Pyoderma

When a dog's skin is cut or wounded, there is an increased risk of infection. Pyoderma refers to a bacterial infection of the skin that is very common in dogs. Lesions and pustules (inflamed pus-filled swelling) on the skin, and in some cases partial hair loss, often characterize the infection.…

Demodectic Mange

By Dr. Becker Canine mange is a skin condition caused by several different species of parasitic mites. The mites embed themselves either on your dog’s skin or hair follicles. Some species of mites commonly live on and in the bodies of dogs without causing a problem, but any type of…

Entropion

Entropion is a genetic condition in which a portion of the eyelid is inverted or folded inward. This can cause an eyelash or hair to irritate and scratch the surface of the eye, leading to corneal ulceration or perforation. It can also cause dark-colored scar tissue to build up over…

Ichthyosis

Description: Ichthyosis is an autosomal recessive genetic mutation that affects the skin. The mutation prevents the outer layer of the epidermis from forming properly, resulting in skin that becomes darkened and thick and flakes excessively. The name "Ichthyosis" is derived from the Greek word for fish, which describes the skin's…

Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis

Common Symptoms Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis 10 (NCL10) is a lysosomal storage disease affecting American Bulldogs. NCL10 is due to a deficiency in the activity of the Enzyme cathepsin D, which is necessary to break down certain proteins in the cells. As a result, there is an accumulation of these compounds…

Puppies Bone Care

Puppies tend to be active, always on the go, and looking for something to do in between rest and sleep. It is important that as owners of an American Bulldog puppy you DO NOT give your puppy too much exercise or exercise your puppy to the point that they tire…

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a deformity of the hip joint (coxofemoral joint) that occurs during an animal's growth period. Many large breed dog owners have heard of it, but the fact is that anyone owning a dog should become familiar with this condition. In essence, the ball of the femur can…

Elbow Dysplasia

In this video Dr. Karen Becker discusses four types of canine elbow joint problems that fall into the general category of “elbow dysplasia.” By Dr. Becker "Elbow dysplasia" is a catchall term used to describe one or more inherited developmental abnormalities in a dog's elbow joint. Generally speaking, elbow dysplasia…