Their facial folds make English Bulldogs prone to skin diseases. They can develop yeast infections and are predisposed to eczema, hot spots and congenital skin problems that include dermatitis and acne. With acne, dirt trapped in the pores results in inflamed glands near the nose or chin. Common bacterial infections on the face or under the tail are staph and pyoderma, which develops from moistness in skin folds. English Bulldogs often develop allergies that cause rashes and irritation. Disorders also appear on the feet. You or your groomer can clean skin folds by wiping them gently with a warm damp cloth.
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Things you need
- Warm water
- Face cloth
Examine your dog's face, feet and other areas of the body regularly for any sign of skin irritation.
At the first sign or smell of irritation, clean your dog's facial fold or other affected spot thoroughly, or have your groomer perform the cleaning. Gently wipe and clean the folds of skin with a warm damp facecloth.
For irritations that have taken hold, you can dry the spot with powder after cleaning it. Drying it ensures no moistness will linger within the warm folds of skin and lead to further irritation or yeast infection.
Repeat these steps daily until the spot has cleared up.
For an irritation that might need a cleaner stronger than water, you can use witch hazel which is gentle on the skin. Apply it twice a day with a cloth until it clears up. Use powder to dry the skin folds afterward.
If the dog displays discomfort when you try to clean the irritated area, discontinue the cleaning. See your vet promptly to avoid a more serious situation.
Tips and warnings
- Regular cleaning of facial wrinkles will help keep your English Bulldog from developing skin disorders or more serious infections. Some vets as well as groomers recommend a daily cleaning of facial wrinkles to prevent infection. This is the best form of prevention, and it will keep your dog feeling comfortable. For a yeast infection, your vet might prescribe a cream.
- Severe irritations should be seen by a vet to avoid more serious problems. English Bulldogs' skin can get raw and infected quickly. You will know by your dog's continuous scratching or by the odour.