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    Oh my that's awful. I agree with the post above. What do you feed him? My bullies are on Blue Freedom Salmon and Sweet Potatoes and their fur is simply amazing, I have never seen a change in my dogs cost since I switched. It is grain free and glutton free. May be you should try another vet. It appears, to me at least, that an infection has settled in. Plese try some English Bulldog forums on Facebook they have a tendency to be very knowledgeable. Can you give him some benadryl with the steroids? I know you can give dogs this medicine but I'm not sure with the steroids. He is such a beautiful baby. It must be something he is ingesting to cause this kinda reaction. I would switch doctors for a different opinion. Good luck! Sometimes a fresh look from a different vet may help. Definitely go to Facebook. I,am in a Facebook group and I'll post this for u out as it us a closed group. That's if I can...prayers for the baby.

    I'm trying right now, hopefully we will get an answer that I can forward to you,

    I posted and kept the thread...God Bless his heart what a poor baby.

    Here is one response. That pup needs to get into a vet or specialist for a skin scraping to find out what all that is. (example....we dealt with a bacterial infection on top of MRSA....no one but a vet can diagnose and treat that!!) That looks way too severe to try and have other folks diagnose, IMO. Also, I had just read an article about what prolonged pred use can do and it can affect the skin in ways that can't be reversed. Please urge your friend to get this baby in!

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    He may have a form of Cushings brought on by being on the steroid. Needs to see a specialist

    Everyone has good opinions , please get a scrapping done ASAP!
    In addition, a new vet may be in order. One who is experienced with this breed. Many dogs have such deep tail pockets that the tail needs to be surgically removed. Pred shouldn't be a constant go to med, there are reasons for most allergies and ways to treat them. Maybe once this fellow is diagnosed, you can come back on? I know folks can give advice for food related allergies, environmental allergies, etc and tips and tricks to cleaning a tail pocket, etc., etc., but it's really hard to go in any one direction until you know what the problem is. So sorry, pup has to be uncomfortable. What city does your friend live in? Maybe we could start by chiming in with great local vets??

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    You need to start healing from the inside ,raw diet no sugar,carbs or dairy,supplement with transfer factor,primrose oil ,borage oil,msm,quertecin,and get some nu stock to apply on those nasty hot spots ,please stop the steroids as they're only depleting his immune system further

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    Poor baby, in my opinion he needs limited ingredients raw diet or homemade cooked food. All kibble, no matter how good, is still too artificial. Try to find a vet that has understanding in natural feeding. If they put him on some Hill's crap he will just be deeper in it. All steroids and medicine will not heal him, if you don't find the cause.

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    Any news to the baby from the vet? We are all anxiously waiting.

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    I saw your post on FB, someone shared on a Bulldog health page to hopefully get you some suggestions. Please Google Canine Cushing's Disease!!! This picture is of my late Bully Magoo, he had Cushing's Disease. If your Bully is on prednisone now his immune system is compromised and a simple skin infection can turn into this in a matter of days. he needs to have it shaved down first and my vet had me buy plain old foaming antibacterial hand soap and wash it twice a day. She also had me get a big tube of bacitracin and keep it well coated so it doesn't get hard and scabbed over causing it to crack and bleed. It took a while to get this cleared up good luck, I know how this feels.

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    I'm so sorry poor baby Winston, but take to the dermatologist, and honesty I don't trust commercial dog food anymore, I stop given to my babes, I cook plain chicken, lamb or meat , and make a pot of barley, peas, lentils and beans also frozen veggies spinach and watch for the sodium , my Roxy doesn't itch like before, here go :

    morning
    beef
    one boiled egg they absorbed the amino acids faster yellow
    one teaspoon of organic coconut antiseptic
    2 teaspoons of fresh pineapple juice for digestion help breakdown the food
    3 tablespoons of lentils, etc. complex B

    noon:
    I pill probiotics to help with the yeast (be careful it will make them itch, don't feed them rice, sugary snacks)
    2 spoons kearoun lite kefir cheese or organic cottage cheese, make sodium is low dosage calcium plus help with yeast

    dinner:
    chicken
    2 tablespoons lentils, beans, peas

    once or twice a week supplements, I only give Roxy the vitamin c in the morning and the probiotics at noon like a snack
    probiotics to help combat the bad bacteria and yeast
    ascorbic acid 30-45 to boost her immune system
    pet vites help boost immune system
    allergy support
    hip & joint health ultra mega gnc

    Roxy was on prednisone before, and weakling the immune system, ask for other less side effects at long term if possible.
    But start changing to more natural protein food, no more commercial (poison food)

    always check the labels on the treats, less ingredients better and more natural veggies (if the label is too long don't buy it )

    The more natural and fresh protein, veggies and legumes will boost his immune system , cleaning his blood and intestines. also supplements some vitamins will help, IF YOUR VET cannot HELP Winston , look for a holistic or new vet, check with the dermatologist about the supplement and vitamins so make sure don't over dosage or have a reaction with medication, stop prednisone if possible.


    Winston will be better soon, don't let him see you sad or frustrated because will stress him more making it worst, take him for a nice walk, coverage his wound but make sure he have some type of fun and play no stress.

    I hope he gets better and heal faster with a good derma and food.

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    Our bullies have allergies, and since we started using Embark- from The honest kitchen brand, dehydrated food, they haven't had any issues. Might be worth a try. Good luck. Please report what worked.

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    Thank you all so much! I'm touched that so many people took the time out to help a stranger. I thought I'd also post a photo of my sweet boy NOT looking like a cast member of The Walking Dead. The other photo is the difference between when I originally posted and today. The redness is pretty much gone, which is fantastic, and it's no longer open and oozing. All the black is where its crusted up and scabbed over...which is a great sign. So far, *knock on wood*, all of the other hardened areas haven't opened up so I am hoping the current treatment stopped it in it's tracks.
    I saw a new vet on Saturday and she seemed much better than the last two. She took photos and skin scrapings of several different areas. It tested negative for any type of mites or mange and negative for ring worm. She put him on two different antibiotics in case the infection is more resistant to one. Along with that, I'm also giving him 3 benedryl twice a day to help combat any itching. The good news is, is that since he's been on the antibiotics, he hasn't been scratching. That shows me that we are on the right track. I'm also giving him one 20mg prednisone a day. I give him a sedative if it really seems to be bothering him so that he can rest comfortably and not fuss with it. We are still continuing his anti-fungal baths just to cover all of our bases however we aren't doing them every other day like we were because he's getting pretty ticked off with it. Although it does help to soak off some of those itchy scabs. (My husband gets this job because it makes me want to vomit!)
    The food isn't the issue, that I'm certain of. He's been eating Fromm for over 2 years and has never had a problem with any of the flavors. We keep the food in an air tight container so I don't think it's a dust mite issue but it could be. I feel like we are on the right track...however...and please don't scold me or yell at me because I'm conflicted enough about this, but he's become increasingly aggressive...and it's very unpredictable. One day, he will love having his scabs rubbed with soap in the tub and love being pet, then all of a sudden you can't get within 5 feet of him without him growling and snapping. You so much as look at him sometimes and he loses his mind. I understand that he is uncomfortable but this behavior began before the skin issues and it's just gotten worse. I wouldn't be so worried but I have three children, 2, 8 and 10. Winston is usually very loving and patient. My 2 year old could do anything to him and he would just lay there...he's very sweet to him. But I'm terrified that he will bite one of the kids, unprovoked. I know if that occurs, my husband won't give me an option, he will put him down. Although it appears that he is healing, he's miserable. I can see it in his eyes. The vet wants to see him back in 30 days to check his progress. She also told us that, if after 30 days of treatment, he's not getting much better, we may want to consider putting him down. This breaks my heart...he's my baby..I love him so very much...but I am starting to wonder if that's maybe the best option. I don't WANT to but I also don't want to have him be miserable. And what if we can't pinpoint the cause of this? What if it doesn't go away or keeps coming back? I feel like it would be inhumane to keep putting him through this and with his behavior lately, it's even more concearning.
    He's never been very obedient despite the work we've done with him and my husband is very experienced with training animals but biting and aggression is a behavior I simply can't allow. I adore this fat lump of stubborn dog. I knew that English Bulldogs had health issues and we did a lot of research prior to getting one, but I think this guy has had every issue an English Bulldog can have. Cysts, a cherry eye, a tail pocket, infections, allergies....I just don't want to make the wrong decision. Sorry for such a long post...I'm just a mess about this. Thank you!


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    Quote Originally Posted by PaigeSnyder621 View Post
    Thank you all so much! I'm touched that so many people took the time out to help a stranger. I thought I'd also post a photo of my sweet boy NOT looking like a cast member of The Walking Dead. The other photo is the difference between when I originally posted and today. The redness is pretty much gone, which is fantastic, and it's no longer open and oozing. All the black is where its crusted up and scabbed over...which is a great sign. So far, *knock on wood*, all of the other hardened areas haven't opened up so I am hoping the current treatment stopped it in it's tracks.
    I saw a new vet on Saturday and she seemed much better than the last two. She took photos and skin scrapings of several different areas. It tested negative for any type of mites or mange and negative for ring worm. She put him on two different antibiotics in case the infection is more resistant to one. Along with that, I'm also giving him 3 benedryl twice a day to help combat any itching. The good news is, is that since he's been on the antibiotics, he hasn't been scratching. That shows me that we are on the right track. I'm also giving him one 20mg prednisone a day. I give him a sedative if it really seems to be bothering him so that he can rest comfortably and not fuss with it. We are still continuing his anti-fungal baths just to cover all of our bases however we aren't doing them every other day like we were because he's getting pretty ticked off with it. Although it does help to soak off some of those itchy scabs. (My husband gets this job because it makes me want to vomit!)
    The food isn't the issue, that I'm certain of. He's been eating Fromm for over 2 years and has never had a problem with any of the flavors. We keep the food in an air tight container so I don't think it's a dust mite issue but it could be. I feel like we are on the right track...however...and please don't scold me or yell at me because I'm conflicted enough about this, but he's become increasingly aggressive...and it's very unpredictable. One day, he will love having his scabs rubbed with soap in the tub and love being pet, then all of a sudden you can't get within 5 feet of him without him growling and snapping. You so much as look at him sometimes and he loses his mind. I understand that he is uncomfortable but this behavior began before the skin issues and it's just gotten worse. I wouldn't be so worried but I have three children, 2, 8 and 10. Winston is usually very loving and patient. My 2 year old could do anything to him and he would just lay there...he's very sweet to him. But I'm terrified that he will bite one of the kids, unprovoked. I know if that occurs, my husband won't give me an option, he will put him down. Although it appears that he is healing, he's miserable. I can see it in his eyes. The vet wants to see him back in 30 days to check his progress. She also told us that, if after 30 days of treatment, he's not getting much better, we may want to consider putting him down. This breaks my heart...he's my baby..I love him so very much...but I am starting to wonder if that's maybe the best option. I don't WANT to but I also don't want to have him be miserable. And what if we can't pinpoint the cause of this? What if it doesn't go away or keeps coming back? I feel like it would be inhumane to keep putting him through this and with his behavior lately, it's even more concearning.
    He's never been very obedient despite the work we've done with him and my husband is very experienced with training animals but biting and aggression is a behavior I simply can't allow. I adore this fat lump of stubborn dog. I knew that English Bulldogs had health issues and we did a lot of research prior to getting one, but I think this guy has had every issue an English Bulldog can have. Cysts, a cherry eye, a tail pocket, infections, allergies....I just don't want to make the wrong decision. Sorry for such a long post...I'm just a mess about this. Thank you!


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    What a beautiful boy! His aggression can be from the pain, but also from the predisone... it is a steroid and my girl was NUTS on it, just nasty, and high strung. I refused to use it unless it was the only option, which right now is where you are. If you are using the air tight container.. it helps, but here is something to do with the kibble to see if it is dust/storage mites.... break the kibble into bags and place in the freezer... feed the kibble from freezer to bowl for a few weeks and see if there is any change. If yes, then you got your answer. And you would either have to go raw or always keep the kibble in the freezer to kills the mites.

    please stay with us and keep us posted... someone here can always provide guidance or just some support.
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    Hi Paige, I'm so sorry you're going through this, but before you make any drastic or permanent decisions, please be patient with the treatments, try shaving him down in all the scab areas, and soak him in some treatments like ACV and warm water, or Epsom Salts and warm water, and keep the area dry. Have you tried doing allergy testing to pinpoint exactly what's he's allergic too? And please if you think the only solution to his skin issues is to put him down, please consider surrendering him to a rescue first. Please keep us posted on how he's doing.
    LEARN A LESSON FROM YOUR DOG, NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS YOU, KICK SOME GRASS OVER THAT AND MOVE ON.

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    It sounds like there's a lot going on and it's difficult to handle. I get it, we've all been there.

    Before doing anything rash, you contact a rescue. If you let us know where you are, we can find one for you. This way, they can get him the proper medical care, training and place him with someone who has experience with all his issues.
    You'd be saving his life.


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    Have they checked thyroid?

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