French Bulldog Ear Scabs! How To Help?

french bulldog ear scabs

If your Frenchie scratches and shakes his head and has black scabs on ears, then it’s an alarming symptom to help your pet. French bulldog ear scabs can cause severe issues if left untreated. Ear flies often attack dogs with erected ears and search for warm and dark places to eat blood and oils from ears. Therefore, let’s find out how to help your dog and solve this problem.

french bulldog ear scabs

What are French bulldog ear scabs?

French bulldog ear scabs look like black spots on the edges of the ears. In most cases, they occur when fly bites the ear which leads to breeding the entire colony of the flies. Since this condition is very painful and irritating for a dog, you should help your dog by carrying out an early treatment.

Since the skin and hair on Frenchie’s ears are thin, he’s incapable to defend himself from these annoying creatures. Many people don’t know that flies on French bulldogs can cause painful sores and which often lead to infections. The result of numerous fly bites is dermatitis, that requires both topical and antibiotic treatment.

french bulldog ear scabs

If the dog is attacked by flies, in addition to visible scabs on the ears, the dog will show the following symptoms as well:

  • nervousness
  • rubbing the head onto the floor
  • scratching the ears
  • visible reddish-brown discharge from the ear
  • bed odor coming from the ear
  • eras are painful in touch
  • visible redness and wounds

How to solve French bulldog ear scabs?

French bulldog ears are the main trademark on their bodies. Since they’re erected, they require to get regular cleaning and care in order to stay healthy. When we talk about fly bites, they shouldn’t be underestimated. If you are an experienced dog owner, and your dog allows you to touch his painful ears, then you should first clean them with Betadine. Betadine is safe to use for cleaning and disinfecting wounds and represents the first product you should use for treating fly bites.

If your French bulldog shows you aggression every time you approach his ears, then I advise you to put on him a French bulldog muzzle. It can be a very handy tool when your dog excessively licks an injured spot on his body or shows aggression due to the pain he goes through.

french bulldog ear scabs

After you gently and thoroughly cleaned the ears with Betadine applied on a cotton ball, the next step is using the topical and antibiotic cream. Most vets usually prescribe creams with gentamicin and betamethasone. Betamethasone serves to soothe itching, while gentamicin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that will prevent or heal the infection.

Another home remedy that will prevent your French bulldog’s ear from being attacked by flies and other insects is Petroleum Jelly. It will serve as a protective layer on your dog’s ears and will repel the insects.

Olive oil should be used in the last stage of the healing process. It serves to strengthen and regenerate the injured skin. If you live in an area with many insects, it would be good to spray the yard with a dog-friendly insecticide.

Aside from previously mentioned tips, you can also make a natural fly repellent by mixing 50% of water and 50% of apple cider vinegar. Besides it will protect your dog from flies, it will also make his coat shiny and smooth.

Planting plants such as peppermint, rosemary, basil, and lemongrass in your yard or balcony will also be helpful in fighting against these annoying creatures.

There are also many useful products that you can apply into your dog’s coat to prevent him from different insect bites. For example, Advantix for dogs by BAYER is a spot-on medicine that will defend your Frenchie from mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, sandflies, stable flies, lice, and mites.
Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, sandflies, stable flies, lice
Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, sandflies, stable flies, lice
Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, sandflies, stable flies, lice

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