Fold Dermatitis

A skin infection caused by folds in the skin where rubbing occurs or moisture gets trapped. Although it is not ranked as a hereditary it is more commonly found on breeds that have folds in the skin such as Bloodhounds and is often considered a genetic condition. The symptoms of Fold Dermatitis are redness, sores, and odor and the dog can be affected on the tail, face, lips, vulvar folds and any fold on the body. The treatment for Fold Dermatitis can vary depending on the area that is affected but it can include surgical removal of the folds or amputation of the tail in the case of fold dermatitis on the tail. It can also include topical ointments, antibiotics. The best means of treatment is to properly maintain your dog’s coat and subsequent folds to prevent the condition.