If you own a wrinkly dog like an English Bulldog, French Bulldog or Pug, you know that they bring both joy and unique health challenges to your life. Unfortunately, these breeds are more prone to certain diseases and health issues due to their specific physical characteristics. In this blog post, we'll discuss some of the common illnesses and conditions seen in wrinkly dogs, as well as information on how to spot the signs of each one. By understanding the potential risks associated with owning a wrinkly breed of dog, you can ensure that you provide your pup with the best care possible throughout their lifetime.
Common Diseases & Conditions
One of the most common illnesses faced by all breeds is obesity; however, wrinkles add an additional layer of difficulty. Deep creases can cause skin folds to rub against each other, which often leads to irritation and infection.
Along with obesity-related issues, dogs with wrinkles are at a greater risk of suffering from respiratory problems due to their flat faces and short muzzle. They may also struggle with heart conditions caused by the physical shape of these breeds as well as eye issues like entropion (inward turning eyelids) and cherry eye (prolapsed third eyelid).
In addition to the above mentioned diseases, wrinkly breeds are also more prone to skin infections due to bacteria build up in the skin folds. These types of infections can be caused by anything from an allergic reaction to shampoo residue or yeast buildup; however, they are easily treated with antibiotics and proper hygiene.
Spotting the Signs
When it comes to caring for your wrinkly pup, knowledge is power. The earlier you spot a potential health issue, the better chance there is of treating it before it causes serious damage or complications. It's important to keep an eye out for any changes in behavior such as decreased appetite, lethargy or difficulty breathing; these can all be signs of something more serious going on. Additionally, if you notice any redness, discharge or lumps around the skin folds, this could indicate an infection and should be checked out by a vet immediately.
Taking Preventative Measures
To help keep your wrinkly pup healthy, it's important to take preventative measures. This includes regular check-ups with the vet, maintaining a diet and exercise regimen. Because skin problems are one of the most common health problems seen in bulldogs and pugs, regular grooming habits like moisture control and deep cleaning of skin folds are essential.
Squishface Wrinkle Paste and Wrinkle Wipes were developed with the Bulldog's skin issues in mind. However, they work great with any dog breeds. Wrinkle Paste creates a protective barrier on your dog’s nose rope, wrinkles and skin folds, toes or tail pockets, and removes stubborn tear stains in bulldogs. Wrinkle Wipes contain phytosphingosine, which is a skin lipid with anti-inflammatory and microbe repelling properties. It helps rebuild the natural ceramides found in the skin barrier that are critical in helping keep the skin healthy. Both formulas contain only essential ingredients that are free of common allergens found in other dog products, such as lavender, aloe, lanolin and fragrances.
The Bottom Line
Owning a wrinkly breed can bring immense joy and love into your life; however, they do come with their own unique set of health risks. By understanding the common diseases and conditions these breeds are prone to, you can be better prepared to spot any issues early on and provide your pup with the care they need in order to stay healthy and happy for years to come.