If you own a dog with plenty of wrinkles, such as a English Bulldog or a Shar Pei, you know how cute they are. However, you might not know that those distinctive wrinkles need tender loving care, especially if you want to prevent infections and fold dermatitis. These skin disorders can be extremely uncomfortable, and even painful, for your wrinkly dogs. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to keep your dogs skin healthy, and avoid infections and fold dermatitis. Here are some skin care steps for your dog.
If your dog has deep wrinkles, it has hidden skin that's susceptible to skin disorders. Unfortunately, it's difficult to see between the wrinkles. That's why it's crucial for you to inspect your dogs skin on a weekly basis. During the summer months, you should inspect the folds on a daily basis. If you find moisture, you should dry the folds with a soft, clean cloth.
In addition to the weekly inspections, you should also keep the folds between the wrinkles clean. Fill a basin with warm water, and add about a tablespoon of germicidal soap. Soak a clean cloth in the water, and wring it out well. Carefully wash each fold on your dog, including the area around the nose and jowls. Once you wash the folds, repeat the process using clear water to rinse away the soapy residue. Finally, use a soft cloth to dry each fold. Be sure to avoid leaving any moisture behind in the wrinkle folds, or your dog could develop skin infections. You may want to opt for professional pet grooming.
During the summer, sweat can make the problem even worse. That's why it's important that you keep the folds as dry as possible. That can be difficult when you have an active dog that likes to get into sweaty fun. One way to protect your dog is to apply a mild powder to your dogs body each day. Baby powder, and powder containing cornstarch will help keep your dog's wrinkle folds dry to prevent infections and fold dermatitis.
Know When to See the Veterinarian
If your dog has folds, you need to be aware of the signs that accompany skin infections. Those signs include oozing along the folds, foul odor from the wounds, and inflammation. If you see signs of infection in the folds on your dogs skin, you need to contact a veterinarian as soon as possible. Your dog will require medical care to cure the infection.