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  • The Proper Way to Clean Ears, Nose Ropes, Folds, Paws, Tail Pockets and Vulva

    The Proper Way to Clean Ears, Nose Ropes, Folds, Paws, Tail Pockets and Vulva

    Grooming should be routine and common, and if you own any type of Bulldog, it’s required! Try to start when your puppy is young, it will make things so much easier for you both. If anything is not normal you will notice it right away. This may seem like a lot of work but it only takes minutes a day. Look over the wrinkles and tail area while examining and don’t forget to check between the toes for cysts or inflamed areas.

    EARS

    Give your dog's ears a complete cleaning weekly or monthly, as needed. (Floppy ears usually need more attention than pricked ears.) Moisten a cotton ball or cloth with mineral oil, olive oil, or Witch Hazel, and gently wipe the inside of the ears. DO NOT use a cotton swab; it's easy to accidentally damage the the inner ear. Always be on the lookout for the early warning signs of an ear infection, which is a not-so-uncommon problem for Bulldogs. If your Bulldog constantly shakes its head, has sore or red ears, or if the ears smell bad or have a discharge, take your Bully to the veterinarian. Most infections of this type are caused by lack of air circulation and occur most commonly in breeds with floppy or furry ears. The moist, warm, dark environment is the perfect place for bacteria and yeast to flourish. By catching the early signs, you'll be getting your Bulldog's developing ear infection under control sooner, preventing more serious complications that can lead to hearing loss.



    Steps to Clean the Ears

    There are several different products that can be used to clean your dog’s ears. A dog’s ears are sensitive, but they tolerate the cleanings well, so there are no special steps needed to prepare your dog for the cleaning process.

    What you You Will Need:


    • Witch Hazel
    • Baby wipes, Unscented with Aloe
    • Cotton balls


    Gently wipe the inside of the ear with a few swipes around. Do not clean down inside of the ear as this can damage the eardrum and be quite painful. Stick to the outer edges and leave the inner ear for the veterinarian or groomer.

    Additional Tips and Advice

    Ears cannot tolerate scrubbing. If the build-up remains after several simple wipes, have the ears professionally cleaned. You can use Witch Hazel or apply alcohol or “Bully Wash” to the round cotton and wipe out the ears or pour a small amount directly into the ear canal. Mix the following ingredients together for use as an ear wash, wrinkle cleaner, and tail cleaner. Used several times per week, it keeps away unsightly tear stains too.

    Bully Wash:


    • 1 part peroxide
    • 1 part white vinegar
    • 2 parts warm water


    Stored in a closed container, it will stay good for months. Bulldogs are prone to getting tear stains. This can be from many things like, hygiene, the food they’re eating (try not to feed foods that contain beet pulp) it could also be from the water they’re drinking (from additives). You may want to give your bully bottled water to see if that helps.

    Good commonsense prevention is the most important thing you can do for your Bully’s good ear health. Keep the ears clean, dry, and free from foreign objects and substances. At bath time, put cotton balls in your dog’s ears to keep water out of the ear canal, and dry the ears thoroughly when the bath is over. When it comes to ear care, an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure!

    Keep Your French Bulldog Free From Ear Infections

    Your minimum effort will surely avoid major ear problems in the future!


    1. Follow the instructions as recommended by your vets. If you get the slightest hint of bad odor then do ear cleaning with warm water, mineral oil, hydrogen peroxide, or a combination of equal parts of vinegar and rubbing alcohol but make sure that your Bulldog does not have open sores that will have a burning sensation.
    2. You are also recommended to apply pet ear care product that cleans and dry up excess moisture in the ear canal after bathing or swimming. Pet ear care product containing Tea Tree Oil will keep the ear canal of your Bulldog dry and problem free.
    3. There are also pet ear cares products available for routine ear cleaning that will dissolve wax, remove foreign debris and dry the ear canal. Even home Bulldog care treatments are also available that can kill ear mites and ear ticks.
    4. Even though your dog's eardrum is better protected than a human beings, but the process of cleaning should be done with precise care especially when you are inserting cotton-tipped swabs into the ear canal. There is the possibility of the dirt and other foreign matter to get pushed deeper and even losing the cotton tip in the ear canal if not handled properly. Use a long cotton-tipped swab since a Bulldog's ear canal is much deeper than ours.
    5. Using the same cotton ball or unclean tip of ear cleaning solution in another dog's ears in a dog's other ear will surely spread disease. Therefore always remember to use a new cotton ball or wipe clean any applicator tips!
    6. Another method of cleaning involves filling the ear canal with a pet ear cleaning solution followed by gentle massage of the outer ear. After a few minutes the dog is allowed to shake his head to help clear the ear canal.
    7. Removal of excess hair by trimming the hair.


    Taking care of your French Bulldog’s ears can be quite difficult but it is a rewarding experience. Owners who care for their Bulldogs properly tend to live happier and longer lives with less complications and difficulties. So the next time you groom your Frenchie, do not forget to pay attention to one of the senses he relies on the most – his sense of hearing.

    WRINKLES/NOSE ROPES/FOLDS

    Any types of Bulldogs' faces are covered with wrinkles and is their trademark which requires cleaning. You can use a mild soap and water solution to clean. If your Bulldog has a heavy nose wrinkle, lift it and clean, rinse and dry it well - the tail pocket should also be cleaned the same way. Many owners will also put some corn starch, medicated powder or baby powder in the fold when finished. You can use this to keep things looking good. If the fold is dry and flaky you may want to put a small amount of a diaper rash ointment in there like Desitin ointment instead of the powder or if the rash is severe. Remember to keep her vulva area cleaned (not inside, only the exterior part) with warm water as bulldogs need some help with that. Keep the male Bulldog clean as well. This is the last thing you should wipe and clean before you’re done. Then dry the area.

    Don’t confuse tear stains with a yeast infection in the wrinkles. If your Bulldog has a yeast infection the wrinkle will have a foul smell to it. You can use the drying ear cleaner (that you purchase from the vet) to try to prevent this from happening. Put the cleaner on a Kleenex and carefully wipe out the wrinkles. Do not get this into the eyes - it will burn and possibly damage your dogs eyes.


    How to Clean a Bulldog's Folds (just kidding)


    How to Clean a Bulldog's Folds



    TAILS

    Bullies are notorius for infections due to wrinkles and tail and can have very deep tail pockets and that includes our Frenchies. In extreme cases - unfortunately not only a few - the tail stump can be indented into an inch-deep pocket of skin giving severe problems. Cause: the official breed standard has been ignored. A tail too short can cause problems: it can be so close as to develop pressure wounds or eczema under the tail, and it can give hygiene problems at defecation. A Frenchie exposing its rump is not even very pretty!

    SHORTENING OF THE SPINE CAUSES SERIOUS MALFORMATIONS:
    Anatomically the tail is a natural prolongation of the spine, so it is mere fortune if a malformed "knotted tail" vertebra so to speak is not also formed further up in the back with serious consequences. (Unfortunately, this frequently also happens). Having to to amputate and remove indented tail knuckles is also an expensive and painful surgery to perform. Deformed spine vertebrae is a hereditary, genetic, embryonic development disturbance:

    Bottom and Backside - a post tail amputation.

    This Frenchies tail started becoming infected in his second year. It was wound in a way that it would rub against the body skin and get horribly infected, even though we are medical people and were always very vigilant. The infections caused so much pain that he literally could not sit still and would hop and run and whine trying to find relief. He had his last infection right at Thanksgiving 2004. The Monday after, we had it amputated.



    What you need to keep the Tail Pocket clean:


    • Witch Hazel
    • Baby wipes (unscented with aloe work best)
    • Diaper rash cream (such as Desitin)
    • Medicated powder (such as Gold Bond)
    • Tip: Use a hair dye bottle to apply the powder. It has a pointy tip and was able to get in the little nooks and crannies




    What to do in case of redness/irritation

    Use baby wipes to clean under the tail at least a couple of times per day. Your Bulldog will most likely be licking the air while you this (this is normal and funny to see). After that use unscented diaper rash creme and apply that to the raw areas, again getting under the tail as necessary. This will help to keep moisture out of the area. You may need to do this for a couple of days depending on how red/raw the area still is. Once you have the redness and irritation under control, continue with the baby wipes but switch to the medicated powder instead of diaper rash creme to help keep the area dry. This also helps with the itching your Bulldog is probably dealing with. You can just apply the powder from the container or if you'd like, you may use a small paintbrush to help you get it where it needs to be. Within about 4-5 days your Bulldog should be back to normal (maybe sooner). You should consider making the medicated powder a weekly treatment or even more often to prevent problems in the future.

    Swollen Red Feet and Pads in a Dog / How to Clean your Bulldog Paw Pads



    How to Prevent a Yeast Infection - A MUST VIEW!



    Rectum, Vulva and Prepuce

    These areas should be checked regularly to be sure the hair is not catching debris and discharges. In female dogs the vulva area should be gently cleaned and rinsed when the dog is bathed. If regular bathing is not performed, this area should be cleaned if needed. If the area has any reddish discoloration to the hairs or other obvious debris or change, the area should be cleaned. Wear a latex glove and use antibacterial hand soap, then rinse thoroughly. As dogs get older, particularly if they are fat and/or hairy, their needs in these areas increase.

    Your Bulldog should look clean, smell good and feel good to the touch. Regular care for your Bulldog will help keep him or her healthy. Owners that take good care of their Bulldog also will detect when changes occur that indicate the Bulldog may need medical care. The sooner a problem is detected, the better for your Bulldog.

    Vulva

    Believe it or not, washing a dog's vulva too much can actually do more harm then good. It is recommended that you only clean the vulva if you notice a crust of urine or during bath time.

    Lots of water, good, appropriate healthy food (not high in grains, fat, sugar and waste products) and even cranberry supplements (they make cranberry dog biscuits now) help a lot. Soaking her dry food in water will help too. The more water, the better.


    Again, Grooming should be routine and common, and if you own a Bulldog, it’s required! Your Bulldog will be happier and healthier!

    References: My Pet Med, Healthy Pets, DrGregDVM