Proper Care for Your Dog's Facial Folds, Nose Wrinkles and Tear Stained Faces
Special Care Needed For Cleaning Flat Dog Faces
What attracted you to your flat-faced dog? Was it their flat face? Or their personality? Both?
Since people bred for this very specific (adorable) appearance it is our responsibility to care for the special needs caused by their flat faces. While adorable, we have a responsibility to ensure our dog's flat faces are clean and dry.
Smoosh, flat faces can become raw, irritated and red down in the facial folds and the area from their eyes down to their mouth. Their tears can run down their face and irritate the skin.
Before you moisturize or treat the wrinkled area, it must be cleaned and completely dry.
Cleaning Your Dog's Flat Face
• Spritz Fresh Face Washonto a washcloth • Wipe your dog's face • Pay extra attention to facial folds aka wrinkles • Dry face completely • Gently apply Boo Boo Butterto irritated areas to condition and protect against tears
Just as our skin and hair is affected by what we eat, stress, age and genetics, so is our dogs.
Clean Face Diet Tips
• Consider a grain-free and/or fish-based diet • Make sure their food has NO dyes or color enhancers • Red dye used in many pet foods and treats can make tear staining worse. Eliminate anything with red dye from their diet, if possible. • Chicken-based food can be problematic for many dogs • Beef or lamb often cause less staining than chicken • Check your water. Do you have hard water? Consider installing a water softener or provide bottled water for your dog to drink, if so.