What’s hiding in your dog’s wrinkles?It’s hard not to fall in love with a dog sporting a face full of wrinkles. These folds give a dog a distinctive look…kind of like an old man. But to keep that face (and anywhere else that features folds) looking and smelling good, you’ll have to take special care of these wrinkles. Your dog could be carrying around dirt and grime in there, and after a while, it gets damp and moldy in between the folds of skin. Gross! Here’s how you can keep your wrinkled dog looking his best.
Examples of Wrinkled Dog BreedsWrinkled dog breeds make an impression. Here are a few that you know about, and maybe a few others that are new to you.
- French Bulldog
- English Bulldog
- American Bulldog
- Neapolitan Mastiff
- English Mastiff
- Chinese Shar-Pei
- Dogue de Bordeaux
Getting Into Those Nooks and CranniesWhether he’s out for a walk in the rain or rolled around in wet grass, moisture soaks into your dog’s fur and skin. For most pooches, this isn’t a problem, but with wrinkled dogs, that moisture gets trapped in the folds of his skin, becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. This can lead to infection, as well as a condition known as “fold dermatitis”. Make cleaning your dog’s wrinkles a part of your daily or weekly routine. Follow these tips to keep wrinkles bacteria-free:
- Clean the skin in and around your dog’s wrinkles with a warm, damp washcloth or baby wipe.
- Deep wrinkles around your dog’s nose and the sides of his face need special attention.
- After cleaning your dog’s wrinkles with a cloth or wipes, go over them again with a soft, dry cloth to remove all traces of moisture.
- Dust your dog’s skin with a thin layer of baby powder or grooming powder to help keep it dry—but ask your vet before using it to make sure it’s right for your dog.