American bullies are loyal and loving pets that make great companions. Bullies can have itchy and uncomfortable skin so make sure to check for any skin conditions.
In this article, we will be talking about the common skin conditions that you can see in American Bullies. Hopefully, this can help you if ever you are having questions about your bully’s skin.
1. Canine Atopic Dermatitis
Canine atopic dermatology (CAD) is simply an allergic reaction. American bullies are more likely to experience CAD than any other skin problem. This is because they frequently get allergies that have been passed from generation.
Typically, CAD occurs between 3 to 6 years of age in dogs. However, it can also occur later in life if a dog develops an allergy from too much exposure.
Certain breeds like the American bullies are more likely to develop CAD. My dog suffers from allergies and gets bumps on his head, as well as rashes in the armpits after being exposed to allergens.
This hereditary condition can affect other breeds of bullies and mixed breed bullies, that’s why even if your American bully has mutt status, it is still viable for them to develop CAD.
2. Intertrigo and Pyoderma (Skin Fold Dermatitis).
Intertrigo can be described as a type of pyoderma. These conditions are caused by severe skin irritation in dogs’ skin due to chafing, heat, and excessive moisture, as well as bacterial infections that can be found in warm and humid places.
In medical, intertrigo refers to a milder case of skin fold pyoderma. Both can be considered pyoderma. However, if the vet diagnoses intertrigo as a severe case of skin fold pyoderma in dogs, treatment will likely be the same.
The Greek word Ichthyosis means “fish”, and this condition results in dry, flaky skin that looks like fish scales. This condition is more common in American bullies. There is even a category for this disease that affects only American bullies.
Ichthyosis can be inherited and is incurable. When they are puppies, most bullies with ichthyosis have signs.
4. Yeast Infections & Other Fungal Infections
American bullies are most commonly affected by yeast infections, but other types of fungus may also be present on the skin of their dogs.
Skin-growing fungi such as yeast like to thrive in moist, warm environments. Your bully’s skin folds and joints are prime territory for these microscopic organisms. You have the perfect recipe for infection if you add more humidity to the environment or water near your bully.
Eczema, a skin condition that is extremely common among American bullies. This skin condition is not a sign of a serious disease. It is more like a sign of a larger problem. Most of eczema’s common causes in American bullies are quite common too.
Eczema may be caused by other conditions like pyoderma, CAD, mites and infections. Other conditions can cause skin irritations that lead to itchy, painful hot spots. These hot spots may be caused by an allergy, a new infection, or pest control.
However, eczema can also be caused by other factors, such as lack of vitamins, exposure to plants or toxic chemicals, extreme heat or dryness, and other factors.
6. Skin Mites (Demodicosis Mites)
There are many kinds of mites that can infest bullies’ skins, but demodicosis mites is the most common.
Demodicosis mites are also known as red mange mites or Demodex. They are most commonly found in bullies with prominent skin folds. Although they are often harmless to dogs, they can cause discomfort to pets if they multiply quickly and spread rapidly.
Demodex mites are more common in puppies and young dogs than they are in adults. This is because their immune systems have not developed. They can also infest adult dogs. Demodicosis mites can be difficult to identify because they are so microscopic.
If your bully is experiencing any of these skin infections and you don’t know what to do, feel free to message us. We will be glad to help you in any way possible.
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