What is Lip Fold Pyoderma?
Dogs with pendulous lips are especially susceptible to this condition, in which moisture and bacteria cause irritation and inflammation in folds of skin around the mouth.
How does my dog get Lip Fold Pyoderma?
Your dog’s lower lip, especially, may have an extra fold that can trap saliva. This and other folds around the mouth, including the area where the upper canine teeth touch the lower lip, tend to remain moist and warm, offering bacteria a perfect place to multiply. The area becomes inflamed, smelly and painful.
How do I know if my dog has Lip Fold Pyoderma?
You may first notice that your dog’s mouth area smells awful. He may lick his lips a lot. If you examine his lower lip for any crevices, you may find a moist reddened area that is the source of bad odor. Your veterinarian can diagnose the condition based on appearance.
What can I do about Lip Fold Pyoderma?
You can try to control the condition with antibacterial shampoos and gels, but your veterinarian may also need to prescribe oral antibiotics. If the condition keeps coming back, the best solution may be to have surgery to correct the conformation.
Is there anything I can do to prevent my dog from getting Lip Fold Pyoderma?
If your dog has lip folds, wipe them dry at least daily. Keeping your dog’s mouth healthy through regular dental cleanings may reduce salivating.
Are there certain breeds that get Lip Fold Pyoderma more often?
Any breed that has pendulous lips or excessive skin around the lip area, such as Cocker Spaniels, Springer Spaniels, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Saint Bernards, Bloodhounds, and many others.