Lip dermatitis, also known as canine cheilitis or angular stomatitis, is a common (but often easily treatable) skin condition in dogs. It affects the corners of their mouths and can cause pain, swelling, and bleeding. Lip dermatitis is especially common in breeds like English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, and Pugs who have wrinkly faces that create moisture-trapping pockets where bacteria can collect and spread. In this blog post we'll discuss what lip dermatitis is, how to spot it in your pup's mouth area, and ways you can prevent it from happening.
What Is Lip Dermatitis?
Lip dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition that usually occurs around the corners of a dog's mouth. It is caused by the build-up of bacteria, yeast, and other irritants that are trapped in the wrinkles and folds around the pet's lips. In extreme cases, it can lead to ulcerations and bleeding. The condition has also been known to cause discomfort for dogs as they eat, drink or even bark.
How To Spot It
Lip dermatitis is easily recognizable due to its unique appearance. Typically redness and swelling will be visible at or near the corners of a pup's mouth. The skin may look dry and flaky, there may be small bumps or scales on their face, and in some cases hair loss may occur in the affected area. If your pup is suffering from lip dermatitis, they may also seem to drool more than usual and be reluctant to eat certain foods.
How To Prevent Lip Dermatitis
Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to help prevent lip dermatitis in your pup. Aside from regular grooming, one of the most important things is to keep the area around their mouth clean and dry. Make sure wrinkles are cleaned regularly with a damp cloth or soft brush and towel-dried afterwards. It is also important to keep an eye on any build-up of food particles, saliva or dirt that gets trapped in the folds or wrinkles around their face as this can lead to infection.
You can wipe your dog's face after they eat or drink with Wrinkle Wipes, as they are the first step to cleaning and protecting your dog’s wrinkles. The Squishface Wrinkle Wipe formula was created specifically for sensitive skin dogs prone to allergies, and intentionally leaves out common and unnecessary irritants such as essential oils, aloe, fragrance and lanolin.
If you notice irritation around your doggo's face folds and nose, follow with Squishface Wrinkle Paste, being mindful of the areas close to their mouths. Wrinkle Paste and Wrinkle Wipes are custom formulated for wrinkly, short-faced breeds like English Bulldogs, Pugs, Shar-peis and French Bulldogs.
If possible, try to limit your doggo's exposure to allergens or other irritants, such as grass and pollen. As always, make sure you speak with a veterinarian if your pup is showing signs of lip dermatitis.
The Bottom Line
Lip dermatitis is an easily recognizable skin condition that can cause discomfort for pups with wrinkles on their faces. Fortunately, there are many steps that pet owners can take to try and prevent it from occurring in the first place. Be sure to regularly clean around your pup's mouth area, keep an eye out for any build-up of dirt or food particles, and limit their exposure to allergens and irritants. With the proper attention and care, your pup will be ready to take on their next adventure with you!