Skin fold dermatitis is a skin condition that commonly affects wrinkly dogs, such as the French Bulldog. The condition is caused by moisture and bacteria getting trapped in the folds of skin, which can lead to irritation, redness, and infection. Treatment for skin fold dermatitis usually involves cleaning the affected area with an antiseptic solution and then applying a topical antibiotic ointment or cream. In some cases, your veterinarian may also prescribe oral antibiotics to help clear the infection. Skin fold dermatitis can be a frustrating condition for pet parents to deal with, but with proper care and treatment, your dog can enjoy a healthy, happy life.
Treating Skin Fold Dermatitis in Frenchies
If you have a French Bulldog or other wrinkly dog, it's important to regularly clean and dry their wrinkles to help prevent skin fold dermatitis from developing. Here are some tips on how to care for your dog's wrinkles:
- When bathing your pup, be sure to thoroughly clean and dry their wrinkles. Thoroughly rinse shampoo and soap residue out of the wrinkles to avoid irritation. Pat the wrinkles dry after bathing with a clean towel or a hairdryer on the low or cool setting until dry.
- If on the go or in between baths, wipe your dog's wrinkles with Squishface Wrinkle Wipes. Our wipes are specifically formulated to clean and protect your dog's wrinkles, and they also help to reduce the build-up of bacteria.
- Apply a barrier cream or ointment to the wrinkles such as Squishface Wrinkle Paste. Wrinkle Paste forms a water-repellent barrier on the skin surface which keeps moisture, yeast, fungus and other bacteria at bay.
Preventing Skin Fold Dermatitis
The best way to prevent skin fold dermatitis is to keep the folds clean and dry. This can be accomplished by wiping the wrinkles with Squishface Wrinkle Wipes throughout the day, especially if your dog has been playing or sweating. Wrinkly pet parents should pay extra attention during the summer months and keep their pups properly hydrated. Dehydration can cause the skin to become dry, cracked and more susceptible to bacteria and infection. Make sure your pet has access to clean, fresh water at all times. In addition, it's important to regularly check your dog's wrinkles for any signs of redness, irritation or infection. For extra protection, apply Squishface Wrinkle Paste to the folds and wrinkles after bathing and before bedtime.
The Bottom Line
If you notice any changes to your Frenchie's skin such as redness, irritation, or discharge in their wrinkles, be sure to contact your veterinarian right away. With proper treatment, skin fold dermatitis is usually not a serious condition and can be easily managed. However, if left untreated, skin fold dermatitis can lead to more serious problems such as infection. By taking preventive measures and being vigilant about your dog's skin health, you can help keep your doggo happy and healthy.