Dermatitis Pyoderma Staph skin problems in the English Bulldog


Dermatitis/Pyoderma/Staph skin infection
Dermatitis, Pyoderma, and Staph are common skin bacterial infections in dogs. Staph bacteria is normal flora on the skin of dogs. The infections can range from surface, superficial or deep. They normally begin when something causes the skin to become irritated and inflamed and allows the bacteria to attack the skin:flea bites, allergies{inhaled,contact,or food} or a continuously moist and poorly-ventalated environment in skin folds.

Skin fold pyoderma is normally on a bulldogs face, around a females vulva, or under the screw tail. Some of these infections can be recognized with patch hair loss, crustiness and scaling and a foul or sweet smelling odor to their skin. If the infection is left untreated, involvement of deeper parts of the skin is possible and if left untreated or not healed 100% could escalate in to demodectic mange. It is very important to keep your dogs coat healthy at all times. Usually an oral antibiotic such as Cephlexin, or clavamox is prescribed along with medicated shampoos.


If you have a dog that continues to have crusty spots that look like ringworm but isn't. He probably has a staph infection. Normal protocol would be to start him on the NuVet vitamins if he is not already on them. Most dog foods have "Free radicals" in them which makes your pet have reactions to them. NuVet vitamins help rid your dog of them(click their link below to read on this). Oral antibiotics such as Cephlexin are normally given until their hair is back in. Medicated shampoo such as Malaseb is directed to use twice a week until all the crust are gone. You can follow up with the resiclor (leave on conditioner) as it has a great smell too. Once your dog is healed, should it start to reoccur the Malaseb spray should stop it in its tracks, along with the Medicated shampoo again if needed.

Products to Prevent and Treat skin infections Dermatitis, Staph and Pyoderma

NU Vet Vitamins order code of 98864click product info to view info on vitamins)We give these vitamins to all our dogs 100% of the time. We recommend them for helping maintain a healthy coat.This supplement is important for the immune system, skin problems, bone structure, strength and cartilage development of your puppy. Good nutrition is a must for all dogs. We start giving it to the puppies at weaning, the powder is great! It is very important to have a strong immune system to prevent things from happening and maintaining overall good health of your pups. A strong immune system will help increase you pet's longevity and quality of life. We encourage anyone who gets a Bulldog from us to continue using the Nu Vet supplements.


Fish Flex (Cephalexin) 250mg (100 capsules) labeled for fish but less than half the price of thoselabeled for dogs,these are regular Cephalexin. Normal dosage for a 50lb dog is 500mg 2 times a day until well. Some skin infections are hard to cure and you will need to give meds until the dog is completely healed. If your puppy almost gets well, and you run out of antibiotics go back to the vet and get some more, should you not order these. Also sometimes staph can be reoccurring. Always check with your vet for diagnosis and instructions for giving any oral meds to your pet.



  • Mal-A-Ket Shampoo (8 oz)This is a unique, pleasant smelling, antifungal, antibacterial, deodorizing, degreasing shampoo. Works on most skin conditions of the English Bulldog. Bathe in the shampoo removing any scabs or crust, leave on for 10 min then rinse. Use 2 times a week

  • DermaPet Malacetic SPRAY (8 oz)
    Same ingredients as the shampoo. But in a spray form for easy application between shampoo's. The spray is great to have on hand use at first sign on any skin abnormalities
  • Mal-A-Ket Wipes by DermaPet (50 ct)
    A must for all English Bulldogs. These pledgets are used to clean a bullies wrinkly face. Which at times, due to no air the wrinkles can harbor bacteria and yeast. Cut the wipes in half and get twice the use. good for ear maintenance too!
  • Note: Trimbull Bulldogs has produced this document for education purposes only. Our definitions of the common problems in English bulldogs are our opinions only.These opinions have been formed by years experience in the bulldog breed having read numerous articles over the years. ALWAYS consult your veterinarian with any problem that may occur.