No matter how much you love them; there is no denying that Bulldogs are high-maintenance canines. If you have noticed a bad smell coming from your Bullies’ face, it is probably down to either skin fold dermatitis or pyoderma.
Skin fold dermatitis is a common problem in Bulldogs and other breeds with wrinkled skin. A buildup of bacteria is caused by the warm, wet conditions in your pup’s skin folds. Pyoderma is an infection of the skin, which generally occurs if skin fold dermatitis goes untreated.
If you suspect that your dog has either of these conditions, you should get him to the vet’s office right away. It is likely that your dog will need to be treated with oral or topical antimicrobial medications. In some serious cases, surgery might even be required, so do not put it off.
Although both of these conditions are linked to the Bulldog breed, it is actually quite easy to prevent your dog from getting skin fold dermatitis or pyoderma in the future. All it takes is regular grooming.
Every day, you need to make sure you clean and dry all of your pup’s skin folds. This will get rid of any bacteria lurking in his wrinkles. Although it can be time consuming, it is worth the extra effort to keep your beloved Bullie healthy and happy.
You can get a range of specialist products, including MalAKet Wipes by DermaPet, sprays and shampoos. Giving your Bullie a thorough scrub in the bath every month or two, with MALAPET Medicated Shampoo, this will kill any bacteria that has managed to build up.
You might also find that products such as Be Soothed Tea Tree Oil Skin Relief can help with any irritation in your pup’s folds.
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