If your dog has sore wrinkles, you may be wondering what you can do to help them feel better. There are a few things you can do to soothe your dog's wrinkles and some things you should avoid. With a little bit of care, your furry friend will feel much better in no time!
What Causes Sore Wrinkles?
Many dogs have wrinkles, especially breeds like Bulldogs, Shar-peis and Pugs. While they may look cute, these wrinkles can actually cause a lot of health problems for your pet if they aren't cared for properly. Bacteria can easily get trapped in the folds of skin and cause infections. Yeast and mold can also grow in the warm, moist environment, leading to even more irritation.
In the summer months, it's especially important to pay attention to your dog's wrinkles. The heat and humidity can make existing problems worse and also cause new ones to crop up. If you're not careful, your dog could end up with painful sores that take a long time to heal.
How to Soothe Your Dog's Wrinkles
The first step in soothing your dog's wrinkles is to clean them thoroughly. When bathing your doggo use a mild soap and warm water to gently scrub away any dirt, debris, or bacteria that may be trapped in the folds. Be sure to rinse all of the soap off completely so as not to leave any behind that could further irritate your pup's skin.
Once the wrinkles are clean, you can apply Squishface Wrinkle Paste to help relieve any discomfort. Wrinkle Paste forms a water-repellent barrier on the skin surface which keeps moisture, yeast, fungus and other bacteria at bay resulting in happy, protected and fresh smelling wrinkles. While developed for bulldogs, Wrinkle Paste is not breed specific and will take care of dog wrinkles, tear stains and tail pockets for any breed such as Pugs, Shar-Peis, Frenchies, Mastiffs and many more. For best results we recommend applying fresh Wrinkle Paste on sore wrinkles once daily for 7 to 10 days.
Use Squishface Wipes prior to application of Wrinkle Paste or Tear Stain Paste instead of soap and water, as Wrinkle Wipes have an alcohol-free formula and it's gentle enough for even the most sensitive and allergy-prone dogs.
What to Avoid
When caring for your dog's sore wrinkles, there are a few things you should avoid. Never use human wipes or lotions on your pet, as these can contain ingredients that are harmful to dogs. Baby wipes, in particular, often contain alcohol which can dry out your pup's skin and make the irritation worse.
You should also avoid using any type of powder on your dog's wrinkles. Talcum powder, cornstarch, and other similar products can actually make the problem worse by trapping moisture in the folds of skin. If you must use a powder, choose one that is specifically designed for dogs and that won't cause further irritation.
Special Care in the Summer Months
As mentioned above, it's important to take special care of your dog's wrinkles in the summer months. The heat and humidity can make existing problems worse and also cause new ones to crop up. If you're not careful, your dog could end up with painful sore wrinkles that take a long time to heal.
To prevent this, pay close attention to your pet's wrinkled skin and clean them regularly and, if possible, take your dog for walks during the cooler hours of the day to avoid exposing them to the harsh sun and heat.
By following these simple tips, and cleaning regimen, you can help keep your dog's wrinkles clean and free of infection.