What's the Best Pet Shampoo for Dogs with Skin Folds and Allergies?

What's the Best Pet Shampoo for Dogs with Skin Folds and Allergies?

Bathing Wrinkly Dog Breeds 

Bulldogs, pugs, and mastiffs. Oh my! Who doesn’t love a wrinkly dog? But all of those endearing wrinkles need a little extra attention. Whether your pup only sports a wrinkly face or has a little extra skin all over, their skin needs extra love and care. Veterinarians note that these dogs should be washed with a mild shampoo and that folds of skin should be cleaned and dried gently. 

It’s easy for dirt, food particles, drool, allergens, and moisture to collect in those nooks and crannies, which can lead to a number of issues ranging from foul odors and itchy skin to full-blown yeast or bacterial infections. 

So how do you avoid skin issues with wrinkly dogs? The key to keeping those wrinkles clean and healthy is a skincare routine, which includes daily clean-up and regular bathing. After bathing your dog, dry them thoroughly from head to toe so that none of the water gets trapped in their wrinkles and folds. When water stays between the skin folds and wrinkles, it can cause the skin to become irritated and even lead to a yeast infection.

The Ecology Works Pet Shampoo has a hypoallergenic, gentle cleansing formula that neutralizes allergens that cause sensitivity and irritation for pets and people. The non-irritating formula contains no drying alcohols or harsh chemicals, making it safe for even the most sensitive skin. Additionally, the organic neem tree oil helps eliminate fleas and ticks. 

Related: The Ecology Works Guide for Pets and Owners with Allergies 

How to Select the Right Shampoo for Your Wrinkly Dog? 

Bathing your dog (whether they’re wrinkly or not!) is an integral part of maintaining their health and well-being. However, it is important to select the right type of shampoo for your dog based on their individual needs. First, if your dog has wrinkles or skin folds, they are more likely to have sensitive skin. To avoid skin irritation, it is essential to choose a hypoallergenic shampoo that does not contain common allergens or irritants like fragrances or artificial dyes, which can further irritate your dog’s sensitive skin.

For wrinkly dogs, choosing a mild shampoo that will not irritate their skin is especially important. You should also avoid shampoos containing artificial colors or fragrances as these can cause irritation. Always consult your veterinarian or an allergist if you are unsure which type of shampoo is right for your dog.

When it comes to bathing your wrinkly dog, here are some tips to help support skin health.

  • Use a shampoo that has been specifically formulated for use on dogs. The Ecology Works Anti-Allergen Pet Shampoo is a gentle hypoallergenic shampoo that is made to be extra mild so that it won’t irritate the skin.
  • For bathing: try dipping a soft, damp cloth into the shampoo, and then using the sponge to wash your pet all over. The sponge will distribute the shampoo evenly and is perfect for cleaning in and around wrinkles, creases, and paw pads. Rinse the sponge as needed, then reapply the shampoo. 
  • Rinse your dog thoroughly with warm water, then rinse again to be sure you have removed every trace of shampoo, especially from the areas under any folds. Leftover shampoo residue can cause irritation and itchy skin, leading to skin issues.
  • Take extra care while drying your pup, making sure to pay special attention to the creases. Getting all the moisture out of the skin folds is essential to prevent them from turning into bacteria breeding grounds. Using sections of paper towels in the wrinkles helps remove more water than a regular bath towel can. You can also use a microfiber dog towel designed to be super absorbent. 

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