Skinfold Moist Dermatitis

Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldog Puppies very common in both breed

Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs LOCATIONS:

  • VAGINAL FOLDS in female bulldogs.

At times, other moist areas such as the INGUINAL & AXILLARY (armpits) areas as well as the thick folds of your bulldog’s NECK and your bulldog’s EAR FOLDS  are mired with the bulldog skin fold moist dermatitis condition.

Bulldog Skinfold Dermatitis 5 X MUST KNOW

  1. They are common to the face, nose, paw, tail, and vaginal area.
  2. Skinfolds trap moisture. The dampness becomes hospitable to bacteria and yeast.
  3. The inflammation & infection present as raw redness, itchy, smelly, and painful
  4. Treatment includes antiseptic therapeutics (wipes, rinse, spray, lotion)
  5. Prevention includes Dr. Kraemer’s Skinfold Care Bundles 

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Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs CAUSE

As with any deep dermal folds, the warm, humid, and moist conditions are a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast overgrowth. These conditions can quickly

lead to skin fold dermatitis, often a severe form manifested with discoloration and moist, prolific, smelly, and ulcerated wounds (pyoderma).


The folds related to your bulldog’s head are a direct outcome of selective breeding that favors and popularizes the “flat head” (brachycephalic shape).

The facial bone compression leads to the common rolls of loose nasal and facial skin folds.

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Your bulldog and French bulldog tail folds are the outcomes of abnormal growth of the last vertebral bones (tail bones), bending and twisting of the tail, showcasing the familiar corkscrew formation and the deep tail pocket.

Bulldog severe corkscrew tail skin fold dermatitis


The chubby webbed toes provide moisture and irritation. Also traumatic implantation and webbing cause damage to the hair follicles and hair shaft pushing it in the worng direction leading to injury, inflammation, and cyst formation “bulldog interdigital cyst”.

Bulldog toe skinfold pododermatitis


Deep skin folds around the bottom parts as well as a hooded vulva on top can lead to chronic disease and persistent recurrent UTI.

French Bulldog vaginal skinfold dermatitis

Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PRESENTATION

Typically manifests as moist, red, inflamed, and often painful, skin fold area.


Include the nasal folds, facial folds, and folds under both eyes.


BULLDOG  TAIL POCKET  (bulldog corkscrewed)

Many English and French bulldog puppies will also suffer from abnormal tailbone growth that will twist the skin around and under the sacral vertebrae creating a deep, painful, infected tight “pocket”.

The deeper the folds are, the worse the skin fold dermatitis and the more intense the itch, pain, and bad odor.


Many female English and French bulldog puppies will also have vaginal skin fold dermatitis which is often missed due to the “tucked-in” hidden anatomy.


Both male and female bulldogs often have thick, chubby paws and toes that contain deep folds prone to moisture, which is somewhat similar to human “athlete’s foot fungus/yeast infection. Toe Skin-Folds dermatitis (Pododermatitis)

All bulldogs with skin-fold dermatitis will suffer and present with some degree of inflamed, itchy, ulcerated, infected and often painful skin folds.

Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PREVENTION

Keeping your English bulldog and French bulldog puppy’s folds dry and healthy is essential.

If left alone and not cared for properly, these folds can easily become infected with bacteria and yeast. These infections can be very painful and irritating to your bulldog puppy.

Proper bulldog maintenance will help to prevent skin fold dermatitis, improve your bulldog health and your bulldog puppy’s quality of life.

Bulldog skinfolds dermatitis wiping FREQUENCY:

MILD: For your bulldog puppy’s skin fold maintenance, I recommend wiping at least once daily; for mild cases, unscented baby wipes might be enough.

MODERATE: For moderate and more severe cases, it is recommended to use antiseptic wipes like Dr. Kraemer’s

V4B Nose-Tail-Toe Skin Fold Extra Large Antiseptic Wipes

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Tail Folds with Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs


For a hairy area like the neck and top of the tail/rump, and some facial folds, as well as difficult-to-reach areas or large surfaces such as inguinal, belly, and axillary bulldog moist dermatitis, you might find Dr. Kramer’s skin fold bundles that include the bully skinfold antiseptic spray, lotion and rinse easier and more convenient to use.

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Dr. Kraemer’s Bulldog Skinfold Moist Dermatitis TIPS & WARNINGS: 

Bulldog Tail After Removal (Amputation)


 Tip #1  Bulldog Skinfolds /TAIL ANATOMY

Tail folds are more of a hands-on experience than a visual one. You really have to familiarize yourself with the curvatures and depth of the folds with your fingers.

Take a medicated wipe or cotton ball and wipe 360° (degrees) in the tailfold, making sure to wipe as deep as you can.

Sometimes the folds are multi-layered and create a corkscrew shape.

 Tip #2 Bulldog Skinfolds / EXTRA LARGE ANTISEPTIC WIPES

Dr. Kraemer’s uniquely formulated Bully Antiseptic Skin Fold XL Wipes are ready-to-use, extra-large, economical, anti-yeast, anti-septic, and convenient wipes, which makes them especially attractive and desirable to every bulldog and a French bulldog owner.

Tip #3 Bulldog Skinfold Dermatitis / OMGA FISH OIL

For the typical English bulldog and French bulldog puppy’s skin-fold moist dermatitis, an Omega EFA Fish oil supplement like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B bully Omega Fish Oil Skin-Joint-Immune can be helpful.

It has good anti-inflammatory properties and comes in an economical, palatable, soft chew treat for easy administration.

Bulldog skinfold moist Dermatitis Fish Oil therapy

Tip #4 Bulldog Wrinkles / DRUGS

You can seal folds from moisture with medical powder (Neo-Pred), bacterial ointment (Derma-Vet), over-the-counter cortisone, baby rash ointments, and even powder, like GoldBond, to prevent moisture accumulation.


Warning#1 Bulldog Skin Wrinkles / URINARY TRACT INFECTION

Urinary tract infection (UTI) in bulldog and French bulldog puppies can occur as a consequence

of vaginal skin-fold infection, as the bacteria from the fold ascends into the urinary tract.

You can find more about this potential complication in Dr. Kraemer’s  UTI  Bulldog Maintenance section.

Warning #2 Bulldog Wrinkles / VAGINAL FOLDS

When vaginal-fold dermatitis leads to chronic persistent UTI, and/or severe persistent moist dermatitis, I recommend surgical removal of those folds (Episoplasty, Vaginoplasty).

Warning #3 Bulldog Skinfold Dermatitis / PAIN

Severe, poorly controlled tailfold dermatitis is very painful to the dog and becomes very difficult to manage.

Tail amputation is an effective and permanent resolution to this painful condition that you will not regret.

Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs SUMMARY:

Owners are typically reluctant to consider surgery with both health and cosmetic concerns on their minds.

Without exception, they always thank me once it’s done. Even years later, they still bring up the notorious “funky odor”, the intense labor trying to clean it daily, and the suffering of their bully.

I consistently hear, “He is so happy now, the smell is gone and there is no daily fighting trying to force the wipes on him.”

“An Ounce of PREVENTION is Worth a Pound of CURE”

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*This guide was compiled courtesy of Dr. Kraemer, a “MUST READ” manual for any current or future bully owner.