Skin fold dermatitis in dogs 

  • Skin fold dermatitis is an infection of the skin between the folds of skin 

  • Skin fold dermatitis is most common in flat faced breeds such as pugs or french bulldogs 

  • Sharpei dogs also commonly develop skin fold dermatitis due to their conformation

  • If you have any concerns then always contact your veterinarian

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  • Skin folds form the ideal growing condition for bacteria and yeast as it is warm and moist meaning the bacteria and yeast which normally live on healthy skin over develop and the skin can become infected. 

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  • If your pet develops skin fold dermatitis you may notice 

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  • The skin will be smelly, you may notice a yeasty smell from the skin folds 

  • The skin will be red and inflamed 

  • Your pet will have itchy skin, they may rub their face on the ground or you may see them licking or scratching at the skin

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  • Always see your vet if you think your pet has any problems with their skin. 

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  • Treatment will depend on the extent of your pets skin fold dermatitis. 

  • Cleaning will be key in the management and prevention of skin fold dermatitis, and will likely be lifelong to prevent the skin getting infected. Your vet will be able to advise a suitable solution to use and how to best clean the folds. 

  • Antiinflammatories are key in the management of skin fold dermatitis, they may be used as pulse therapy or may need to be used long term. Anti Inflammatories may be used in the form of tablets, spray or cream. 

  • Antibiotics may not always be needed but if the infection is severe their use may be necessary. Regular cleaning can prevent the need to use antibiotics.