Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs

Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs like the English BulldogAmerican Bulldog, and French Bulldog Puppies, are common to the

  • FACE FOLDSSkin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs
  • NOSE FOLDS
  • TAIL FOLDS
  • TOES FOLDS
  • FOOT FOLDS
  • VAGINAL FOLDS in female bulldogs.

At times, other moist areas such as the INGUINAL & AXILLARY (armpits) areas are affected and infected, 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.

Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs CAUSE

HEAD SKIN FOLDS

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.

TAIL SKIN FOLDS

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.

TOE SKIN FOLDS

The chubby webbed toes provide moist and irritation

Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs wipes

Antiseptic Wipes for bulldog skin folds

VULVA SKIN FOLDS

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

Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PRESENTATION

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

Head Folds

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

Tail Folds (bulldog corkscrewed-tails)

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, 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.

Vaginal Folds

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.

Paws & Toes folds

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.

Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PREVENTION & MAINTENANCE:

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.

Tail Folds with Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Bulldog Severe Tail Skin Fold Dermatitis at Dr. Kraemer’s Vet4HealthyPet Advanced Medical Care

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

FREQUENCY: or your bulldog puppy’s skin fold maintenance, I recommend wiping at least once daily; for mild cases, unscented baby wipes might be enough. For moderate and more severe cases, I recommend using antiseptic wipes like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Nose-Tail-Toe Skin Fold Extra Large Antiseptic-Anti-yeast Wipes.

HAIRY SKIN FOLDS

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 V4B V4B Nose-Tail-Toe Skin Fold Extra Large Antiseptic-Anti-yeast Lotion or Spray and Rinse easier and more convenient to use.

Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Skin Fold  Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs RULE OF THUMB:

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).

Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIPS & WARNINGS: 

Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIPS:

Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs tail removal

Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs: Bulldog Tail Fold Moist Dermatitis After Removal (Amputation)

Tip #1  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 tail fold, making sure to wipe as deep as you can. Sometimes the folds are multi-layered and create a corkscrew shape.

Tip #2 EXTRA LARGE 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 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.

Vaginal folds dermatitis at frenach buldogs

Vaginal folds dermatitis


Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs ( vaginoplasty)

Bulldog Vaginal Skin Fold Moist Dermatitis Surgical Repair (Vaginoplasty)

Tip #4 RX

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.

Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs WARNINGS:

Warning#1 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 VAGINAL FOLDS

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).

Skin Fold Dermatitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs bundle

Dr. Kraemer’s Vet4Bulldog line: V4B Skin Fold Collection (Wipes, Spray, Lotion, Rinse) for Bulldog’s Paw, Nose, Digital, Tail, Vaginal, and Other Moist Dermatitis Topical Conditions.

Warning#3 PAIN

Severe, poorly-controlled tail fold 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 which 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.

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