At first glance, diaper rash cream may seem like an ideal solution for any skin irritation your dog might experience. After all, diaper rash cream is designed specifically to soothe and protect irritated skin, making it seem like a prime candidate for irritations on our canine companion's skin as well. However, the reality is that diaper rash cream can cause more harm than good when used on dogs.
In this article, we will explore some of the potential dangers of using diaper rash cream on dogs and explain why it is not recommended. We will also discuss what you can do instead to soothe and protect dry, flaky, or irritated skin conditions in dogs, so you can keep your furry friend happy and healthy.
The Dangers of Diaper Rash Cream
First and foremost, diaper rash cream contains ingredients that are harmful to dogs. Common diaper rash ingredients like petroleum jelly and lanolin can cause an upset stomach or diarrhea if your dog ingests them.
Many dogs are also allergic to the ingredients in diaper rash creams. Wrinkly dogs such as English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, and Pugs are especially prone to allergies. Many common allergens such as lavender, aloe, lanolin, and fragrance can be found in diaper rash creams. Using these products on dogs that are allergic to them can aggravate skin conditions like eczema and cause them to break out in rashes or sores.
Perhaps most importantly, diaper rash cream is simply not designed for use on dogs. The skin of a dog is different than the skin of a human, and thus diaper rash cream may not be effective in soothing and protecting skin irritations in dogs. In fact, using diaper rash cream on your dog's skin could actually make the condition worse.
For these reasons, it is best to avoid using diaper rash cream on your dog altogether.
How to Soothe and Protect Your Dog's Skin Without Using Diaper Rash Cream
If your dog's skin is dry, itchy, or red, use a product that is made specifically for dogs. Squishface Wrinkle Paste was created without water or alcohol and with a limited, only essential ingredient list. We excluded many common allergens found in other products, and instead, we use calming shea butter and protective avocado oil to soothe sensitive skin. Wrinkle Paste forms a water-repellent barrier on the skin surface which keeps moisture, yeast, fungus, and other bacteria away.
Squishface Wrinkle Paste is safe and effective for use on all dogs, but it was specially created for our wrinkly friends who are prone to irritation in their wrinkles and skin folds. You can use it on your dog’s nose rope, wrinkles and skin folds, toes, and tail pockets.
How to Prevent Skin Irritations
The best way to handle skin irritations in your dog is to prevent them altogether. First, ensure that they are drinking enough water and getting the appropriate nutrients in their food. Keep their skin clean and dry by bathing them with mild, hypoallergenic dog shampoo and drying their skin thoroughly from head to toe. Wrinkly dogs in particular can get water trapped between their wrinkles and folds which can cause skin irritations or even lead to yeast infections. Squishface Wrinkle Paste can also be used preventatively. Once your dog is clean and dry, use our Wrinkle Paste to protect their skin and prevent it from becoming dry and flaky.
In between baths, you can also keep your bulldog's skin clean using Squishface Wrinkle Wipes. Our alcohol-free solution is gentle enough for even the most sensitive and allergy-prone dogs. You won't have to worry about stinging or discomfort since there are no harsh chemicals in the formulation.
Squishface Wrinkle Wipes also have phytosphingosine in them. Phytosphingosine is a pro-ceramide with anti-inflammatory and microbe repelling properties. It helps rebuild the natural ceramides found in the skin barrier which is critical in helping keep the skin healthy. So not only do Wrinkle Wipes clean the skin of dirt and debris, but they also actively help to rebuild the skin.
The Bottom Line
In conclusion, diaper rash cream is not safe or effective for use on dogs. If your dog's skin is irritated, it is best to use a product that is specifically designed for dogs. If you suspect that your dog has a skin infection, make an appointment to see your veterinarian as soon as possible.