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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I have an English Bulldog. Where her tail is coiled there

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I have an English Bulldog. Where her tail is coiled there is a wrinkle that runs about an inch deep. It has become irritated over the past month and we have tried cleaning it twice a day with a witchhazel pad and antibacterial wipe. It still continues to get worse. Is there any suggestions besides surgery as we know that is risky.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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You've described a skin fold dermatitis. Here's a synopsis of how you might conservatively address it:
1) A weight reduction program should be initiated if Bella is obese.
2) Cleansing wipes (i.e., alcohol-free acne pads, body microbial wipes, chlorhexidine-containing pledgets, other anti-microbial wipes) used every 12-72 hours work very well.
3) Alternatively, routine topical therapy can be used to control the skin problem. For tail dermatitis, the affected area should be cleaned every 1-3 days as needed with an antibacterial shampoo that contains chlorhexidine, benzoyl peroxide, or ethyl lactate. The shampoos can be found over the counter in pet/fee stores or at Bella's vet hospital.
4) Topical application of an antibiotic ointment, solution, or spray every 24 hours for the first 5-7 days of therapy may be helpful. Prescription mupirocin or over the counter Polysporin (or generics) work well.
Tail amputation is usually curative. The prognosis for conservative care is good but lifelong topical maintenance therapy may be needed if surgical correction isn't performed. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.