The American bulldog is taller and more athletic than his English cousin, so he's happier romping outside instead of lounging on the couch. His love of the outdoors and exercise can foster a smelly health issue, as his particular physical characteristics make him susceptible to developing yeast infections.
The word “bulldog” brings the breed's famous facial wrinkles to mind. The American bulldog carries the same wrinkles as the English bully, but his are not as deep or plentiful as the English bulldog's. They are, though, deep enough to collect moisture, especially around his mouth, and promote yeast growth to cause infection. Regular cleaning with a soft cloth and gentle cleanser prevents problems and keeps your bully's wrinkles dry and healthy.
Although not nearly as floppy as a basset hound's famous flappers, your bully's ears are heavy enough to prevent proper air circulation. Without proper airflow, moisture can become trapped inside his ear canals and encourage bacterial or yeast infections. A yellowish discharge combined with a strong odor signals an infection. Excess ear hair promotes infection, as it can trap and hold moisture deep in his ear. Plucking this excess hair and cleaning his ears once a week to remove wax, dirt and moisture helps keep his ears infection-free.
American bulldogs tend to have sensitive skin, which can cause trouble if yours likes to run around outside. Allergic reactions caused by food, airborne or direct contact triggers can set their skin on a downward spiral of irritation and itching and causing bacterial and yeast infections. Examine your bully's skin and coat every day for signs of redness or irritation, and seek treatment as soon as you notice something amiss.
Plenty of remedies exist for eliminating yeast-based infections, but the quickest and safest way to deal with such issues is to visit your vet. Yeast infections require medication to treat, and the application will depend on the location of the infection. Ear infections usually clear up with prescribed drops, while wrinkle and skin infections need ointments and medicated washes to stop yeast growth. You may not be able to completely prevent yeast infections from happening, but a little attention and care can greatly reduce their occurrence.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.
Jane Williams began her writing career in 2000 as the writer and editor of a nationwide marketing company. Her articles have appeared on various websites. Williams briefly attended college for a degree in administration before embarking on her writing career.