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Cleaning Bulldog Wrinkles

Bulldogs tend to have messy face wrinkles. The older they get, the messier the wrinkles. How often you clean these wrinkles depends on the dog. Some do very well if you clean the wrinkles a couple of times a week. Some need it on a daily basis. When you clean the wrinkles, wash his nose and apply a good rub of Vaseline to keep it soft. It's better to clean more often than you think you need to than not often enough. You can clean the wrinkles with a soft, damp cloth and then dry. Or you can wash them using the shampoo you use to bath the dog. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and dry thoroughly. One of the best ways is to wipe the wrinkles clean with Baby Wipes with lanolin and aloe. Whatever method you use, be sure to get the deep nose wrinkle clean. You may need to put a soothing ointment in the deep nose wrinkle. If it is irritated Panalog will help to heal. Diaparene Ointment will soothe and dry the wrinkle. This contains zinc oxide, so before you apply it, rub Vaseline into the dog's nose. You will usually see a number of Bulldogs having "tear stains" of varying degrees of color. If the stain is bad, in addition to cleaning you may want to try to remove the stain. There are many treatments, you may have to try several before you find one that works for you. Apply on a daily basis until the stain in gone, then weekly to keep stain from returning. Another remedy is rubbing a dab of Desitine into the stain to help dry it.

TUMS

If you need to change the pH of your dogs system to aid in preventing yeast or infection then Tums is primarily a source of Calcium, known as an antacid formulated as 500 mg Calcium Carbonate. Giving your Bulldog 1/2 of the Fruit flavored variety twice a day will help change the pH of the tears. This will change the tears' environment and can help make it hostile for the continued growth of yeast and bacteria.

White Vinegar

A teaspoon of white cider vinegar can be added to your dogs drinking water to control new tear stains. It may take a while for your dog to "decide" to drink this water so start with a little less and gradually increase the amount of vinegar. Vinegar works much like TUMS in that it can changes the pH of the drinking water. Changing the pH of your dog slightly will do wonders in the tear stain war and help eliminate bacteria and deep stain color and prevent yeast build up and is best used as a prevention once you have the tear stains removed or nearly removed. This will help for the future of the tear stains and make them a minimum occurrence.

Milk of Magnesia, Corn starch and Peroxide

Use equal volume of MOM (plain white) and peroxide, and then use the corn starch to make a good paste of this; put on and work well into the stained area and let dry 4 hours. Wash out, CONDITION WELL. Keep doing this for several days until tear staining is gone, although I would recommend skipping a day or two between applications if possible. Apply a thin coat of Desitan diaper rash ointment after the area is washed out and dry. Try this every other day if possible and the choice way of doing it. If your dog has heavy stains then do this for 3 days in a row, then skip every other day.

This MOM formula is my personal preference when I do need to remove tear stain color from the face of dogs. It works well but give it a few days to show results. Corn Flour, water and a drop of bleach

Take a 2 teaspoon of corn flour, add a few drops of boiling hot water and mix to a paste. Add 1 single drop of plain bleach. mix again. Allow the mixture to cool down and apply to the tear stain area. Allow to dry (10 minutes), wait 1 hour and remove with warm water and clean cloth. Then wipe on a thin layer or peroxide, allow to air dry, and leave alone. Repeat every other day for 2 weeks. DO NOT get any in the dogs eye.

You should also make sure your dog don't have a tear duct obstruction (blockage) and have corrected the food and water issue first so he don't keep getting tear stains. After all if you treat the tear stains to remove them while at the same time you feed a food that causes tear stains you won't gain nothing. Try the least invasive of the above methods first, give them 2-4 weeks to work, then if your not satisfied go to another method of treatment. Do not use multiple treatments at the same time. Always have your vet give the dog a complete exam to rule out any serious eye condition first before trying anything else. The commercial products just don't work very well so it is best to just forget about them unless you have a very mild case of stain.

Eyes - Ears - Teeth... Quality is in the Details:

Some breeds are particularly susceptible to eye discharge. If ignored it will discolor the coat under the eye. Many products are available at pet stores, which can be used to clean this off, you can use water temporarily though. Using a soft cloth and the solution, first wipe upward to raise the fur and break up any buildup then wipe down to clear it away. Dog ears like humans accumulate dirt and wax. Again, cleansers are available from the pet store, but warm water will do for general cleaning. Use a cotton ball and wipe out the ear. Do not use cotton swabs, you may stick it in too deep and damage the ear. At least once per week brush your dog's teeth with either salt water or special doggy toothpaste to help remove tarter and food particles. DO NOT USE HUMAN TOOTHPASTE. Dogs do not like either the taste or the foam it creates. Chewing on hard dog biscuits and bones will also help scrape tarter and food particles from dog's teeth between brushing.

Brushing... The Key to Beauty:

All dogs regardless of their hair length benefit from regular brushing. It stimulates circulation, distributes body oils, and removes dirt and dead skin. The secret to success is selecting the right brush for your dog's hair length. For a dog with a medium length coat use a regular straight pin brush. For a short smooth haired dog, use a regular bristle curry brush. Develop a regular routine starting at the head then working down and backward in sections. Brush the head and neck then the chest, legs, back, and finish with the hindquarters

Bathing... Cleanliness is Next to Godliness:

The key to bathing is preparation. ALWAYS brush your dog before bathing to remove any tangles in their hair. Collect your special canine shampoo or non-tearing baby shampoos, towels and cotton balls. Set a comfortable water temperature and fill the tub to just above your dog's knees. Now bring in your pet. Place the cotton balls in the dog's ears to keep water out of them and place the dog in the water. Using either the tub water or a special shower hose soak him (or her) thoroughly from head to toe. Apply shampoo and use your fingers to scrub the dog in sections from head to tail. Rinse and repeat the process. Rinse especially well the second time since any shampoo left on your dogs skin can cause irritation. Squeeze any extra water from the coat and remove the cotton balls from the ears. Dry with either towels or a blow dryer. After the dog is dry, BRUSH IT AGAIN to smooth the coat. DO NOT let your dog go outside until thoroughly dry. You will probably notice your pet rolling on the carpet after the bath. He is not drying off. He is adding smells back to his hair. If you let him out before he dries completely, he may find something more interesting to add to his clean hair.

Nail Trimming... You Don't Want to Get the Point:

Nail trimming is a necessary part of your dog's health. Failure to keep the nails trimmed will cause your dog to suffer from sore feet. First, be sure to buy the proper nail-trimming tool designed for your dog. Any good pet store or vet should be able to provide what you need. Second, be careful not to cut the nails back to the quick, the blood vessel in the toenail. Place your dog on a stable surface at a comfortable height for you with both of you facing to the left (reverse if you are left-handed). Reach around the body with your right hand and grasp the paw. With your arm around the body you have better control over your pets movements. Lift the paw then place your thumb on the top and fingers under the paw so you can spread the toes and isolate one toenail. With the clippers in the other hand clip the toenail. The trick is to clip the tip of the nail without cutting the quick and making your pet bleed. Clip the nail just below where it starts to curl downward. Even the best groomer will sometimes clip a nail too closely because the dog jumps or moves. If you see blood consider this. It does hurt the dog, but you will learn to do better.
HINT: You can actually see the quick inside the nails of many breeds by holding a flashlight behind the nail.