Tail pocket infections are a common bulldog skin infection. The most likely way your bulldog can get this infection is if the bacteria enter through their tail crease. If you have a bulldog with a corkscrew tail, they may be more prone to getting tail pocket infections. Puppies are more likely to get tail pocket infections than adult dogs. This is because they have a higher number of skin folds, and their immune systems are not fully developed. If your puppy has a tail pocket infection, it is important to take them to the vet so they can be treated with antibiotics. The good news is that there are several things you can do to treat and prevent these infections.
What Are Tail Pockets?
Tail pockets are the skin folds that bulldogs have at the base of their tails. These skin folds can trap moisture, dirt, and bacteria. If not cleaned regularly, tail pockets can become infected.
What Other Breeds Have Them?
In addition to bulldogs, many other short-tailed breeds like pugs, and French bulldogs have tail pockets. This is because they don’t have enough skin on their tails to cover the entire bone. This is because they have short tails and a lot of skin folds. However, any breed of dog can get a tail pocket infection if bacteria enter through their tail crease.
What Can I Use to Treat Them?
If your wrinkly pup has a tail pocket infection, there are several things you can do to treat it. First, you will need to clean the area with a mild soap and water. Then, you can apply an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment to the affected area. You can also use a warm compress to help reduce swelling and pain. Natural remedies like honey-based salves or apple cider vinegar can also be used to treat tail pocket infections. Coconut oil, and aloe vera can also be used to help treat tail pocket infections. If the infection is severe, your bulldog may need to be treated with antibiotics prescribed by your veterinarian.
What Should I Avoid?
There are some things you should avoid doing if your bulldog has a tail pocket infection. First, you should not try to pop the blister or pus-filled bumps. This can cause more irritation and make the infection worse. Second, you should not use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol to clean the area. These products can irritate the skin and make the infection worse. Finally, you should not use over-the-counter corticosteroids to treat the infection. Corticosteroids can make the infection worse and cause other health problems.
How To Prevent Tail Pocket Infections?
The best way to prevent tail pocket infections is to keep the area clean and dry. You should clean your bulldog’s tail pocket area with a non-irritant soap and water at least once a week. In between baths or on the go, try Squishface Wrinkle Wipes to keep the area around your doggo's tail pocket free of dirt and debris. Our wipes have 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. After cleaning the area, be sure to dry the tail pocket completely. Moisture can easily be trapped in the pocket and cause bacteria to build up and form an infection. Follow up with Squishface Wrinkle Paste in the area. Wrinkle Paste forms a water-repellent barrier on the skin surface which keeps moisture, yeast, fungus, and other bacteria away.
The Bottom Line
Tail pocket infections are a common wrinkly dog skin infection. However, there are several things you can do to treat and prevent these infections. If your pup has a tail pocket infection, you should take them to the vet so they can be treated with antibiotics.