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English Bulldogs and Skin Bumps [COMPLETE GUIDE]

English Bulldogs and Skin Bumps [COMPLETE GUIDE]

The number of people who own English bulldogs has more than doubled in recent years, and they all know that English bulldogs are prone to a wide range of health issues, including skin diseases that can result in pimples and bumps or lumps on the skin. So, let us discuss everything about English Bulldog skin bumps and what are the conditions that cause them.

Skin bumps frequently develop in the skin folds of English bulldogs, and their severity can range from completely harmless to a major concern. The distinctive structure of an English bulldog's skin is the primary factor contributing to the formation of skin bumps in this breed of dog.

The majority of passionate people about these dogs have a clear visual picture of an English bulldog's wrinkled and folded skin. These wrinkles have a charming appearance, but they might be problematic because they enhance the formation of bumps in these pups.

Under the skin folds of an English bulldog, moisture and irritants can become trapped and cause irritation, swelling, and microbial or yeast (fungal) infections. Bully breeds are more likely to have skin bumps, but they are also more likely to develop allergies and a wide range of skin problems. If you are ever unclear as to what is triggering your Bulldog's skin issues, you should consult with a licensed pet vet in order to get a proper diagnosis of the condition.

funny big bulldogVarious Conditions that Cause Skin Bumps in English Bulldogs

Here are the most common skin conditions/ailments that can cause skin bumps in your Bulldogs.

  • Eczema
  • Hot spots
  • Pyoderma
  • Yeast infestations
  • Acne
  • Botfly Infestation
  • Allergic reactions
  • Tumor

Let us discuss all these skin bump causes in detail.

1. Eczema

Eczema is a disorder that affects bulldogs of all breeds and is especially prevalent in English bulldogs because of the unique qualities of their skin. It is a skin ailment that is characterized by irritation, redness, pain and itching, and the incidence of the condition is mostly based on the genetic makeup of a dog.

This skin ailment will cause your Bulldog to have dry skin that is also irritated, flaky skin, and itchiness. In addition to this, wounds, which may or may not have an unpleasant odor, present themselves due to constant scratching.

If the wounds are not treated, they have the potential to grow infected and will cause your Bulldog's skin to have a rough appearance. Inflammation may also result in the formation of scabs and bumps, which may leave your pet's skin feeling lumpy and bumpy.

The most effective method for preventing eczema in your English bulldog's wrinkles is to clean them consistently. The treatment for this skin issue is safer, more successful, and more time-efficient when performed with the assistance of a veterinarian.

2. Hot Spots

Hot spots occur when your English Bulldog's skin is punctured, which then allows germs to begin to take control and cause an infection. They can progress from little, red pimples to large lesions rapidly. They are incredibly itchy, which means that your pup may lick/scratch them incessantly, only making the situation worse (bumpy skin) in the long run.

3. Pyoderma

This illness can result in the development of microscopic scales or scabs, which are frequently misdiagnosed as hives or small bumps. Your dog's nose, chin, wrists, and hocks are common places where the bumps can be found (or ankle joint). Pyoderma is most commonly brought on by bacteremia on your dog's skin, but this illness can also be brought on by allergies, worms, and even cancer in extremely unusual circumstances.

4. Acne

If you believed acne was a condition that just affected people, you were wrong. Acne is a condition that may affect canines as well, although it is not the exact same problem that affects humans. If your pup faces acne, you will notice small reddish bumps surrounding its snout. These bumps are usually caused by your dogs rubbing their jaws on different hard surfaces. If your English bulldog does have this condition, you will not notice any bumps on its face.

5. Yeast Infections

It is possible for yeast infections on your dog's skin to lead to the same signs as dermatitis, such as itchy skin, lumpy and bumpy skin, and hair loss. They frequently emanate a pungent odor in tandem with their presence.

6. Botfly Infestation

If your English bulldog enjoys playing outside or placing dirty objects in its mouth, then there is a good chance that it will unwittingly become a host for the parasite.

Eggs produced by botflies might infect your dog if they become lodged in the animal's fur. Ingestion is a potential secondary mode of infection that can occur in addition to infestation.

As soon as the botfly egg hatches and the larva begins to develop, it will slowly dig its way into your dog's skin. The burrowing will, over time, leave portions of your dog's skin bumpy, with a tiny hole in the center of each bump.

If you do not remove the Botfly larvae, the hole will get wider, and the wound that is underneath your English bulldog's skin will start smelling bad.

7. Allergic Reactions

Skin allergies in dogs are a widespread problem that affects various Bully breeds. Itchy skin, recurrent tinnitus, and hair loss are some of the symptoms that might accompany bumps on an English bulldog's skin caused by an anaphylactic/allergic reaction.

Your English Bulldog might develop environmental allergies or dietary allergies. Differentiation of both these allergies is important for proper treatment. So, try to take help from your vet every time.

8. Tumor

Bulldogs frequently suffer from medical diseases known as tumors. Cancerous tumors that risk their lives might develop on the patient's bones and internal organs. On the other hand, tumors that are not life-threatening develop inside the skin.

Basal tumors are a type of tumor that is prevalent not just in English bulldogs but also in other breeds of dogs. Basal tumors are often not malignant and can be seen almost exclusively in the skin. The ears, front legs, and the neck are all places where they can be found. There's no reason to do so as long as they don't progress to the point where they require removal by surgery. However, if the basal tumors continue to grow and start to impede your pet's movement, you should make an appointment with the veterinarian as soon as possible.

sick bulldog woman careHow Do You Treat An English Bulldog With Skin Problems?

The best way to manage skin issues in Bulldogs is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Nevertheless, certain dogs are susceptible to infection, even after careful and repeated cleaning. A nutritious and well-balanced food, together with topical skin supplements like fish oil, will help you maintain the best possible health for your Bulldog's skin and coat. To prevent the development of yeast or bacteria, your veterinary doctor may also suggest that you use medicated shampoo or wipes designed specifically for use in places where moisture is abundant. If you give your English Bulldog the best possible care for his skin, he should have fewer health problems than other dogs of his breed in general.


It is not desirable to have bumps on the Bull dog's skin that are not produced by wrinkles but by other reasons. This might be a symptom that your English Bulldog is suffering from an infestation of parasites, has been stung by insects, or has a tumor developing inside its skin.

Also, look out for eczema, acne, hot spots, pyoderma, yeast infection, and botfly since all of these conditions can cause your English Bulldog to have decomposing bumpy skin.

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