It's no secret that wrinkles are one of the most defining characteristics of English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, and Pugs. But, those same adorable wrinkles can trap dirt, debris, and even moisture. That's why it's so important to routinely groom your wrinkly dog. Weekly visits to a groomer can get costly, so you may find yourself wanting to do some of the grooming at home. In this article, we are sharing about best tips for grooming your wrinkly dog at home.
Bathing Your Wrinkly Dog
Although wrinkly dogs should not be bathed as often as other breeds, it's important to give them a bath every few weeks. Choose a mild dog shampoo that won't dry out their skin. When bathing your wrinkly dog, take extra care to cleanse their wrinkles. After bathing, be sure to thoroughly dry your dog's wrinkles. This will help prevent any moisture from getting trapped in their wrinkles and skin folds which can cause irritation or even infection.
In between baths, it's important to routinely clean your dog's wrinkles and skin folds. This can be done with Squishface Wrinkle Wipes. Our alcohol-free formula is gentle enough for even the most sensitive and allergy-prone dogs. They are perfect for those hard-to-clean places. Since there are no harsh chemicals, you don’t need to worry about stinging or irritation.
Protecting Your Dog's Skin Folds & Wrinkles
After bathing, it is important to keep its wrinkles and skin folds from irritation or infection. Use Squishface Wrinkle Paste to form a water-repellent barrier on the skin surface which keeps moisture, yeast, fungus, and other bacteria away.
Wrinkle Paste was created without water or alcohol or common allergens such as lavender, aloe, lanolin, fragrance, etc., found in other products. Instead, we use a calming shea butter and protective avocado oil to soothe sensitive skin.
It's also important to routinely trim your wrinkly dog's nails. If their nails get too long, they can cause your dog pain and discomfort. They can also get caught on things or even break which can be very painful for your dog.
When trimming your wrinkly dog's nails, be sure to use sharp nail clippers designed for dogs. You'll also want to avoid cutting too close to the quick as this can be painful for your dog.
Another important part of grooming your wrinkly dog is cleaning its ears. This helps prevent dirt, debris, and wax from building up and causing an infection. When cleaning your dog's ears, be sure to use a gentle cleanser designed for dogs. Avoid using cotton swabs as these can actually cause more damage to their ears.
Expressing Anal Glands
Anal glands are located on either side of your dog's anus. They produce a foul-smelling substance that helps your dog mark their territory. However, if they become blocked, they can become very painful for your dog.
You'll know if your dog's anal glands need to be expressed if they are scooting their bottom along the ground or if they have a bad odor coming from their anus. If you suspect your dog's anal glands need to be expressed. We highly recommend getting their anal glands expressed by a Veterinarian. If you want to do this at home, consult with your veterinarian first.
The Bottom Line
Grooming your wrinkly dog is an important part of dog ownership. By following these tips, you can help keep your dog healthy and happy.