Our Bulldog started developing a bilateral, alopecia on her sides, also known as flank alopecia. It started as small spots that looked like pock marks, then they kept progressing until she had large, hairless patches on each of her sides. We were told they were mostly likely seasonal and due to diminished amounts of sunlight but they would mostly self resolve after a few months. The spots have, at times, started to appear to be resolving only to persist. We changed her food to a healthier brand. We are now changing her shampoo based off the recommendation of this site. Could the alopecia be caused by some sort of skin infection or bacteria? I am consider rubbing her sides with the malacetic wipes. Any thoughts or advice are much appreciated. Thank you!!!
I don’t have a bulldog but I have a boxer. This condition is common in certain breeds- boxers and bulldogs are two such breeds. It typically occurs in the winter due to lack of sun. Different dogs will have it to different degrees and the regrowth will be at different rates too. My previous boxer didn’t develop it until he was older, around 5, and as he got older. 10-11, the hair never grew back. My current boxer is 2 and she starts it in Jan and it takes until mid summer for it all to be grown back. If it’s truly this seasonal alopecia, your food choice won’t change the situation but my vet has told me time again that it doesn’t cause any discomfort for the dog. It just doesn’t look so great. 🙂
p.s. I’m a bulldog owner wannabe! Someday, someday.