Why are bully breeds more prone to sensitive skin
The loving bully breeds relate to the “bulldog” and “bull & terrier” groups of dogs. Due to their short, flat coats these breeds often have sensitive skin and suffer from a number of skin allergies. This is because their short coats are predisposed to common allergens in the air such as dust, pollen, mold, or other inhalants.
The most common form of skin allergy is ‘atopic dermatitis’ which is caused by irritation to certain substances present in the air when inhaled or absorbed when coming to contact with skin. Your dog could also develop ‘hotspots’ as a result of overgrooming, parasites or allergies.
Some of the signs of skin allergies may present in visual form through constant itching and excessive licking leading to bald spots or rashes on the skin.
How to manage skin allergies?
Choose grooming products specifically catered for sensitive skin with gentle ingredients that will soothe and hydrate your dog’s skin. Ensure there are no nasties like sulphates, soaps, parabens and ethoxylates.
Limit exposure to allergens
While it’s impossible to eradicate common allergens in the air, there are some steps you can take to limit your dog’s exposure to these allergens:
- Wipe down your dog with a wet towel after walks
- Wash your dog’s bedding, cushions, blankets and toys regularly
- Brush your pets coat regularly
Well balanced diet
Make sure your dog is eating a well balanced diet, that is appropriate for his age in consultation with your veterinarian. Omega 3’s and other fatty acids found in wholesome natural foods support healthy skin and coat for your best friend.
Adding a natural probiotic to your dog’s meal is a great way to improve their gut health. This does wonders for dogs with sensitive tummy, which is often the cause for digestive upset. This naturally varies from dog to dog, therefore you want to stick to natural foods that are easily digestible for your dog and introduce them slowly to your dog. Some great additions to meal time include yoghurt, kefir, bananas and green tripe that are top on the list of probiotic foods.
There are a number of natural remedies available to help soothe and moisturise your dog’s skin such as a soothing oatmeal bath or a cooling aloe vera gel treatment. Hotspots in particular can be treated by regular bathing and parasite prevention. You could also supplement your dog with Vitamin E as recommended by your veterinarian to alleviate your dog’s dry skin patches.