Bulldog Tail Infections: How To Treat & Prevent

Bulldog puppy
English Bulldogs playing

Bulldog butts are cute, but their screw tails sometimes require extra maintenance!

Bulldog tail infections are identified by itchy, red or stinky skin around the tail. Bulldogs have adorable little screw tails covered in wrinkles. As cute as their wrinkly tails may be, these creases and folds open up their little back doors to a number of potential infections. If your dog’s tail blocks his or her anus in any way the infection can be made worse by anal sac fluids and feces—which can create a terrible stench. Luckily, these infections can be treated and prevented with regular care!

How To Treat Bulldog Tail Infections

Clip the fur surrounding the infected area. Fur is a breeding ground for infectious materials. Your best bet is to get rid of it so that it doesn’t increase the risk for further infection. This will also make it easier to treat the infection.

Wash the area around and under the tail with an antiseptic soap and blot dry.

If the wound is already open, use a clean napkin or gauze to gently press out any pus, which will be absorbed by the gauze. This should only be done if the wound is already open and draining pus.

Soak a washcloth in warm water and apply it over the area. Warmth draws out blood antibodies and white blood cells that help fight off infection. Apply the hot washcloth to your dog’s skin for 5 minutes on and 5 minutes off until the cloth cools. Repeat this process 2-5 times a day until you notice it healing. This can also help soften and remove scabs as they form, helping to reduce the risk of abscess formation.

If your bulldog’s tail infection is bad enough to warrant serious concern, it never hurts to visit the vet for a check and possibly antibiotics!

Frenchie with tin of Natural Dog Company Wrinkle Balm

“So this stuff will keep my cute stubby tail healthy?” @bluethefrench

How To Heal A Bulldog Tail Infection Faster

To help relieve discomfort and promote faster healing, apply Wrinkle Balm or Skin Soother to the area.

Wrinkle Balm is specially formulated to help treat and soothe a number of skin infections, including tail infections. Since it’s made with all natural, organic and vegan ingredients, it’s 100% safe, even if your dog licks it off!

Wrinkle Balm is proven to treat and prevent skin fold dermatitis, yeast and bacterial infections, red, chaffed and inflamed skin, crusty buildups, foul odors, hair loss, baldness, scabbing, sores and pimples. This product is gentle enough to use on your dog’s face, but effective enough to be used on their tail as well. Read our guide to yeast infections to learn more about other types of symptoms and how to treat them.

French Bulldog with tin of Natural Dog Company Skin Soother

“You’re going to put that…where?” @adventuresofgage

Need something stronger for severe Bulldog tail infections?

For more intense infections you’ll want to apply Skin Soother to the affected areas. This balm is also made from carefully sourced all natural, organic and vegan ingredients, but is stronger than Wrinkle Balm. Skin Soother is packed with healing herbs that naturally fight off bacteria, fungus, yeast and inflammation.

How To Prevent Future Bulldog Tail Infections

Wrinkles provide a dark and moist space where bacteria, yeast and other infections can thrive. Daily cleaning is key to preventing infections, but always make sure the area is completely dry when you are finished cleaning.

Wrinkle Balm is an effective treatment method as well as preventative measure. You should continue applying the balm even after the area improves to help prevent future infections from forming, preferably after your daily tail cleanings!