Facial folds

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We have noticed over the last few days Stella's folds seem irritated I assume because it is very hot and humid right now. Our normal routine since day one has
Not changed. We clean them twice a day with puppy wipes, dry with a clean towel and then put cornstarch on them. What can we do to reduce/prevent the irritation? Any suggestions
 

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If the folds on your pet are irritated, we might want to consider a few things, but also sometimes “it just happens” (like the humidity):

  • Recent Changes: Have there been any recent changes in their environment or diet? This could be anything from teething, a change in their food or treats, a new chew toy, any water additives, or even a change in the brand of wipes you use. I feel it is worth pointing out that one of my vets doesn’t like baby wipes and will blame issues on them - I use them for general face cleaning though.
  • Nose Rope Issues: Problems in the nose rope area are typically caused by a combination of food remnants and moisture. This can lead to a yeast-like infection. When you clean it, do you find the cornstarch to be gummy?
  • Under-Eye Area: Irritation here is often due to increased tearing. There can be a multitude of reasons for this, and sometimes it's challenging to pinpoint the exact cause. The key is to keep the area as dry as possible. Be observant and try to deduce if there's any specific trigger for the increased tearing. Bear in mind, these episodes might be intermittent.
  • Corn Starch Sensitivity: Interestingly, I've come across a case where a male dog seemed to be allergic to cornstarch. How long have you been using this as part of your routine? It might be worth trying an alternative like "wrinkle paste", which is readily available in the US. While I personally prefer powder, giving the paste a shot might be a cost-effective way to see if it makes a difference. Some people on here use witch hazel instead of baby wipes which could also help you keep the folds dry.

Sometimes you may need to increase the amount of times in the day you dry the area. No need to clean if it’s only wet and not filthy.
 
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We have noticed over the last few days Stella's folds seem irritated I assume because it is very hot and humid right now. Our normal routine since day one has
Not changed. We clean them twice a day with puppy wipes, dry with a clean towel and then put cornstarch on them. What can we do to reduce/prevent the irritation? Any suggestions
We dilute hibiscrub that seems to work for Ralph.
 

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ZFor daily cleaning we use witch hazel on a cotton pad, when needing a good scrub, we use diluted hibiscrub
 

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Is baby wipes actually safe to use on dogs? Google says no as the PH of dogs is different but I heard some say baby wipes is safer as there is less preservatives for allergy dogs.
Just curious🙂

@FpmRetro
I currently use a wet papertowel to wash the wrinkles, then use a dry paper towel to dry them as much as possible.
Then I use Natural Dog Company brand Wrinkle Balm. The wrinkle balm works great!!


@2BullyMama

Do you just put witch hazel onto a dry wipe or do you buy the witch hazel pad wipes by already done?


I haven’t heard of Hibiscrub, is that a shampoo for dogs?
 

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Is baby wipes actually safe to use on dogs? Google says no as the PH of dogs is different but I heard some say baby wipes is safer as there is less preservatives for allergy dogs.
Just curious🙂

@FpmRetro
I currently use a wet papertowel to wash the wrinkles, then use a dry paper towel to dry them as much as possible.
Then I use Natural Dog Company brand Wrinkle Balm. The wrinkle balm works great!!


@2BullyMama

Do you just put witch hazel onto a dry wipe or do you buy the witch hazel pad wipes by already done?


I haven’t heard of Hibiscrub, is that a shampoo for dogs?
Yep... I buy cotton pads and a bottle of witch hazel... soak the pad and wash the area needing attention.. fold, ears, paws, etc. with hazel has a natural drying agent so it is great for those areas that don't get a lot of air movement
 
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Honestly, I wouldn’t wipe with a paper towel. They work great for dabbing up moisture, but they are way too harsh textured to be using for cleaning folds. Might as well use sandpaper.

A soft cloth or cotton gauze will be less irritating.
 

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Yep... I buy cotton pads and a bottle of with hazel... soak the pad and wash the area needing attention.. fold, ears, paws, etc. with hazel has a natural drying agent so it is great for those areas that don't get a lot of air movement
Thank you so much, I will give that a try.

Are baby wipes actually safe to use on dogs?? I was thinking to wipe his paws after being outside.
 

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Thank you so much, I will give that a try.

Are baby wipes actually safe to use on dogs?? I was thinking to wipe his paws after being outside.
Depends on the wipe, but when I use them I always get the fragrance free
 

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Depends on the wipe, but when I use them I always get the fragrance free

These are the ingredients on the ones I was looking at:
Water (Aqua) 99.9%, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract 0.1%*, *Contains trace of Benzalkonium Chloride

it’s Fragrance free and everything, it’s hard to find any good dog wipes without the nasty preservatives and allergy ingredients my dog is allergic to for why I ask as I would use it after my dog goes outside.

Is the last ingredient safe for the dogs?

They are called ‘Water wipes’.

Also regarding the Witch hazel:
Is there a specific witch hazel you like/prefer??
I definitely prefer to avoid anything with alcohol and other preservatives(like potassium Sorbate, sodium Benzoate and ‘tocopherols’ and fragrances and others as my dogs is really allergic).

I can’t seem to find a 1 ingredient witch hazel without preservatives or alcohol.

Does witch hazel actually need to be diluted or can I just find a 1 ingredient witch hazel(if there is one) and buy cotton pads and just add the witch hazel by itself to cotton pads???
Would I have to dilute it with water or anything???

Will the witch hazel dry out his wrinkle skin/face since it dries??

I will very likely start using witch hazel for wrinkle cleaning if there is one without those preservatives that’s completely safe to use daily🙂
 
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These are the ingredients on the ones I was looking at:
Water (Aqua) 99.9%, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract 0.1%*, *Contains trace of Benzalkonium Chloride

it’s Fragrance free and everything, it’s hard to find any good dog wipes without the nasty preservatives and allergy ingredients my dog is allergic to for why I ask as I would use it after my dog goes outside.

Is the last ingredient safe for the dogs?

They are called ‘Water wipes’.

Also regarding the Witch hazel:
Is there a specific witch hazel you like/prefer??
I definitely prefer to avoid anything with alcohol and other preservatives(like potassium Sorbate, sodium Benzoate and ‘tocopherols’ and fragrances and others as my dogs is really allergic).

I can’t seem to find a 1 ingredient witch hazel without preservatives or alcohol.

Does witch hazel actually need to be diluted or can I just find a 1 ingredient witch hazel(if there is one) and buy cotton pads and just add the witch hazel by itself to cotton pads???
Would I have to dilute it with water or anything???

Will the witch hazel dry out his wrinkle skin/face since it dries??

I will very likely start using witch hazel for wrinkle cleaning if there is one without those preservatives that’s completely safe to use daily🙂
The alcohol is minimum on I think 14% I use TJ Dickerson's brand. I've used it of about 14-15 years never had any issue with it causing drying of the skin. I also don't use it every ay.. might be every other, if the folds are dry and clean I don't bother them. The site below only recommends Bubble and Bee witch hazel so I might try that when I run out of TJs.

As for the baby wipes... this is a great site to use to find clean products .... she doesn't sell anything, she just give you the products that are safe to use https://linkdolly.com/profile/exposingtruth
 

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The alcohol is minimum on I think 14% I use TJ Dickerson's brand. I've used it of about 14-15 years never had any issue with it causing drying of the skin. I also don't use it every ay.. might be every other, if the folds are dry and clean I don't bother them. The site below only recommends Bubble and Bee witch hazel so I might try that when I run out of TJs.

As for the baby wipes... this is a great site to use to find clean products .... she doesn't sell anything, she just give you the products that are safe to use https://linkdolly.com/profile/exposingtruth

Thank you.

Do you dilute the witch hazel before you put on cotton pad and use??

Will it sting his wrinkles or anything?
And I don’t have to dry his wrinkles at all after the witch hazel applied with cotton pad?

And it’s safe for daily use for cleaning his wrinkles?

Thank you for the link- but in your opinion, is the ingredients in the ones I was looking at for my dog safe for dogs?? As it’s 99% water.

I just looked up Bubble and bee witch hazel and isn’t Ethanol a type of alcohol that’s safe to use on dogs??? I’m just confirming🙂
 

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