Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tail Pocket Skin Fold Dermatitis
Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tail Pocket Skin Fold Dermatitis
Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tail Pocket Skin Fold Dermatitis is common to the breed.
Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tail Pocket Skin Fold Dermatitis CAUSE
Tail pocket dermatitis in bulldogs and French bulldog is caused by a malformation of the bulldog vertebral tail bones. The twisted, ingrown, corkscrew, bully tail can present in many varieties, shapes, and forms, each with a different degree of severity, and a different degree of discomfort and pain intensity.
In contrast to most other breeds, your bulldog and French bulldog tail bones will often turn around backward and on occasion twist like a pretzel, dragging with it the skin and hair.
The bulldog tail, in many of those cases, is deeply embedded and tucked-in, hidden, with only parts of it visually showing.
The odds for a painless life are different for every bulldog tail pocket.
Most bulldog tails fold dermatitis patients depend on topical care that requires daily antiseptic wipes.
The more severe bulldog skinfold dermatitis cases require surgical amputation of the malformed tail bones.
TAIL POCKET DERMATITIS VERTEBRAL MALFORMATION
Other Bulldog vertebral malformations are:
Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tail Pocket Skin Fold Dermatitis CAUSE:
- FRICTION: Frictional trauma, bone on skin
- MOISTURE: Excessive moisture and dumbness
- INFLAMMATION: Severe Inflammation and swell
- ITCH & PAIN: constant discomfort
- REDNESS & ULCERATION
- DISCOLORATION & HAIR LOSS
- SMELL & DISCHARGE: purulent discharge
- DRAINING TRACT:
- YEAST & BACTERIA: Yeast & Bacteria Overgrowth/Infections (Pyoderma)
SELECTIVE BREEDING: Most bulldog and French bulldog skin fold moist dermatitis problems are due to selective breeding.
Most times, the selection is for the cute flat face (Brachycephalic), folded precious skin, and charming corkscrew tail.
Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Skin Fold Dermatitis OTHER
BULLDOG NOSE SKINFOLD DERMATITIS:
Like the tail, the apposed nasal skin and friction lead to excessive moisture that is compounded by tears and mucus from the eye. Itching of the area can lead to injury to the eye and acute corneal ulcers.
BULLDOG VAGINAL SKINFOLD DERMATITIS:
Like the tail, the apposed skin and friction lead to excessive moisture compounded by urine and other vaginal secretions that can also ascend to the urinary tract leading to chronic bulldog UTI
BULLDOG TOES & PAWS SKINFOLD DERMATITIS:
BULLDOG CHIN SKINFOLD ACNE DERMATITIS:
“Bulldog Acne” is often compounded by constant wetness due to drooling and water bowl chin dripping.
BULLDOG SKINFOLD DERMATITIS OTHER :
Bulldog neck folds, face folds, armpit folds, and inguinal area folds, as well as all other potential bulldog moist skinfold dermatitis “hot spots”.
Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tail Pocket Skin Fold Dermatitis DIAGNOSIS:
BULLDOG TAILFOLD INFECTION DIGITAL EXAM:
The degree of the tail problem and the therapeutic urgency might not be obvious to the new bulldog owner.
It is critical that a digital exam (best done with gloves and a wipe) is done since most of the inflamed, ulcerative, and infected areas are deeply embedded, and not necessarily in plain sight.
Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tail Pocket Skin Fold Dermatitis PREVENTION:
BULLDOG TAIL POCKET INFECTION ANTISEPTIC WIPES:
For the best outcome, your bulldog tail folds should be maintained with antiseptic wipes
Wiping once daily is usually adequate.
“Bulldog Maintenance” is the centerpiece of this site, “An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound Of Cure” is Dr. Kraemer’s mission statement.
Most bulldog tail folds can be managed and cared for by a wipe like the V4B Extra Large Bully Antiseptic Skin Fold Wipe.
DR. KRAEMER’S V4B BULLY SKINFOLD ANTISEPTIC XL WIPES:
- Are The Most EFFECTIVE
- Are The Most INEXPENSIVE
- Are The Most EASY To implement
- Are The Most CONVENIENT
Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tail Pocket Skin Fold Dermatitis TREATMENT:
TOPICAL ANTISEPTIC BULLDOG WIPES:
Dr. Kraemer’s daily V4B Bully Antiseptic XL Antiseptic Wipes are best for most daily bully tail maintenance.
BULLDOG TAIL INFECTION SUPPLEMENTS:
COMFORT & PAINLESS: Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Comfort & AcheLess chew
CALM & RELAX: V4B Bully StressLess & Calm chews
BULLDOG TAIL INFECTION TOPICAL RX:
For the more severe bully skinfold infection cases, prescription medication should be discussed with your veterinarian including topical anti-inflammatory-antiseptic powder, or ointment.
BULLDOG TAIL INFECTION SYSTEMIC RX:
In an acute case, pain medication, anti-inflammatory itch control, antibiotics, and antifungals might be required.
BULLDOG TAIL FOLD DISEASE SURGERY:
In the event that the therapeutic preventive measures and medical treatment are inadequate, then tail removal should be discussed.
Bulldog Tail Surgery WARNING:
Bulldog and French bulldog tail amputation is NOTHING LIKE other dogs’ tail shortening
Bulldog Tail Surgeon WARNING:
Make sure that the surgeon has done bulldog tail amputation many times and has a high success rate.
The bulldog corkscrew tail bones are above the descending colon, a cut to deep can severe the intestinal wall.
Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Infected Tail Pocket SURGICAL MERITS:
- PAINLESS: Permanently eliminates the pain, itch, and smell.
- CAREFREE: Best for bulldog owners who can not provide daily care.
- STRESSLESS: Best for reluctant, and at times aggressive bulldogs who refuse the daily wiping.
QUALITY OF LIFE : for bulldogs suffering from chronic, painful, ulcerative, bleeding, difficult to manage tails, and/or those with draining tracts, surgery is your best quality of life method of choice
LOOKS:cosmetically, the end result is great. I never had a bulldog owner complain, and your bulldog will love you for that. You can take that to the bank.
Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tail Pocket Skin Fold Dermatitis TIPS & WARNINGS:
INFECTED BULLDOG TAIL POCKET TIPS:
Bulldogs Tail Pocket TIP 1 DEEP WIPE: The tail is often tight and deep, thus the most critical parts are often missed by the hesitant owner. Make sure to go all the way under, deep in the tail pocket and tail folds. Most of the “action” (infections) are in those hidden parts.
Tail Pocket in Bulldogs TIP 2 PERINEAL IRRITATION: Other reasons for your bulldog to be irritated in his/her backend are:
- BULLDOG ANAL GLAND: Anal gland impaction & Infection can be very irritating to the perineal area
- BULLDOG INTESENTIAL WORMS: Whipworms are known to irritate the perineal area
- BULLDOG ALLERGY: Allergies like bulldog flea allergy
- VAGINAL SKINFOLD DERMATITIS: In female bulldogs “Bully vaginal skin folds moist dermatitis”
Tail Infection in Bulldogs TIP 3: BULLY SKINFOLD ANTISTEPITC WIPES For bulldog skin fold management, I have custom small bully skin fold wipes, bully skin fold antiseptic spray, lotions, and skin fold rinses which many of you find helpful for tail folds.
But for bully tail fold dermatitis, by far my V4B Antiseptic Bully Skin Fold XL Wipes are the most popular.
V4B Bully Skinfold XL Wipes ANTISEPTIC:
Extra Large bully wipes, will cover your entire hand/fingers protecting you from the “stinky stuff”.
V4B Bully Skinfold XL Wipes PULLOUT:
Extra Large antiseptic bully wipes are pullout style, thus easy and convenient.
V4B Bully Skinfold XL Wipes INEXPENSIVE:
Extra Large antiseptic bully wipes are inexpensive, each jar contains 60 XL wipes.
V4B Bully Skinfold XL Wipes EASY:
The XL wipes are large, durable surfaces that can do the job well, even in a very folded, protected tail.
INFECTED BULLDOG TAIL POCKET WARNINGS:
Tail Infection in Bulldogs Warning # 1 VAGINAL: Do not use a wipe to clean the vaginal area after using it on the tail.
Tail Infection in Bulldogs Warning # 2 ANAL CLEAN: Don’t mistake the “butthole” with the bully tail pocket and folds. Nevertheless, please clean that area in addition to the tail pocket, fecal material and anal gland secretions can end up in the folds and pocket.
Tail Infection in Bulldogs Warning # 3 VET: For bulldog tail removal surgery, I recommend seeking a veterinarian experienced with the procedure.
Tail Infection in Bulldogs Warning #4 PAIN: Severe bully skin fold dermatitis cases awaiting surgery should be on pain management. Bulldog tail fold dermatitis is a painful condition.
Tail Infection in Bulldogs Warning # 5 STEROIDS: Treating and preventing bulldog tail fold dermatitis usually requires the proper use of daily wipes.
I don’t recommend long-term systemic steroids and antibiotics.
Systemic medication should be used only for rare acute events, and only short-term. They are harmful to your dog and ineffective for long-term management.
Tail Infection in Bulldogs Warning # 6 ALLERGIES: Bulldog allergies, such as bully flea allergy, bulldog atopic dermatitis, and bulldog food allergies often compound the tail fold problems, therefore, make sure that your bulldog is effectively treated for those.
An Ounce Of PREVENTION Is Worth A Pound Of CURE
*This guide was compiled courtesy of Dr. Kraemer, a “must-read” manual for any current or future bully owner