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thought i would give a little update...

just a few weeks ago, Lola had an extreme breakout of lumps/cysts covering her entire body; and i mean ENTIRE body. she was running around the house crawling on the ground and trying to scratch everywhere possible. we gave her a steroid to calm her down till the next day. we took her to the vet, 3-4 times in the following 2 weeks. she was throwing up, not eating, blood in stool, out of control breakouts, and no desire to leave the couch. i worked from home a few days to keep on eye on her.

her thyroid results came back negative. stool samples didn't reveal anything. the vet gave her some fluid shots to keep her hydrated the days we visited. we went over her allergy list and changed her diet to turkey/sweet potato/regular potato (all home cooked). her breakouts are gone and she is back to normal. i'm not sure if her recent health issues were due to food allergies, as she has always been on a strict diet. has never eaten food off the dinner table, etc. I think we will stick with this food regiment for now. Our only other thought was that she swallowed something large based on her vomiting/stool and behavior.

As originally posted, she still stinks lol. I bathe her 2x a week because she just cannot control her body odor. We will slowly try and find a shampoo as long as she stays healthy. it's been a crazy last month so far. we can live with the stinky armpits, but the stuff she went through was extreme.
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Whew! A rough go! Glad you got it under control and she's doing well on the new diet! Good job!
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