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Skin Fold Pyoderma in Dogs and Cats

November 29, 2022

Skin Fold Pyoderma in Dogs and Cats

Last updated: August 02, 2016

Skin fold pyoderma is a skin condition that affects dogs and cats that have a lot of wrinkles and facial folds. Dog breeds that have a tendency to get skin fold pyoderma are Bulldogs, Pugs, Shih Tzus, Shar-Peis, Bloodhounds and dogs with short tails. Cats that have facial folds such as flat-faced Persian breeds are susceptible as well. Pets that are overweight are also at risk. Essentially any pet that has excess skin that can rub together is prone to pyoderma.


Skin fold pyoderma is caused by skin rubbing together and becoming wet and inflamed. This inflamed area becomes moist and forms a great area for bacteria and yeast to grow. Because bacteria and yeast like warm moist areas, we see an increase with skin fold pyoderma issues on warm humid days or during the summer months. Often a foul odor is noticed coming from the infected area.


There are four main types of pyoderma:

  • Face fold pyoderma
  • Lip fold pyoderma
  • Vulvar fold pyoderma
  • Tail fold pyoderma

In all these types, treatment is aimed at controlling the environment where bacteria and yeast grow.

Treatment and Prevention

  • Clean area well by bathing the animal with a broad spectrum medicated shampoo like Vet Basics ChlorConazole Shampoo or you can use the shampoo as a scrub for the area. Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse well.
  • In between baths, use a medicated spray or wipe. Vet Basics ChlorConazole Wipes or Spray makes daily treating of these areas easy and effective. Just wipe the area twice a day. Make sure you get in between all the folds. Use the spray on areas away from the face or spray directly on a cloth to wipe in between folds. You may have to use two wipes the first few treatments.
  • In more severe cases, Zymox® Topical Cream is great for inflammation and itching. Make sure the area is cleaned well before applying.
  • For breeds prone to face fold issues, use Micro-Tek Pet Spray for prevention and healing of the skin. It is non-steroidal, and won't burn or hurt open wounds and is safe for dogs, cats, kittens and puppies.

If your best friend has a lot of loose skin, wrinkles and facial folds, weekly wiping of the skin fold with ChlorConazole Wipes will keep your pet comfortable all summer long.

If you need help, call us at 800.786.4751.

-Dr. B
Donald Bramlage, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Former Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health

Donald Bramlage, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, practiced veterinary medicine for 30+ years and is known for his work in managing parvovirus. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1985. He served as Revival's Director of Veterinary Services from 2011 until his retirement in 2019.

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