Skin fold dermatitis in bulldogs like the English Bulldog, American Bulldog, and French Bulldog Puppy , is due to your bulldog’s facial bone compression and abnormal growth of your bulldog’s tail bone. Skin fold dermatitis in bulldogs will typically manifest as moist, red, inflamed and open painful skin folds. Often, this painful bulldog skin fold dermatitis distribution is found in the nasal fold, on the sides of the nose, and under both eyes. Many English and French bulldog puppies will also suffer from abnormal tail bone growth that will twist the skin around and under the sacral vertebrae creating a deep pocket of skin folds. Many female English and French bulldog puppies will also have vaginal skin fold dermatitis. Both male and female bulldogs often have thick paws and toes that contain folds with moist skin. 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: Nasal and Facial Skin Fold Moist Dermatitis: Due to the facial bone compression associated with the bulldog breed, your bulldog will have some excess facial skin folds in the nasal fold, on the sides of the nose, and under each eye.
Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs: Tail Fold Moist Dermatitis corkscrew-tails): Bulldog tailbones often grow abnormally with the end result being the familiar corkscrew bully tail. As your bulldog’s tailbones twist and turn, they drag the overlaying skin and hair with them, forming a tortuous fold. With every twist and turn, the folds get deeper. The deeper the folds are, the worse the skin fold dermatitis and the more intense the itch, pain and odor.
Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs: Vaginal Fold Moist Dermatitis: Vaginal fold dermatitis can occur in female dogs that have excess skin folds around their private area.
Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs: Toe Skin Fold Moist Dermatitis (Pododermatitis) : Bulldog toes are thick with deeply tucked-in folds which often lead to skin fold dermatitis.
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, improving your bulldog health and your bulldog puppy’s quality of life.
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, productive, smelly and ulcerated wounds (pyoderma). For your bulldog puppy’s skin fold maintenance, I recommend wiping the folds at least once daily. For mild cases, unscented baby wipes might be enough. For moderate and more severe cases, I recommend using an antiseptic, anti-fungal wipes like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Nose-Tail-Toe Skin Fold Wipes (Order now: $24.98). The skin fold wipes have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and contain PhytoSphingosine, which restores your bulldog’s skin barrier.
Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs Tips & Warnings:
Dr. Kraemer’s Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs Tip #1: 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 tail fold, making sure to wipe as deep as you can. Sometimes the folds are multi-layered and create a corkscrew shape.
Dr. Kraemer’s Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs Tip #2: The V4B Skin FoldWipes (Order now: $24.98) are made to be ready-to-use, making it especially easy for those with a busy life style. You can also make your own homemade, low cost, antibacterial and anti-fungal wipes by using Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Nose-Tail-Toe Skin Fold + PhytoSphingosine RINSE. Pack either cotton balls or gauze into a small container (see demo) and soak them with the rinse.
Dr. Kraemer’s Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs Tip #3: For the typical English bulldog and French bulldog puppies’ skin fold moist dermatitis, Omega EFA oils like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Omega Fish Oil (Order now: med $16.96 or large 26.96) have good anti-inflammatory properties and might help.
Dr. Kraemer’s Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs #Tip #4: 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.
Dr. Kraemer’s Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs Warning#1: Urinary tract infection (UTI) in bulldogs 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 the UTI Bulldog Maintenance section.
Dr. Kraemer’s Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs Warning #2: When vaginal fold dermatitis leads to chronic persistent UTI and/or to severe persistent moist dermatitis, I recommend surgical removal of those folds (Episoplasty, Vaginoplasty).
Dr. Kraemer’s Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs Warning#3: Severe, poorly controlled tail fold dermatitis is very painful to the dog and becomes very difficult to manage. Tail amputation is an elegant, permanent resolution to this painful condition which you will not regret. 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.”
*This guide was compiled courtesy of Dr. Kraemer, a “must read” manual for any current or future bully owner.