James Livingood has been a dog sitter for several years. He has written numerous articles and a book about the topic because he loves dogs.
Wrinkle Infections in Bulldogs
Bulldog wrinkles are adorable; however, a wrinkle infection is not very cute. As a Bulldog grows older, they become more prone to these infections. It is a sad but inevitable fact of life. Beyond causing a smell, they can be frustrating to the dog on multiple levels. Here are a number of signs to look for and actions to take to get rid of and prevent wrinkle infections from happening in the first place. The ultimate goal is both your comfort and your dog's comfort as well.
Signs of a Wrinkle Infection
- Face Rubbing: If your dog is rubbing their face more than usual, that could be the first sign of a skin infection. Once or twice is somewhat normal, but constant face rubbing is different. Please note that this doesn’t just mean rubbing it with their paws. They may be rubbing their face on the ground or on furniture. An occasional itch is much different than constant face rubbing.
- Redness: When you look at the folds of skin and see additional redness, that could be a sign of infection. In addition, their skin may look dry and flaky. Don’t be afraid to move the folds of skin around, as the redness may be in an area not easily seen.
- Odor: If you can smell an unpleasant odor coming from their face, imagine how they feel! Our noses are nowhere near as sensitive as theirs. This is one of the more accurate signs of a potential infection. Please note that if you smell their face, their breath may be the cause of the odor.
Treatment of an Existing Infection
The absolute best thing you can do is call your veterinary office. They can give you information suited to your individual dog’s needs. This can be based on weight, lifestyle, and other factors. In addition, they keep up with the latest products and preventative trends. If you don’t have the luxury of contacting your vet’s office (because of cost or time), here are some additional things to try.
The cause of wrinkle infection is dirt and wetness getting in the folds. While your instinct to wash your dog may work (especially if you dry well), the best solution may be topical wipes. Amazon has a number of these wipes ranging from $11–25. Some Bulldog owners create their own wipes, but these homemade formulas can be dangerous, especially if the dog licks or grooms their face during the process.
Creams work similar to the wipes, but often have additional soothing benefits. Again, don’t use creams designed for humans, such as diaper rash cream or unique antibiotic ointment. Often times dogs will lick their face during this process, which may cause them to ingest harmful substances. Your veterinary office will be able to suggest the right combination for your canine.
There is an amazing selection of shampoos dedicated to Bulldog wrinkle care. The biggest concern when using one of these products is ensuring that the dog is completely dry afterwards. That means cleaning and drying inside the folds as well. If that step does not occur, the infection can become worse and spread. In addition, do not let shampoo or soap products “sit” on the skin for a long time, as this can also cause additional irritation.
Preventing Future Infections
- Wipe Wrinkles Twice a Week: The best way to solve future outbreaks is to make sure they keep their skin folds clean. Many Bulldogs are messy eaters which can get into the folds of their skin. In addition, they may enjoy playing around outside, which can force dirt into their wrinkles. By creating a practice of wiping out the wrinkles every few days, it helps prevent any infection from taking hold. However, do not combine this with baths every few days. Having this many baths can cause the rest of the skin to have oils that dry out. This can lead to future irritation.
- Regular Bathing: If your canine decided to roll around in the mud puddle at the local dog park, it might be time for a bath. Again, these bathes should be spaced out far apart and not done multiple times per week. Usually, once a month or less is recommended.
- Remedy Dryness: If you notice that your Bulldog’s wrinkles are becoming dry, but not infected, you may need to add some moisture. Many dog owners swear by Vaseline, but again, dogs can lick this off. Small amounts of Vaseline will not hurt a Bulldog, but it is still best to use a product suggested by your veterinary office.
Commonly Asked Questions and Fun Facts About Bulldogs
Where can I find a Bulldog to adopt?
The best place to start is your local shelter. If they don’t have a dog, or you don’t know where that local shelter is located, you can go to RescueBulldogs.org. From there, you can look up your location and learn more about the individual dogs. Do not go to your local pet store, as dogs found there can be from puppy mills. Please note that pet stores may use the word “rescue” even though the dog is from a puppy mill. Start with your local shelter and look for an actual rescue, not a fake one.
Why do they cost so much?
Bulldogs need to be birthed using a complicated c-section procedure. That means that each birth requires additional medical equipment and knowledge. In addition, mothers need to be monitored while they feed their newborn puppies to ensure no problems occur. All this additional work comes with a cost.
What are mini Bulldogs or specialized Bulldogs?
Often times, these are breeders trying to fool customers into buying Bulldogs with inbred problems. In addition, these dogs may be a cross between a traditional Bulldog and another breed of dog. It’s best to stay away from any “designer” Bulldogs because the quality can cause massive future medical bills.
Where do Bulldogs get their name from?
Before 1835, the breed was used in England for a practice known as bull-baiting. These dogs would harass and try to mess with a bull that was tied up. This required a dog to sneak up, bite the bull, and avoid the horns. While to dog tried to dart around the bull, the bull tried to kill the dog with its horns. In addition to bulls, bears were also tied up and pitted against dogs. People of this sport would even put bulls against bears (leaving out the dogs entirely). However, these blood sports were outlawed starting in 1835. Since then, aggressive behavior has been bred out of Bulldogs, and they have become fantastic family companions. They are loyal, amazing, fun loving pets that any family would be lucky to have.
Instructional Video on Bulldog Wrinkle Cleaning
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How To Treat wrinkle Infections in Dogs - Skin Fold Infections
How do I treat my dog's wrinkle infection?
Wrinkle infections in dogs (or, also frequently called, skin fold infections) are most commonly seen around the face folds/face wrinkles, lip folds, groin, and armpits. These infections are often called skin fold dermatitis or pyoderma (bacterial skin infection), and are found between two folds of skin. The pockets between the skin folds are moist and warm, which provides a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and yeast. Skin fold dermatitis is common in older dogs, overweight dogs, and dogs of the breeds listed below:
- Shar Pei
It’s very easy for moisture, dirt, and debris to collect deep within the cute, endearing wrinkles of our feisty, ever-inquisitive, furry friends. However, unless kept properly clean and dry, these areas can become the perfect environment for rampant bacterial or fungal infections. Find Banixx near you or buy online.
Signs of wrinkle infections include :
- Itchy skin. Your dog may be excessively biting, scratching, or habitually rubbing the wrinkled skin area along the carpet or furniture, which can lead to further injury and infection.
- Irritated skin. The wrinkle area may have a variety of problems such as redness, rashes, bumpy or crusty areas, or oozing inflamed sores.
- Foul odor coming from the wrinkles. This is likely symptomatic of a yeast or bacterial infection.
Skin fold dermatitis on a dog is like athlete's foot on a person. It is painful and can be challenging to manage if not caught early and treated consistently .
Wrinkle Infections in Dogs
Using Banixx to treat wrinkle infection
Regardless of the cause, these infections are uncomfortable for your dog and while trying to get some relief from the itch or pain, he may rub excessively and cause even more problems. For immediate relief from the discomfort of wrinkle infections, whether facial or elsewhere, treat your dog with a gentle, soothing application of Banixx Pet Care. Banixx is non-toxic and has no clinical odor or sting to alarm or frighten your dog, making treatment a breeze for both dog and owner. And, because Banixx is a topical solution - not a medication for dog wrinkles - it’s totally safe to use Banixx in conjunction with any prescribed antibiotic therefore, there is no risk of over-medicating your dog with Banixx. Find Banixx near you or buy online.
How to apply Banixx to your dog's wrinkle/skin fold infections
Although Banixx may be sprayed directly onto your pet without risk of harm, for wrinkles it may be better to apply Banixx with a piece of sterile gauze or cotton heavily dampened with Banixx. Gently separate each fold and apply the wet gauze/cotton so that the area is thoroughly saturated with Banixx. Banixx needs to make good contact to be effective. It’s preferable to treat your dog’s wrinkles with Banixx twice a day until the infection dissipates. Banixx’s odor-free, sting-free solution delivers a stress-free experience for your dog with speedy results. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after cleaning your dog’s skin folds so that you do not introduce or spread bacteria or fungus. If your dog has a bacterial or fungal infection that does not resolve with consistent treatment over several days, or comes back repeatedly, consult with your veterinarian as there may be an other issue that needs to be addressed .
Face Wrinkle Infections in Dogs
How can you prevent dog wrinkle/fold infections?
Wrinkle infections may be prevented by following good hygiene practices for your dog, particularly making sure to keep skin fold wrinkles clean and dry. Avoid using a hair dryer on your dog’s wrinkles. Instead, gently dry each skin fold with sterile gauze or a clean/dry wash cloth. As a preventive measure to keep bacterial and fungal infections at bay, consider cleaning your dog’s wrinkles (skin folds) at least once a day with Banixx. It’s a safe and soothing solution that makes sense to include as part of your pet's skin care. And, Banixx Pet Care Spray will not dry out your pet’s skin or cause irritation. Find Banixx near you or buy online.
If you think your dog's infection has more to do with a hot spot, we recommend you visit our related page: Hot Spots on Dogs - How To Treat and Prevent Hotspots.
How to Treat Bulldog Hot Spots
Although Bulldog hot spots are very common, these must not be ignored. Treatment for hot spots involves addressing the underlying cause of this skin problem. Topical and oral treatments are also given to help soothe the itchiness and discomfort.
Here are things you can do to treat Bulldog hot spots.
- Ask your veterinarian for ointments or any medication you can use in case hot spots start appearing on your Bulldog’s skin.
- Clean the hot spots with cool water and mild soap.
- Apply the topical or lotion your veterinarian has prescribed on the affected areas.
- Make a cold compress and apply it on your Bulldog’s hot spots thrice daily for 5 to 10 minutes. This helps relieve the itching and even calms the tissues. Allow the area to fully dry.
- Put an Elizabethan collar around your Bulldog’s neck. This protective device prevents the spread of hot spots in your Bulldog. Also known as E-collar, it stops your Bulldog from chewing or licking parts of his body while also preventing your pet from scratching his skin. Aside from preventing the spread of hot spots, E-collars also hinders your Bulldog from licking topicals that are applied to his skin.
- Depending on the severity of your Bulldog’s hot spots, your veterinarian may also prescribe antibiotics.
- Bathe your Bulldog using medicated shampoo at least twice a week. Do not forget to dry his coat.
3. Taking Care of Infections
Infections of the wrinkles or folds on a bulldog’s face can be really uncomfortable and painful for your dog, besides marring that lovely face.
Infections can appear in a number of forms – redness or inflammation, discharge, an unpleasant odor, or dry/itchy areas.
The first thing to do at a sign of infection is to consult your vet as soon as possible.
Cleaning the infected area can be challenging, to deal with your dog’s discomfort as well as cleaning effectively in areas not easy to access.
Clip the hair around the infected area for better access, and clean it daily in case of infections.
Your vet would most likely recommend a topical rash cream, or a mild cleanser to work with. Often diaper rash creams are also very effective to treat wrinkle infections.
Here’s a video via YouTube on more fold and wrinkle cleaning:
Many Causes For Acne in Bulldogs
Just like us humans, Bulldogs might develop acne-more commonly called pimples-as a routine part of entering adolescents. At this still early stage in life your bully’s hormones are rapidly working and changing. Every teenager will eventually wake up one morning to find a few blemishes protruding away from their face and Bulldogs aren’t much different.
Once you’ve spotted a pimple or two on that beautiful Bulldog chin don’t freak out. Often times there’s nothing you can do to prevent them. There are however, a few avenues you can travel to keep acne from manifesting. Pimples can overrun your Bulldog’s body when his hygienic needs are not being met or by a direct allergic reaction to his food or treats. Perhaps an aggressive bacteria has declared war on your precious English Bulldog.