There’s nothing worse for a dedicated dog owner than seeing his dog is losing hair. Bald spots in French bulldogs or Alopecia are very common and it occurs due to many reasons. However, vets will know to administer the trigger by observing the place where the baldness occurred.
What causes bald spots in French bulldogs?
We all know that dog shed their fur twice a year. However, excessive hair loss and the development of dark spots is a definitely alarming condition that requires immediate treatment. Bald spots in French bulldogs usually occur on the top of the head, belly, back, and behind the ears. Alopecia is treatable in most cases and it affects all dog breeds.
These are only some of the triggers of bald spots on your Frenchie’s body:
- Fleas and other parasites
- Inappropriate diet/ food allergy
- Inflammation of the hair follicles
- Cushing’s disease
In order to properly treat bald spots in your Frenchie, the vet will perform a skin biopsy and urine and blood tests. A skin biopsy test will reveal whether a dog is having any bacteria, parasite, or fungus on its skin. Blood and urine tests serve to discover whether there is a hormonal imbalance or some other underlying disease in your pet. In some cases, an ear smear is also needed to reveal whether a dog is having an ear infection. In such cases, Frenchies usually develop bald spots behind their ears.
Food trials and different elimination diets will be prescribed in case your furry gremlin is negative to any bacteria, parasites, and fungus.
What are the symptoms of bald spots in French bulldogs?
Besides visible hairless patches, a dog can also have some of the following symptoms:
- Bleeding and inflamed patches
- Black pigmented skin on your Frenchie
- Red spots, hives, pimples, plaques
- Some dogs will scratch and some will not at all
How do you treat bald spots in French bulldogs?
Depending on the trigger, your furry gremlin may get an antibiotic or antihistamines therapy. Antifungals and steroids are also possible if the hair loss occurred due to yeast infection.
An oatmeal bath will be very helpful in releasing itchiness and you can prepare by mixing the oatmeal powder with water in a bowl. Smear the mixture on your dog’s irritated skin and leave it for about 30 min. Rinse your dog’s coat, and then absorb the excess water with a towel.
In case your Frenchie suffers from environmental allergies, we recommend you to buy a hypoallergenic dog shampoo. Ingredients such as Coconut oil, Aloe Vera, and Olive oil will moisturize the skin and ease the itchiness. The best way to manage your dog’s alopecia is by controlling what you can. This includes using an effective, regular flea control; keeping them clean and well-groomed in order not cause any allergens that might make the problem worse or lead back into another episode of hair loss.
How to get rid of dark and bald spots in French bulldogs?
Dark, thick, and rough spots on your dog’s body are otherwise caller hyperpigmentation. There are two types of this condition-primary and secondary. The usual spots where hyperpigmentation occurs are the groin and legs. Primary hyperpigmentation more often occurs by the 1st year of life, while secondary is induced by contact dermatitis, allergies, hormonal imbalance, and underlying infection.
The bad news is that the primary hyperpigmentation is not treatable, while the secondary can be kept under control. The black and bald spots can go away by regular use of medicated shampoos and antibiotics. Owners should be very patient since the treatment can last up to several months.