Your dog looks adorable with them and you can't help but loving them, we are talking about dog wrinkles, but you may wonder "how should I clean my dog's face wrinkles? Face wrinkles in dogs sure capture a lot of attention, but they also capture undesirable things like food particles and moisture. No worries though, there are many things you can do to clean your dog's face wrinkles! As with most things in life, face wrinkles in dogs need some tender loving care. Veterinarian Dr.Ivana Vukasinovic explains how to care for your dog's face wrinkles.
Dog Skin Wrinkle Problems
By Dr. Ivana Vukasinovic
The most famous dog breeds with wrinkles are shar pei, Neapolitan mastiff, Dogue De Bordeaux, bulldog, bloodhound, French bulldog, English mastiff, Pekingese, bullmastiff, and pug. All of these wonderful breeds come with special care needs.
Some of these breeds, if not all of them, are predisposed to certain skin problems which, if not treated, can cause severe problems and affect the quality your pet’s life.
Pyoderma is a purulent inflammation of the skin, i.e. a condition where there is an accumulation of inflammatory effusion in the skin. Bacterial pyoderma in dogs can be classified according to the depth of the infection to the surface and a deep pyoderma, and according to the etiology on the primary and secondary.
Surface pyoderma hits the epidermis (skin surface) and the hair follicles, while deep dermis pyoderma affects deeper layers of the skin. Primary pyoderma occurs as a result of a bacterial skin infection in healthy animals, while the secondary pyoderma is formed after the underlying diseases, where there is a reduction of the barrier function of the skin due to many factors.
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The most common cause of pyoderma in dogs is Staphylococus spp. This bacteria is very common in healthy individuals. Skin fold pyoderma is an inflammatory skin condition that develops in skin folds - facial folds, lip folds, and in the groin or armpit folds.
The most common symptoms of any wrinkled skin problems are itching, pustules, crusty skin, raised lesions, hair loss (alopecia), dried discharge in the affected area.
How to Clean a Dog's Face Wrinkles?
For routine care, use a soft towel, or washcloth, to remove all the discharge in the area. If it necessary, you can use mild soaps or sensitive skin shampoos. For the frequency of the cleaning, it should be as often as once a day, and if your pet is a messy eater, it could be more often, but remember, it’s better to clean the wrinkles more often with just warm water. Sometimes you can use dog wet wipes, or aloe gel or baby wipes if necessary.
Cleaning of the infected area is more of a challenge; your dog is feeling discomfort and anxiety, so you should be gentle as you can. You can use any topical rash cream, or antiseptic prescribed by your veterinarian, and clean the affected skin daily!
If an infection is more serious, topical or system antibiotics may be prescribed as well as steroids.
About the Author
DVM Ivana Vukasinovic is a veterinarian in Belgrade, capital city of Serbia.
She received her B.S from University of Belgrade in 2012, and her master’s degree from Veterinary University, Belgrade.
Before eventually becoming director of Vetanima Doo, company that sells animal food, medicine and supplements, she have worked in many different fields of sales. After finishing college, she started working as sales person in biggest Serbian bookshop chain, and being passionate about books, she had reached the position of publisher.
After leaving this field, she started working as a veterinary commercialist, and then landing a job as veterinarian at veterinary pharmacy, in the same company in which she is now acting as director.
When she is not working, she is either glued to some fantasy book or cooking for friends. She currently resides in Belgrade with her cat Mile.