How To Treat Skin Fold Dermatitis In Dogs

How do I treat my dog's wrinkle infection?

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Wrinkle infections in dogs (or, also frequently called, skin fold infections) are most commonly seen around the face folds/face wrinkles, lip folds, groin, and armpits. These infections are often called dog skin fold dermatitis or pyoderma (bacterial skin infection), and are found between two folds of skin. In a situation such as dog lip fold dermatitis, the pockets between the lip folds are moist and warm, which provides a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and yeast. Skin fold dermatitis is common in older dogs, overweight dogs, and dogs of the breeds listed below:

  • Bulldogs
  • Mastiffs
  • Pugs
  • Pekingese
  • Shar Pei
  • Boxers

It’s very easy for moisture, dirt, and debris to collect deep within the cute, endearing wrinkles of our feisty, ever-inquisitive, furry friends.  However, unless kept properly clean and dry, these areas can become the perfect environment for rampant bacterial or fungal infections.  Buy Banixx or buy online.

Signs of wrinkle infections include:

  • Itchy skin. Your dog may be excessively biting, scratching, or habitually rubbing the wrinkled skin area along the carpet or furniture, which can lead to further injury and infection.
  • Irritated skin. The wrinkle area may have a variety of problems such as redness, rashes, bumpy or crusty areas, or oozing inflamed sores.
  • Foul odor coming from the wrinkles. This is likely symptomatic of a yeast or bacterial infection.

A wrinkle infection on a dog is like athlete's foot on a person. It is painful and can be challenging to manage if not caught early and treated consistently.

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Wrinkle Infections in Dogs

Using Banixx to treat wrinkle infection

Regardless of the cause, these infections are uncomfortable for your dog and while trying to get some relief from the itch or pain, he may rub excessively and cause even more problems. For immediate relief from the discomfort of wrinkle infections, whether facial or elsewhere, treat your dog with a gentle, soothing application of Banixx Pet Care.  Banixx is non-toxic, non-sticky and has no clinical odor or sting to alarm or frighten your dog, making skin fold dermatitis treatment a breeze for both dog and owner.  And, because Banixx is a topical solution - not a medication for dog wrinkles - it’s totally safe to use Banixx in conjunction with any prescribed antibiotic; therefore, there is no risk of over-medicating your dog with Banixx. Buy Banixx or buy online.

How to apply Banixx to your dog's wrinkle/skin fold infections

Although Banixx may be sprayed directly onto your pet without risk of harm, for sensitive situations such as perivulvar dermatitis dog treatment, it may be better to apply Banixx with a piece of sterile gauze or cotton heavily dampened with Banixx.  In addition, most pups do not enjoy something being sprayed on their face, it can be uncomfortable and frightening.  Instead, gently separate each skin fold and apply the wetted gauze/cotton so that the area is thoroughly saturated with Banixx.  Banixx needs to make good contact to be effective. It’s preferable to treat your dog’s wrinkles with Banixx twice a day until the infection dissipates.  Banixx’s odor-free, sting-free, non-oily solution delivers a stress-free experience for your dog with speedy results. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after cleaning your dog’s skin folds so that you do not introduce or spread bacteria or fungus. If your dog has a bacterial or fungal infection that does not resolve with consistent skin fold pyoderma home treatment over several days, or comes back repeatedly, consult with your veterinarian as there may be another issue that needs to be addressed.

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Face Wrinkle Infections in Dogs

How can you prevent dog wrinkle/fold infections?

Wrinkle infections may be prevented by following good, frequent hygiene practices for your dog, particularly making sure to keep skin fold wrinkles clean and dry.  Avoid using a hair dryer on your dog’s wrinkles; it’s unpleasant for your pup and, without intention, you may burn him.  Instead, gently dry each skin fold with sterile gauze or a clean/dry wash cloth.  As a preventive measure to keep bacterial and fungal infections at bay, consider cleaning your dog’s wrinkles (skin folds) at least once a day with Banixx.  It’s a safe and soothing solution that makes sense to include as part of your pet's skin care. And, Banixx Pet Care Spray will not dry out your pet’s skin or cause irritation. Buy Banixx or buy online.

If you think your dog's infection has more to do with being a hot spot, we recommend you visit our related page: Hot Spots on Dogs - How To Treat and Prevent Hotspots.