Do you have an English Bulldog, Frenchie, Pug, or another breed of dog that has skin folds and wrinkles? If so, you need to be aware of the risk of yeast infections. These infections can be very uncomfortable for your dog and can lead to other health problems if not treated properly. In this blog post, we will discuss the causes of yeast infections in wrinkly dogs and how to prevent them. We will focus on breeds that are more prone to developing these infections, and we will provide tips on how to keep your dog healthy and free from infection!
Why do Wrinkly Dogs Get Yeast Infections in their Wrinkles?
Yeast infections are caused by a type of fungus called candida. This fungus is found naturally on the dog's skin. The yeast that resides naturally on a dog's skin is generally in small amounts as part of the dog's normal flora. When there is an excessive amount of yeast in one spot, an infection may develop.
One of the reasons that the fungus can grow out of control and cause an infection is when the environment is warm and moist. Skin folds and wrinkles provide the perfect environment for this to happen because they trap moisture and heat. In other words, your wrinkly pooch is more susceptible to yeast infections than other dogs.
What Are the Symptoms of a Yeast Infection in Wrinkly Dogs?
The symptoms of a yeast infection in wrinkly dogs include itchiness, redness, scaling, hot spots, greasy or flaky skin, hair loss, and a sweet or musty odor. You might notice your dog rubbing their face or scratching excessively. If the condition is chronic, the skin may thicken and become darker in color.
How To Prevent Yeast Infections in Wrinkly Dogs.
To decrease the chance that a yeast infection will recur, it is very important to deal with the underlying cause. In wrinkly dogs, the underlying cause is usually moisture trapped inside the skin folds.
The best way to prevent yeast infections is to keep your dog's skin clean and dry. This can be a challenge with breeds that have skin folds, so it's important to wipe down the folds regularly. Squishface Wrinkle Wipes make it easier to keep their folds and wrinkles clean. Our alcohol-free formula is gentle enough for even the most sensitive and allergy-prone dogs. The pre-moistened wipes are perfect for between baths. They make it easy to get to those hard-to-clean places including the wrinkles and skin folds and also tail pockets, paws and toes, faces, tear stains, girly dog bits (the vulva), and even puppy bums! Since there are no harsh chemicals, you don’t need to worry about stinging or irritation.
After cleaning with Wrinkle Wipes, use Squishface Wrinkle Paste to provide a protective barrier for the skin. Wrinkle Paste will help prevent moisture from getting trapped inside the skin folds. The 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.
The Bottom Line
Wrinkly dogs are prone to yeast and other bacterial infections between their skin folds because of the moisture that can get trapped in that area. Yeast infections can be prevented with consistent care to keep the area clean, dry, and protected. If you suspect your English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Pug, or other wrinkly dog breed already has a yeast infection between their skin folds, check in with your veterinarian.