Skin allergies in dogs – an essay about treatments and options

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Be alert before your dog shows signs

Bull Terriers have a high pain tolerance which I personally do not consider a good thing. Because that means if your Bull Terrier shows signs of discomfort or pain something is REALLY wrong and probably existed unnoticed for a while already.
This makes it also very important to watch your Bull Terrier closely and not just dismiss unusual skin appearance, very red paws, excessive licking, evading reactions to being cuddled (when it’s usually loved) and things like that.

I strongly believe – and I can’t really stress this enough – that a lot of non-cancerous skin ailments in Bull Terriers are connected to their nutrition in one way or the other. I am convinced that a high-quality and balanced nutrition is key for the health of the dog on the one hand and key for recovery on the other if health issues occur regarding the skin, digestive system and ears.


In this article I explain why in my opinion these very different parts of the body all share a connection and why I consider a proper nutrition so important.

A conclusion

There are not many treatment strategies listed in this article I personally would flatly recommend.
My strongest recommendation will still be to support the dog’s immune system and to look for the allergy triggers in order to avoid them.
But I know this solution often does not come easy and fast.

And I know how desperate the situation can be when the dog is suffering badly and the owner is reaching for every straw in order to find relief for it. That is why, even though I do not really advocate the medical route with steroids or immunosuppressants, I still mention them here as an option to discuss with your vet. Some situations are just so critical that even radical measures may be a way to go. And sometimes indeed – I understand that from my own experience – the only decision could be between a long life full of suffering or a shorter but symptom-free life.

Every owner has to make this decision on their own. But I encourage you to do your research and ask your vet questions. Ask about side effects, ask about options when steroids are the first suggestion put on the table. And don’t even be afraid to seek a second opinion.
Allergies are a complex and stressful topic. A lot of times it’s just trial and error. But in most cases there’s always more than one way to go. And it’s a good thing to know about all of them!

If you liked this article: I am planning on writing more about these topics. So please check back from time to time. Or if you have immediate questions or suggestions for topics I should write about use the comment section or my contact form.

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